If there’s a sound you associate with the 1980s Berlin underground, then there’s a good chance Gareth Jones and Alexander Hacke had a hand in it. Hacke joined the toweringly influential Einstürzende Neubauten shortly after the band’s formation in 1980. He was only 15 years old and already a member of cult favorites such as Sentimentale Jugend and Mona Mur & die Mieter. Jones for his part worked as producer and mixing engineer at the iconic Hansa Tonstudio, adding an industrial edge to recordings by Depeche Mode, Tuxedomoon and Fad Gadget. Their paths crossed when Jones contributed production to the Neubauten albums Halber Mensch and Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala.
In this lecture as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Berlin 2017, Jones and Hacke discussed their tenacious work with Einstürzende Neubauten, Berlin in the ’80s and what it means to create a signature sound.