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  TIMO MAAS

 

 

 

Timo Maas is conquering the world, one club at at time. Just recently Timo hooked up with Sony Playstation2 for a huge promotional tour for his latest release, Music For The Masses 2. But Timo isn't wasting any time, as he's also putting together yet another album, the follow up to the critically acclaimed release Loud! As an artist that's remixed everyone from Madonna to the funky club fav Green Velvet, and gets on average as many as 50 requests per month for his remixing talents, Timo is a position almost any artsts would die for.

Watch our Timo Maas video interview

His Follow up to MFTM, Music for the Masses 2 has some rare remixes from artist like Kelis and Garbage that aren't to be missed, as well as a groundbreaking bonus DVD (only with the import release) that showcases Maas on tour in beatiful South America. This hard-to-find DVD is well worth the search as it has some breathtaking scenes from his travels through Columbia and Brazil. It also features Timo remixes of Fatboy Slim, Moby, Placebo, Garbage and a new exclusive Timo Maas Original Track.

Even while being one of the top performers in the world, Timo knows that you can't always be number one, (a statement im sure many an avid fan would disagree with!) and therefore strives to make quality music for us lucky clubbers!

When asked about the recent plunge in the music industry, he makes a strong statement, but one that is obvioulsy very true and accurate: "The best music will survive no matter what" I couldnt agree more. He reminds us that even when all the top DJ Polls and Magazines have named you as one of the best, you still must remain humble and appreciative. "Never think that you have made it or are #1 because everyday is a new challenge, every gig is a big experience, and I simply love it," says Timo, and I couldnt have said it any better!

Hours before his fabulous PS2 gig at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, we met up with him at the posh "Le Meridian" hotel in Beverly Hills to see if we could snag a quick video interview, and guess what, we succeeded! (When don't we lately???) Anyway check out the footage of Timo and myself as we talk to him about all his accomplishements, and who knows, he may even blow you a kiss....

-- written by Annalee Stone

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TIMO MAAS OFFICAL BIO

"Timo gets the balance of the understated underground just right" --Mixmag

You know the facts. He's got the royal seal of approval from Madonna. He "swaps" remixes with Fatboy Slim. He sprinkled a little something onto Placebo's Special K. Oh, and he hangs out with young and fresh Kelis. But forget the hype for a moment and listen to the debut album. "It will completely kill you!" chuckles the enigmatic Mr. Maas.

Timo Maas unleashed his debut artist album LOUD on March 19. Eclectic just isn't the word for this multi-genre straddling of rock, house, garage, progressive, downbeat and leftfield influences. Lithely protean, its supple feel is highlighted by tracks as varied as the forthcoming funk-fuelled rawk-edged monster "To Get Down" (released Feb 5th) and stellar collaborations with artists as different as Kelis and Finley Quaye. "It's been a satisfying twelve months," muses the superstar DJ. "To see my debut album progressing over such a long period of time is fantastic. It's been the most important learning process so far in my career - to see it all coming together."

High points of the album, co-written and produced with studio partner Martin Buttrich, include last year's Top 40 single "Ubik", featuring a deliciously Teutonic vocal by Germany's answer to Beck, Martin Bettinghaus (also on vocal duties on "That's How I've Been Dancin"); the atmospheric "Help Me", in which R 'n' B star Kelis delivers a hauntingly understated performance over a Fifties' Sci-Fi movie score; forthcoming single "Shifter", a blast of eighties breakdancin' funk fronted by the agitated vocal of garage MC Chickaboo; and Finley Quaye's star turn on "Caravan", four minutes of confused chaos and lyrical ramblings from the stoned prince over a menacingly funky groove. Add to this the blissed out vibe of "Hash Driven" ("a true smoker's song" laughs Timo) and lucid poetry of Hope Recording head honcho Leon Alexander on "We are Nothing", and you can begin to see how these disparate elements somehow work together so nicely. Just don't call it eclectic. Please.

Recent history, fact fans: Whilst his recent remixes for Madonna ("Don't Tell Me"), Placebo ("Special K"), Kelis ("Young, Fresh & New") and Fatboy Slim ("Star 69") have brought Timo to the attention of a mainstream audience, it was his phenomenal re-working of Azzido Da Bass's Top 10 smash "Doom's Night" that originally captured music fans' imagination back in 1999. And let's not forget the success of the two hefty compilations: 2000's retrospective wet 'n' hard classic Music For The Maases crowned a truly staggering year for Timo and going on to win coveted "Album Of the Year" status in both Ministry and Mixmag, and last year's Connected.

Timo plans to hit the road for a six-week headlining tour of the US in May and June. Keep alert for more details.

"Not since Fatboy Slim has a DJ made such a mark on the international scene so quickly." - Mixer

"...our man Maas defies the odds by crafting an album that will appeal to the hardcore heads but still has the capacity to ensnare a more mainstream audience without alienating either." - URB

"...at the end of the night, buzzing, melodic neo-trance is why he's Maasive. Anything else is just a waste of Timo." - Spin

"Maas sticks to what he knows best: monster jams sizzling with robotic funk and tension-filled builds that rarely fail to propel booties within earshot." - Wired

 

 

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