WestBam

Bürgerl. Name:
Maximilian Lenz
Profil:
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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WestBam - Live At Riga Cover-Design Popularnaja Mehanika* Feat. Westbam Popularnaja Mehanika* Feat. Westbam - Live At Riga (Album) What's So Funny About.. Germany 1987 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - WestBam In Seoul Cover-Design WestBam WestBam In Seoul (Album) SRB records South Korea 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - WestBam Cover-Design WestBam WestBam (Album) Low Spirit Recordings Germany 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - The Cabinet Cover-Design WestBam The Cabinet (Album) Low Spirit Recordings Europe 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - The Roof Is On Fire Cover-Design WestBam The Roof Is On Fire (Album) TSR Records US 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - A Practising Maniac At Work Cover-Design WestBam A Practising Maniac At Work (Album) Low Spirit Recordings Japan 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Bam Bam Bam Cover-Design WestBam Bam Bam Bam (Album) Low Spirit Recordings, Low Spirit Recordings Germany 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - We'll Never Stop Living This Way Cover-Design WestBam We'll Never Stop Living This Way (Album) Low Spirit Recordings Europe 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Right On Cover-Design WestBam Right On (Album) Low Spirit Recordings Russia 2002 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Do You Believe In The Westworld Cover-Design WestBam Do You Believe In The Westworld (Album) Low Spirit Recordings Germany 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Götterstrasse Cover-Design WestBam Götterstrasse (Album) Vertigo Berlin Germany 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - The Risky Sets!!! Cover-Design Westbam/ML* The Risky Sets!!! (Album) No Limits (2) Germany 2019 Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

STD 4512 WestBam - 17 Cover-Design WestBamb* Presents Cowboy Temple WestBamb* Presents Cowboy Temple - 17(7", Single) S.T.D. Records STD 4512 Belgium 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Do It In The Mix Cover-Design WestBam Do It In The Mix (Maxi) Metropol (3) Germany 1987 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Disco Deutschland Cover-Design Westbam Disco Deutschland Low Spirit Recordings Germany 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Monkey Say, Monkey Do Cover-Design West Bam* Monkey Say, Monkey Do (Single, Maxi) Doctor Beat, Dance Trax UK 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Disco Deutschland / Monkey Say Monkey Do Cover-Design WestBam Disco Deutschland / Monkey Say Monkey Do Low Spirit Recordings, Low Spirit Recordings Germany 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Live At Leningrad Cover-Design Westbam / Popular Mekanik* Westbam / Popular Mekanik* - Live At Leningrad (Maxi, Single) Low Spirit Recordings Germany 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Hold Me Back Cover-Design WestBam Hold Me Back (Maxi) Swanyard Records Ltd, Swanyard Records Ltd UK 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Cold Stomper Cover-Design WestBam Cold Stomper (Maxi, Single) Low Spirit Recordings, Polydor Belgium 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Cold Train Cover-Design Westbam Featuring Rhythum Asyllum Westbam Featuring Rhythum Asyllum - Cold Train (Maxi, Single) Low Spirit Recordings, Polydor 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - And Party Cover-Design WestBam And Party (Single, Maxi) Low Spirit Recordings Germany 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Der Bundespräsidenten-Mix / Der Pink Panther-Mix Cover-Design WestBam Der Bundespräsidenten-Mix / Der Pink Panther-Mix (Maxi) Low Spirit Recordings Germany 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Saxophone Cover-Design WestBam Saxophone Low Spirit Recordings UK 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
WestBam - Alarm Clock / Hold Me Back Cover-Design West Bam* Alarm Clock / Hold Me Back (Maxi) Swanyard Discs Ltd. UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen

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ColonelTirpitz

ColonelTirpitz

6. Dezember 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 -_-

ruminas

ruminas

26. Januar 2015
geändert over 3 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

19. September 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

5. April 2006
geändert over 13 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

18. April 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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