The world’s most famous bouncer, Sven Marquardt of Berghain revealed for GQ what influences the door staff’s decisions of letting you into Berlin club. It’s not only what you wear!
“It’s subjective. Only a few of my guys are allowed to select guests at the door. They have to understand what Berghain is all about first and I try to give them that foundation. Beyond that, there are no set rules.”
“My people all have their own personalities, and you can see their sensibilities reflected in the crowd over the course of their shifts. You always want friction, though. That’s the theme in any good club: diversity, friction.”
Diversity is important, and wearing all black is not the key of entering techno temple.
“If we were just a club full of models, pretty people all dressed in black, it would be nice to look at for a half an hour, but God, that would be boring. It would feel less tolerant, too”, Sven explained.
“I feel like I have a responsibility to make Berghain a safe place for people who come purely to enjoy the music and celebrate—to preserve it as a place where people can forget about space and time for a little while and enjoy themselves.”
Well, makes sense!