TUBE AND BERGER
15 years after starting their musical journey, Arndt Roerig and Marko Vidovic – now known around the globe as Tube & Berger –are now one of the biggest selling house acts on Beatport. Initially experimenting in the world of punk, the German duos first breakthrough came with their 2004 hit ‘Straight Ahead’, which shot straight to the top of the Billboard Dance Radio Chart. From ambient background noise in local bars to playing the strings of an old piano, such methods have given their productions a complexity that outshines the vast majority of their peers and was called “an essential escape route for house heads” by leading dance publication Mixmag in 2012.
“When the deep house boom came around we were both pretty tired of the minimal, cold and non-melodic sounds that were around. Suddenly more vocal bits and more melodic parts came up and we felt like that was much more our thing”, says Roerig of their current aesthetic.
Kittball Records, which they run along with friend and fellow DJ Juliet Sikora, has helped nurture the careers of Milan Euringer Jerome Robbins, and Kolombo. In 2012, Kittball Records debuted Tube & Bergers studio album ‘Introlution’ which aimed to “convey mood, great vocals, and plenty of emotion”. The album included a collaboration with Chicago House legend Robert Owens as well as a further 14 tracks that moved from glitchy, jacking house to stripped-back Baleric vibes .As well as hosting their own Sirius XM show ‘Tube & Berger in the Mix’, the duo has been hard at work on their follow up album to ‘Introlution’ which will be a combination of their “big club records to date, some vocal tracks featuring some very cool names and some more thoughtful electronica pieces. Currently, their track ‘Set It Off’ has been labeled an ‘Essential New Tune’ by Pete Tong before going on to reach the #1 and #2 spot on the Beatport Deep House chart. Now signed to Tong’s FFRR with full commercial releases globally, ‘Set It Off’ has set the record that elevates Tube & Berger from underground stars to major global players.
We are really hoping that with this body of work we can start to make the transition to a live act” they add. “The album will definitely be full of us playing real instruments as we come from that indie rock background and we are determined to take it on the road.” Until then, Tube & Berger will continue doing what they do best; creating thoughtful, considered house music that pulls just as incessantly at the heart as it does the feet.