Nightflight: Tobi Neumann

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    Tobi Neumann (Cocoon/Sensitva) Ian Bright (Space Camp/Nightflight)
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  • After a packed house and some stunning techno from Marc Houle last Friday we continue in the same vein. Born and raised in Vienna (Austria) and Munich (Germany), Tobi grew up surrounded by classical music and soon went on to experiment with the piano and guitar he was meant to learn. Moonlighting in a number of bands, his interests shifted to pop music and studio technology; later on, he delved into the tricks of the trade as part of a four-year sound engineering course. Ever since the early 1990s, Neumann has been flexing his creative muscles as a freelance sound engineer for movie and TV productions while building up his own sound studios to record and mix bands. Together with his friends and fellow band members Peter Horn and Martin Probst he went on to write and produce film and advertising soundtracks, strongly influenced by electronic sounds and rhythms, such as Brian Eno’s epic, expansive oeuvre. For Tobi Neumann, 1996 proved to be a turning point. At his first ever Berlin Love Parade, he had an epiphany. Immediately hooked on House, Techno and club culture, he went out to buy decks, a mixing desk and a stack of 12-inches, determined to become a DJ. Influenced and inspired by the intensity and immediacy of playing and mixing live, he followed a monthly residency at Munich’s Muffathalle (1997) with Flokati, his own weekly spot at the city’s legendary Techno club Ultraschall (from 1998). A perennial club scene favourite and Munich’s most successful Underground House night for many years running, his nights attracted special guests like Ata, Steve Bug, Luke Solomon, Karotte, Hans Nieswandt, Chez Damier and countless of other luminaries. At the same time, Flokati served as the best possible proving ground for Tobi Neumann – here, he could fine-tune his own sense and feel of the club’s moods and flavours, a skill no selfrespecting DJ or promoter could do without. Simultaneously, he was a founding member and producer of art/sound hybrid Chicks on Speed, adding his unique touch to full-blown hits like ‘Eurotrash Girl’ or ‘Kaltes Klares Wasser’. As part of Glove, a production team also featuring fellow producer and musician Thies Mynther, he crafted countless of remixed for a. o. Egoexpress, Ladytron and Cocoon’s surprise hit ‘Drogenkontrolle’, produced a number of albums (Miss Kittin, Chicks on Speed) and a 12” on Playhouse. In 2001, Neumann moved to Berlin where a new flat, new studio and plenty of new friends were already waiting. Inspired by Berlin and Frankfurt’s music and club scenes, Tobi Neumann began to focus more and more on his DJ career. In 2002, he joined Sven Väth’s artist agency Cocoon, following regular back-to-back sets with Ricardo Villalobos and residencies at the Cocoon nights in Frankfurt and Ibiza (since 2001). After a string of chart and dance hits, further film and advertising soundtrack productions and many remixes and productions for other artists (see discography), in 2004 Neumann decided to turn his back on the studio to tour the world as a DJ for a full three years. His current residencies include Robert Johnson (Offenbach), Weekend and Watergate in Berlin, Cocoon @ Amnesia (Ibiza) and Fabric in London. Besides regular sets in Europe’s metropoles and at all the name festivals, his sets have taken Neumann as far as Japan and to almost every corner of North and South America. In 2005, Tobi Neumann set up his own monthly night at Berlin’s Weekend (every second Thursday). Still going strong, these nights also feature a select guest DJ to spice up the proceedings. In addition, he has been releasing an annual DJ Mix on CD since 2004. In 2007, Tobi decided to return to the studio to focus on his latest project ‚Sensitiva‘, a collaboration with Onur Özer. Their first release, the “mimosa”-ep on Dutch label 100% Pure, was released on the dutch label 100% Pure, the second release on secretsundaze music Support from Ian Bright in what's sure to be another solid night of house & techno at Nightflight. Upcoming: Nightflight NYE: Advance tickets from
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