Spring 2006: A team of DJs is celebrating its tenth anniversary and can
look back on a decade in which one high was topped by the next. First they
conquered Stuttgart, their home base, followed by the rest of Germany and
then Ibiza. They have travelled from Russia to Latin America and back
again. They have produced club hits, remixes and have established a dance
network that makes tens of thousands of people happy, with its events,
radio shows and record labels, be it on air, in clubs and on recordings.
Ten years of full action all for the love of house music.
The success of the Tune Brothers (also known as Markus Hägele and Matthias
Kraus) is based on a joint appreciation of house music and the proper party
vibe. The two have developed a system, which appears to run with the
precision of a Swiss clockwork, weekend after weekend after weekend, but
lives from the intention of two music lovers who play one forward pass
after the other, back-2-back style. Every new 12 follows on from its
precursor. The Tune Brothers take their audience along on a trip around the
globe of house music and create a set from vocal to electro, from deep to
tech or from uplifting to Latin, that sounds as if it were from a single
cast. The transitions between the styles flow naturally, maximum pleasure
Back in the early 1990s, the Tune Brothers set out on separate DJ careers.
In 1996, they joined up as a DJ team in the context of what was then the
largest series of events held in Stuttgart. Within virtually no time they
became local hype and played at the citys largest parties, next to DJ stars
such as Roger Sanchez, Mousse T., David Morales, Erick More Morillo, Tom
Novy, Boris Dlugosch or Felix Da Housecat.
In parallel they founded the Housesession series of events, which has since
become an entire network. In 2000, they were awarded the PRINZ Nightlife
Award in the category Best DJ voted for, of course, by the readers of
The Tune Brothers managed the quantum leap beyond the deep valley of
Stuttgart; in fact long before they could provide proof of their own
production. Apart from the most important festivals (SonneMondSterne, Solar
Dance/Sofia, Nature One, Love Parade), they also played in all well-known
house clubs and rushed through the night life of international metropolises
with a tight schedule of appointments.
The steps are constantly increasing, the distances are ever greater. Summer
is the most strenuous time of the year, the house Mecca of Ibiza is on
their schedule. The few gigs of their first season in Ibiza turned to
weekly residencies in the following years. In 2005 they were official Space
Residents, and on top of that, for the first time ever, their Housesession
held events in the most famous clubs in the world.
In the course of the decade, two young DJs turned into two adult label
owners, radio producers, music producers and remixers. Housesession has
become a (registered) trademark. The Housesession network is characterised
by one common denominator: think globally. Not only the German scene is
watched; internationality is the name of the game.
The Housesession radio show launched on the youth radio station DASDING in
2000 is currently broadcast to nine stations in five countries (Germany,
Spain, Greece, Belgium and Bulgaria). During the first hour the Tune
Brothers mix the latest and generally unpublished tracks. During the second
hour a famous DJ supplies a mix as has been done over the past six years,
starting with David Guetta, Bob Sinclair or Little Louie Vega and through
to Deep Dish. Thanks not only to this unique platform, the Tune Brothers
have become an important interface for fresh house music in Germany.
With their first official compilations In The Mix Vol. 1 & 2 they laid the
foundation for the record label Housesession Records, which established
itself toward the middle of their first decade. Their balanced publication
policy has paid off. Apart from releases by big ones such as Armand van
Helden, Michael Gray or DJ Sneak, they come across hopeful newcomers and
release their tracks. They are continuously developing their own pool of
artists, musical content is the benchmark. Impressive artwork completes the
concept of the Stuttgart music factory. The records find homes around the
Most Housesession publications, such as the above mentioned gems, are
accompanied by Tune Brothers remixes. An extremely fruitful relationship
was entered into in the music studio with the experienced producer Peter
Hoff. Impressions of a club night and the longstanding DJ experience of the
Tune Brothers enter into the studio work. Their tracks must be suitable for
prime time listening. Their good flavour is another factor that renders a
Tune Brothers track hot.
In parallel with the label, the focus was increasingly on producing and
remixing, considering that almost seven years had to pass before the Tune
Brothers debuted with their first single Mr Roboto in 2003. The electro
house version of the Styx classic became a club hit. The follow-up single
Serenata in a Latin house version did not only enthuse the ladies for a
winter and the following summer. Both tracks climbed to the very top in
countless dance charts. For their third single I Like It to be produced in
2006, they are integrating a classic funky house piano into a contemporary
10 years Tune Brothers amount to 10 years house music and to 10 years of
development. Their musical phases have since been documented on a total of
seven mix compilations (often double CDs). If one took the time, however,
to listen to one disc after the other, one would not come across any hard
breaks or extreme changes in style. The result would be a harmonious
overall image, like a raw diamond that is ground in the course of time.