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Sven Vath

Through his recordings, epic-length DJ sets, dozens of commercial mix albums, and label operations, Sven Väth is one German trance and techno's most popular proponents. Originally the lead singer of a dance-pop group named OFF (which included future members of Snap!), Väth hit the big time in 1986 when OFF's "Electrica Salsa (Baba Baba)" became a number three pop hit in their native country. The band later disintegrated, leaving Väth free to pursue his interest in the hard trance underground of Frankfurt. Väth became a DJ of note for his marathon sets, which sometimes approached 24 hours, and his 1992 co-founding of Harthouse Records. His own releases on the label included those by Barbarella, Astral Pilot, and Metal Masters with the help of his partner, Ralf Hildenbeutel. Blessed with an agreement connecting Harthouse and its subsidiaries to the American major label Warner Bros., Väth released Accident in Paradise, again with contributions from Hildenbeutel, as his first solo album in 1992. A solid debut, it illustrated Väth's concern with connecting techno and trance to the concept-album ideas of prog rock. It died a quick death on American shores, but Mixmag listed it years later in a feature on the best dance albums of all time.

Väth's second album, The Harlequin, the Robot and the Ballet Dancer, was released in Europe in 1994, but its American release was delayed more than a year and sank much quicker than its predecessor. After recording an album with Stevie B-Zet as Astral Pilot, Väth laid low for several years, severing his connections with Harthouse and preferring to concentrate on DJ'ing instead. He returned with a contract to Virgin, which resulted in three proper production albums: 1998's Fusion, 2000's Contact, and 2002's Fire. During this period, he started a series of annual mixes with The Sound of the First Season. It was released on Cocoon, a label he named after parties he had started holding the prior decade. Prominent and long-running, Cocoon went on to release a wide variety of 12" material by the likes of Legowelt and Roman Flügel, as well as additional DJ mixes from Steve Bug and Ricardo Villalobos, among others. Väth's own production output was scant, though his hands remained full with his label and a busy schedule he maintained as a revered veteran DJ. ~ John Bush & Andy Kellman
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antekrizan19 8 0
Sven Vath
Timeless.
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Good Stuff. L'esperanza.
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human809
and why does it stop here at 1995??? what about his later stuff which is brilliant too! seriously puzzled ....
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U60 cocoon party's were freaking awesome
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Nice bass and melody on L´esperanza
Try this similar artist: http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / h u g o - v a z q u e z
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cassidyndad7
the god father of techno. and his house was club omen frankfurt . 3am he would blow it up... chill out at my place..you coming?
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Wonderful Sounds it take you Out!
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Sven Vath is badass.
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Hey Leonedas79- sounds like an amazing time! ahhhh, the late 90's, some of the best techno and trance music is from that time. Miss those days.
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Few albums amazed me as much as Accident In Paradise and this will always be at the top of my collection.S v e n Vath is such an amazing dj too.
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leonedas79
Sven played ultra in Miami this yr closed out Carl cox tent... While 30000 watched Madonna bs about Molly's he was rippin the tent for about 300 of us it's was like nothing u could imagine!!!
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leonedas79
Sven killed it at Twilo as guest DJ in NYC late 90's another time another world!!!!
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Takes me back to a time........ . . . . . . . ah.......... . y e a h . . . . . . . . . . . . so long ago......
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TAKES ME BACK TO THE BLUE MOON IN AUGSBURG. GIGANTISCHEN SPLIFF OFROP HARRE SKUNK AT ULTRASHAL EN MUNCHEN. (1995)
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Loved Accident in Paradise and Harlequin. I was actually disappointed by the more absract hard house sound of Fusion and Contact. I often play Harlequin Plays Bells when doing my radio show.
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whoo! Yeah, very trippy. I like it- I love Miss Kitten also.
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corey674
if you knock this guy and call yourself a 'techno' fan...then ur not.
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trippy vibe...if you like this check out davol
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great to be from frankfurt where his club (cocoon) is located at :)
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leonardopaut a
nice sound
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Good artist, nice flow to music!
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sven is aight .. i give him props
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oliveinjune1 6 3
feels so goooooood
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sucks. out. loud.
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elmaestrocub a n o
Rape: The Musical
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I this music
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<3
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Probably one of the coolest names in 90's techno.
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super chill
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nbird55
Love the Barbarella (Deep Dish Armegeddon Breakdown)-v e r y hot!
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Well he can be too bad off with Microsoft using L'espranza as thier windows xp first time setup back ground music. Wondering if they bought the rights to that song. Mmm?

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