Iron Curtis

Uncanny Valley | Tamed Musiq Based in Berlin Germany

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On the continent of electronic music, Johannes Paluka has travelled far and wide, collapsing musical boundaries with enviable ease. Under the moniker of Iron Curtis, the Berlin-based creates his complex, hauntingly beautiful productions from a range of eclectic styles and influences. Be it House, Acid or soulful Techno – his sound moves in the equilibrium of reduced, but never minimal. Flashes of kitsch brighten the dark universe of Iron Curtis, but fail to interfere with the melancholy subtext. As far as leftfield electronic music is concerned and as long as he sees a chance to break a few genre rules here or there, Iron Curtis is brimming with ideas.

Making his debut in 2008 with an EP on Hamburg’s beloved Mirau, he made even more good impressions that year with a contribution to the Deetron’s Fuse. Apart from releasing House on labels like Office, Retreat or Smallville, Paluka runs the project Achterbahn D’Amour with his longtime friend Jool aka Edit Piafra. Here, they focus on Acid infused Techno, electrifying audiences with their shows and releases on L.A based Acid Test imprint. His latest project is called Moon – a collaboration with Johannes Albert from Frank Music, where the two friends exhibit their love for classic Electro and stripped down Techno.

But wherever his musical interests take him, Iron Curtis will always be adding a little soul in his compositions.This is the magic thread that runs through all of his productions and it’s what Iron Curtis transfers from his releases to his live gigs as well. As a DJ he is as inspired and versatile as he is a producer, skilfully taking the dancefloor into the deep and diverse corners of modern dance music.


Upstream Color LP – Tamed Musiq

Sweat Romancer EP – Uncanny Valley

Lights Pt. 1 EP – Hudd Traxx

Maple EP – Office Records

Care EP – Hudd Trax

The K.M.S. Years EP – Office Recordings

Moon (aka Johannes Albert & Iron Curtis) – Ze Power – Frank Music

Love Commitment – Retreat

Remember – Closer

Iron Curtis & Leaves Present SMPL – Hello Ada – Black Keys

Daniel – Smallville

Spirals EP – Polytone Records

Never give up EP – Midnight Shift

Glazing EP – Retreat

Soft Wide Waist Band LP – Mirau

Thoughts On EP – 4Lux

Just Us (And Them) EP – Jackoff

Til You Go EP – Morris/Audio

Stansfield EP – Hudd Traxx

Way back home EP – Mule Electronic

There and then EP – Morris Audio Citysport Edition

Goma EP – Kolour Recordings

Stumbled Across EP – Retreat

J.E.E.P. – Answering machine (Iron Curtis Remix) – Carry On

Akra – Tunnelvision (Iron Curtis Chant Mix) – Teng On

Hot Coins – Freestyle Lover (Iron Curtis Remix) – Sonar Kollektiv On

Jay Shepheard – String Theory (Iron Curtis Remix) – Retrofit On

Me Succeeds – Seventeen (Iron Curtis Remix) – Ki Records On

Leslie Clio – I couldn’t care less (Iron Curtis Remix) – Vertigo/Universal On

Jacob Korn – She (Iron Curtis Remix) – Uncanny Valley On

Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt – Golden Snake (Iron Curtis Remix) – The Exquisite Pain On

Tom Demac – Ten from Seventeen (Iron Curtis Remix) – liebe*detail On

Ripperton – City Lights (Iron Curtis Remix) – Tamed Musiq On

Mano Le Tough – Let’s Love Baby (Iron Curtis Remix) – Dirt Crew Recordings


Iron Curtis’ second solo album will see the light of day day September 24th. It’s called “Upstream Color” and will be released via Ripperton’s Tamed Musiq. Have a listen to the first premiere out of the LP via Groove Mag.


30 Dec Suicide Circus, Berlin
29 Dec Kicker Keller, Erfurt
15 Dec Schumacher Club, Bochum
22 Dec Musikverein, Nürnberg
24 Nov Zur Kalppe, Berlin
10 Nov Objekt Klein, Dresden
03 Nov MS. Zufriendheit, Würzburg
26 Oct Breakfast Club, Tel Aviv
20 Oct Beton Brut, Seoul
19 Oct Social Room, Hong Kong
13 Oct IFZ, Leipzig
05 Oct About Blank, Berlin
29 Sep Folklor, Lausanne
27 Sep Zukunft, Zurich
22 Sep TBA, Nürnberg
16 Sep Wilden Renate, Berlin
15 Sep Paloma, Berlin
25 Aug Wilden Renate, Berlin
22 Aug Watergate, Berlin
04 Aug Tresor, Berlin
27 Jul Farbfernseher, Berlin
21 Jul VISIO Festival, Helsinki
02 Jul IPSE, Berlin
24 Jun Solid-Grounded Festival, Prötzel
22 Jun Tresor, Berlin
16 Jun Wilden Renate, Berlin
25 May mjut Leipzig
20 May PAL, Hamburg
04 May Bassiani, Tbilisi
27 Apr Zentralcafe, Nürnberg
22 Apr Yours Truly, Up yours, Cape Town
21 Apr Champagne at Mødular, Cape Town
13 Apr Coquette Sessions at Kitcheners, Johannesburg
31 Mar Paloma, Berlin
23 Mar Heideglühen, Berlin
03 Mar Cult, Scuol
16 Feb Chalet, Berlin
10 Feb Kater Blau, Berlin
09 Feb Unten, Linz
05 Jan Rote Sonne, Munich


31 Dec About Blank, Berlin
26 Dec Altes Wettbüro, Dresden
08 Dec Disco Zwei, Mannheim
09 Dec Cutie, Bielefeld
02 Dec Wilden Renate, Berlin
01 Dec Hoch die Tassen Afterhour at Goldengate, Berlin
07 Oct Robert Johnson, Offenbach
15 Sep Tresor, Berlin
08 Sep Mensch Meier, Berlin
22 Jul Houseflug Open Air, Altmühlsee
15 Jul Waldschänke Dornheim, Würzburg
07 Jul Silbergold, Frankfurt
06 Jul Heideglühen, Berlin
03 Jul IPSE, Berlin
10 Jun Griessmühle, Berlin
27 May Schrippe Hawaii, Berlin
07 May Else, Berlin
29 Apr Whiskey Jar, Manchester
08 Apr Die Registratur, Munich
31 Mar Remix, Davos
25 Mar Wilden Renate, Berlin
24 Mar Tante Emma & Cloud 9, Innsbruck
03 Mar About Blank, Berlin
19 Apr Liberty & Justice for all at Ostbahnhof, Los Angeles
06 Feb Dublab, Los Angeles
03 Feb Amoeba, Hollywood
21 Jan Dig Deeper, Los Angeles
14 Jan Tresor, Berlin


30 Dec TBA, Dresden
15 Dec Musicbox, Lisbon
10 Dec Kalif Storch, Erfurt
26 Nov Goethebunker, Essen
19 Nov Tresor, Berlin
20 Oct Farbfernseher, Berlin
14 Oct Wilden Renate, Berlin
01 Oct Stadtgarten, Erfurt
30 Sep Trio-Club, Amberg
08 Aug Tresor, Berlin
01 Jul Tresor, Berlin
24 Jun Bellona Club, Lyon
23 Jun Ritter Butzke, Berlin
28 May Wilden Renate, Berlin
07 May Loftus Hall, Berlin
01 May Vabrique, Berlin
21 Apr Schirmherrschaft, Regensburg
16 Apr Schon Schön, Mainz
01 Apr La Java, Paris
26 Mar Kater Blau, Berlin
28 Feb Galerie Kurzweil, Darmstadt
20 Feb Wilde Renate, Berlin
12 Feb Golem, Hamburg
30 Jan Zentralcafe K4, Nürnberg
29 Jan Prince Charles. Berlin
16 Jan L’Autre Scène, Avignon
09 Jan Das Lokal, Wroclaw, Poland

28 Dec B018, Beirut
12 Dec Weyde³, Berlin
04 Dec JackWho, Cologne
27 Nov Radion, Amsterdam
16 Nov Tresor, Berlin
14 Nov The Whiskey Jar, Manchester
13 Nov Albani Music Club , Winterthur
30 Oct About Blank, Berlin
24 Oct Die Registratur, Munich
23 Oct Carré Coast, Biarritz
16 Oct Griessmühle, Berlin
10 Oct Kontur, Würzburg
09 Oct Zentralcafe, Nurnberg
26 Sep Unten, Kassel
19 Sep Uncanny Valley Anniversary, Dresden
10 Sep OHM, Berlin
27 Aug Farbfernseher, Berlin
22 Aug Ost-Apotheke Leipzig
15 Aug Idylle Festival, Endsdorf
11 Aug Golden Pudel, Hamburg
08 Aug About Blank, Berlin
01 Aug Fabric, London
26 Jul TBA, Auckland
25 Jul Matterhorn, Wellington
12 Jul TBA, TBA
11 Jul Spice, Sydney
04 Jul Boney, Melbourne
11 Jun Propaganda, Moscow
05 Jun Heideglühen, Berlin
30 May Mosaique Club, St.Petersburg
24 May The Horse & Groom, London
22 May Cube, Heidelberg
16 May Ruigoord Church, Amsterdam
15 May Wilden Renate, Berlin
10 May Achterbahn D’amour @ Else, Berlin
02 May Achterbahn D’amour @ About Blank, Berlin
30 Apr Griessmühle, Berlin
28 Mar Sass, Vienna
27 Mar Dough House, Frankfurt
21 Mar Jetztmusic Festival, Mannheim
19 Mar Achterbahn D’amour @ Chalet, Berlin
25 Feb Achterbahn D’amour @ Paloma Bar, Berlin
07 Feb The South William, Dublin
31 Jan Chalet, Berlin
23 Jan Ritter Butzke, Berlin
10 Jan Achterbahn D’amour @ Tresor, Berlin
09 Jan Arena, Berlin
03 Jan About Blank, Berlin


31 Dec Sirup Club, Zagreb
27 Dec Achterbahn D’amour @ About Blank, Berlin
26 Dec Tresor, Berlin
19 Dec Chalet, Berlin
13 Dec Hot Mass, Pittsburgh
12 Dec General Lee’s, Los Angeles
06 Dec IPSE, Berlin
02 Nov Wilden Renate, Berlin
23 Oct Achterbahn D’amour @ Ohm, Berlin
12 Oct Output, New York
08 Oct Watergate, Berlin
04 Oct Achterbahn D’amour @ Nochtwache, Hamburg
20 Sep Chalet, Berlin
19 Sep 101 Club, Clermont-Ferrand
12 Sep Batofar, Paris
03 Sep Farbfernseher, Berlin
30 Aug Idylle Festival, Ensdorf
23 Aug Sonnendeck Festival @ Desi, Nurnberg
16 Aug Prince Charles, Berlin
26 Jul About Blank, Berlin
19 Jul Kyo, Singapore
13 Jul Griessmuhle, Berlin
27 Jun Wilden Renate, Berlin
07 Jun Loftus Hall, Berlin
29 May Achterbahn D’amour @ Rote Sonne, Munich
28 May Badaboum, Paris
24 May Lighthouse Festival, Porec (Croatia)
16 May Baising House, London
10 May Achterbahn D’amour @ Golem, Hamburg
09 May Achterbahn D’amour @ Wilden Renate, Berlin
30 Apr Wilden Renate, Berlin
26 Apr IPSE, Berlin
05 Apr Chalet, Berlin
28 Mar La Bellevilloise, Paris
21 Mar Bazaar, Brussels
15 Mar Goethebunker, Essen
14 Mar Crucifix Lane, London
07 Mar Golden Gate, Berlin
28 Feb Zukunft, Zurich
22 Feb Achterbahn D’amour @ Glazart, Paris
21 Feb Logo, Lyon
15 Feb Centro Cultural Rio Verde, Sao Paulo
14 Feb MWW, Florianopolis
07 Feb Achterbahn D’amour @ Zentralcafe, Nurnberg
01 Feb Achterbahn D’amour @ About Blank, Berlin
25 Jan Dance Tunnel, London
18 Jan Tresor, Berlin
03 Jan Nachtasyl, Hamburg


14 Dec myu:zik at Schlachthof, Krefeld
06 Dec Prince Charles, Berlin
30 Nov Achterbahn D’Amour @ Humboldthain, Berlin
21 Nov Badaboum, Paris (to be rescheduled)
16 Nov Wilden Renate, Berlin
02 Nov Achterbahn D’Amour @ Loftus Hall, Berlin
01 Nov Arena, Berlin
22 Oct Cookies, Berlin
19 Oct Factory Club, Milan
12 Oct Sfinks 700, Sopot
10 Oct Achterbahn D’amour at Golden Pudel, Hamburg
05 Oct Bar Romantica, Stuttgart
02 Oct Pumping Velvet at K4 Zentralcafe, Nurnberg
28 Sep Insula Cafe, Nantes
27 Sep La Java, Paris
21 Sep Studio Martin, Bucharest
20 Sep Ritterbuzke, Berlin
24 Aug Papaya Playa, Tulum
23 Aug NMD, Mexico City
17 Aug MiM, Chicago
16 Aug TBA, Brooklyn
09 Aug A Club Called Rhonda, Los Angeles
03 Aug about blank, Berlin
27 Jul Summercamp @ Glazart, Paris
26 Jul about blank, Berlin
06 Jul Griessmuehle, Berlin
22 Jun Body & Soul Festival, Athboy
21 Jun 2 Beach, Salerno
15 Jun Achterbahn D’amour at About Blank, Berlin
13 Jun Achterbahn D’amour at The Book Club, London
11 Jun Cookies, Berlin
08 Jun Achterbahn D’amour at K4 Zentralcafe, Nurnberg
31 May Achterbahn D’amour at Wilde Renate, Berlin
29 May Watergate, Berlin
25 May Chalet, Berlin
16 May Weekend Club, Berlin
04 May Achterbahn D’amour at Stattbad Wedding, Berlin
03 May Club L’hibou, Dresden
01 May Locke Muller Open Air, Berlin
27 Apr About Blank, Berlin
26 Apr Wilde Renate, Berlin
12/20 Apr US Tour Delayed
31 Mar Czerwony Ratusz, Szczecin
24 Mar Prince Charles, Berlin
23 Mar La Ruche, Lausanne
22 Mar Golem, Hamburg
15 Mar K4, Nuremberg
07 Mar Weekend, Berlin
01 Mar Air, Tokyo
27 Feb Achterbahn D’Amour at Paolma Bar, Berlin
22 Feb Corsica Studios, London
15 Feb Shoop! at Slakthuset, Stockholm
09 Feb Arma 17, Moscow
02 Feb Achterbahn D’Amour at Tresor, Berlin
01 Feb The Squat, Tel Aviv
25 Jan Chalet, Berlin
18 Jan Prince Charles, Berlin