The similarities between two people can draw them together. But it is the differences between them that create something special.
Pan-Pot comprise of Tassilo Ippenburger & Thomas Benedix. The pair met whilst studying Audio Engineering at Berlin’s renowned SAE Institute. They were instantly parallels between each other being the only two students on their course who held an interest in electronic music. It was almost fated. Working together in the studio, they soon discovered they had chemistry – bouncing creative ideas off one another. They honed a unique sound with trademark kinetic grooves across a vast sonic palate. In time, their understanding of how the other worked bordered on telepathy. Taking their name from the simply functional dials on a stereo, Pan-Pot was born.
The newly formed duo booked Anja Schneider for their own party in the same year of their inception. Ultimately the event flopped. But a relationship with Anja grew, and they soon found themselves on her Mobilee label – a place they would grow to consider home. The first official release was Copy and Paste and their journey had begun.
Their first full length Pan-O-Rama was released on Mobilee in 2007 after a mere 2 years of activity together. It was recorded in the midst of the Minimal era. And although the album spans the 360o kaleidoscope of techno – it is very much of the time. It spawned their first runaway hit, Charly and heralded their arrival as a notable production force.
Their own imprint – Second State – was established in 2014. Not merely a home for Pan-Pot, but also a platform to nurture newer talent. The label has since housed the likes of Alan Fitzpatrick, Gregor Tresher, Jay Lumen, ANNA, Julia Govor and most recently Amelie Lens.
Second State would host their sophomore artist album, The Other, following some 8 years after their first effort. Not strictly a dance music album – and certainly not a techno album – the material peeled away another layer of their diverse repertoire. Arguably the most dancefloor-focused track from the LP and lead single was 808 Nirvana.
Whilst the album was an unmitigated success, the kids wanted techno. And there was little surprise when a heavily bolstered remix package arrived several months later, featuring re-interpretations from scene titans including Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati, Nicole Moudaber and this personal favourite from Stephan Bodzin.
The duo would return the favour, contributing to Bodzin’s own remix album of the same year.
The particular fruitful creative spell landed them their debut Essential Mix on Radio 1 at the turn of 2017. Featuring music from Len Faki, Reset Robot & Nick Curly.
As part of the Artist Alife agency family, it was only natural that they would become heavily involved in their worldwide event series, Hyte. By 2017 they stood alongside Loco Dice as the marquee draw at their Wednesday night residency at Amnesia Ibiza, taking turns to head-up both the club room and the terrace. This 6-hour odyssey is reflective of their ability to captivate and endear audiences. Buckle in for the ride!
On New Year’s Eve the dynamic duo are back in London headlining Egg’s techno marathon alongside Dense & Pika and countryman & fellow Hyte regular Tobi Neumann. If full-throttle techno is your cuppa, there really is no place else to be to see in 2018. Check-out Pan-Pot’s recent December Beatport chart – we expect to be hearing a few of these plus newer material on the night!
3rd release tickets are on sale now for £35.00 +BF