Tobias Lichtmann

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Past Event

Q3Ambientfest
13 04 2018

Potsdam

Looking forward to djing some traurig and untanzbare tunes at Q3Ambientfest.

Random

Musikmesse 2018

Alongside with Marc Mozart and his team (who take care of the entire (!) Social-Media Channels of the Musikmesse 2018), I'll be attending Europe's most important music trade fair.

Past Event

Float With Depeche Mode
04 04 2018

Liquidrom Berlin

Dear BLACK SWARM, this is gonna be the last Float With Depeche Mode Event before the summer break. So, feel invited to float by.

Past Event

DJ-Set: Les Savants
28 03 2018

Et boum, c'est le choc!
My DJ-Set "Les Savants" (=> The knowing ones): A one hour trip featuring only the best French music producers. The French station "Radio FG" Paris is gonna air it end of March - or you simply listen to it on Mixcloud where it went kinda "viral" for my standards.
Shout out to Rik from Solar Bar for making this possible. About a week earlier, the set is also gonna be played by Radio FG chic on Sunday, 18th from 11pm on.

Music

Track: Firepond

Certainly one of those tracks that started with a strong idea. But that that strong idea then got watered down in the course of the mix. "But...why?" you might ask? Well, because it became too fancy. I simply f***** it up. "But ... why?" Because it denied what it was: A blunt, loud and direct attack that only can be consumed in a short period of time. So I boiled things down again ... and this is how "Firepond" become my so far shortest and most aggressive tune. I'm happy to repeat myself here: My tunes are like a swinging pendulum: Moving from Easy Listening and Electronica to Industrial and Techno ... and back.
As usual, you can download Firepond for free at Bandcamp or you simply stream it via Spotify.

Past Event

The Difference Between…∆-Tunes IV
12 03 2018

IVth edition of the ∆ - Tunes (say "DELTA"-Tunes).
I'll be dropping laid back Electronica, Trip-Hop and Downbeat releases from the early 80ies up until now. All tunes gonna circle around the difference between wishful thinking and the reality you're facing. So if you're keen on some introspective, moody staring over the vastness of Berlin at night - drop by, have a Gin and Tonic and just let it happen. The entrance is FREE and if you're lucky I might cover a drink for you :)

Interviews

Lichtmann Live

Lichtmann Live: The very first of hopefully many videos on the challenges, milestones and roadblocks I face - and how I eventually might overcome them.

Music

Track: Loyat

The track's title "Loyat" is a blunt simplyfication of the French word "l'oyat" - which translates to beach grass. Which grows on dunes. And this is where I wrote this tune: Sitting on a dune, surrounded by oyat. Hence: the name!
You can download this piano-electronica-ish tune for free on Bandcamp and stream it on Spotify. It's even available on Youtube.

Random

Catching a ship long gone

I met Mads aka Monolog about a year ago. He played at my "Traurig Und Untanzbar" Event. Weeks after the show we had a chat about how he had created his very unique style of music. We browsed through his gear, pondered on memories where and why he got this or that piece of hardware. And eventually, he said something that I literally had to let sink in. The importance was not just rooted in the content of his statement, but also in the WAY he said the following:
"If you wanna get signed by a label, you might feel urged to match that label's sound. You even might be expanding the sound they currently stand for. And you might think that this is the way to get signed. Be like what they represent, but sound a little different.
But in reality, what you're hearing right now (and what is making you think the label is looking for) is nothing but a reverb, a delayed reality of what WAS what they stood for long ago!
Sounding alike or similar to a current release is like tryin' to catch a ship that not just has left the harbor. It's even worse than that: The ship you wanted to catch has by now become nothing more than a tiny dot at the horizon. It's long gone and it's gone for good.
And all that there's left are stories(=> tracks) of the discoveries others made whilst being on this boat. But these stories won't be yours."

Personally, I feel this is very right. And this makes me sad on the one hand - cuz I may have wanted to be with this or that label/ship/younameit SO badly.
But on the other hand: Why don't I build my own ship and go onto my own journey?
Leaving aside the pro and cons of being signed to a label, my very personal opinion on this is:
Be inspired by artists you like but don't be similar. Be different, get used to being rejected plenty of times. Eventually (and this is not a guarantee!) you might succeed.
But first and foremost: Expand your horizon - for example start listening to the tunes your artist-heroes listened to when they were yound. See what inspired them.
Or listen to tunes that you don't like at all.
Let all that sink in and come up with your reaction to all the input.
Your reaction.
Not the reaction you think that might suit a label's taste.

Past Event

HRD Bar Berlin goes WTF
10 02 2018

HRD Bar Berlin

We'll see, we'll see :-) But one thing's for sure: It's gonna be a shitload of 80ies - And I hardly wait to get things started :)

Past Event

Float With Depeche Mode VII
06 02 2018

Liquidrom Berlin

Dress in your blackest bathing suits and shorts! It's 2018's first edition of the Float With Depeche Mode series.



Music

Track: Niemand is Nobody is Ne Personne

You know those places where tranquility kicks in an a certain level of liberating solitude is flowing? Well, I went to one of those places where nobody (in french: ne personne) is and soundtracked my thoughts. You can download it for free on Bandcamp and stream it on Spotify. It's even available on Youtube.

Past Event

The Difference Between…∆-Tunes III
24 01 2018

SOLAR Sky Bar Berlin

The very first ∆-Tunes night in 2018. Check out this Facebook Group and dive into the details.

Interviews

Cleaning With Tootbrushes

In early 2018 I reached out to my most important audio-engineering-mentor: Marc Mozart (highly recommend reading his mixing-bible "Your Mix Sucks"). In my mail, I was bluntly honest about a topic that I was/am still struggeling with. Apart from MAKING and then DISTRIBUTING music, how can I actually get HEARD? Sure, I DJ, play events, etc - but I felt there's more that could be done. Marc's answer was straight, simple and very kind: "You need to become a brand - And I'll help you with that!" And so I went and spent some time with him and his crew. They made me clean the studio-floor with a toothbrush and then shared all their secrets with me!
The secret is - *DRUMROLL* - There is no secret! Just document and share your process of actually becoming a pro audio engineer, DJ and eventmanager.
And this is what I'm gonna do from now on. And although his advice sounds somewhat obviously, I invite you to join me on my journey of gettin there - cuz it ain't gonna be easy. Instead it's gonna be a shotload of work and I can hardly wait to get things started!

Random

Dix-Huit-Inspirations

Where do I find inspiration? Does it hide under my bed? Does it come canned? And if so, can I please benefit from the "buy-one-get-one-free" offer? This year, I refueled my 2018's creative jetpack in a quite remote, almost hidden spot. Un endroit filled with nothing but sand, dunes, relicts and nostalgia. Three brand-new but yet nameless tracks were written here. I'm sure they'll surface soon.

Past Event

Float With Depeche Mode VI - Xmas Island
12 12 2017

Liquidrom Berlin

6th edition of the Float With Depeche Mode series. To give things a seasonal touch, we'll go full Christmas Island! Dive into the Spotify Playlist.

Past Event

The Difference Between…∆-Tunes II
22 11 2017

SOLAR Sky Bar Berlin

It's another ∆-Tunes night. Yet this time, it's a in a very beautiful, but different venue: the SOLAR Sky Lounge and Bar Berlin.

Music

Track: Leave Space

The perfect setting for this track: Wandering through the streets of Berlin at night. With a beer in your hand. You'll find it on Spotify. You can download it for free on Bandcamp. It's for the more visual people, it's even on Youtube, but behold: It ain't a proper "Video" - it's a still of the picture you see below :).

Past Event

Float With Depeche Mode V - Sea of Sin
02 10 2017

Liquidrom Berlin

5th edition of the "Float With Depeche Mode" series.

Music

Event Creation: Traurig Und Untanzbar

My mind never stops spinning. If it's not about making music or DJing, I ponder on event concepts. The latest edition to this restlessness was "Traurig Und Untanzbar" - one of the biggest events I've created so far. Four awesome live-acts, taking the audience on a trip from melancholia to madness in just four live-concerts. Eric Carl kicked things off with his Dronescapes and touching visuals. Field Rotation then took over, leading us into the fields of Neo Classical Music. Subheim showcased what true Dark Ambient Music is: Soundscapes that go under your skin - spiced up with tensed percussion. Last but not least, Monolog // Mads Lindgren lit his explosives. Since I hosted the event, I decided not to DJ. I was just there and enjoyed the show.

The event will return in 2018, all plans are in the making.


Photos

Day of the Dot

I carried a green dot with me. All day long. Also, the title is an hommage to the world's best show ever made: Pete & Pete .

Random

Pop Kultur Festival 2017

Pop-Kultur-Festival, the follow up event to the Berlin Music Week. A good place to make new friends and meet the old ones. The Nachwuchs Concept really helps the music-offspring to get things going.

Past Event

DJing: The ∆-Tunes II
27 06 2017

Liquidrom Berlin

A unique blend made from Downbeat, Vaporwave, TripHop and Ambient. What to expect? Check it out!

Past Event

Philips Healthcare Summer Event
20 06 2017

Funkhaus Berlin

The healthcare company Philips asked me to take care of the musical side of things on their annual summer event. Needles to say, playing in the Funkhaus was quite an honor. Just a few weeks ago, Depeche Mode performed their sneak-peek event at the very same spot. Dig this, I stood where Dave, Mart and Fletch stood. On the other hand the band and me: We're having some issues, so I didn't really went full retard.

Past Event

Float With Depeche Mode IV
13 06 2017

Liquidrom Berlin

4th edition of the "Float With Depeche Mode" series.

Music

Track: Out Here

What your soul sings to you at 4 o'clock in the morning whilst your body is being ripped apart by kick and bass. "Out Here" premiered in my Radio FG Underground Paris DJ-Set "Raison D'Être" which you find a few scolls below. You can download the track for free at Bandcamp.

Past Event

ADIDAS x Yoga
08 06 2017

Berlin West

The nice people from ADIDAS hosted a rooftop Yoga Event. While yoga teach Melissa took care of the bending the people's bodies, I shaped the sound the soundscapes: From mellow warm up tunes to beat driven power - and back to chill.

Past Event

RTK
30 05 2017

Güsterpalast Berlin

RTK - the short form for Rüsseltierchenkäferparty. But what is this? Well, the Feierkollektiv Rüsseltierchenkäfer describes itself as: "Unser glitzernd buntes Kreativkollektiv zelebriert mit euch, auf und neben der Bühne, eine ganz besondere Nacht. Lasst uns gemeinsam auf eine zauberhafte Reise gehen, aus elektronischer Musik, liebevoller Dekoration, Kunst und Show und wundervolle Abenteuer erleben." - And hell yeah, it was a very special party where I celebrated my love for relentless technoid music. I failed to record my set this night, so feel free to enjoy Le Stephane's Set - he played prior to me.

Music

Event Creation: ∆ - The DELTA Tunes

The term "∆-Tunes" (say: DELTA-Tunes) perfectly describes the music I make and love to listen to: It is the difference between what you're wishing for vs. what you get. Mathematically spoken, the ∆ (say: DELTA) was a thing that has always inspired me the most. Happiness and fulfillment have never been sources of creativity to me. Instead, failing (better and quicker) and doubts have always been the path for growth and progress. This is why I decided to celebrate this state of unrest by focusing on music that perfectly depicts and triggers what it means to feel: ∆.

Past Event

The Difference Between…∆-Tunes I
25 05 2017

SOLAR Sky Bar Berlin

A whopping venue with a stunning view over Berlin - spiced up with Ambient to Downbeat Tunes, a pinch of Jazz and of course: Gin Tonic.

Interviews

Interview Float With Depeche Mode / Radio Paradiso

Once the first "Float With Depeche Mode" happened, media took notice and started asking about it. So I was interviewed by the Berlin based station Radio Paradiso about the ideas behind "Float With Depeche Mode".

Past Event

Spotify Playlist: HALT! Berlin
10 04 2017

Internet, Spotfiy to be precise.

An introduction to the fun side of sinister, technoid music.

Music

DJ-Set: Raison D’Être

Quite a nice set. It premiered on Radio FG Underground Paris and mirrors my love for the more melancholic sides of techno - including my own track Out Here.

Past Event

Float With Depeche Mode III
21 03 2017

Liquidrom Berlin

3rd edition of the "Float With Depeche Mode" series.

Past Event

Float With Depeche Mode II
31 01 2017

Liquidrom Berlin

2nd edition of the "Float With Depeche Mode" series. This was about the time when the media caught attention about the gigs.

Music

DJ-Set: How and Why

You feel tempting questions about your life and the way things are going? Crank up this set, lean back and let the music answer your questions!

Random

Bye Bye, Music Mindmap

To make good music, follow two simple rules. One: Know the rules. Two: Break the rules. On this day, I took down my gigantic mindmap full of music production know-how (see rule 1) that covered most of the walls in my studio. But before I did so, I had a Gin Tonic and sprayed my kind-a credo over all the map.

Music

Track: Industrial et Tendresse

Contradiction causes tension. And so does this track: It unfolds into an aggressive but tender vortex of melodies and rhythm. You can download the track for free via Bandcamp. Of course, you'll also find it on Spotify.

Music

Event Creation: Float With Depeche Mode

I make music, but I also make events. The idea for "Float With Depeche Mode" was born in late 2016 and arised from my desire to listen to Depeche Mode's B-Sides, rares and lives all night long in an environment that fits the less dancefloor-like music. The nice people from Liquidrom Berlin - a thermal bath and my favorite place to drop these tunes - said "yes".

The pitch goes like this: "Float with Depeche Mode" Ein Abend im Liquidrom gehört ganz den Balladen, Instrumentals, Bare Versions und B-Sides unserer Helden Martin L. Gore, Dave Gahan und Andy Fletcher. Gerahmt von Ausflügen in beatlose - aber nicht minder intensive Wave-, Synthpop-, Industrial- und Spoken-Word-Tracks ist dieses einzigartige Event ein Muss für Liebhaber der düsteren, untanzbaren Elektronik. Ever since this very first "Float With Depeche Mode", the event returns every ten (or so) weeks. To find more about the next event, check out the event-section for upcoming events.

Photos

Bild und Ton

Luckily, I have good friends that know how to turn my (musical) ideas into pictures full of atmosphere. Watch how well they did this over time.

Music

Track: Feeling Triggered

Feeling Triggered actually is the original version to the latter issued "Leave Space". Both versions share my love for melodic hooks - but they're also different. Feel free to check out both. Feeling Triggered is available as a free download on Bandcamp.

Interviews

Music For Bathrooms x Blogrebellen-Interview

A relaxing chat about Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and the necessity for DJing in public pools.

Music

Track: Lovetrack

A sweet and sunny groove. Seems to me like the evolved version of my Sundowner a few scrollls below what you're reading right now. Obviously made with sunshine on my mind. Feel free to download it for free at Bandcamp or simply stream it via Spotify.

Past Event

Float With Depeche Mode
08 08 2016

Liquidrom Berlin

The very first edition of the "Float With Depeche Mode". This kick-off event happened to become an event series, bringing joy to the Black Swarm Berlin and to me, the DJ.

Music

Track: Chambre 24

A rather joyful, almost trancy tune, innit? As usual, I invite you to get your free Bandcamp download via or listen to it on repeat via Spotify below :).

Past Event

Rooftop Yoga x Lululemon
21 06 2016

Holmes Place Berlin

I dropped some powerful, yet relaxing tunes - making sure they feel the flow.

Music

Track: Bad Habit

What are your bad habits?

Past Event

To The Moon and Back
04 06 2016

Torstrassenfestival @ Hotel ULTRA

The Hotel ULTRA is more than just a hotel. In fact, it's not even a hotel. It's a secret place full of joy and good music from the 80ies - especially Synth & Italo.

Past Event

Some Lady-Steampunk’s Wedding
31 05 2016

Frankfurt, Main

A dear friend of mine said "Ja, ich will". And when she asked me to take care of the music, I said "Ja, ich will", too.

Music

Track: Gin Tonic

I love Gin Tonic - and Gin Tonic loves me. So we made a tune. Later, the fine guys from Trndmsk joined us and we had a chat about the floorstarter-track - check out the interview-section. Get your free version of Gin Tonic here.

Interviews

Release Party: GIN TONIC

The fellow people from trndmsk.de and me - we met up for a few drinks, pondering the wisdom that's woven into my track Gin Tonic.

Random

Unbaking the cake - track deconstruction as a mean for musical insights

Sharing is caring - this is my credo. And since I gained a shitload of insights by deconstructing other artist's tracks, I decided to share my know-how with the superb Noisy Academy Berlin audience. My songwriting still benefits from this technique up until today - if you're interested in learning it, feel free to contact me: I'm quite a good teach.

Past Event

CDR x Tobias Lichtmann
30 03 2016

Prince Charles Berlin

Tony dropping my Track "Gin Tonic" in one of his CDR-Sets at Prince Charles. Also, he did a talk over during the track...so if you want to listen to it in full: Check out the free track download in the music-section.

Music

Track: I Score

Though the mainstream's love for Synth-Pop has ended decades ago, I still enjoy making those tunes. This one makes quite a good score for an 80’s crime series, I feel.

Past Event

Schönheit & Vergänglichkeit
11 03 2016

Station Berlin

Sven Marquardt, that grim looking Berghain Bouncer, gives photography lessons. This event showcased the pictures made by his students - I framed the picutres with audio. Also, I bumped into one of my favorite artists and personal heroes: Rummelsnuff.

Music

Track: Interlude

The track's title pretty much says it all: A swift but beautiful idea.

Music

Track: Herrenhaus Eisenstein

A tune back from my sandbox-days. It was created in a time where I enjoyed experimenting instead of writing in dedicated music genres.

Music

Track: Sundowner

You guys know those special summer evenings? When you've friends coming over, everybody's chilling at the pool and is having a good time? This is THE soundtrack for those special sundowner moments.

Music

Track: About Off

My farewell track for ye olde "Hafen 2" in Offenbach. This former engine house in the industrial harbour-area was and is an emotionally charged spot to me - and it was demolished for the sake of expensive new penthouses. I was there when the last walls were torn down. I took a piece of wall home with me and placed it next to my gear. It's there to remind me of where I come from. As usual, you can download the track for free.

Music

Track: Yours Sincerely

My very first track (that I actually finished). Listening to it nowadays is kind of strange: Production-wise, I'd change a lot of things. On the other hand: Its melody and sounds are pure gut feeling - and it's awesome! Since I didn't give a damn about music theory back then, I was very creative but also bumped into production issues over and over again. Anyways, the track appeared on the DJ-Mag Germany compilation and you can download my track for free here.