Hell ain’t freezing over.
Hello folks. It’s getting cold outside, so down here in The Public Records we thought we’d heat things up for all of you out there. Last week, we put a chunk of electronica and house 12 inchers on deck for this week and do we have a spicy one for you for our album of the week.
We’re featuring Helmut Josef Geier aka DJ Hell and his version of Copacabana – Copa (Disko B Records, 1999). Geier was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1962. He stated that he grew up listening to the first wave of German electronic music from the 1960s and ’70s, which in his words had ‘no commercial aspirations; it was all about experimentation.’
He began DJ-ing in the late 1970s and in 1983 he got a gig at a club near his hometown at Club Libella where he quickly made a name for himself with his eclectic sets that could tie various genres from Rockabilly to Hip-Hop, New Wave to Ska, or Disco, and Punk. He quickly gained recognition and moved to bigger clubs in bigger cities and wound up in Munich at the clubs Park Cafe and Tanzlokal Grossenwahn.
He was one of the early advocates and spinners of house music and in 1987 organized the first acid house party in Munich and later that same year he spun the after show party for Run—DMC. Always ahead of the curve, he was constantly incorporating the newest trends in music on the floor mixing New Wave, Hiphop, EBM (electronic body music), and Electro to include Techno and House.
The next step for Hell was to team up with fellow German DJ Peter Wacha to form the record label Disko B. In 1992 he released his first self produced single, ‘My Definition Of House Music’ sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and cementing Hell‘s name in the first generation of the Techno DJs that also released their own records.
Throughout the rest of the 90s he had many residencies all over the world, released the first Trance music compilation album ever, worked at the Berlin record store Hard Wax, became the first German DJ to be invited to an interview and performance on John Peel radio session, released a full album, and founded his own label International Deejay Gigolos (which was sued by Arnold Schwarzenegger for using his image unlicensed).
The 2000s were just as busy and for the first three years of the new millennium he ran the Bavarian disco and nightclub Villa Traunstein which under his direction made it a ‘spot’ to be. He continued to release albums and began to create music for fashion shows from major fashion houses including Donatella Versace and Hugo Boss. He even was GQ’s ‘Man of the Year’ for music in 2003. In 2018 in Frankfurt Germany the Museum of Modern Electronic Music opened with DJ Hell being the designed curator.
Get your Cabana on with an Opirh London Lemonade.