Max Herre has a "MTV Unplugged" added. That puts him on a par with the great German artists like Udo Lindenberg or The doctors, in a tradition with Nirvana, Lauryn Hill, Eric Clapton, Jay Z. is even more than a logical career step and pop culture accolade but "MTV Unplugged" For Max a return to his roots. Long before he was to give as a lyricist and MC of an entire generation a voice, it was mainly the boy with the guitar, the just wanted to play. The feeling that he was looking for than 15 years in the rehearsal room, he finds again - and shares it with an entirely new audience.
The history of this special in many ways, the evening begins nearly 25 years ago in a basement in Stuttgart-West. The young Max was thrilled by funk, soul and reggae. In the basement of a friend he jammed during the day to Tracy Chapman and Terence Trent D'Arby. Evening in his room, he swallowed the meter tape, self-recorded cassette with the albums Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and Bob Marley. Rap music, the genre in which he was to be years later even the star and cultural fixture, be opened up to him as the next logical step in this continuum of black music. HipHop was fOr Max rather an expression of integration as a means of differentiation or subcultural appeal. One could also say: Max never dealt with the rules of an often only supposedly freethinking scene. But simply in which all united around those magic moments around you into a universal groove. The music Max Herre was always clear to listen - whether in its early stages as a singer of the school band Seedless Jam, in his work with Friends or during his solo career.
Even his very first appearance as a rapper with German lyrics was marked by this socialization. What exactly went off because, at that time would have bolder hobby prophets not dared predict. Yet can the more than 20 years that have passed since then - the two undisputed Deutschrap classics with the group Friends, the epochal live performances with the FK Allstars, the transformation from rapper to producers for seeking solo artist to singer-songwriter to Germany's first serious adult-MC with eternity claim - not think without those pioneering. In Stuttgart, there was in the spring of 1992 to the Big Bang, when the first "kolkhoz Jam" in Jugendhaus Mitte: rappers, B-Boys, Writer, but also the Mucker from the local live scene, the DJs of the night clubs, the nerds to the Spex subscription from the record store. And in the middle Max Herre"The time was totally free, people have celebrated all the same hip hop was a real movement.."
It was only a matter of time that Max Gotta two other hip hop fans who approached the phenomenon from their own respective direction. Philippe Kayser played with his band homemade Acid Jazz, DJ Friction Ucs as turntablist and producer for various G.I. rapper. At first glance so there was more that distinguished the three when they were united: Philippe was a seasoned musician and experienced producer with his own studio, Friction a young hip-hop fanatics Max at this time a Zivi in Jugendhaus Mitte. Nevertheless, the chemistry right away, soon it gave the first performances. sat quasi around the clock Max, Philippe and Frico mixer, developed song ideas and demos feilten: "I always right Philippe in an old brown leather armchair, opposite Friction the Sample Search or scratching. "
Every now and then watched as colleagues Afrob, Sekou or Wasi of the Massive Töne over. But even befriended skater, graphic designers, musicians and artists moved naturally in the environment of slow ausprÄgenden Circle of Friends. "The boiler location and deferred Kleinstadthaftigkeit Stuttgart have causes always the same creative people are successively taken Those were very different people who made something in Stuttgart you could not just let Keep the fun.. The culture that they wanted to consume, had you create yourself. " The scene was small, talented and networked. They knew, appreciated and supported, even over alleged trenches away.
So ended Max and Co. in the summer of 1996 Four Music, which then newly formed label of Fantastic Four. Friends Set mostly in threes in just a few months her first album. This led to 19 pieces and Skits all these narratives to an extremely harmonious whole together: "Squaring the Circle" was released in February 1997 and to say that it's expectations beyond, would be a discreet understatement. tracks like "Put your ear to the rail history", "When the curtain falls" or "Telephone terrorist" (With a very young, then still completely unknown Cassandra Steen) Were canonically quasi overnight. And with the Revised Version of "A-N-N-A" had even a top 10 hit single - a real rarity in the German HipHop. "A-N-N-A" was the anthem of his summer, Friends Been True School and pop at the same time. The deepest with the lyrics and the highest sales.
In addition to its precision, the political awareness and the subtle pop appeal impressed with all this especially Max'Versatility. The spectrum it with "Squaring the Circle" opened, he advanced with his feature verses and side projects virtually at will. So he brought in "Tabula Rasa" some gentleman the first time in the consciousness of the general public - and created alongside with more natural ease an entirely new kind of authentic world music. "You hold on your love feast" was a dub reggae version of Clay bricks sherds-Classic and thus a personal reminiscence of his next Udo Lindenberg Probably the greatest source of inspiration as a songwriter: Rio Reiser.
All these skills culminated in july 1999 in the second Friends-album "Esperanto". Everything was ripe and round, sophisticated and differentiated. More tools in the instrumentals, more history in the stories, more love in the love songs more rap in the rap songs. The record sold more than 300,000 times. The summer of 1999 was not only fOr Max Herre and the Friends a special. It also marked the zenith of the first big boom in the history of Deutschrap. With the Massive Töne, the Absolute beginners, Eins Zwo, Afrob and up Friends were FüNF Acts simultaneously in the Top 15. Suddenly everything seemed possible - that a relatively purist Battle Track as "Tabula Rasa", reacted with a chorus in Jamaican Patois and a Super-8 video from Ghana, almost 200,000 copies.
At the concerts is excited teenagers mingled with the mellow Heads. The German HipHop was as great as ever, but its decline was marked on the horizon from. He lacked foresight, developed infrastructures, on a solid base of talented artists and institutional intelligence that curb the ever increasing greed of countless copycat could or can at least compensate. It was obvious. But wanted, blinded by the glaring strong sun, not see the dark clouds that have already attracted zoom wildfire.
Max contrast, trust the gut instinct that so many felt, only nobody wanted to admit it, and used it to stay in the picture, the golden late summer for the perfect picnic. From the Friends he let the FK Allstars grown up. He built long-time friends and accomplices as Sekou, gentleman, Joy Denalane, Afrob or Deborah firmly in the show and recorded with them the biggest festival stages, which lent the country like this. One thing led to another, yet in 2000 the live album "En Directo", and then it was over. Quit playing on dopesten: Friends were outside, but her myth intact. Forever.
What to do if you have achieved everything its genre hergibt, and probably a lot more than that? Max Herre pulled out of the radical cut his own, consistent conclusions. As a producer, he took the musical vision Joy Denalane at. One thing missing in all commercial success and all social recognition, the German-language pop music thanks to the Class of '99 suddenly bestowed was: RB from here, independent and genuine. Joys debut album "Mamani" delivered in 2002 exactly Instinctively he made with his wife just the plate that he always wanted to hear -., and said thus, without the mouth to open, a whole generation of the soul. The album stormed into the Top 10 and was nominated for a total of three ECHO. Much more importantly: Joy Denalane had their own identity as an artist. And Max Herre had a future as a music maker.
After the appearance of the plate moved Max With Joy and her common first son from Stuttgart to Berlin, where he made all things new. With the power and the wealth of experience he soon turned back to his own music. Or rather, finally his own music. Freshly arrived in his new home Berlin, took Max the extremely rare freedom of established acts who speak no constraints or obligations cease to be covered in order to re-try as an artist. "Max Herre" was marked by upheaval, a new self-confidence as a producer and the rigorous refusal to expectations to add others. The album debuted at number one in the German album charts.
The second solo album "A Gifted Day" is today Max'Bravest musical step. He pressed again the reset button and took on a flawless singer-songwriter plate. The original concept of the panel had been: rap verses with sung hooks full of folk and soul. But at a time, in the in Max'Privacy mainly standing question mark, the exclamation Culture Rap disappeared almost completely from his art. There were texts of fragile, often disarmingly simple beauty. A diverse, but spartan instrumentation was added to all take with the techniques of the seventies. The rule was: no swag, no style. Just music, as direct and honest as mÖglich.Fans and critique reacted, how they react in such cases simply: cleaved. But the album was an experiment. And in experiments not give any result falls out as one, it has concocted in the laboratory. "A Gifted Day" was an important, a necessary drive. Because they showed Max Herre final on that for him as an artist and human being, everything is possible. And she gave his work with his co-producer Samon Kawamura and Roberto Di Gioia their existence today formal framework.
2010 did the three officially became a producer team together to their individual experience and expertise in future as KAHEDI merge. Your (preliminary) peaked cooperation 2012 Max Herre third solo album: "Hello World!" was exactly the album that you had always desired as a fan of the first hour and enemy of musical formats from him. On one hand, remembered Max By spitting on its strengths to pinnacle Rap returned and fire, as if since the kolkhoz Jam not 20 years but less than 20 minutes have passed. On the other hand he never took in the recording booth to Produzentenhut from, Opened musically even further and so reconciling the redeemed of melancholy "A Gifted Day" with exuberant euphoria of his first solo album. All these influences were held together by the concept of KAHEDI Radio, the design freedom and the mentality of a pirate radio station on album length Transferred. So some songs went seamlessly over, others were joined by announcements and Einspieler.
This concept is now with "MTV Unplugged - KAHEDI Radio Show" continued. Again, the idea of an own radio program acts as a content clip that Herre Career compacted and contextualized addition. Host of the evening is the New York hip-hop forefather Fab 5 Freddy. Freddy was an integral part of the downtown scene of the late seventies and early eighties, in the punk and disco ran together miraculously.
"We do not play head-concert, but with each other", bringing Max Herre the concept of the show to the point. "We are concerned with interaction in a 360°Situation, not the mere reproduction of moments. "
Above all, "MTV Unplugged - KAHEDI Radio Show" a real team effort, which brings together more than 40 musicians and guests from three generations. "It is not simply a question of good people around himself. I want to work with musicians who are part of my idea and enrich their ideas that idea. The not only bring their game and their skills, but her heart and her musical Vision."
So will "MTV Unplugged - KAHEDI Radio Show" to more than a retrospective, as the declared presence of people Herre would not do it justice. Rather, it is a statement about what Max Herre 2013 accounts and means. The message that can sometimes also include a square circle admirably. And that future always carries a piece past in itself. At least if it sounds like the music of Max Herre.
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