‘Boiler Room is the world’s leading community of underground music fans.’
– Boiler Room
Nina Kraviz at Boiler Room Berlin 2013
Most of the time the events take place during the week, but at an appropriate hour so that every one who has a steady working day is able to participate (and not only people who turn their nights into their days). You can get in provided that you are one of the lucky ones with a spot on the guest list, or you have connections to people who know someone who knows someone. If not, you can always listen to the live stream on their website. And it is for free. That’s actually Boiler Room’s biggest advantage: everyone is able to listen to the music. That’s a winning concept. Indeed, Boiler Room describes itself as a community. Music is the element that connects people worldwide. It is like a concert for everybody. That is how Boiler Room became a platform where music lovers communicate with each other.
With offices in Los Angeles, New York and the techno capital Berlin, Boiler Room events have taken place in 50 cities so far. There is a constant stream of videos; they upload about new 35 videos each month. LA focused on Hip Hop, London on underground music and Berlin obviously on techno. Every city brings a different character to Boiler Room.
Berlin became one of the first cities to host Boiler Room in 2011. The events took place at now-closed night club Stadttbad Wedding (you can see it below in the videos of David August and Maceo Plex). Sadly, the club closed and this perfect venue could no longer be used. Afterwards, other clubs like Watergate and Arena Club began hosting the event. The fifth-year anniversary was celebrated at Arena Club, which has the closest atmosphere to Stattbad’s Boiler Room.
David August at Boiler Room Berlin, 2014
Of course, music plays the biggest role at Boiler Room. World-renowned artists play at the events, and DJs often get even more famous through their Boiler Room sets. Boiler Room is like a DJ’s flagship. Popular sets like the one from Maceo Plex’s performance have between three and five million views on YouTube. Its events in Berlin are especially well-planned, showcasing labels like Diynamic, Dystopian or Kompakt.
Maceo Plex at Boiler Room Berlin, 2014
Despite its steady growth, the aim of Boiler Room’s concept has not changed. Its purpose of connecting people and delivering them unique performances is still central to what they do. Have a look at Boiler Room’s website, listen to some of the uploaded sets and go try to get into one of their events. It is definitely worth looking at if you are a fan of electronic music, and if not, you might just become one afterwards.