Roman Flügel



  • One of the biggest names in the German electronic music scene. Active since the early 1990's, Flugel is a chameleon visiting many styles from ambient/idm to house, techno, electro and leftfield. Works solo or with long time partner Jorn Elling Wuttke...
    It all started with one of these Chicago Trax compilations on DM/STREETSOUNDS. As a reaction to his thirsting for more of these crazed beats from overseas and with a view to his tight budget, the greatest hits of these expensive imported 12” singles were soon released in the form of a compendium. This opened Pandora’s box, for very young Roman Flügel, too. Innocently given to him by his elder brother as a present (“He probably had no idea what he was about to unleash and just wanted to give me some new music”), the dazzle of the unrefined and feverish dance music, furnished with just a few drum machines and inexpensive synthesizers, turned the whole world upside down for the cultivated music pupil from Darmstadt. After several evenings at Sven Väth’s renowned Omen club, few kilometres further up north, and his mind was made up. Memories of the atmosphere at the legendary Warp or Underground Resistance label nights has put a smile on Flügel’s delicate face ever since – a man who would also make a fine figure as a literature lecturer, poet or thinker. “LFO’s bass, once they had set up their massive range of equipment, was unbelievable,” he says laughing. It didn’t take long before the well-trained ear tried out more than just classical melodies. Little by little, he collected a vast array of equipment, bringing forth his first sound experiments and enough courage to give a demo tape to indie fan (that’s what music magazines like Zillo used to call people like that back then) Jörn Elling Wuttke. The latter was a well-known face in Darmstadt’s music scene and often enthused about new electronic music. In him he had found the right partner and Wuttke could hardly believe his spellbound ears. DJs und Delirium record sellers Ata and Heiko MSO from Frankfurt felt the same. At first they thought someone was making fun of them. It sounded too authentic and unique. The music Flügel and Wuttke had presented to their label Ongaku and Klang Elektronik as Acid Jesus or, rather, Alter Ego, couldn’t possibly come from the little neighbouring town Darmstadt. In Frankfurt, that kind of sound made people think of Detroit. The rest is history and forged an almost holy alliance. Speaking of holy: a humid summer’s day, a crate of beer and a studio in a garage sufficed to found a new label by the name of Playhouse for Holy Garage and to create that certain “surprise” which still excites house clubs today. Comrades-in-arms such as Isolée, Don Disco alias Losoul and Ricardo Villalobos made the label the number one address. So they went on, history was written and the nineties flew by in a jiffy. His degree course in music was in the way: “It seemed obsolete somehow, just to be analyzing church sonatas all day when there were so many interesting things going on around me. When, on top of that, the only semester on modern music was cancelled that year, I decided to leave the university.” Luckily for us all, actually. The electronic intellectual’s productivity is virtually unparalleled and Roman Flügel, the producer, DJ and label co-owner of Ongaku/Klang/Playhouse has meanwhile become a gentle giant in the German electro scene. With his own personal style and the privilege of being independent from the usual constraints of the music industry. A free spirit instead of a sheep. His solo project as Soylent Green (see the latest “La Forca Del Destino” compendium) is just as much of a must as his Alter Ego project with Wuttke, rigorously affirming techno down to the very last detail. He and Wuttke also count as techno Teuton Sven Väth’s favourite producers, who booked the team to produce a series of his own music. Roman’s work as Eight Miles High and Ro 70 show his quieter side, while the remixes (e.g. for Daft Punk, The Human League, Primal Scream, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue) and tracks under his own name (just think of the Arcade rave of “Geht’s Noch”) are light dancefloor affirmations. Roman also champions the cause of this in his job as an entertainer. Tried and tested by the stadium and pop hit “Rocker”, Flügel and Wuttke can be proud of being able to set any auditorium in the world on fire with their live set. DJ Roman Flügel can say the same of himself. Be it his sets at Offenbach’s Robert-Johnson, Amnesia on Ibiza or Berlin’s Tollhaus Berghain/Panorama Bar: instead of disappearing in trivial and meaningless elevator clicks, he prefers to make his way through 20 years of “rave”. Contemporary music that includes bleeping house or quirky techno meets futuristic Italo-disco and electronica devoid of all provenance. There was a time when you’d call that kind of sound acid house, released cheaper by the dozen on compilations. It all turns full circle again. Gerd Janson 2009

    Selected discography

    1.Roman IV „Altes Testament“ – Play 002 / 1995 A (14x7x4) B Altes Testament 2.Roman IV „Algo“ – Play 005 / 1995 A Algorhythmus B1 Fkk B2 Green Tea 3.Ro 70 „Ro 70“ Source Records CD 950821 / 1995 Einklang Gog Alma Room 385 Visible speech Magog Fm Thythms Ballon above Java 10 to 10 Künstlicher Ausklang 4.Soylent Green „Low Pt. 1 & 2“ – Play 010 / 1996 A Low pt 1 B Low pt 2 5.Eight Miles High „One“ Klang 09 / 1996 A1 Introduction A2 Flow Chart A3 Tribute to Peter v. Zahn A4 Zero One B1 Bill Gates Blues B2 Razorsharp B3 Conversations B4 Death of a Braincell 6.Eight Miles High „Two“ Klang 10 / 1996 A1 Drone A2 Frogs B1 The Gift B2 Art Gallery 7.Ro 70 meets Move D „Pt 1“ Source Records 1245 / 1997 A untitled B untitled 8.Soylent Green „2“ – Play 013 / 1998 A Jet Set B1 Brut B2 After all 9.List „Rewind“ Klang 20 / 1998 A1 Rewind A2 Idea 01 B1 Slot B2 Lick B3 Stick 10.Melanin „Untitled“ Melanin 05 / 1998 A untitled B untitled 11.Ro 70 meets Move D „Pt 2“ Source Records 1200 / 1998 A untitled B untitled 12.Acid Test „Acid Test one & two“ – Play 020 / 1999 A Test one B Test two 13.Tracks On Delivery Part 1 – Ongaku 020 / 2000 A1 Pattern one A2 Pattern two B1 Pattern three B2 Pattern four 14.Tracks On Delivery Part 2 – Ongaku 023 / 2000 A1 Pattern 5 A2 Pattern 6 B1 Pattern 7 B2 Pattern 8 15.Soylent Green „On The Balcony“ – Play 041 / 2000 A On the balcony B1 G. Krishna B2 Not to be named 16.Eight Miles High „The End Of The Beginning“ Klang 36 / 2000 A1 Feat. A2 In this place A3 Pardon B1 Ride´em B2 Rot/Grün 17.Eight Miles High „Chamber Musik“ Klang 42 / 2000 A1 Chamber Musik A2 Garelli B1 Trost B2 Im Schatten B3 E-Starre 18.Soylent Green „At The Gates“ – Play 067 / 2002 A Pass the Coke B1 At the gates B2 Cold showers 19.Tracks On Delivery Part 3 – Ongaku 028 / 2002 A1 Pattern 9 A2 Pattern 10 B1 Pattern 11 B2 Pattern 12 20.Tracks On Delivery Part 4 – Ongaku 029 / 2002 A1 Pattern 13 B1 Pattern 14 B2 Pattern 15 21.Eight Miles High „Katalog“ Klang CD 08 / 2002 Intro Flow Chart Tribute to Peter v. Zahn Zero One Conversations Things that keep you warm Frogs Art Gallery Feat. In this place Ride´em Im Schatten Pure Beauty Katalog Reflexed Sowohl Told 22.Roman Flügel „Geht´s Noch?“ Cocoon 12“012 / 2004 A Geht´s noch (Original) B Geht´s noch (Dominik Eulberg Remix) 23.Soylent Green „La Forza Del Destino“ Play CD 18 / 2006 Jet Set La forza del destino Cold showers Low pt. 1 After all On the balcony At the gates Stay stupid Humpty Acid Camera obscura Not to be named 24.Roman Flügel „Mutter“ Klang 108 / 2006 A1 Say Hello A2 Mutter A3 Strich B1 Lao Aviation B2 Danndann B3 Wave Good Bye 25.Dell & Flügel „Superstructure“ LIO08CD / 2006 Superstructure Urban Practise Miniaturisation Wolkenbügel 4 Door Body Cell Perspective, Moscow Study for a Skyscraper Habitation Dirty Realism 26.Dell & Flügel „Study for a Skyscraper“ LIO09EP / 2006 A1 4 Door Body Cell A2 Study for a Skysraper B Study for a Skyscraper (A Guy Called Gerald infusion Mix) 27.Soylent Green „La Forza Del Destino Remix“ Play 134 / 2007 A La forza del destino (Radioslave Remix) B La forza del destino (Original) 28.Roman IV „Neues Testament“ Play 148 / 2008 A Neues Testament B1 As time goes bye-bye B2 Outro 29.Roman Flügel „Stricher“ Turbo 67 / 2009 A1 Stricher B1 Discofiasco B2 Prinzessin X 30.Roman Flügel „Brian Le Bon“ Live at Robert Johnson 006 / 2010 A Brian Le Bon B N.M.I.S.M.D. 31.Roman Flügel „Volume 5“ Live at Robert Johnson CD 05 / 2010