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Born in the 1970s/seventies in Bavaria (Germany), Martin Gretschmann started to play bass guitar in a punk/indie band in the late eighties. At the same time he became interested in the evolution of electronic music and its instruments.
His first tracks were released in 1995 under the pseudonym “Console” and with the help of an Atari computer, a four-track tape machine, a sampler and a little synthesizer Martin produced his first album “Pan or ama” which was released in 1996.
Around the same time he joined “The Notwist” to bring the electronic sounds into the band. He has been a constant member of the band ever since.
After releasing several records, remixes, even radio plays (together with Andreas Ammer) and touring excessively, Martin finally decided to start another solo project:
Acid Pauli, a club oriented live Set that evolved into an advanced DJ set over the years and incorporated not only techno and house, but all different kinds of music whilst always remaining on the dance floor.
In 2004 the transcontinental group “13&God” was formed by the members of “The Notwist” and the experimental hip hop crew “Themselves” (Oakland/ California) joined the list of bands Mr. Gretschmann is part of.
And as another new project he joined a little collective who opened a music club in Munich called “Rote Sonne” which has been the playground for international renowned DJs, live acts and bands for about ten years now.
In 2011 Gretschmann moved to Berlin and of course got well connected there into the scene that includes clubs like “Bar 25” and “Katerholzig”. Also he started a creative collaboration with “NU” and the friends of the new artistic project of “The Feathered Sun”.
At the beginning of 2014 “The Notwist” released a new album called “Close To The Glass” and started touring around the world.
Despite the fact that the artist Acid Pauli still seems in his early development, he played with his friend and colleague Damian Lazarus at the “Day Zero” Festival. Moreover, he developed a “sound performance” for an exhibition in Japan and performed on the “Robot Heart”stage at the Burning Man.
Over the past year, he released several remixes, a collaboration with Monolink and a Feathered Sun record, as well as playing worldwide and hosting a weekly Ibiza party, Acid Sundays. In 2016 Acid Pauli will be releasing some highly-anticipated material and exploring some new ventures, film music, for example.
Let’s see what happens next!
Nico Stojan is a global citizen, a Berlin native and a devoted eater of Ayurvedic snacks. Chasing the sun, he spends his time between the fast-paced urban spaces of Europe and wild islands in the South Pacific which smell of Manuka honey and exotic plants.
Before he found his home in House, he had another one in Hip-Hop. Here he nurtured his love of jazz and soul and discovered his talent for working the crowd. But it was the vibrant mood of a growing Berlin club scene and a residency at Bar25 that would change his musical direction and bring him a new set of listeners that would soon become like family. These are the ones who laugh a lot, hug regularly and travel often, and they’ve taken him everywhere; to the big festivals that always sell out to the smaller ones that never do. Here he plays warm sets, hands in the air sets,lush sets. Sometimes he wears a turban while doing so.
In the studio he appreciates the mix of analogue and digital which is the basis of his long awaited album ‘Twisted Manners’ (to be released in 2015). Calling in the cavalry along the way, these passing poets and faraway instruments helped him to achieve his visions and create a sound for the right now. A sound to make its way into the hearts of all the other urban/tropical gypsies that exist out there.
Yet the old hip-hop guy in him still speaks. Plays vinyl when he can or uses digital technology to bring the right frequencies to the people. Whatever the method, he plays it like an instrument and plays the crowd like one too, almost as if being channelled by something that we can’t quite touch.
One of the dreamiest realists that you’ll get to know, he understands that magic hides within our reach, you just have to pull it from the dust. And he does his best with this dust-pulling stuff. For who? For us…
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