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Core Tex Records

60 minsFirst aired 14 Sep 2018
Maxwell Schiano

Killing idols and questioning authority for 30 years: Dive into the longtime nerve center of Berlin’s punk and hardcore scene.

When David Strempel first encountered Berlin’s Core Tex Records in the late ’80s, he was a young customer in search of a Suicidal Tendencies record and the companionship of likeminded kids in the skate and punk scene. By 1996, Strempel had accrued enough time at the shop to become a partner in the business. Located in formerly squat-festooned Kreuzberg, Core Tex continues to serve as the de facto hangout spot for the city’s punk and hardcore-minded youth. But where standoffishness may have characterized the store back in the day, under Strempel’s watch it’s a more welcoming environment, a meeting place where music and beer grease the social gears, and punk isn’t defined by a look but rather by what’s in one’s heart. With the Red Bull Music Academy happening this month in Berlin, we asked Strempel to run through a selection of tracks that have helped define Core Tex over the years, from kindred NYC spirits Cro-Mags and Agnostic Front to homegrown German compatriots Feine Sahne Fischfilet.


Interview by Arno Raffeiner
Produced by Jeff Mao and Jordan Rothlein
Engineered by Conor Anderson

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