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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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  • kixstaz

    New single with the new front man announced!

    12 Nov 9:30pm Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    Funker Vogt, Now and Forever!

    10 Nov 9:40am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    I'm glad they lasted past 2003, Navigator (2005) has two of my favorite FUNKER VOGT TRAX

    31 Oct 6:12am Reply
  • _duif

    I've heard all kinds of inhuman noise and murderous hymns... but this is the kind of music that makes me want to kill myself.

    21 Oct 9:03pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    lol i have no idea how they lasted past 2003.

    18 Oct 9:40am Reply
  • PuppenVonFreak

    Not bad. :)

    15 Oct 3:37pm Reply
  • Neroese

    Funker Vogt rename. Now, they're 'The Firm'.

    22 Jul 6:47pm Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    If the band members keep Funker Vogt going I hope they change the name. I am all for keeping the music alive, but please give Funker Vogt a rest. It just won't be the same.

    4 Jul 7:23pm Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    R.I.P. FUNKER VOGT [ 1995 - 2013 ] [2] One of the BEST!

    4 Jul 7:19pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    R.I.P. FUNKER VOGT [ 1995 - 2013 ]

    18 May 11:28pm Reply
  • Barrel-o-nukes


    26 Apr 7:05pm Reply
  • psychoma

    Jens was the power of Funker Vogt... Now they need to do instrumentals only...

    25 Mar 4:30am Reply
  • catukat


    22 Feb 7:18pm Reply
  • jokumuko

    So sad.

    13 Feb 4:01am Reply
  • limpicatto


    6 Feb 3:54am Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    New Singer. WTF.

    4 Feb 6:04pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    SUCKS... Jens is the voice of Funker Vogt. I don't know if I will cope with a new singer.

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Conde_Maquina

    Too bad! I just found this notice. Do they have another new singer? I´m sure they are not going to be the same!

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Kingsforlife


    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Midiplay

    translated the German written message left on the band's Facebook page for you: Dear Fans & Friends, the time has come to share something with you which has troubled me for the past few days. The show on 30.11.13 in Berlin will be the last where I'll be appearing as frontman of Funker Vogt. I will not speak publicly about the reasons behind this decision, because my loyalty to Funker Vogt was & still is for me the highest priority. The past 18 years with good and bad times has been an important part of my life, I will always treasure it with pride. I would like to thank those who have supported me as a singer of Funker Vogt all these years. Your support was what drove me and made it all possible. I don't find the adequate words right, so I'm simply going to say this: Thank you again. We'll see what time brings. Jens Kästel

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
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