- Release Date 2001-08-01
- Label Satamile Records
- Catalog SAT004
BOLZ BOLZ - BIOGRAPHYAndreas "Bolz Bolz" Bolz has been an active player in the formation of the German electronic music scene for over 10 years. His achievements are many, including many vinyl releases, countless CD compilations and three project-based longplayers. At the beginning (the early ninetines) there was Techno, and Bolz Bolz dropped onto the scene with his first project, Formicula 4, which included now renowned artists Voigt (Mike Inc.), Burger (Modernist), and Lutterman (Rootpowder). This early project was successful and Formicula 4 went on to play in many German cities and released three maxis on the PBI and Transatlantic labels.Following Formicula 4, in 1992-93 Bolz Bolz continued to make progress and formed the techno projects Car & Driver, Middle Income, and Roots, which became staples for the Techno label Force Inc Records. Four Car & Driver maxis were released on Force Inc, one Middle Income maxi on Communism Records and finally one Maxi from Roots on Force Inc and Adam & Eve Records. Car & Driver began to attract attention domestically and internationally with their live performances. Twin Drive, an Acid solo project and Slime Slurps, a breakbeat collaboration with Air Liquide's Cem Oral also released on Structure Records and Mono Records.At the New Music Seminar '92 in New York, Bolz Bolz represented the Cologne underground in such legendary venues as Tunnel, Limelight, and The Palladium.In 1995 he got together with the founder of Formic Distribution, Georg Lutterman to create the labels Formic Records and Electrocord. Formic Records served as BB's platform for Techno releases, while Electrocord (as the name suggests) concentrated on varying styles of Electro. The Electro project Third Electric released a number of maxis and Bolz Bolz kept himself occupied with the obligatory DJ and live performances. Through the establishment of Electrocord, Bolz Bolz came into contact with the secretive and exclusive Detroit Electro scene. After the first limited edition Electrocord Label Compilation ERCD 1000 in 1996, the Berlin-based Studio K7 label got interested and released the second Electrocord compilation CD 2000 in 1997 and a tour throughout Germany was organized. After this, the name Bolz Bolz first appeared on a single from the Ersatz Audio imprint. At the beginning of 1998 Electrocord released the Mild CD album from BB under the Funktaxi pseudonym, which was created to allow Bolz Bolz to explore yet another style of music, namely pop-influenced electronic Listening.The releases from Bolz Bolz have been described as "Future Retro", but such a prolific artist is almost impossible to categorize. The course of time has influenced Bolz Bolz's work, and his musical styles as well.Bolz Bolz founded his own label World Electric in early 1998 and started off with a bang by releasing remixes of Music, the main track from an earlier BB EP on the detroit-based Ersatz Audio. Since the establishment of World Electric Andreas Bolz has gained a reputation as one of Cologne's finest producers.Time waits for no man, and Bolz Bolz's style is still evolving. More recent works show a move away from pure Electro beats and towards a pumping 4/4 sound, although the treasured Bolz Bolz analog production techniques have been retained.Take A Walk showed up on the scene at the right moment, its minimal construction and dirty sound provide a needed contrast to the now all-too-prevalent over-produced and semi-commercialized Techno.Bolz Bolz has done remixes for many acts such as Daf-Dos, Rockers Hifi, Hardfloor, Impulse and many more.
DJ Mag Inteview
BOLZ BOLZ INTERVIEW: questions by Richard Brophy from DJ Magazine/UK-London> > When did you start making music? What inspired you to make music?BB:I started making electronic music in 1990 and was inspired by the earlyexperimental electronic scene of the 70's around Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk,Etcetera...I love the analogue sound of these guys.> > You've made a wide range of electronic music throughout your career; do you> get bored making one style or do you like to progress, always exploring new> styles?BB:I don't care about what is up to date or what is easy to sell. When I startproducing a new track it's like setting my feet on a new continent where noone has been before and sometimes it's like exploring a new style. Mostimportant for me is to transport my feelings of that moment into my music.> > Do you think you have had a big influence on the German techno scene?BB:Less the German techno scene, more the international electro scene.I am getting more and more demos from the UK and the US Electro artistswhere it could be that my style influences their music.> > Are your Electrocord, Formic and World Electric labels still going? Are> you still releasing on them?BB:Formic rec. is down, Electrocord is having a break. I am proud to run alabel like WORLD ELECTRIC which is really flying and internationallyestablished now. International acts like Komatr:ohn/Sweden, Scape One/UK orKurt Baggerly/US are producing in that typical World Electric style. As youknow, new tracks of Bolz Bolz are and will be exclusively released on Feisrec./UCMG. But my other important project, named FUNKTAXI, is stillreleasing on World Electric in a jazzy, funky, electro style.> > Do you have anything to do with Force Inc anymore?BB:In the early 90's I produced for Force Inc. It was the birth time of theEuropean techno style. Car & Driver and Roots were my hard techno projects.From '94 I started running my own labels.> > Do you have any plans to keep working on the 'pop easy listening' style you> explored on Funktaxi?BB:Oh yes, Funktaxi is an important part of Bolz Bolz. I love to produce inthat pop easy listening style specially after a period of producing BolzBolz tracks.> > Are you focusing primarily on Bolz Bolz at the moment or are you working on> your other projects?BB:After weeks of fixing up my new studio I got back to music production. Atthe moment I'm working hard on my next Bolz Bolz album for Feis rec. and I'mdoing the World Electric Label work which is getting more and more. Inbetween I am doing Funktaxi tracks.> > The Bolz Bolz sound is very distinctive, instantly recognizable; do you> agree?BB:Distinctive is that typical analog sound of my studio equipment and thesoundtrack feeling of several tracks.> > Do you agree that the Bolz Bolz sound has managed to combine a rough> sounding edge with a real understanding of what works on the dance floor?BB:I don't care about what's working on the floor or not. But mostly mytracks are for moving your body like I do while I am producing. If I seepeople dancing to my music and having fun with it, I got the confirmationthat I am doing my work well.> > A lot of the Bolz Bolz material seems to be based on really big basslines> and old skool sounds and riffs; do you think your back ground in electro> influenecd this sound?BB:It's not only influenced by electro. It also a kind of new wave, punk rockand jazz that let me find these heavy bass lines and riffs. The sound is aresult of my analog synths which sounds even rougher than any digital plugin of computer systems.> > Would you agree that the album also has a very European sound?BB:In a part yes but not only. Some percussion parts are inspired byAfrican music like Fela Kuti. My mind is open to many cultures. > Do you think the music on 'Human Race' could ever cross over to a wider> audience?BB:You never know, but I don't want to loose the contact to the trulyunderground scene where I come from. If a wider audience accept my music aswhat it is I feel fine.> > Were you surprised when 'Take A Walk' became a big club hit in the UK? What> did you think of the remixes by DJ Bone, Paul daley and Si Begg?BB:It was a surprise for me but I know a lot of people worked hard on it andthey all have my big respect. DJ Bone, Paul Daley, DJ Lamonde, JustinBerkovi and Si Begg did a very good job. I love their remixes a lot.> > Do you have plans to release any more material on Longhaul?Maybe.> > What do you think about the state of the dance scene in Germany?BB:Today there are a lot of different dance scenes in Germany and it's moredifficult to establish new styles on the dance floor.> > Why do you think that more underground forms of dance music like eletcro and> techno are more accepted and popualr in Germany than in the UK?BB:Electro is more accepted in the UK and techno is more popular in Germany.So I am glad , my music is accepted in both countries. But I think the UKunderground is more open minded to new styles than the German underground. > Do you have any plans to tour Europe either live or as a DJ to support the> release of the album?BB:I did some gigs here in Germany. It is hard to playing live while I amproducing a new album because this means to rip up my studio setup. Italways takes a lot of time to rebuild it. As a DJ I love to support mymusic. Dj-ing is the best way to find out the interactive feedback betweenmy music and the party people to get in touch with them. My Sets are amixture of danceable techno and electro.> > thanks for your timeBB:thank you too.