DJ - producer / remixer - label owner - radioman
If you think of Germany's Rhine-Ruhr area you might perhaps think of closed
coal-mines, football and beer in the first place, but these regions have
far more to offer. Especially the electronic music scene between Düsseldorf
and Dortmund is very vibrant and Moguai is definitely one of its most
important representatives. Living in quiet Recklinghausen, the ardent local
patriot visits the whole world from there and has still never contemplated
about turning his back on his hometown. This is only one of the reasons
which make the man who was born André Tegeler so likable. In the first
place it has been and still is his musical success which has made Moguai
one of the most popular DJs and producers of our time.
Much has happened since the early 90s when Moguai organised parties in a
youth club close to his hometown together with some friends and performed
his first gig. Electronic music has long since grown up and Moguai with it.
Now he has his very own style and entertains with his sets ranging across
TechHouse, Breaks and Techno-Electro in the smallest clubs as well as at
the biggest open-air events. Unsurprisingly, the readers of "Raveline"
magazine voted him breakthrough artist of the year in 2002 and he was
celebrated from Sydney to Byron Bay on his 2004 tour of Australia and New
Zealand. He was even voted best international act 2005 in New Zealand and
best DJ by "Prinz Ruhrgebiet" magazine in the same year. But also at German
events like Nature One, Mayday or the Loveparade (R.I.P.) Moguai has always
been and still is an important act. However, he is not only a DJ for the
big events. He also mans the decks in clubs around the country and abroad.
As far afield as England and South Africa Moguai creates an energetic party
mood and fills the dance floors.
To only see Moguai as a DJ would be a big mistake. In 1998 he had a top ten
hit with "The Final", which he produced together with colleague Phil
Fuldner. Other products, like for example his debut-EP "Best Before End",
released in 1993, or the later "Dial M for Moguai" paved him the way to the
top of Germany's best producers. Moguai also owns the record label PUNX
which was launched in 2001. The first release, his own track "The Rock",
turned the scene upside down.
The follow-up "U know Y" became the most popular track on the Mayday
festival and the top selling sold vinyl in Germany. Since this track was
used for the Sugababes-single "In the middle", it has made an international
breakthrough. Moguai and his colleague Phil Fuldner mixed the song in co-
operation with Sugababes' producer Brian Higgins. For this work Moguai was
awarded double platinum in Great Britain in 2005. In the same year the
single "Sasha (Sex Secret)" which Moguai wrote with Inga Humpe and Tommi
Eckart (aka 2raumwohnung) received gold in Germany.
The label PUNKX produced successful releases as for example "Old'n'New" and
"Freaks". In 2003 Superstar Recordings discovered Moguai and signed him
directly. Besides producing his own material Moguai is an internationally
acclaimed remixer and has been able to bring his style to tracks by well-
known acts such as X-Press2 feat. David Byrne (Talking Heads),
Fischerspooner, Timo Maas and 2raumwohnung. Moguai's 2005 remix of the club
hit "Geht's noch" by Roman Flügel (Alter Ego) was released worldewide
together with the original.
Moguai's first contact with radio was in 2001 when Germany's biggest
station EinsLive offered him a four-hour programme. Since then Moguai
presented his monthly show with various guests such as Todd Terry and LTJ
Bukern as part of the "EinsLive Partyservice". After the "Partyservice" was
cancelled in 2004, EinsLive signed another contract with Moguai in May
2005. Together with the station Moguai put together a DJ-team consisting of
WestBam, Paul van Dyk, Mousse T., Chris Liebing and Moguai himself, who now
take turns presenting a programme on Saturday night between midnight and