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Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner im Nordstern

23. January 2011

“We just express ourselves through electronic music”. That’s how Mr. Heinrichs and Mr. Hirtenfellner explain their motivation for making music. A pretty decent effort: those two guys, based in East Berlin, have had a remarkable rise as producers and DJs in the last few years.

Sascha Hirtenfellner got his first introduction to music through his grandfather who was a successful opera singer. Lars Heinrichs also developed an early crush on music, falling in love with the huge speakers of his uncle’s East German mobile disco. Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner crossed paths in 2003, after being part of the early techno movement in the nineties, where they had their first experiences in DJing, producing and organizing Techno parties. The musical chemistry clicked into place and they became fast friends, roommates, and in 2005, label bosses of their first label: Tonkonsum. Three releases later, in summer 2006, they had their first hit with “You Are I” on their second label – Supdub. Since then Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner have produced almost twenty releases and remixes on several hot labels.

In 2007 they found a home base and a familiar crew at Highgrade Records, whose musical philosophy matches their own. They’ve made their name on Highgrade with two successful EPs and a digital release, all of which have left us craving for more!

Heinrichs & Hirtenfellners music combines dry and carefully structured minimal funk with infinite influences that take them well far beyond the pigeon-hole thinking. Buzzing house grooves here, dubby basslines there and in between cruising jazz samples or swirling oriental sounds. German music critics have credited them with a “fresh sound”, which “combines the new Chicago with minimal abstraction”.

In the past few years Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner have played in clubs like Watergate, Arena Club, Bar25 and Panorama Bar. They have also rocked international clubbers in Amsterdam, Moskau, and Madrid. A glance at their booking schedule proves that they are one of Germanys most sought after new acts.

With their debut album “Dark Orbit” on Highgrade (May 2009) Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner entered a major new phase, simultaneously starting their new live show. We wait with baited breath to see where in the musical universe the duo will go next.

Fr 04.02.2011 23.00
Nordstern Basel

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