Död Mark, IC3PEAK, Iron Sight
CTM Festival 2019
Död Mark was initiated in a shady Berlin bar as GUD and Yung Lean’s murky side of the mirror. The manic, uneasy project stumbles along a knife’s edge through a white noise, drum and bass vortex, bred and improvised in the void between “Unknown Death 2002” and “Unknown Memory.” Död Mark is a melancholic, lo-fi journey through unnerving areas filled with the debris of modern music, crossing the border of insanity into dangerous and forbidden soundscapes, and channeling love and loss as something indistinguishable. The duo debut their live show at CTM.
Död Mark’s headlining concert will be supported by self-described “audiovisual terrorists,” IC3PEAK, a provocative duo hailing from Moscow, who have become one of the leading voices for a disenfranchised Russian youth. Their album CKA3KA, released in 2018, is a Russian horror fairytale. Its arc passes through delicate, ethereal textures, frantic trap, and the occasional moment of clarity. The band recently found itself at the center of a campaign by Russian authorities against „undesirable music“ with their concerts being shut down and the band detained by police.
Danish noise project Iron Sight, the solo project of notorious The Empire Line vocalist Isak Hansen, joins the night with his bristling synths and a voice made from barbed wire.
The concert takes place as part of CTM Festival, which celebrates 20 years in 2019. Through a series of concerts, club nights, an exhibition, talks, and other formats presented from 25.1.–3.2.2019 at various Berlin venues, CTM 2019 invites both longtime and new artistic collaborators and partners to collectively consider the struggles that come with balancing continuity and changeability. In this spirit, this edition’s theme of Persistence examines the aesthetic and societal potentials and pains of perseverance, and of its opposite – the transient and the provisional. It’s not only a fitting allegory for our 20th birthday, but also describes an attempt to consider what is worth being persistent about, and how.
For the full CTM 2019 Festival programme check www.ctm-festival.de