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M. Walking on the Water


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M. Walking on the Water is a German band from Krefeld. They described their genre as “short-distance-psycho-folk” in the beginning; by the time their last album was released, it had slowly changed to “long-distance-meta-pop”.

M. Walking on the Water was founded 1985 by Markus Maria Jansen and Mike Pelzer using rhytmmachines. After a while their line-up was enriched by Joshua Jankowitz and Ulrich Kisters. They soon started doing live-performances in unexpected places in the public. As their popularity grows and after winning the Ruhr-Rock-Festival, they release their first single “Party in the Cemetary” on their own.

The single has been a great success and soon afterwards they released their first self-titled album under the Fuego independent label. Their popularity grew and their live performances were highly appreciated by the dancing public. The Goethe-Institut hired them twice for tours through Äthiopia, Tansania, Kenia, Madagascar, Sudan, Kasachstan, Usbekistan, Tukmenistan, Kirgistan and Tadschikistan.

During their (so far) 11 years of musical carreer they have tried a lot of different styles: rough, folky, slow, fast, waltz, electro-pop and cover songs (Pictures of an Exhibitionist). Some of their recordings were done in Markus’ living room (Wood), some in a lonely cottage in Lousiana (La Louisianne).

After seven albums, two EPs, several singles and eleven years of music, M. Walking on the Water can be said to be one of Germany’s most popular Indie bands featuring powerful live-performances. As of 2007, ten years after the last album was released, M. WAlking on the Water has not yet been officially declared as being dissolved.


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