BOLZ BOLZ - BIOGRAPHY
Andreas "Bolz Bolz" Bolz has been an active player in the formation of the German electronic music scene for over 16 years. His achievements are many, including many vinyl releases, countless CD compilations and three project-based longplayers. At the beginning (the early ninetines) there was Techno, and Bolz Bolz dropped onto the scene with his first project, Formicula 4, which included now renowned artists Voigt (Mike Inc.), Burger (Modernist), and Lutterman (Rootpowder). This early project was successful and Formicula 4 went on to play in many German cities and released three maxis on the PBI and Transatlantic labels.
Following Formicula 4, in 1992-93 Bolz Bolz continued to make progress and formed the techno projects Car & Driver, Middle Income, and Roots, which became staples for the Techno label Force Inc Records. Four Car & Driver maxis were released on Force Inc, one Middle Income maxi on Communism Records and finally one Maxi from Roots on Force Inc and Adam & Eve Records. Car & Driver began to attract attention domestically and internationally with their live performances. Twin Drive, an Acid solo project and Slime Slurps, a breakbeat collaboration with Air Liquide's Cem Oral also released on Structure Records and Mono Records.
At the New Music Seminar '92 in New York, Bolz Bolz represented the Cologne underground in such legendary venues as Tunnel, Limelight, and The Palladium.
In 1995 he got together with the founder of Formic Distribution, Georg Lutterman to create the labels Formic Records and Electrocord. Formic Records served as BB's platform for Techno releases, while Electrocord (as the name suggests) concentrated on varying styles of Electro. The Electro project Third Electric released a number of maxis and Bolz Bolz kept himself occupied with the obligatory DJ and live performances. Through the establishment of Electrocord, Bolz Bolz came into contact with the secretive and exclusive Detroit Electro scene. After the first limited edition Electrocord Label Compilation ERCD 1000 in 1996, the Berlin-based Studio K7 label got interested and released the second Electrocord compilation CD 2000 in 1997 and a tour throughout Germany was organized. After this, the name Bolz Bolz first appeared on a single from the Ersatz Audio imprint. At the beginning of 1998 Electrocord released the Mild CD album from BB under the Funktaxi pseudonym, which was created to allow Bolz Bolz to explore yet another style of music, namely pop-influenced electronic Listening.
The releases from Bolz Bolz have been described as "Future Retro", but such a prolific artist is almost impossible to categorize. The course of time has influenced Bolz Bolz's work, and his musical styles as well.
Bolz Bolz founded his own label World Electric in early 1998 and started off with a bang by releasing remixes of Music, the main track from an earlier BB EP on the detroit-based Ersatz Audio. Since the establishment of World Electric Andreas Bolz has gained a reputation as one of Cologne's finest producers.
Time waits for no man, and Bolz Bolz's style is still evolving. More recent works show a move away from pure Electro beats and towards a pumping 4/4 sound, although the treasured Bolz Bolz analog production techniques have been retained.
Take A Walk showed up on the scene at the right moment, its minimal construction and dirty sound provide a needed contrast to the now all-too-prevalent over-produced and semi-commercialized Techno.
Bolz Bolz has done remixes for many acts such as Daf-Dos, Rockers Hifi, Hardfloor, Impulse and many more.