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Funker Vogt

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Hameln, Germany (1995 – present)

When “Funker Vogt” was founded in 1995 by Gerrit Thomas and Jens Kästel, nobody could foresee that, within just one year, it would grow into one of the leading -acts of today. Originally, it had been envisaged as just one more of Gerrit Thomas’s many musical projects; however, the project took the world by storm and grew to become his main act.

The members consist of Gerrit Thomas, Jens Kästel, Björn Böttcher, Frank Schweigert (who replaced Thomas Kroll in 2004), and Kai Schmidt. They all hail from the town of Hameln, Germany. Jens Kästel recently announced on the band’s website that Funker Vogt’s November 30, 2013 show in Berlin was his final show as lead singer for the band.

The name of the band translates from German to English as ‘Radio Operator Vogt’, taken from a friend of the band who was a navigator/radio operator in the German army. This choice of name describes and defines the theme of the project: German army - military - war.

The responsibilities/roles of each member of the band are clearly defined: Gerrit Thomas composes the music, while Jens Kästel is the singer. Most of the lyrics are written by Kai Schmidt, with occasional contributions by Jens and Gerrit. In concert Jens and Gerritt are supported by two guests, namely Björn Böttcher (keyboard) and Thomas Kroll (guitar). For three years Kai Schmidt managed the band, when he handed the management over to Repomanagement (KS/BB).

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  • skinnydrifter

    I avoid shitty industrial like the plague, but my faith is elsewhere.

    1 Apr 1:52am Reply
  • Tholral

    You know what, after seeing "Sick Man" I think I'm done with Industrial, excepting perhaps the instrumental and apolitical. I've lost my belief that there is any refuge to be found in irony after repeated public incidents involving these groups linking them with decidedly unironic neo-nazi and satanist activity. These artists do not even have the boon of being profound in some way by acknowledging evil while condemning it, martial lyrics set to an energetic beat exist solely to fetishize violence and power. All art is ritual, and the hold that symbols have over the human soul is not to be understated. Ask yourself if the influence of these kinds of oscillations is desirable.

    26 Mar 3:41am Reply
  • VADFF

    new singer is shit

    7 Mar 8:08pm Reply
  • meridianorgan

    Morbid curiosity got the better of me.. watched the video for "Sick Man". .. What has been seen cannot be unseen... :(

    2 Feb 9:53am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    they should do the band a favour and change their name - that way the new singer wont lose their reputation

    30 Jan 10:54pm Reply
  • BOIA_CHI_MOLLA

    Funker without Jens, ain't Funker anymore. Geralt alone wont save the reputation of the band i think. Jens is bringing THE FIRM though, so that means we can still have him in a way. Oh well.. Oh and that new video with the new guy...it's beyond me. To say it was disgusting and terrible is not gonna be enough.

    29 Jan 2:04pm Reply
  • Foresterregn

    "Für Dich" song is wonderful

    28 Jan 8:08am Reply
  • frozentorture

    Bring back Jens ):

    21 Jan 3:59am Reply
  • versionfiv

    @liamebm you mean fake blood. electro industrial 'musicians' never used real blood, cause they're pansies. the only ones that ever possibly have are alien vampires and maybe suicide commando in the very early days but i can't be sure about that one.

    3 Jan 12:17am Reply
  • Borreh

    Yeah. I liked the song alot but dear Jesus that video...

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • limpicatto

    Fucking Funker Vogt. Always on the dangerous edge of awesome music and utter shit. That music video...

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Replace the vocalist now, oh my fucking life. R.I.P. FUNKER VOGT : {1995 - 2013}

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • LiamEBM

    "Sick Man" ain't bad, the video was awful, like 2004 industrial "blood is awesome" kind of awful.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • meridianorgan

    Sick Man.. actually wasn't as bad as I was expecting. But I am definitely missing Jens!

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Neroese

    Funker Vogt have new singer - Sascha Korn. Just look at this guy on internet, and you will understand, why there is so much hates about new single.

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • psychoma

    Bring back Jens.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • erokezmort

    yaaa.Good!!!!

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    For me I won't be buying any new Funker Vogt without Jens Kästel. It's just not the same. I really don't like the new stuff. :(

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Borreh

    Sick Man gets the job done.

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MassSkate

    red queen is great!

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
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