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Heiko Laux

References: Kanzleramt Rec, Berlin

Heiko Laux
At the end of the 80’s the young Laux was a frequent guest in the new club ‘Omen’ in Frankfurt. “Omen has been the most influential club for me and from 1989 onwards, I was there several times a month”. Meanwhile, 35 kilometers away in Bad Nauheim, the studio in his parents’ house was filling up with more and more machines and had become a central meeting place for like-minded musicians. Anthony Rother, Johannes Heil, Patrick Lindsey – who became the first league of the Kanzleramt artists - were regular guests in what was soon to become the legendary pub ‘Kanzleramt’. While honing his DJ skills, Heiko discovered his love for the work of Jeff Mills and the idea to develop a label. In 1994 the label he founded was named Kanzleramt. Numerous publications followed and Heiko became known as ‘The Hessen Techno Tiger’. And, although other DJ’s seemed stuck in musical limbo, his notoriety was growing on the scene.

Soon, Sven Väth from Omen, the club that was so hot it had guttering mounted for the sweat, signed Laux. It was here that Heiko played his first live gig. In 1996, he released Morgenstern’s debut album on the Kanzleramt label. It was around this time when Heiko was offered the prime time slot as resident DJ at Omen. More personal success came in 1998, when he released his own debut album ‘Liquidism’ on Kanzleramt. At the end of 1999 Kanzleramt moved to Kreuzberg, in Germany’s Capital city of Berlin. Despite a long phase of becoming established, Heiko was able to replicate his previous success. New opportunities arose and other artists joined the now, internationally renowned, label. The so-called ‘Next Generation’ comprised: DJ Slip, Alexander Kowalski and Diego.

Almost simultaneously, alongside his move to Berlin, Heiko released his next album. ‘Sense Fiction’ was the lightest album he’s ever produced. It sounded easy, jazzy and funky at the same time. In the meantime Kanzleramt was busy. Slip and Diego both released debut albums, the ‘Sense Fiction Remix-Series’ was celebrated and Ricardo Villalobos’s mix charted No 1 in Groove Magazine’s Top 50.

After the Europe wide, 7-year anniversary ‘Fully Fledged’ tour, Heiko devoted his time to producing the album ‘Ornaments’ which became one of the most important milestones of his personal development. This album symbolizes the renaissance of the individual as a feeling being. The man who moved, from the countryside, to the big city had finally arrived.

By the beginning of 2003 Heiko was ready to explore a new musical openness. He had already demonstrated on earlier albums that he was able to move away from ‘4-on-the-floor’ rhythms, but the collaboration with his studio neighbour Teo Schulte, a Berlin-based Jazz musician and Producer, accelerated this development and the ‘Offshore Funk’ project, described as “Funky Flow with Club Entertainment”, was successfully released. In 2006 Heiko began collaborating with Serato Scratch Live with his album "Waves”. Two years later, in 2008 he was invited to play at Serato´s 10th anniversary in Auckland, NZ 2008. During this time he formed a closer relationship with the SSL Developers. Heiko now also appears on Joris Voorn´s label Rejected with his 1st release Mirabella, released in April 2008. A new release on Baalsaal Hamburg will follow shortly. After testing the IOsono sound system at their lab in Erfurt, Heiko was assisting the installation at the Batterieraum. He also performed an introduction at the presentation for the system at Popkomm 2008 Berlin.

His residency at Batterietaum/Tresor continued in recent years with plenty of new dates for Kanzleramt-showcases and release parties, there and all over the world. He also released some new 12” such as a collaboration with Steve Rachmad on Truesoul and a solo on Kanzlerammt.