INLAND / ED DAVENPORT

  • Labels Counterchange, A-TON, Maeve
  • Based Berlin, Germany
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Inland (real name Ed Davenport) is a British producer, DJ and founder of Counterchange Recordings based in Berlin. Known for his detailed and explorative techno, he’s released numerous EPs on his home label Counterchange (set up in 2013), and has appeared on Ostgut Ton, Figure, Infrastructure and Nonplus. In 2018 he released his debut Inland LP on Ostgut Ton sub-label A-TON, an Audio-Visual collaboration with conceptual artist Julian Charrière.
Enamoured with UK dance music culture in the mid 90s, the burning, illicit energy of early rave mixtapes left a huge impression. Mystical bootlegs recorded at mass gatherings in fields or late night Radio One transmissions captured on cassette – their eternal spirit was absorbed and cherished. Now more than 2 decades later, Davenport Channels that fascination and energy into everything he works on, from his own studio productions, to live shows and DJ sets, and the creative curation of Counterchange.

Davenport’s first wave of productions emerged in 2006, characterised by a string of technoid minimal house records on German labels Gumption and Liebe*Detail. That sound morphed into a moody, broken-beat hybrid that peaked with key releases such as ‘More Red Lights’ on UK label NRK in 2011 and his ‘Counterchange’ LP as Ed Davenport the following year. His modernist, minimal-music indebted releases on Maeve (‘Silver Walks’ EP, 2015, ‘Mendocino’, 2018) highlighted his unique skill for storytelling within sound.

Working closely alongside US artist Function between 2014 and 2017, the pair released the comeback record for Function’s classic Infrastucture label, with their critically acclaimed ‘Odeon / Rhyl’ EP and went on to compile the heavyweight ‘Facticity’ compilation, also teaming up with the timeless ‘Colwyn Bay’ in 2016.

Simultaneously, since 2013, Davenport’s own Counterchange label has notched up over 13 releases – the idiosyncratic ‘Solstice’ EP (2013) a blueprint for the Inland sound. Primarily a home for his own productions, the label has also put out music from contemporaries like Boddika, BNJMN, Cassegrain & Tin Man, Magna Pia, Distant Echoes and Pharaoh & Yogg.

In February 2020 Inland released the Stream State compilation, his biggest project to date, combining exclusive tracks from over 20 artists in a vibrant 4 x 12’’ package and DJ mix on Counterchange. Featuring long-time colleagues and personal heroes like Efdemin, DJ Skull, Joel Mull, Peter Van Hoesen, Mark Broom and many more, Ed also selected tracks from Berlin based artists Jamaica Suk, Johanna Knutsson and Fred Mann, and welcomed back BNJMN, P. Lopez and Distant Echoes to the label. The compilation was launched with release parties at FOLD London in collaboration with Codeword, Nitsa Barcelona, Vurt Seoul, Contact Tokyo and more, before the 2020 pandemic put an extensive tour to a halt.

A collaboration with Swiss artist Julian Charrière, the debut Inland LP ‘An Invitation To Disappear’ (A-TON LP 05, 2018) translates Davenport’s soundtrack for Charrière’s gallery-based video installation into eight tracks of rhythmically intricate electronics and spectral techno. Tracking through a palm oil plantation toward a totemic soundsystem on full blast, the LP and Film were debuted live to a full house at Berghain in September 2018.

In recent years Davenport has gravitated more and more towards the contemporary art world, finding inspiration in the fruitful cross-pollination happening in Berlin’s art and music scenes. Earlier sound design collaborations with Charrière have been exhibited in institutions in Lausanne (‘Somewhere’, 2014), Vienna (‘Iroojrilik’, 2017) and Mainz (‘An Invitation To Disappear’, 2018) while Davenport also made a soundtrack for duo Wermke / Leinkauf’s ‘4. Halbzeit’ video installation – part of the prestigious Berliner Herbstsalon at the Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin 2017. In 2019 soundtracked a video installation for Mischa Leinkauf’s first ever solo show, ‘Fiction Einer Nicht-Einreise’, at Gallerie Alexander Levy, Berlin.

As a reaction to the surreal club-less pandemic experience in 2020, KW Institute curator Nadim Samman invited Inland to create a soundtrack for his hour-long lecture entitled, ‘Orpheus & The Technocave’, performed live in Berlin to a socially distanced crowd of 50 guests.

19 Aug arch 0.1 at Prince Charles, Berlin
15 Feb Stream State at Vurt, Seoul
14 Feb ISO Room, Ulaanbaatar – postponed
10 Feb Stream State at Contact, Tokyo
08 Feb Paradigm, Groningen
07 Feb Stream State at Fold, London
01 Feb Stream State at Nitsa, Barcelona
18 Jan Sweat Lodge at About Blank, Berlin
17 Jan Heideglühen, Berlin

2019
14 Dec Eventhuset, Stockholm
07 Dec Heart Beat at The Observatory, Hồ Chí Minh City
06 Dec Buddah, Phu Quoc
01 Dec Berghain, Berlin
02 Nov Club Favela, Munster
19 Oct Wilden Renate, Berlin
12 Oct Pornceptual, Berlin
21 Sep Zur Klappe, Berlin
20 Sep Verboten London
13 Sep The Block, Tel Aviv
12 Sep Tempelhof Art Show, Berlin
11 Aug Berghain, Berlin
20 Jul Rote Sonne, Munich
15 Jun Heidegluhen, Berlin
08 Jun Berghain, Berlin
17 May Sweat x Lodge, Berlin
11 May Incognito, Los Angeles
10 May Elsewhere, Brooklyn
27 Apr Nya Ritz, Stockholm
25 Apr Zur Klappe, Berlin
05 Apr Griessmuehle, Berlin
22 Mar The Block, Tel Aviv
15 Mar Village Underground, London
08 Mar Badaboum, Paris
23 Feb Gare, Porto
16 Feb Index, Dublin
26 Jan Social Club, Hong Kong
25 Jan Loopy, Hangzhou
19 Jan Sweat Lodge 12 x About Blank, Berlin
11 Jan BO18, Beirut
04 Jan Bassiani, Tbilisi

2018

31 Dec Paradigm, Groningen
21 Dec Artheater, Cologne
15 Dec Doornroosje, Nijmegen
08 Dec BLITZ, Munich
30 Nov Six Dogs, Athens
24 Nov Aus Berlin Festival, Tilburg
16 Nov Nitsa, Barcelona
10 Nov Distillery, Leipzig
31 Oct Dude, Milan
26 Oct The Block,Tel Aviv
13 Oct Vurt, Seoul
12 Oct Nyctophilia at Arcan Saigon
06 Oct Golden Pudel, Hamburg
05 Oct Mi Casa Su Casa, Bristol
28 Sep Luna, Kiel
26 Sep Berghain, Berlin
14 Sep LaBecque, Vevey
08 Sep Electric Lounge at Forum, Bielefeld
31 Aug Ankali, Prague
18 Aug NACHT, Toronto
17 Aug Aphotic, NYC
11 Aug Berghain, Berlin
11 Aug Pornceptual at Alte Münze, Berlin
23 Jul Liasti, Mykonos
21 Jul Afro Banana Republic, Cyprus
14 Jul PAL, Hamburg
13 Jul Fico d’India, Salento
07 Jul Index, Dublin
23 Jun HQ, Singapore
22 Jun Elysium, Kuala Lumpur
16 Jun Arena, Berlin
25 May Griessmühle, Berlin
19 May Maeve at Funkhaus, Berlin
12 May Disco Zwei, Mannheim
11 May The Block, Tel Aviv
27 Apr City Club, Augsburg
14 Apr Panorama Bar, Berlin
12 Apr Spacehall In-Store, Berlin
31 Mar Heimatlos, São Paulo
10 Mar Counterchnage x Away at About Blank, Berlin
04 Mar Jaded at Corsica Studios, London
17 Feb La Graviere, Geneva
10 Feb Minimum at Modul, Moscow
04 Feb Beach Road Hotel, Sydney
03 Feb Xe54, Melbourne
02 Feb Club 77, Sydney
21 Jan Berghain, Berlin
19 Jan Le Zoo, Geneva
12 Jan The Block, Tel Aviv
05 Jan Six Dogs Athens

2017

23 Dec De Marktkantine, Amsterdam
16 Dec Meet Club, Cervia
15 Dec ELECTROCHOXX, Stockholm
02 Dec Bassiani, Tbilisi
01 Dec Deep Fried at About Blank, Berlin
03 Nov WERk at About Blank, Berlin
20 Oct Low Res NY at Secret Location, New York
23 Sep Counterchange at Nitsa, Barcelona
16 Sep Maeve at BLITZ, Munich
03 Sep Berghain, Berlin
31 Aug Maeve at The Block, Tel Aviv
05 Aug Sequence, Asuncion
03 Aug D-Edge, São Paulo
29 Jul Ruse x Dirty Epic, Los Angeles
22 Jul Gem Fest, Anaklia
15 Jul Veto Social Club, Ibiza
16 Jun Griessmühle, Berlin
25 May The Block, Tel Aviv
12 May The Block at Village Underground, London
21 Apr Wilden Renate, Berlin
14 Apr Synoid @ Griessmühle, Berlin
12 Apr La Graviere, Geneva
25 Mar Maeve x Village Underground, London
24 Mar Haus33, Nürnberg
18 Mar Tresor, Berlin
11 Mar Vurt, Seoul
10 Mar Korner, Taipai
04 Feb Fabric, London
28 Jan Sweat Lodge x Village Underground, London
21 Jan Romy S, Stuttgart
20 Jan Sweat Lodge x About Blank, Berlin
08 Jan Panorama Bar, Berlin

2016

OFF UNTIL END OF JAN
25 Nov The Block, Tel Aviv
18 Nov Berghain, Berlin
29 Oct Studio 76, Madrid
21 Oct Just This ADE, Amsterdam
20 Oct Arena, Berlin
15 Oct Tivoli, Dublin
05 Oct Boiler Room, Berlin
01 Oct Volt, Milan
24 Sep Counterchange at Village Underground, London
18 Sep Berghain, Berlin
17 Sep Goethebunker, Essen
15 Sep Sweat Lodge x The Block, Tel Aviv
13 Sep Bolier Room, Berlin
03 Sep Kyp Singapore
02 Sep Under9, Kaula Lampur
27 Aug Zukunft, Zurich
14 Aug About Blank, Berlin
27 Jul Tresor, Berlin
23 Jul Rebel Rebel, Rome
16 Jul Melt Festival, Gräfenhainchen
15 Jul Nitsa, Barcelona
09 Jul Dot, St. Petersburg
25 Jun Sugar Factory, Amsterdam
02 Jun Infrastructure NY in-store at Spacehall, Berlin
29 May Panorama Bar, Berlin
21 May Fabric, London
23 Apr Heidegluhen, Berlin
16 Apr BO18, Beirut
15 Apr Nitsa, Barcelona
09 Apr Bassiani, Tbilisi
08 Apr Indigo, Istanbul
02 Apr Gloss, Milan
17 Mar The Block, Tel Aviv
11 Mar Das Lokal, Wrocław
05 Mar Reaktor, Amsterdam
26 Feb Stereo, Montreal
13 Feb Die Rakete, Nürnberg
12 Feb Decadance, Gent
06 Feb Hangar, Pietrasanta
28 Jan The Block, Tel Aviv
24 Jan Berghain, Berlin
09 Jan Bunker, New York
01 Jan F8, San Fransisco

2105

31 Dec KGB Gallery, Los Angeles
18 Dec Tresor, Berlin
12 Dec Drom, Paris
06 Dec Contort at OHM, Berlin
21 Nov Meet Club, Cervia
20 Nov Meetfactory ,Prague
07 Nov Signals at Musiktheater Bad, Hannover
01 Nov Berghain, Berlin
31 Oct Serum @ Skatehall, Osnabrück
14 Oct Out-ER at THT Workshop ADE, Amsterdam
03 Oct Rebel Rebel at Lanificio, Rome
26 Sep Torre Regina, Brindisi
05 Sep About Blank, Berlin
04 Sep Corsica Studios, London
22 Aug Afro Banana Festival, Cyprus
15 Aug District 8, Dublin
18 Jul Vurt, Seoul
17 Jul Heart Beat @ The Observatory, Ho Chi Minh City
15 Jul Koh, Bali
11 Jul Kyo, Singapore
09 Jul The Block, Tel Aviv
03 Jul PAL, Hamburg
20 Jun Coconut Bar, Barcelona
19 Jun BASIS, Utrecht
16 Jun Under Club, Barcelona
13 Jun Patterns, Brighton
23 May Liquid Club, Malta
21 May Experimental Live Set at OHM, Berlin
16 May Berghain, Berlin
10 Apr Institut fuer Zukunft, Leipzig
05 Apr Panorama Bar, Berlin
14 Mar Bloc, Minehead
27 Feb About Blank, Berlin
21 Feb Affekt Club, Frosinone
20 Feb Harry Klein, Munich
14 Feb Baalsaal, Hamburg
12 Feb Propoganda, Moscow
06 Feb Uberhaus, Beirut
24 Jan Berghain, Berlin
23 Jan Village Underground, London
03 Jan Berghain, Berlin
02 Jan Bootleg, Tel Aviv (night)
02 Jan Hansen House, Jerusalem (day)