Sound 062 – Thomas Schumacher

When it comes to techno music and the artists that pioneered the genre, Thomas Schumacher may not be a name that immediately comes to mind. However, some may argue that Thomas Schumacher has earned every bit of his right to be called a pioneer. Having been in the industry for more than 20 years now, Thomas Schumacher is quite possibly one of Germany’s most prolific techno artists. At one point, he had made it big. He was riding the wave of success as a producer and signed to a legendary label whereIMG_4216 such artists as Dave Clarke and Felix Da Housecat also called home. In the late 90s, Schumacher founded his own label, Spiel-Zeug Schallplatten, where you quite possibly heard the very early works of Adam Beyer, UMEK, Deetron, and Stephen Bodzin who would later become partner and collaborator under the alias Electrochemie.

Schumacher though began on a path to complete stardom and commercial success in the pop music scene which was in dark contrast to the underground career he had so carefully developed dating back to his early days in his native Bremen where he was a key figure in establishing the rave scene in that city. Schumacher chose to step away from that career and return back to the underground. Not many artists would leave the comfort of such a career and for that Thomas Schumacher is a pioneer choosing his love for the music over the cash and commerical success.

IMG_4213Fast forward to 2017 and Schumacher is back in true techno form touring extensively across Germany and the rest of the world. He has dates in Moscow, Berlin, Hamburg, and Cologne as we head into the New Year and there’s no sign Schumacher is slowing down. If anything, and if we’re lucky, we’ll see Schumacher tour more and more with hopes for some North America dates soon. If he’s not headed your way, you can listen to either his My Electric Ballroom radio show or his Now podcast, both of which feature some serious techno including his own personal productions and unreleased tracks you won’t hear anywhere else. We’ve been a fan of his productions for some time but his Now Radio Show 021 recorded just earlier in December has been a recent favorite. It’s an energetic mix featuring such artists as Ramiro Lopez, Layton Giordani, Adam Beyer, Pig&Dan, Arjun Vagale, and many more including Thomas Schumacher himself. Take a listen to Now 021 by Thomas Schumacher below!!!

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