German ‘Queen of Techno’ Monika Kruse tours US, gig fees go to charity
One of the leading ladies of techno music, Germany’s Monika Kruse, will return to the United States in September for a couple of very special gigs. Besides running her Terminal M label very successfully for over 15 years already, Kruse is also known for her active involvement in many issues of social justice. ‘Moni’ will first be spinning at Detroit’s Marble Bar on September 8th, followed by a performance at Miami’s Heart Nightclub on the 9th. Revenues of both events will be donated to the National Organization for Women (NOW). Kruse explains:
“I first found out about this organization after the women’s march. I wanted to donate to a charity that connected with my beliefs that no one should be discriminated against based on the color of their skin, sexual orientation or gender – this organization really spoke to me. I’ve heard they are doing great work to bring equal rights in the area of same sex marriages, abortion rights and defending women who go to get them at health clinics, plus opposing sexual discrimination in education and employment. This tour has been an opportunity for me to continue my charity work with an organization that touched my heart.”
Berlin-born Kruse has often toured the world alongside techno giant Carl Cox, always keeping an eye out for the less fortunate ones around her. In 2000, she founded ‘No Historical Backspin’ charity events, in order to raise money for victims of homophobic, racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic attacks. To date the project has raised well over $120K, which has been donated to the Amadeo Antonio Stiftung, a foundation set up to support victims of hate crimes and oppose all forms of bigotry and hate in Germany. Her benefit gig in world-famous club Berghain alone already raised over $25K in March 2015.
Through the two special US events on September 8 and 9, Monika Kruse continues her long history of raising money and awareness for issues of social justice close to her heart. The short US tour concludes Monika’s very busy summer that took her to Ibiza, the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy and France (to name just a few), before returning home for her own Terminal M showcase at Watergate Berlin. In October, she will be present at the highly anticipated Drumcode edition of Awakenings during the Amsterdam Dance Event in the Netherlands.