Monday, October 1, 2007

About Music - Timo Mass

For almost twenty-five years and during thousands of DJ-sets German-born Timo Maas has turned energy into ecstasy, mixing a congenial and cohesive Dance-combination for the soundtrack to the perfect party – drawing on eclectic ingredients from Hip Hop to Alternative and R&B. Despite all that, Timo Maas feels he is more craftsman than alchemist, never resting on his laurels, and always re-inventing himself. Most importantly: He does not spin records, he more than anything creates his sound. Restless, untiring, worldwide. Preferably all night long, at least for four to five hours, more trip than trial – and in June 2006 even as the opening act for Depeche Mode in Warsaw. At the peak of the excitement, floor filled and audience screaming, Timo Maas will say something like: “I think I’ll really get them going in about twenty minutes or so.”

The look ahead and both ears to the ground have achieved a lot for this telecommunications-engineer from Hanover: From the local Discotheque in the Eighties to popular residencies in The End (“best venue“, Time Out Live Award, London), the new Pacha in New York and the DC 10 on Ibiza in 2006. From high-profile remixes and a proud Grammy-nomination to a whole lot of original productions, two artist-albums and his own label 99 Percent. “I approach every gig, every single set and everything I produce, as if they were my last”, says Timo Maas, whose name, by the way, is neither a pseudonym nor an acronym (even though “a Thousand Incredible Moments Of Music And Aural Sensations” would fit). “All of this is only possible, because I believe a hundred percent in what I’m doing. I love my job!”

Numerous singles, mixes and albums have made Timo Maas, always in collaboration with his sound-designer Martin Buttrich, a household name far beyond the dance-world. Maas released his own debut album Loud in 2002 on his label 99 Percent, which takes its name from an almost all-encompassing vinyl-release policy. It featured guest appearances from Kelis and Finley Quaye. A second Music For The Maases, Volume 2, was released, again consisting of remixes and new tracks. In 2005 Maas released his second personal album, Pictures, featuring guest artists Kelis, Neneh Cherry and Placebo's Brian Molko. His "To Get Down" track was used on the sound track to the 2003 remake of The Italian Job (2003 film), and also for the sound track to the video game, FIFA 2003. Find out more about this 37 year old producer/remixer at his website:

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