The Speed Freak

The Speed Freak

Real Name:
Martin Damm
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Martin Damm has been releasing records since 1990 under various project names, the most recurrent ones being Biochip C., The Speed Freak, and Search & Destroy. Starting off making German-style EBM techno, he soon became part of the Cologne school around Walker, and released on labels such as Monotone, Force Inc., and Dj.ungle Fever. After his increased popularity especially with the Dutch gabber scene in 1994 and 1995, Mokum and Shockwave became his home labels. His musical activities however stretch much further - tracks from his studio can be found on lots of different labels and on dozens of CD compilations. Apart from his further involvement in several labels such as Ozon (with Jammin' Unit), Napalm (plus its sublabels Agent Orange and Speedcore) and Anodyne (plus the defunct Biophobia), he is also available for live and deejay gigs. furthermore, he has started to produce his own videos and CD-ROM parts.

Part of what makes the music of Martin Damm interesting is his versatility. The tracks coming from his studio, Biosfear, stylistically stretch over the whole area of electronic dance music - going from power acid to breakcore, from drum & bass to happy gabber, from straight techno to dubby trip hop. Fans will rave about the squiggly 303 programming, the bouncy kickdrums and clattering breakbeats, the powerful and dense yet transparent overall sound, the wonderfully witty combinations and structures, the overwhelming wealth of amazing sound ideas and little melodies, and last not least the cynically cheesy organs and shameless sampling.
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The Speed Freak Discography

Albums

The Speed Freak Speed City (EP, Album) Mono Tone, Mono Tone Germany 1993 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak Return To Speed City (Album) Mono Tone Germany 1993 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak Destruction By Speed (Album) Shockwave Recordings, Shockwave Recordings Germany 1994 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak For You (Album) Shockwave Recordings Germany 1995 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak 1000 Needles (Album) Psychik Genocide France 2002 Sell This Version
SRPC-L002 The Speed Freak Shockwave Greatest Hits Megamix 1994-2002(CDr, P/Mixed) Sharpnelsound SRPC-L002 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak Disinformation Overload (Album) Psychik Genocide France 2005 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak Swallow This! - Remixed & Mutilated (Comp, Album) Psychik Genocide France 2006 Sell This Version
XHSFS The Speed Freak X-Treme Hard The Speed Freak Sessions Sampler(CD, Smplr) X-Treme Hard XHSFS Japan 2007 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak Freakwaves (Album) Psychik Genocide France 2008 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak WTF!? (What The Freak !?) (Album) Psychik Genocide France 2014 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak WTR!? (What The Remix !?) (Album) Psychik Genocide France 2016 Sell This Version
RETRO-SH-04 The Speed Freak 90sRXs(15xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Retrologic RETRO-SH-04 Germany 2016

Singles & EPs

The Speed Freak The Speed Freak (EP) Mono Tone Germany 1992 Sell This Version
The Speedfreak* Red Poison Titanium Steel Germany 1993 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak Sonic Mine - EP (EP) Mono Tone Germany 1993 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak Speedbird (Maxi) ZYX Music Germany 1994 Sell This Version
SH-lim 03 Wendy Milan / The Speed Freak Wendy Milan / The Speed Freak - Untitled(12", Ltd, TP) Shockwave Recordings SH-lim 03 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
The Speedfreak* Never Surrender Shockwave Recordings Germany 1995 Sell This Version
The Speedfreak* K-Town Terrorist Mokum Records, Mokum Records Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
Lenny Dee vs. The Speed Freak Lenny Dee vs. The Speed Freak - I've Made A Change / Worst Shockwave Recordings Germany 1995 Sell This Version
DBN029 The Speed Freak Slaughterhouse Massacre Vol. 1(12") Drop Bass Network DBN029 US 1995 Sell This Version
DBN038 The Speed Freak Slaughterhouse Massacre Vol. 2(12") Drop Bass Network DBN038 US 1995 Sell This Version
The Speed Freak Featuring Wendy Milan The Speed Freak Featuring Wendy Milan - Live In Japan Shockwave Recordings Germany 1996 Sell This Version
SH-2929 The Speed Freak Oldschool? Newschool? Fuck That!!!(12") Shockwave Recordings SH-2929 Germany 2001 Sell This Version

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stefanz

stefanz

October 1, 2008
! The Speed Freak ! Masterproducer and Mixer !

(havent heard him DJ'ing cause am 16 so i cant say anything about that:P, but im sure his DJ skills are amazing too)

Ive used to listen to him all day long just even for all the effects and mashups from loops and samples. I have almost-/all his albums i think, i think he's one of the few producers with real skills and motivation to make all his tracks sound perfect, not to mention the time it should cost to make such tracks as he does.
I make music myself too with Fruityloops and many times i take inspiration from tracks of the speedfreak.

Respect.
lukus

lukus

December 2, 2007
I seriously cannott believe that no one has commented on the man like martin damm. One of the few who has kept it "real for the past 15 years. No joke.

He is truly as pivotal to the underground electronic scene as artists like Marc Acardipane, Joey Beltram, and a host of other luminaries i could mention.

And it is not just the amount of records he has released under numerous guises, but he has uncompromisingly written and released so many different styles of electronica that it does truly defy belief.

From the good ole days of 92, force inc and the whole cologne thing, Right up to now 2007 and his outrageous sonic, sample bent manipulations in his recent psychic genocide releases---the man damm is purely machine and definitely demands respect, regardless of what your musical preference be.

(and as i know the man himself quite well, im sure he would be extremely humbled if these words were put upon him. Respect man.)

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