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Wankelmut

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Sometimes things unfold fast, very fast. In autumn 2011 Jacob Dilßner aka Wankelmut was a young 24-year old student and part-time dj who had just relocated to his hometown Berlin to study philosophy and political science. Then one night he started playing around with one of his favourite songs in Ableton Live, cutting, filtering and adding a simple 4/4 groove until Asaf Avidan & The Mojos’ bitter-sweet folk song „One Day/Reckoning Song“ turned into what has now become one of house music’s biggest anthems of 2012. But back then, Jacob was totally unaware of the impact his groundbreaking remix would have.

He uploaded the track to his Soundcloud account, marked as unsigned and within weeks it went viral, resulting in thousands of plays and causing a huge excitement in the blogosphere. Suddenly Wankelmut found himself in the midst of a full-blown internet hype. At that point few people outside Berlin actually knew who Wankelmut was. Sure, he had already been djing for a while in small Berlin undergound clubs like Sisyphos and M.I.K.Z. being his favorite haunting grounds. After his remix started to sweep through the internet, people began to investigate who was behind it. Inquiries and booking requests kept piling up in Wankelmut’s inbox. Without even being properly released, the track slowly but surely became an anthem. It’s perfect balance between folk’s melancholy and house music’s mesmerizing groove and starry-eyed ecstacy had hit a nerve. Wherever you turned, in whatever club you went, you would hear the track at some point of the night.

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