V.A. – 5 Years Get Physical
In spring 2002, when Thomas Koch, Philipp Jung, Patrick Bodmer, Walter Merziger, Arno Kammermeier and Peter Hayo decided to start their own label at the now legendary Get Physical founding meal, none of the six could have imagined the personal – and global – repercussions this decision would have. Despite the impressive experience assembled around the table, they were about to take a headfirst plunge into the great unknown.
Five years on, Get Physical has grown and evolved into a one of the globe’s top dance labels. Professionalism and an unshakeable passion for music have fused the musical six-pack into one strong unit. Bolstered by their own enthusiasm, the surge of excitement for their nearly 80 releases has lost none of its slickly pumping momentum. Between the sound coordinates of Chicago House, Electro and the odd splinter of Disco Funk, framed and defined by the founders’ eclectic tastes, Get Physical soon developed its very own catchy, yet unique sound cocktail to flood the world’s dance floors with unlimited bliss.
After the label’s initial thirteen releases, a solid foundation of anthems rooted in recent House history produced by Booka Shade’s Walter Merziger and introducing the core team of DJ T., M.A.N.D.Y., Chelonis R. Jones and Booka Shade, new artists like Lopazz, Elektrochemie, Jona, Heidi, Snax or Fuckpony brought equally novel impulses to the label. Impulses that time and again would break the mould and prevent an all too obvious Get Physical sound. Despite the talents on display, it is this willingness to subvert expectations and encourage differentiation that keeps fans and artists on their toes – each release is eagerly anticipated.
For a label with strong roots in clubbing, Booka Shade’s 2004 debut album ‚Memento’ heralded a further change in direction. All twelve tracks proved that - beyond the fast-paced 12” business and the pulse of the dance floor - there is plenty of room for electronic sounds that stand up to the artistic challenges of the album and CD format with pop-inspired ease. The club, the main frame or reference, is enriched by yet another facet.
Today, the Get Physical family comprises almost twenty artists - with a number of long-players in the works. In 2007, even more albums will leave the fold, without neglecting the label’s steady supply of 12“ to keep the dance floor busy. The mix CD series ‘Body Language’, exposing the skills and tastes of GP hosts DJ T. and M.A.N.D.Y. as well as cutting-edge mix prodigies like Jesse Rose or Dixon, paves the way for several new compilation concepts to explore new realms beyond the club.
For the latest highlight in Get Physical’s exciting evolution from ephemeral dream of six music lovers to one of the globe’s most exciting and diverse imprints, check out the label’s fifth anniversary compilation. Besides a CD release featuring fourteen new and exclusive tracks by in-house talents (DJ T., Booka Shade, M.A.N.D.Y., Heidi, Elektrochemie, Chelonis R. Jones, Jona, Samim etc.) the label asked a selection of highly respected producers to raid its back catalogue and remix some of Get Physical greatest hits – in a style that breaks would mould of the label.
The remixed results reveal a broad and differentiated perspective of the various crossover spheres of (electronic) music. Remixes and reinterpretations by Hot Chip, Senor Coconut, Herbert, The Rapture, Moby, Earl Zinger, Henrik Schwarz, Sebastian Tellier, Padded Cell, Dexter, Fuiya & Miyagi, Larry Gold and Chris Clark not only bring some heavyweight names to the project, but impress with the care and inventiveness that has gone into treating the original tracks.
Naturally, the anniversary will be flanked by a European tour to celebrate these busy and eventful five years. A tour that will take the Get Physical DJs and live acts back to where it all began: the club!
What’s more, the label enjoys a meeting of minds with new cooperation partner K-Swiss. With the sneaker brand eager to get more involved with music, this long-term collaboration kicks off with the label’s 5th anniversary European tour. Beyond the obligatory tour T-shirts there will be an exclusive, limited edition of 300 USB sticks, available a. o. through exclusive media and webpage competitions and featuring an exclusive mix of recent Get Physical releases.
A full body workout, indeed. To the next five years!