There is an odd kind of danger in moving to a place like Berlin right now. From my experience it seems like allot of places in Europe seem to value novelty as much as they do talent. Right now by staying in Montreal you have both of those factors working for you. If you move to Berlin the novelty factor will be all gone in a few months then where does that leave you? I would rather fly in, rock the joint and then book the fck out. That would keep your market value higher there. So if you're basing your decision to move there on hoping for a career in techno i think you have made a miscalculation. However if you're going there for other purposes like some other sort of job and you plan to do the music on the side i think you'll probably have allot of fun.
this is great advice in my opinion. an over saturated market can be tuff unless you were there from the start. I think its better to start things up in new places where little to no scene exists. its about spreading music culture to people who've been unexposed. electronic music still travels best by djs. most clubers don't go to beatport or really research the music like djs - so to go to a town where the music you want to dj (whatever kind of stuff that is) isn't as prevalent is a good thing (having some clubs in town no matter what they play also helps). but i know people who've gone and done well and others who haven't - talent never has been the reason for either - it boils down to networking. good luck.
Thats true but i also see the other side of it. I'm in Detroit for example. Allot of people think that a place like Detroit would be a good place to go to get going in this type of music and it is to a certain degree but there are factors you have to take into consideration when coming to a place like this. People tend to think that a place where all this techno came from is a great place to be because it has a huge scene supporting it. This is the exact opposite of the way it is. The detroit scene can only at the moment support maybe one really good techno event per week (300-600 people) tops. So that means right off the bat that if you're looking to make money this is not the place to go. There are other benefits to this kind of place though. First off the surrounding are the kind of thing that will give you the blues and the blues make for great music no matter what the genre. There is allot of pain and suffering going on around you to the point where if you don't let it out of you and pour out your soul on wax you'll go nuts or become completely depressed pretty quickly. The need to get out of here drives allot of people and gives them extra motivation to make the best music possible. It's an atmosphere of intense competition. Some people don't need all this to succeed but i'm not one of them. I live to do battle and i enjoy competing so for me it's perfect.
Berlin is a different vibe. There is a massive scene out there to support you money wise so the competition that goes on is not a musical competition to get you out of Berlin, it's a competition to see who can make the most loot and that means getting bodies in that door. This is why the guys out there that have the most success are the pretty ones that look good on the flyers. There's nothing wrong with that because it's what the market there demands. You need to get the girleez in the door so the guys will follow them in and buy drinks. This is one of the reasons that the music will be so different between places like here and there because the goals of the businesses in the different towns demand different things from the djs and producers.
It basically comes down to a matter of what your musical goals are and how you think you can get there in the most efficient manner. Berlin is not bad place to go but you have to be prepared for what the local market demands. Montreal is not a bad place to be either.
For me berlin is not a good place to be a local dj at because i'm not exactly a a pretty boy that looks great on a flyer but it's perfect for me as a place where i can drop in a few times a year and tear the roof off the mthrfckr because i have the novelty of not being a local and i have the music fundamentals that come from existing in a harsh scene.
Everybody has different attributes that can help them be successful but it's always a hard decision to find the right place for a home base musically. Of course none of this matters worth a damn if you have an excellent work ethic and drive yourself towards perfection at every turn. If that's the case then it doesn't matter where the fck you go. The opportunities are always made by you in the end. The music business has nothing to do with luck.