|There rarely is a musician to be seen, who feels home in more than just one musical genre the way Matthias Vogt does. Who else can claim himself being booked in the hottest clubs around the globe and aditionally being respected as a genius jazz musician at the same time?
Vogt holds a residency at Sven VÃ¤thâ€™s Cocoonclub in Frankfurt, the City that surely still is a Mekka for all conceivable kinds of electronic music.
Being the incorporator of â€žMotorcitysoulâ€œ, a highly successful and steady-increasing DJ- and Production-Duo, that Vogt founded a few years ago, and is now runnning succesfully with his brother in crime â€žC-Rockâ€œ aka Christian Rindermann, he played gigs at Clubs such as â€žThe Endâ€œ in London, the â€žClub 11â€œ in Amsterdam or the â€žClub Propagandaâ€œ in Moscow. Furthermore he did plenty of DJ-Gigs in countries around the world like Japan, Spain, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Latvia or Turkey.
Under his Motorcitysoul-moniker he released several groundbreaking records on highly-acclaimed House-Imprints like Freerange, Simple, Aus, Stir 15 or Lofi-Stereo amongst others. Particularly in producing electronic music, Vogt is able to bring to account his experience as a jazz-musician in a way, that surely is unique in nowadays contemporary House-Music.
For this reason Matthias Vogt and C-Rock not only did Remixes for magnificent Houseproducers such as Blaze, Dirt Crew, Jussi Pekka, Brett Johnson or Phonique, but also contributed a Readaption of Fuckapondelicâ€™s â€žSwitch the Lightâ€œ, that was released alongside the original track on Cocoon-Recordings last year and was causing quite a stir in the clubs around the globe.
In his â€žsecond lifeâ€œ Vogt is a jazz-musician. He graduated an education as Professional Musician as well as Instrumental-Pedagogue for Jazz- and Popular-Music at the â€žFrankfurter Musikwerkstattâ€œ.
In 2002 the frankfurt-based Label INFRACOM! asked Matthias Vogt to realise a unique musical idea: The creation of an album that contains acoustic jazz-versions of originally elctronic tracks. A name for this project was easy to be found: re:jazz! Two further albums followed and the fromer project quickly turned into a band. Thus re:jazz! created instant jazz-adaptions of dance-classics such as â€žKeep on Movinâ€œ (Soul II Soul), â€žFinallyâ€œ (Ce Ce Peniston), â€žInner City Lifeâ€œ (Goldie) or â€žAll I Needâ€œ (Air). Currently re:jazz! are working on their fourth studio-album. Till this day they sold over 60.000 albums wolrdwide and even the media celebrated re:jazz! for being a great enrichment to the coeval german jazz-scene.
Vogtâ€™s second important project next to re:jazz! is the â€žMatthias Vogt Trioâ€œ. In 2006 the first â€žMatthias Vogt Trioâ€œ album â€žChanging Coloursâ€œ was released on INFRACOM! and he recently finsihed the recordings for their latest Longplayer â€žComing Up For Airâ€œ, that will see the world in 2009.
Around the millenium-turn Vogt worked as tour-keyborder for the bands â€žCreme 21â€œ and â€žChimaâ€œ and played big Festivals such as â€žRock am Ringâ€œ and â€žRock im Parkâ€œ and even in the â€žRheinstadionâ€œ in DÃ¼sseldorf, a football-arena for more than 60.000 people. Meanwhile Vogt looks back to reams of performances with jazz- and pop-bands and can rightly call himself a true allrounder.
Next to Vogtâ€™s career as a musician he climbed the ladder as a DJ in the late eighties, when he did regular performances in the wellknown Mainzer KUZ, a location with a capacity of 2.000 people, where he inspired the crowd with his own interpretation of a contemporary DJ-Set by mixing up different types of â€ždance-musicâ€œ. His wide range of musical interest and even of his repertoire helped him to gain a foothold in the steady growing DJ-Scene of that time: Thus he played at the legendary â€žMainzer BrÃ¼ckenkopfâ€œ, at the â€žCookiesâ€œ in Frankfurt or the â€žBasementâ€œ in Wiesbaden.
But indeed it was another club, that should build his longtime basis: â€žDas Rindâ€œ
in his hometown RÃ¼sselsheim. Hailing from the german motorcity, he launched the house-row â€žLovelandâ€œ together with his partner Dirk Dreyer in 1995 with guests such as Ricardo Villalobos, Ian Pooley, Karotte, Tiefschwarz or Hans Nieswandt.
He worked for different music-magazines like â€žNetwork Pressâ€œ and the â€žGrooveâ€œ-magazine and started to produce electronic music in the middle-nineties.
Under his alias â€žDJ Mattâ€œ Vogt released on the famous german label â€žForce Inc.â€œ as well as on the before-mentioned â€žINFRACOMâ€œ-imprint. In 2003 his ways crossed with Christian â€žC-Rockâ€œ Rindermann. Vogt asked him to produce the first Motorcitysoul-Album â€žDid you expect that?â€œ
The fertility of their collaboration inspired Vogt to ask Rindermann to join him and henceforth they were running Motorcitysoul together. Together with the dj-legend Chez Damier they recorded â€žKeep on turningâ€œ, that was released on Stir 15 in 2005, a deep vocal-track and a true neo-classic, that rocked the boat across the world.
As a DJ Vogt saw nearly every important houseclub in the â€žRhine-Main-Areaâ€œ.He was resident at the â€žMonzaâ€œ and the â€žKing Kamehamehaâ€œ. After these two jobs it was time to move on and therefore he finally became a inherent part of â€žGoing Deeperâ€œ, a venue that regularly took and still takes place at the â€žMicroâ€œ-Floor at Sven VÃ¤thâ€™s Cocoonclub in 2005. In 2007 he started his own regular mainfloorevent called â€žOur Houseâ€œ, where â€“and at this point both ends meet- DJâ€™s do interactive performances with live-musicians.
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