The Get Physical story begins on a tennis court in Saarbrücken, near the
German-French border. That's where Patrick Bodmer met Philipp Jung on a
summer's day twenty years ago. Their lifelong friendship and musical
partnership was sealed on their next meeting, at the high board of the
local swimming baths. After many hours of discussion they were jumping, and
were virtually brothers from then on. Together they ran wild and wished for
a life that could only be about their great loves - collecting records,
throwing parties and meeting girls. They dreamt of a way to live as a
child, running happy and free. When youthful desire had to make way for
sensible adult concerns they parted ways.
At 25 Patrick and Philipp were reunited in Frankfurt, then the hub of
Germany's flourishing house and techno scene. Philipp worked for Snap's
record company; Patrick studied and lived as an artist. They began their
first musical activities with releases on local independent imprints and
devised their unofficial Lust (eng: joy, zest, delight) parties as an
excuse to play records. Later Patrick acquired an old brewery as an atelier
that served as their cauldron for ideas, art and wanton personal
experimentation. They stopped in 1997 and the final twang of traditional
career values saw Philipp move firstly to Cologne as A&R of Jive, and later
to Berlin to do the same job for V2. Patrick finished studying before
taking a sensible day job he quickly detested.
Over the next years they consumed music, raved and span records at every
opportunity. DJ T and Patrik (The Sunsetpeople), from Frankfurt's Monza
club, heard them play at a party and noticed them on the dancefloor,
stamping their feet and ripping their clothes. They became close friends,
and M.A.N.D.Y. have held a Monza residency since 2001. The same year their
old pals Arno and Walter (Booka Shade) moved from Saarbrücken to Frankfurt.
The four intensified their work together and again talked of starting a
label. The first official M.A.N.D.Y. release, a remix of French electronic
band Galleon, was chosen as the official German single and went
stratospheric sales charts. DJ work poured in but they couldn't reconcile
with the commercial scene and abandoned it after a few short months.
M.A.N.D.Y. liken their next moves to a last exit, a final chance to do
something special before time ran away from them. They decided to create a
label with their friends Booka Shade and DJ T, utilising the talent of the
close friends in their circle. They called it Get Physical: in tribute to
the dancefloor; in memory of their meeting; for their love of disco,
acknowledging the obsession with Olivia Newton-John. It was born from pure
desire, the need to create something tangible from their lifelong passion.
In 2002, M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade moved to Berlin seeking a new creative
kick. What they found was a confluence of artists and ideas, and a constant
shower of music that washed over and immersed them. It was productive,
intense and satisfying. Living and working together their strong
relationships provided the perfect foundation for future growth.
Since the creation of the label, M.A.N.D.Y. have come into their own as
artists and DJs. Their natural easy friendship allowed their skills to
gradually flourish and their heartfelt excitement for what they do ignites
every floor. Mixing the first Get Physical label compilation in 2004 sent
their sound beyond Europe and they're sought after remixers working with
artists as diverse as The Knife, Seelenluft, the Sugababes, Hans Peter
Lindstrom and Fisherspooner. And though they travel the world they treasure
the family vibe that supports them in Berlin. For M.A.N.D.Y. this isn't a
job and isn't about success. It's about partnership and friendship and a
realisation that dreams can come true.