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Johannes Heil

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It was meditativeness, fantasy and individuality which have always been part of Johannes Heil´s productions. It is not only the music which stands in the foreground for Johannes Heil, but also the integration of strong words and images - always different and mystical, against the current and diverse in terms of style. Whether in the vocals or the title techno can by all means have a message as long as it is not forced upon the listener. The kick-off for his career as a producer was the correlation with DJ Heiko Laux, who played techno music far from the big cities in the Kanzleramt bistro in Bad-Nauheim. The small project rapidly expanded and aside the big trends - the Kanzleramt label with its sublabels U-Turn and K2O evolved. Johannes Heil quickly became one of the Kanzleramt headliners with his first solo releases on U-Turn (Der Tod, Die Offenbarung, Per Disciplinum Mea Lux Videbis) and Kanzleramt (P.A.X., Feiern), or together with Heiko Laux as Item One.



In any case Johannes Heil was considered to be the hottest newcomer in Germany with his first album Reality To MIDI, which was released in 1998 and made a great impact with its unique sound. The track Paranoid Dancer became a club hit and remains a classic although it was only on the album and was not released as a single until 2002. Hard, brute and hypnotic techno with whirring bass lines, distorted sounds and unobtrusively placed vocal fragments became his trademark.


But this was a trademark he was labelled with much too early, because with his second album Illuminate The Planet, which was released in the following year, Johannes Heil broke new ground which no one had expected in this manner.

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