f there was ever a party that was more likely going to lure Barcelona out on the first weekend of January, it would definitely be inInput BCN, which has recently been
defined as the most sensational Techno club of Barcelona. This two-floored venue offers a full view of the whole space which is made of a huge circular led screens structure, and equipped with one of the best sound systemsof the city, powered by Funktion-One.
Situated at one of Barcelona’s most emblematic venues, El PobleEspanyol, and with a rather industrial look, INPUT emerges as the perfect vehicle to rediscover club culture in Barcelona and as the perfect chance to enjoy a cultural, fun and vanguardist experience.
On January 6th, some of the finest artists took over Input for a sensational HEX party,
featuring PØLI and LORENZO, the founders of HEX, were striking the crowd with the
darkest percussive techno, alongside HITCH, one of the founders of Yakazi label, also
resident of Input. Afterwards, Ben Klock, who was headlining the party, played a full
length 80 minutes eclectic set, in which he kept his usual balance between vibrant
rhythms and ambiguous atmosphere, as any loyal “Inputter” would have expected it.
Moreover, HEX is an underground techno movement as well as an independent
clothing line, based in Barcelona. Their mission is to create dark-style clothing and
accessories for leaders of the Techno industry. Quite the minimalist enthusiast yet
strikingly monochrome and asymmetrical, their designs are made to be worn in the
realms of dark urban spaces, all over the world by people who believe that “If you
dare to look, there is always something in the darkness”. Their logo is a symbol of
their belief,and could have various meanings: the horizontal lines represents “Man”
and “Woman”, bound together by the vertical, HEX. The horizontals can also
symbolize ‘Techno’ and ‘Fashion’ – two key and inspirational elements.
All HEX Clothing products are designed, developed and handmade in Barcelona.If you are hands down into an all-black-everything look,
then HEX Clothing is the one you should be checking out online at www.hex-clothing.com and from select stores across Europe.
Over recent years, Ben focus has been on touring – but his early works, most of which were released via Ostgut Ton, have become landmarks in the imprint’s history. 2009’s “Dawning”, the first of his collaborations with Marcel Dettmann, kickstarted the label itself and remains a stand-out track in its discography. Other releases of particular note include “Subzero”, taken from his Before One EP, and the Compression Session EP (2010). For many, however, it is his album One (2009) that best captures Klock’s talents as a producer. Still today, this seminal record forms a reference point for all Techno long-players. His skills as a remixer have also seen him rework tracks by a wide variety of artists, including Kerri Chandler, Depeche Mode, Robert Hood and Kenny Larkin.
However this gig was one to keep on the books which we wanted to remember and write about it over also the blast from Ben Klock’s temple set and wanted
to congratulate the HEX guys (Poli, Lorenzo, Hitch)
Photo Credit: Pablo Bustos
Visuals: Acid Thermal
Words: Hassen Belhaj
Location: NPUT High Fidelity Dance Club, Spain
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