Jordan Mooney (right)
in an interview
with Dr. Jill Adam (left)

13 October 2018
Haus der Universität

Jah Wobble

13 October 2018
Haus der Universität



Electronic Music. Powerfully connected in Düsseldorf.

The electronic music scene meets where it has its roots: in Düsseldorf. On 13 October artists, fans, trade journalists and bloggers come together to exchange thoughts and ideas on the genre in lectures, workshops, and panel discussions. The thematic focus of the ELECTRI_CITY Conference this year is on the King's Road 430 in London, a fashion shop as the nucleus for the pop-historical phenomenon "Do it yourself". Bands like the Sex Pistols and Adam And The Ants were founded here. Among the guests are Jordan Mooney, who became known in London in the 70s as a model, actress and music manager; the guitarist and songwriter of Adam And The Ants, Marco Pirroni; John Robb and Jah Wobble.

The ELECTRI_CITY Conference is a collaborative project between Düsseldorf Congress and musician and author Rüdiger Esch. Since its inception in 2015, the conference has developed into an important networking event in the capital of electronic music, and has welcomed guest artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Daniel Miller, John Foxx, and Andy McCluskey.

Even outside the confines of the actual conference, this coming together is a platform for exchange among all players in the electronic music scene, with potential for interdisciplinary overlapping in the direction of digital business.

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In addition, Awakenings and Time Warp present CONNECT begins in Düsseldorf on 13 October. This event presents the international artist avant-garde of electronic music in exhibition halls 8a and 8b. CONNECT is a collaborative project between two established and renowned electronic music festivals: Awakenings in Amsterdam, Holland, and Time Warp in Mannheim, Germany. The line-up includes Richie Hawtin, Solomun, Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer, Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Joseph Capriati, Joris Voorn, and many more.

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“The spoken word is the star of the ELECTRI_CITY Conference. It’s all about music from Düsseldorf, and the interpretation and academic analysis of that music. Electronic musicians and artists share their experiences — and present them in harmony with the music. The ELECTRI_CITY Conference offers experts and novices alike the opportunity to ask questions of the artists. This year we will be welcoming Jordan Mooney, among others. In addition, the ELECTRI_CITY Conference presents musically historic locations in Düsseldorf and North Rhine-Westphalia.”

Rüdiger Esch
Musician and author


Jordan Mooney

Jordan Mooney worked in London in the late '70s as a model, actress and music manager. She was the early comrade of Vivienne Westwood and not only wore her daring first fashion designs, but also worked as a shop assistant in her shop on King's Road. 

Jah Wobble

Jah Wobble is the bassist legend from England. After the annoyed Johnny Rotten had to accept the end of the Sex Pistols, the two together founded a band. This groundbreaking new band of the Post Punks was called PiL. Wobble works as an instrumentalist, producer, author and owner of his own record company 30 Hertz Records. 

Marco Pirroni

Marco Pirroni is connected to the boutique on King's Road 430 like no other. He was an early intimus of Jordan and Vivien Westwood and still has a stock of original designs of Vivien Westwood's early fashion. A similar passion for collecting he had otherwise only for his guitars. 

Moderator Jochen Oberlack

Since the beginning Jochen Oberlack has routinely and knowledgeably guided through the programme of the ELECTRI_CITY Conference. 

Dr. Giacomo Bottà

Dr. Giacomo Bottà is a lecturer at the University of Helsinki and was already a guest at the ELECTRI_CITY CONFERENCE in 2015. He talks about a gender-specific phenomenon of the punk scene - about strong women in bands. In this case about Düsseldorf's most famous women's punk band Östro 430. 

Östro 430

Östro 430 is a women's band from Düsseldorf, which formed in 1979 and until 1984 had various publications and concerts. Using the example of this band, contemporary witnesses discuss the zeitgeist of DIY time in an open forum. The dawning new charm of the movement is reflected in the music, images and videos. 

John Robb

John Robb is a British musician and author who combines invaluable knowledge of punk rock with his book Punk Rock: An Oral History. He talks about DIY culture and England's most famous female punk band, The Slits. 

Dr. Jill Adam

Dr. Jill Adam is the director of the literary festival Louder Than Words in Manchester. She will interview the punk icon and early comrade of Vivienne Westwood's Jordan Mooney. 

Rudi Esch

The curator of the ELECTRI_CITY Conference Rudi Esch is a musician and an author. From his pen comes the book Electri_City: The Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music. 

OCT. 13, 2018

12:00 - 13:00
Welcoming Speech and Presentation: Jochen Oberlack

Since the beginning Jochen Oberlack has routinely and knowledgeably guided through the programme of the ELECTRI_CITY Conference. 

13:00 - 14:00
Dr. Giacomo Botta on Östro 430

Lecture by dr. Giacomo Bottà on Düsseldorf's best known women's band Östro 430

14:00 - 15:00
Open Panel on Östro 430

Open forum on Östro 430 with contemporary witnesses and video documents

15:00 - 16:00
Jordan Mooney and the King's Road 430

In conversation with Dr. Jill Adam gives Jordan insights into the early scene of the London punks.

16:00 - 17:00
John Robb on the Slits

John Robb on England's most famous female punk band The Slits

17:00 - 18:00
Marco Pirroni on Adam & the Ants

Looking back with Rudi Esch, Marco talks about guitars, fashion and music.

18:00 - 19:00
Star Guest Jah Wobble

Jah Wobble, the bass player of PiL, in conversation with Rudi Esch


Haus der Universität

Schadowplatz 14
40212 Düsseldorf

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Anne Clark & Herr B

Anne Clark has maintained a unique position in the independent music and literary scene for almost 40 years. Independent with emphasis on independence. Her sociological and politically critical lyrics, coupled with her original, groundbreaking musical style have earned her a reputation as a maverick within the music industry, who nonetheless enjoys a large and diverse audience. Clark ended her tour career in 2016, but for the ELECTRI_CITY Conference she returned to Düsseldorf for an exclusive gig in 2017. 



This one-of-a-kind electro-live act consisting of the two musicians Mario Schönhofer and Tobias Weber conjures up brutal beats, warm melodies and never-before-heard sounds that combine to create the unique aural experience that brought the house down at the 2017 ELECTRI_CITY Conference. 


Jonathan Barnbrook

Grammy-Award winner Jonathan Barnbrook was David Bowie’s main graphic designer in the last 14 years of Bowie’s life. He designed the covers for the albums Heathen, Reality, The Next Day, Nothing Has Changed, and Bowie’s last album Blackstar. Barnbrook was also artistic consultant for the David Bowie Is exhibition that took place at the famous Victoria & Albert Museum in London. 


Robert Görl

Most people think of Robert Görl as half of DAF, who — next to Kraftwerk and Can — can be counted as one of the internationally most influential bands in electronic music. All the while, however, Görl has pursued musical efforts as a solo artist. He was in Düsseldorf for the first time with his solo album Glücksritter in 2017. Five fingers make a fist, as the saying goes, and these 13 songs are Görl’s personal middle finger aimed straight at the music industry. 


Jean-Michel Jarre

Born 1948 in Lyon, Jean-Michel Jarre is unquestionably one of the foremost pioneers of electronic music. He set standards regarding the spectacular possibilities for the performance of the same. Today’s DJ culture and the unstoppable advance of EDM seems entirely inconceivable without Jarre the musician, composer, producer and performer. Jean-Michel Jarre incorporated a concert at the ISS DOME during the 2016 ELECTRI_CITY Conference into his Electronica World Tour. 


John Foxx

John Foxx is a legend in England thanks to his former position as founder and singer of the band Ulravox! He began releasing albums in the Seventies with the band, who at the time still penned their name with the exclamation mark — a clear homage to the Düsseldorf band NEU!

Foxx’s cult status as an electronic musician is based primarily on the 1980 Metamatic album, which was a benchmark in the industry. In 2016, John took on radio host Ecki Stieg’s questions, and touched the audience’s hearts with his plea for studio owner Conny Plank.


Jimi Tenor

Jimi Tenor is a Finnish musician who gained recognition with his band Jimi Tenor & His Shamans. He released the underground hit Take Me Baby under his own name in 1994. Since that time, the saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist has participated in a wide variety of projects, and visited us in 2016 with his ambitious and fascinating film project Nuncios — a science fiction film, the soundtrack from which he performed live with Jori Julkkonen on stage at the CCD. The main character in the film is Mr. Normall. 


Daniel Miller & Chris Liebing

Daniel Miller’s claim to fame was his label, Mute, and his role as Depeche Mode’s manager. In 2016 we experienced Miller as a DJ, together with the congenial Chris Liebing. A cooperation with Kunsthalle Düsseldorf made the performance by this extraordinary DJ duo possible. Prior to the performance, Daniel answered questions from the audience. He will always be welcome as a guest of the ELECTRI_CITY Conference after the spectacular soundtrack he provided for the After Show Party following our successful Heaven 17 concert. 


Michael Rother

Michael Rother is a Düsseldorf music legend. He was a member of Kraftwerk before forming the band NEU! with Klaus Dinger. He was also a member of the band Harmonia, and produced successful solo albums such as Flammende Herzen (Blazing Hearts).
During the ELECTRI_CITY Conference in 2015, Michael Rother performed in the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf, which is near his old rehearsal studio. Here, on Mörike Street, he rehearsed with his band, Spirits of Sound, along with fellow band member Wolfgang Flür. Spirits of Sound performed at school socials put on by the Rethel and Max Planck secondary schools. 


Heaven 17

Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware are the driving force behind the British synth-pop band Heaven 17. Their 1981 Penthouse and Pavement album was one of the style-forming releases of its decade. Already in 1981, Heaven 17 defined a clear position with their single, We Don’t Need This Fascist Groove Thang. Further hits such as Temptation and Let Me Go followed.
The band made their live debut in Düsseldorf at the 2015 ELECTRI_CITY Conference.


Andy McCluskey

Andy McCluskey is the vocalist and bassist for the English synth-pop band OMD, which has had countless top-20 hits such as Enola Gay, If You Leave, and Sailing On The Seven Seas.

Andy McCluskey attended a Kraftwerk concert in his home town, Liverpool, in September of 1975 — an experience that deeply influenced his musical career. In an interview with fellow bassist Rudi Esch, McCluskey made specific reference to Düsseldorf and his love for local bands such as NEU! and La Düsseldorf, as well as the music of Michael Rother.


Peter Hook

Born in Manchester, Peter Hook is a founding member of and bassist for Joy Division and New Order. Hook was always drawn to Kraftwerk, and listened to their album Trans Europa Express before every concert. In an interview with Rob Keane at the 2015 ELECTRI_CITY Conference, Peter answered questions about his early influences.