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Faze DJ Set #09: Michael Mayer

  • Artists Lawrence, Tim Paris, Axel Boman, Catz 'n Dogz, Martin Dawson, Michael Mayer, Superpitcher, COMA, Kolombo, The Mole, Sei A, Khan, Terranova, Portable, WhoMadeWho, Tomas Barfod, Nicolas Stefan, Koelsch, Dauwd
  • Release Date 2012-12-21
  • Labels dig dis! Series
  • Catalog DJS052INT
  • Description As a DJ, producer and remixer, Michael Mayer remains one of Germany's core celebrities in dance music. As a co-owner of Kompakt, he spends his weekdays deciding what will be released on the label and working with the label's artists and overseeing Kompakt's distribution wing - the home of over 50 record labels. Amazingly enough, he manages to sneak into the studio on occasion to produce his own music and remix the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Foals and Rufus Wainwright. And of course there is Supermayer but more on that later. Born in 1971 in the Black Forest, he was exposed to DJing as a young teen when he befriended a neighborhood DJ and light designer who gave him mix tapes and snuck him into the local club. "The image of someone standing behind the turntables is carved into my memory. I knew at once that was what I wanted to do". By this time it's the early '90's and dance music couldn't be any bigger. Michael joins up with a local DJ adversary, Tobias Thomas and two other friends to create the DJ team, Friends Xperiment Sound System. The team dissolved due to Thomas moving to Cologne and the others to Berlin leaving young Mayer to decide between province or capital. Cologne wins and with Tobias Thomas he reinvents Friends Xperiment but commits to a straight 44 - house and techno mandate. It runs like wildfire, playing all over town which included a residency at the legendary IZ club - Cologne's community hub of that time. 1998 would be a pivotal year for Mayer and his colleagues - most significantly the birth of Kompakt but many concepts and ideas are professionally realized. Mayer together with Reinhard Voigt and Tobias Thomas united in the studio to record the full length Geben und Nehmen (Ladomat) as Forever Sweet. By this time Friends Xperiment had evolved to a series of parties called Lichtblick (together with Thomas and Riley Reinhold - now of TraumTrapez fame). This would come to an end due to the inception of the now legendary weekly party Total Confusion at Studio 672. As a reaction to the state of the business and label politics the owners of Delirium felt the need to create their own arm of support for the music community. Kompakt was born - inspired by Andy Warhol's Factory, Kompakt was the realization of creating a complete outlet for creative freedom in the music business and today boasts a label, record store, distributor, recording studios and booking agency. Due to the numerous worldwide DJ gigs and responsibilities at Kompakt, Michael Mayer only finds time for his own productions at irregular intervals. Following a slew of 12'' releases, in 2005 he took the time off to produce his debut album Touch. 2007 was the year of Supermayer. Following a string of remixes for Losoul and Geiger, the friendship and musical connection between Superpitcher and Michael Mayer reached it's fruition. Their playfulness and open spirit in music, freedom and hilarity was embraced by the public with their debut full length Save The World. Michael recalls "Supermayer is like Alice In Wonderland. A door opens up and you enter a world where you can do anything you like". Their celebrated album brought forward an elaborative av live show (for the first time ever) taking them to numerous festivals including Coachella, Fiber Fib and Primavera Sound. Finally, Kompakt sees the long-awaited release of Michael's sophomore album Mantasy, a long-awaited, indispensable update of Michael Mayer's production sound and an essential release for the label in 2012: "It's my second solo album, but for me it's really the first one, says Michael, and indeed the masterful sequencing and high production value bear witness to an artist in full control of his medium. The album's title refers to the escapist momentum of a cinematic journey into the unknown, a tribute to history's great explorers, to characters obsessed with an idea, to totally wrong conceptions of the world and faulty sea charts, to inconceivable exertions, all that lunacy, but also an intimate trip to the core of the Kompakt sound itself, whose main ambassador has always been Michael Mayer. While promoting his new album, Michael fortunately found some time to compile and mix this great DJ Set for Faze! Enjoy...

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