WestBam

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Maximilian Lenz
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Maximilian Lenz was born on 4 March 1965 in Münster, Westphalia. He is the brother of Fabian Lenz (DJ Dick)
WestBam is in fact the abbreviated form of Westphalia BamBaataa and derives from this artist's home state in Germany and his role model Afrika Bambaataa. 1983 marked the beginning of his DJ career in the Odeon Club in Münster. In 1984 he made a permanent move to Berlin which was still divided by the Wall. WestBam started as DJ at Berlin's famous Metropol and his sophisticated mixing techniques brought him fame far beyond the borders of the divided city. In 1985 WestBam worked with Klaus Jankuhn to produce his first 12" entitled "17" which was inspired by Paul Hardcastle's "19". In 1986 he founded Low Spirit Recordings together with Fabian Lenz, William Röttger, Klaus Jankuhn and Sandra Molzahn. In 1989 he made his first album "The Cabinet". This was the first DJ-concept album to be launched on the German market.
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SF 57 WestBam - Live At Riga album art Popularnaja Mehanika* Feat. Westbam Popularnaja Mehanika* Feat. Westbam - Live At Riga (Album) What's So Funny About.. SF 57 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
EFA 04261-08 WestBam - WestBam album art WestBam WestBam (Album) Low Spirit Recordings EFA 04261-08 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
SRB-T050 WestBam - WestBam In Seoul album art WestBam WestBam In Seoul (Album) SRB records SRB-T050 South Korea 1988 Sell This Version
841 518-1 WestBam - The Cabinet album art WestBam The Cabinet (Album) Low Spirit Recordings 841 518-1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
D4-75755 WestBam - The Roof Is On Fire album art WestBam The Roof Is On Fire (Album) TSR Records D4-75755 US 1991 Sell This Version
POCP-1184 WestBam - A Practising Maniac At Work album art WestBam A Practising Maniac At Work (Album) Low Spirit Recordings POCP-1184 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
523270-2, 523 270-2 WestBam - Bam Bam Bam album art Westbam Bam Bam Bam (Album) Low Spirit Recordings, Low Spirit Recordings 523270-2, 523 270-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
74321 530294, 743215302940 WestBam - We'll Never Stop Living This Way album art WestBam We'll Never Stop Living This Way (Album) Low Spirit Recordings 74321 530294, 743215302940 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
82876 69261 2 WestBam - Right On album art WestBam Right On (Album) Low Spirit Recordings 82876 69261 2 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
82876 72015 1 WestBam - Do You Believe In The Westworld album art WestBam Do You Believe In The Westworld (Album) Low Spirit Recordings 82876 72015 1 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
06025 3734566 3 WestBam - Götterstrasse album art WestBam Götterstrasse (Album) Vertigo 06025 3734566 3 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
SPV 142102 2CD WestBam - The Risky Sets!!! album art Westbam/ML* The Risky Sets!!! (Album) No Limits (2) SPV 142102 2CD Germany 2019 Sell This Version
70276 WestBam - Famous Last Songs Vol.1 album art Westbam/ML* Famous Last Songs Vol.1 (Album) Embassy Of Music 70276 Germany 2021 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

STD 4512 WestBam - 17 album art WestBamb* Presents Cowboy Temple WestBamb* Presents Cowboy Temple - 17(7", Single) S.T.D. Records STD 4512 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
04288-70 WestBam - Do It In The Mix album art WestBam Do It In The Mix (Maxi) Metropol (3) 04288-70 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
DRX 612 WestBam - Monkey Say, Monkey Do album art West Bam* Monkey Say, Monkey Do (Single, Maxi) Doctor Beat, Dance Trax DRX 612 UK 1988 Sell This Version
04255-02, 04255 02 WestBam - Disco Deutschland / Monkey Say Monkey Do album art WestBam Disco Deutschland / Monkey Say Monkey Do (Maxi) Low Spirit Recordings, Low Spirit Recordings 04255-02, 04255 02 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
EFA MS 04250/02 WestBam - Disco Deutschland album art Westbam Disco Deutschland Low Spirit Recordings EFA MS 04250/02 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
04256-02 WestBam - Live At Leningrad album art Westbam / Popular Mekanik* Westbam / Popular Mekanik* - Live At Leningrad (Maxi, Single) Low Spirit Recordings 04256-02 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
WHOS 15 WestBam - Cold Stomper album art WestBam Cold Stomper (Maxi, Single) Low Spirit Recordings, Polydor WHOS 15 Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
889 477-1 WestBam - And Party album art WestBam And Party (Maxi, Single) Low Spirit Recordings, Polydor 889 477-1 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
889 909 1 WestBam - Cold Train album art Westbam Featuring Rhythum Asyllum Westbam Featuring Rhythum Asyllum - Cold Train (Maxi, Single) Low Spirit Recordings, Polydor 889 909 1 1989 Sell This Version
CD SYR 6 WestBam - Hold Me Back album art WestBam Hold Me Back (Maxi) Swanyard Records Ltd, Swanyard Records Ltd CD SYR 6 UK 1989 Sell This Version
SYDT3, SYD T3 WestBam - Alarm Clock / Hold Me Back album art West Bam* Alarm Clock / Hold Me Back (Maxi) Swanyard Discs Ltd. SYDT3, SYD T3 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CYGT 2 WestBam - Saxophone album art WestBam Saxophone Low Spirit Recordings CYGT 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version

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brgljezdesign

brgljezdesign

April 5, 2020
did he give himself title "king"? don't think so. so that's only personal opinion of some person who made comment on his work.
his value is his contribution in electronic music over 30 years (not counting his involvement in production of rave parties, just music).
some singles or remixes r unique, some less unique, but if u ask me there r more than 10 that really great tunes. not many electro performers have that much or more.
great job w and keep it commin'!
ColonelTirpitz

ColonelTirpitz

December 6, 2017
I don't understand why Westbam is so prized ?

Sure he made some unique tracks and such but to be called "the king of techno" is silly to me .

There were much better Techno artist in the 90's ( with techno i mean the style even as minimal techno ) . Seems alot people has forgotten Adam Beyer , Joel Müll , Jeff Mills , Pacou ,Blake Baxter , Joey Beltram , Surgeon , Heiko Laux, Andreas Kraemer , Johannes Heil , The Advent , The Pump Panel , Cari Lekebusch, etc.... Or famous labels that were very well known back in the day such as Tresor label, Construct Rhythm , Kanzlerant , Missile Records , Kombination Research , Fine Audio Recordings , etc.....

Nowadays we have wannabes and posers DJ's thinking they can work but today everything is easy in the electronic music world ( yes it is so easy to make 5 or more CD compilations daily with computer programms that do it all for you )

Then we have DJ's artist such as Westbam , Paul Oakenfold , .... that were so good at their start and have the urge to change their styles because the so called music "evolution" i'm still wondering how can Techno evolve to Techno?? ( they already failed with Drum&Bass to sound it more Commercial Trance-ish than pure dark Drum&Bass like it was in 1993 to 2002 ) .

But yeah once someone become famous they're producing more commercial shit over and over ...cough yes you cough David Guetta, Tiesto, Marco V , ......

Hope that DJ's stops to imitate what the mainstream wants and starts to work with their own soul and emotion not something deja vu 'heard' .

So yes Westbam a big shame -_-

bishop_siege_alpha

bishop_siege_alpha

January 26, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
Well yeah, no doubt he's clever and godlike DJ and all, but there are few buts: he only cleverly manipulated the whole scene with such level that it should go down in music business primer books. The Mayday - yeah, awesome gathering, but the concept stolen from TEKNOZID. Germans should know better, but prior to Mayday DJ TANITH and folks did their thing, with Westbam stealing this concept, eventually commercialising it and consequently dooming the whole scene for moneygrabbing and nothing else. Since then DJs realised that these sort of parties will be the main cash cow in the future and the time for a messiah in the boots of Tiesto, Guetta or Bob Sinclair has come. There is a really solid german documentary WE CALL IT TECHNO! about the early rave scene in Deutschland (released 5 years ago give or take), look it up, really interesting.
Also what Low Spirit & Co did they turned their backs to some stronger sounds like Hardcore, resulting in Leathernecks (the legends Lenny Dee & Marc Trauner-Acardipane) project with their all time terror classic 'At War' (Low Spirit suck my coooooooock, f.ck your family f.ck your mother f.ck them aalllllll.. remember that funky song? ) although his own production around 1994 sounded something not too far from what can be described as 'rave' or 'happy hardcore'. Which brings me to my next point - his sound was cool, 1997 album was still interesting with the electro come-back but after that it's just pure shite. Just out of interest I fast forwarded his Gotterstrasse recently and wouldn't even be able to describe the typical listener who would honestly say he loves this sort of music. Would that be a mid-aged dude driving a car that looks like a penis? Or a student that didn't even bothered to look further than his iphone? Hell knows, my imagination doesn't stretch that far. I think Maximilian Lenz will be remembered as Demis Roussos (R.I.P.) of techno.
delirium303

delirium303

September 19, 2012
Westbam is one of German techno kings. He is one of the creators of Mayday and he with Jankuhn are the heads behind many legendary techno/rave/house tracks. He has had doubtless a big influence to the genre dance music. Most here in Germany love him for his style.

junkerjuks

junkerjuks

April 5, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
Well, all the above is more or less true.

BUT!

Westbam has developed a style which, IMO is one of the most - if not THE most unique style any techno DJ has ever created. His merge of 4/4 breakbeat with electro beats and rave RULES the big room rave like nothing else. You can send in any rockaholic dummy and he/she would most likely fall into the crowd and party with the rest.

Shure, it´s commercial. Sure there´s not a visible spot free from the logos os Playtation, Motorola, VIVA etc. But at least the money buys you technique better than anywhere else. The best sound, nice light and some visuals - when you compare it to, say I Love Tehcno, there is a long way to go for those Belgium promoters, when speaking in terms of a great setup.

Also I think that Celebration Generation and the whole album Right On are absoulutely AWESOME!!! Right On sounds like NOTHING else and is really a great work of techno art. Whenever I try and push "my" music to non-electronic people and I want to give them something besides DJ-sets, this is the only non-Underworld/Basement Jaxx/Fat Boy Slim/Daft Punk album they will listen to.

PS: He really should leave some of the scratching alone, but he´s a brilliant mixer. I have heard sets (fx Münsterland dec 2003) where he creates a great flow, using loops from the battlevinyl of the Right On and does some very nifty scratching too, creating new music from scratch, right there on the decks and efx. Very convincing, I didn´t know he had that in him.

Also the Mr X & Mr Y: Nite of the Tschuldigungs (only good work by those two) is one of my top-10 vinyls of all time!!!

Westbam is someone who it is easy to dislike, but he deserves some credit for his unique approach to techno and for doing great Mayday parties up to aprox 1998.
Mr.Fonk

Mr.Fonk

April 18, 2003
Westbam's great days sadly have passed.

Nowadays Mr.Lenz lives in a dream world, where he is the godfather of techno, whilst reality is a bit different...

For me he's has become too arrogant, too narcisstic. He did not recognize that "techno" has been sold out by some clever A&R guys and that he's willingly part of their greedy marketing campaigns.

He also should leave elbow scratching to those who are good at it ;)

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