2019 Rewind: Risa Taniguchi


How was 2019 for you?
Risa Taniguchi: 2019 was obviously a significant year for me. I achieved my first European tour which was a dream come true. It gave me the opportunity to share moments with artists including Pan-Pot and Joyhauser at ADE and Watergate.

Definitely playing at Watergate, which was also my first Berlin gig in my life! Of course, I also have to mention the releases which I had on Second State and Kneaded Pains.

I was unable to take care of myself physically during the tour! I learned for the first time how hard it is to be away from your daily routine, which can affect your health. It was a few weeks I was away in total, so I now realize how important it is to stay healthy on tour!

Song of the year?
Industrialyzer – Moonstone

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To have a few more shows overseas and back in Europe. I want to be able to bring my music to audiences all over the world. At the same time, I know I need to secure more time to focus on my production. I only have a small studio in Tokyo, so maybe that’s something else I need to work on!

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Pan-Pot x Michael Klein: The Big Shot Interview


After having the pleasure of world premiering “Pattern Movement” featuring Geneviève Marentette from Berlin techno producer Michael Klein’s brilliant Drawing EP released last week on Pan-Pot‘s Second State label, we have a special treat for our readers. The duo — Thomas Benedix and Tassilo Ippenberger — sat down for an intimate chat with the latest edition to their label’s growing roster of talent.

In this revealing interview, Pan-Pot ask Klein about his music-making process and the array of creative activities that are on his plate.

“I always end up running multiple projects at the same time,” he confesses to the guys. “Once I have an idea in my head, I cannot stop until I release it. It’s a curse and a blessing but with less sleep, good time management and pure selfish drive to finish what I have started, I get it done somehow.” Continue Reading

Premiere: Michael Klein feat. Geneviève Marentette – “Pattern Movement”


Berlin duo Pan-Pot announced this month that their Second State label will release their new album, The Other, in September. The duo — Thomas Tassilo and Benedix Ippenberger — also use their imprint to shine the spotlight on artists they believe in, building a tidy roster of talent in the process.

Enter fellow Berliner Michael Klein to the fold. He’s a wildly inventive techno producer/DJ/live performer/product designer at Native Instruments and formerly half of DJ duo Klein & Meister. His artistry and technical prowess goes deep into the cosmos on his standout three-track Drawing EP.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the pulsating closing cut “Pattern Movement” featuring Geneviève Marentette from his new EP, a dark, hypnotic and thoroughly pulsating romp. As the vocal sample on the track urges, get it!

Michael Klein’s Drawing EP is released July 31, 2015 on Pan-Pot’s Second State imprint.

‘The Other’ Coming from Pan-Pot


It was back in 2007 that Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix, better known collectively as Pan-Pot, released their first album, Pan-O-Rama, which really cemented the Berlin-based duo’s reputation after years of EPs. It’s been a long wait, but the follow-up LP is finally on the way, promising not only the kind of minimal techno that Pan-Pot is known for, but some intriguing variations along the way. On September 25, Second State, the duo’s label, will be delivering The Other, which will move the Pan-Pot story along to its eagerly awaited next chapter.

Along with Ippenberger and Benedix, The Other features guests Kevin Knapp, L.O.U. from ABBY, and the Berlin vocalist Frankie. Expanding on the sound Pan-Pot established with their earlier album and EP’s, The Other will take some stylistic detours, dipping into everything from dashes of leftfield to flirtations with dance-pop. And if you feel like you can’t wait until the end of September for some new sounds from the duo, you’re in luck. The Other One, which contains two songs (“808 Nirvana” and “Pina”) from the forthcoming album, is out on July 17, with another EP/single due out this summer as well.


1. Your Attention
2. 808 Nirvana
3. Optimistic Grey
4. Pina
5. Sleepless feat. L.O.U.
6. Riot feat. Frankie
7. Get In feat. Kevin Knapp
8. Operator
9. Fist Bump From Destiny
10. Broken Engine
11. The Luxury Of Living Day By Day
12. Twelve
13. Fugitive (Pan-Pot & ABBY)
14. Punxsutawney