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Tim Engelhardt


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One of Cologne’s youngest and brightest electronic music stars
on the rise, Tim Engelhardt didn't gatecrash the scene out of leftfield,
but started his path to connoisseurship fairly early on: trying
to rewrite the piano pieces he had to practice at the tender
age of eight, he showed an independent creative mind from the
get-go – a character trait that would prove exremely helpful for a
later career as electronic music producer. But it was only when
Tim later discovered the releases of Cologne techno luminary
Robert Babicz that synthesizers and bass drums moved into focus
– a brilliant producer, live performer and mastering engineer
with a keen sense for sonic detail, Babicz became the perfect
role model for young Tim, inspiring our hero to seek out his own
place in electronic music while honing a concise understanding
for all facets of production.
Part of a diverse new breed of young producers that get their
cues from all sorts of genres and listening situations, Tim still
stands apart, having released his very first record when he was
just 14 years old. Combining profound musical knowledge with
intuitive playfulness, his solid pianist background becomes rather
obvious in the great care he takes over harmonies and an expanded
melodic structure. Pair that with the organic fluidity and
atmospheric dexterity of his music and you've got yourself a winning
recipe. Consequently, Tim grew his portfolio with plenty outings
on labels such as Traum Schallplatten, WIR, Babiczstyle,
Amuse Gueule, Ostwind Records, Popart Music, Playmusic Productions,
Parquet Recordings, Manual Music and Steve Bug's
iconic Poker Flat Recordings– an impressive amount of label
royalty that he's amassed in only four short years. Stay tuned
for more Tim Engelhardt on key imprints such as Dixon's Innervisions
or Cityfox – exciting things are coming your way.
Underscored by a torrent of remix and release offers, Tim's busy
schedule is testament to his growing popularity among electronic
music fans – preparations for tours to the US, Asia and India
are underway, and also a first trip to Australia has already been
checked off that bucket list. Meanwhile, inspiration for Tim's personal
brand of melodic house and techno can come from many
sources: childhood memories of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells"
playing in his dad's car, a walk in nature – or simply mining his
modular synth for happy accidents. Gear, however, is only a
means to an end for Tim: rather than drooling over hardware, he
celebrates art with a distinct personality – art that carries a piece
of its creator inside. To find the most powerful expression for the
sounds in his head, that's his mission... which is why Tim's music
sounds nothing like your run-of-he-mill, straight-to-DJ floor chow,
but subtly turns heads with a cohesive, fully-formed musical vision
that shines in the club and at home.


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