Residing in his home of choice and calling, Berlin, Nick Höppner skillfully balances, explores and contributes to a dramatically wide range of musical professions, proving him to be one of the backbones of today's House and Techno underground. Be it through his monthly residencies at the inimitable Berghain / Panorama Bar, his solo releases for Ostgut Ton, his expansive DJ touring, or indeed his creative involvement and management of the Ostgut label since its inception, Nick stands out as a unique, long-serving and truly dedicated figure in today's electronic music world.
In light of his pivotal role in
guiding Ostgut Ton through its strongest and most influential years, Nick's
next step only seems like a logical progression: Höppner launches his own
label: Touch from A Distance. Having spent the last five years on the road as a
dj and in the studio as a producer, Nick realised something was missing, when a
friend asked him for help regarding a huge project on the friend's own record
label. His short stint there rekindled his love for running a label, the idea
for Touch From A Distance was born!
With almost the entire Ostgut Ton
roster being part of Techno's establishment today, it might be hard to remember
how much the label (and Berghain, for that matter) served as a true alternative
to the status quo of Techno in its minmal heyday in the mid 00's. What fueled
Höppner's passion at this early stage – operating off the beaten track, vast
self-reliance, fiercely DIY - , is what drives him now. Touch From A Distance
is predominantly meant as a platform for up and coming talent. Musically, it
will reflect Nick's wide ranging and eclectic taste as well as his experience
in the booth for more than two decades. He won't get involved as a recording
artist on TFAD and will be entirely focussing on supporting his group artists.
His touch with be felt from a distance in curating the label's releases and in
closely A&R'ing the respective artists.
In terms of the visual identity of Touch From A Distance, Höppner has managed to enlist the help of French illustrator extraordinaire, Virginie Kypriotis (https://virginiekypriotis.bigcartel.com, https://www.instagram.com/virginiekypriotis). Many will remember her for her artwork on Berghain's flyer from december 2017 (http://berghain.de/media/flyer/pdf/berghain-flyer-2017-12.pdf). Nick immediately fell in love with her sense of humour, her power of observation and her affectionate, yet tongue-in-cheek approach to depicting people.
Nick Höppner News
04 September 2018
Nick Höppner & Desert Sound Colony in coversation for Ransom Note
03 September 2018
Nick Höppner on Solid Steel Radio
27 August 2018
Nick Höppner on Michal Turtle for Red Bull
31 July 2018
RA's Best July Music including X-Altera, трип, Sasha & Nick Höppner
26 July 2018
Nick Höppner's podcast for Field Maneuvers is RA's mix of the day
10 May 2017
15 Most influential techno labels on Mixmag with R&S and Ostgut Ton
14 August 2012
Nick Höppner interviewed by Groove TV
17 July 2012
Nick Höppner talks Panoramabar 04 & GEMA with The Quietus
10 July 2012
Nick Höppner speaks to Ibiza Voice about Panoramabar 04