44 years old, 1 internationally successful record company, thousands of DJ gigs, 3 albums as an artist, 1
football coaching license, 4 renowned music awards, 1 Ford Mustang, 1 club. Can success be quantified?
Probably. Can DJ Hell be quantified? No.
Even though the above mentioned figures are impressive, the Hell phenomenon isn’t explicable by numbers.
But you can explain it by telling his life story. Born 1962 in the village of Altenmarkt, Upper Bavaria, Germany,
Hell achieved a worldwide breakthrough without compromising, without bending himself in any way. After so
many years as a DJ and label boss he is still cutting edge, still lives today, is still hipper than any
twentysomething. A star DJ without an interest in drugs, an ardent supporter of the FC Bayern Munich football
team who collaborates with Donatella Versace, who adores his mum’s pork roast, kicked off the eighties
revival almost singlehandedly and rocked just about every club from New York to Tokyo. All that in a single
lifetime. That is DJ Hell.
It all started with Hell spinning records. First at the legendary Libella club, out in the country, where he was so
innovative, so exciting that it only was a question of time before he moved on to nearby Munich. There he went
through EBM and the initial stages of techno and by that time it was already him who influenced people rather
than him being influenced. And that was noticed in other cities, other clubs. That’s how he got to see the
world. The first releases came about in a flash: „My definition of house music“ – still valid today – and
„Geteert und Gefedert“ („Tarred and Feathered“), the first album. He put a meaning to the terms serious,
tough and minimal and when everybody had understood he moved on immediately. That’s why he founded his
own label, International Deejay Gigolos, and started to release new and exciting music: Miss Kittin & The
Hacker, Fischerspooner, Zombie Nation, Psychonauts, Terranova, all household names within the international
electronica community by now. Meanwhile he still found some time to work on his own artist career. „Munich
Machine“ was a manifesto and love letter to a city he’d made his own, including the Barry Manilow cover
version „Copa“, a massive hit. By 2000 it was time for his own club, out in the bavarian countryside of
course, the „Villa“. The people look different compared to a regular techno club, it is there that you begin to
understand that innovation is a question of your state of mind and not your origin. Summer 2003 sees the
release of his new album „N.Y. Muscle“. Fresh again, different again, re-inventing himself again. Hell
collaborates with the legendary Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and with P. Diddy. All that in a single lifetime.