Hotze: The Comic Strip That Captures the Spirit of Techno Culture
Hotze is a comic strip created by Jens Bringmann and Valentin Kopetzki, two German artists who have been collaborating since the early 1990s. The strip follows the adventures of Hotze, a clueless techno fan with a high forehead and a penchant for getting into trouble. Hotze's world is populated by colorful characters such as his girlfriend Tina, his best friend DJ Lupo, his nemesis DJ Ralf and his pet hamster Speedy.
The comic strip first appeared in Groove magazine in 1997, and has since become a cult phenomenon among techno enthusiasts. The strip reflects the humor, lifestyle and music of the techno scene, with references to clubs, festivals, DJs, records and drugs. The strip also features guest appearances by real-life techno celebrities such as Sven VÃth, Richie Hawtin, Ellen Allien and Paul van Dyk.
In 2000, Bringmann and Kopetzki published the first Hotze album, which was accompanied by a soundtrack CD featuring tracks by various techno artists. The album was a success and was followed by several more volumes. The strip has also been published in other magazines such as Raveline and Wieselflink, and has been translated into several languages. Bringmann and Kopetzki have also created other comics and illustrations for record labels, flyers and posters. They have been nominated for the German Dance Awards in the category \"Artwork\".
Hotze is more than just a comic strip. It is a tribute to the techno culture and its fans, who can relate to Hotze's escapades and mishaps. It is also a satire of the stereotypes and clichÃs that surround the scene, such as drug abuse, fashion trends and rivalries. Hotze is a comic strip that makes you laugh, dance and think.The history of techno is not only a story of Detroit, but also of other cities and countries that embraced and contributed to the genre. One of the most influential places was Berlin, where techno became the soundtrack of the reunification of Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Clubs such as Tresor, E-Werk and Planet opened in abandoned buildings and warehouses, creating a new underground culture that attracted people from all walks of life. Techno also became a symbol of freedom and resistance against the oppressive regimes of East Germany and the Soviet Union. As DJ Westbam recalls, \"techno was our way to say: We are not part of this system.\" [ listen to Westbam at 1:06:00 ]
Another important scene was the UK, where techno was influenced by the rave culture and the acid house movement. British techno producers such as Aphex Twin, Autechre, LFO and The Black Dog experimented with complex rhythms, textures and sounds, creating a more abstract and experimental style known as intelligent dance music (IDM). Other subgenres that emerged in the UK were bleep techno, which used low-frequency bass lines and high-pitched bleeps, and hardcore techno, which increased the tempo and intensity of the beats. Hardcore techno later evolved into breakbeat hardcore, jungle and drum and bass.
Techno also spread to other parts of Europe, such as Belgium, where it developed a harder and darker style known as New Beat. In France, techno was influenced by house music and disco, creating a more melodic and funky sound. Artists such as Laurent Garnier, Daft Punk and Air became popular worldwide. In Italy, techno was mixed with Eurodance and Italo disco, producing catchy and upbeat tracks. In Spain, techno was associated with the Bakalao scene, which originated in Valencia and was characterized by fast-paced and energetic music. aa16f39245