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.
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
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
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."