Starting 1st of July 2011 - Berlin Artist Counter is happy to welcome Thomas Schumacher to our artist roaster. Thomas is working on his next artist album - which we expect for autumn / winter 2011.
At the age of 14, when he first put needle to record, Thomas Schumacher unknowingly lay the foundation
for what would become his life-long passion for music. Thomas was an early fan of the Neue Deutsche Welle
(German Punk and New Wave) artists like D.A.F, Andreas Dorau and Palais Schaumburg and synth-pop innovators
like Depeche Mode and New Order; however it was the first time he heard a DJ beat-mix the then-new sounds of
acid house in his hometown of Bremen, Germany, in 1987 that he immediately knew that he wanted to be a become a
part of dance music culture. With this decision made, Thomas began buying 12" records and set about putting together
a studio in his tiny bedroom, starting with an Atari computer which still has an honorary place in his studio in Berlin today.
Early 90s techno from Detroit, Belgium and Germany, and the soulful deep grooves of US House were the sounds
that Thomas related to the most. A school trip to London cemented Thomas' love for electronic music, particularly
a visit to the legendary Blackmarket Records store in Soho, where he quickly spent his entire allowance on techno
and drum & bass white labels. Back in Bremen, Thomas and his friends entrenched themselves in the burgeoning
German techno movement, buying records and traveling all over Germany to attend raves and clubs like
The Techno Club night at the famed Dorian Gray, inside Terminal 1 of Frankfurt Airport, and Club Unit on Hamburg's
Reeperbahn. During this period Thomas saved up whatever money he could to spend at his local electronics store,
experimenting with a variety of drum machines, synthesisers, and spending hours honing his self-taught production skills.
He soon became a regular punter at Bremen's first techno club, Crash, and after organizing his own underground parties,
he took a step closer to his dreams in 1990 by becoming the club's resident DJ.
The mid-90s were an exciting & inspirational time for Thomas as a DJ and producer, once he realised that he could make a career from what had become an all-consuming hobby. After making his recorded debut in 1992 he signed to Confused Recordings in 1995 with his Elektrochemie project, and the following year as a solo act with legendary techno label Bush Records, who released his international breakthrough "When I Rock" in 1998; a sound unique at the time for fusing techno with a distinctive hip hop sample. In the same year Thomas was commissioned to compose the music for a staging of Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Schauspiel Haus in Bonn, a challenge that he enthusiastically sunk his teeth into, and which earned him rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. At the end of 1998 Thomas released his first solo artist album Electric Ballroom on Bush Records, a mature and assured debut of multi-faceted techno, which incorporated all the influences of his musical development. Mixmag hailed it "Techno's funk packed answer to (Daft Punk's) Homework."
2000 was also the year that Thomas' original breakthrough hit "When I Rock" received a major label re-release. This led to a memorable incident where Thomas was contacted by the creators of the sample used for "When I Rock", Philadelphia hip hop band The Roots. Initial fears about lawsuits for the use of the sample were soon allayed as they soon bonded over a mutual respect for and interest in hip hop and sampling culture. The band were so impressed by Thomas' interpretation of their song with "When I Rock" that they asked his permission to include it as a secret track on their album Phrenology. Thomas agreed and "When I Rock" – renamed "Thirsty" by the band! - was soon in the hands of the thousands of hip hop fans who bought the album.
The years leading up to 2005 were extremely busy for Thomas with a non-stop schedule of productions, remixes, mix CDs and international DJ commitments. After a short hiatus at the end of the year to recharge the batteries and rediscover his musical inspirations he relocated to Berlin in 2006. Within 2 months Thomas had completed Home, his long-awaited 3rd studio album. Home showcased Thomas' deep love for and understanding of contemporary electronic music, as well as his amazing ability to reinvent himself. The album and it"s singles quickly became sales hits, and de:Bug magazine rated it "...a bloody deep masterpiece".
Soon after the release of Home Thomas signed with Get Physical Music in 2006. Since then he has developed a close relationship with the label that has seen him release EPs (under his Elektrochemie moniker with Australian vocallist Caitlin), collaborations with a number of their key artists, as well as tracks on their new digital-only offshoot Get Digital.
Thomas started into 2010 in full swing. He was casted next to his Brazilian colleague Gui Boratto to remix Trentemøller's single "Sycamore Feeling". The affiliation with Get Physical is set to continue in 2010 when Thomas releases his much anticipated single "Taxi" on June 2nd with remixes from Riva Starr and M.a.n.d.y vs. Siopis. "Taxi" is the perfect single to set the tone for what is going to be huge year for an exceptional and authentic artist.
For more dates, visit www.thomasschumacher.com
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Markus Nisch and Monika Kruse know each other for over a decade.
Both based and lived in Berlin and celebrated and enjoyed Berlin's excessive nightlife and shared the same distinctive ideas about clubbing and music.
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