Future Classic is proud to present renowned German DJ and co-owner of the iconic Kompakt Record Label, Michael Mayer, as he embarks on his most ambitious world tour yet in support of his sophomore full length "Mantasy" out October 22nd.
As a DJ, label owner, producer and remixer, Michael Mayer remains one of Germany's core celebrities in dance music, spending his weekends traveling around the globe and his weekdays overseeing Kompakt's output as well as its distribution wing - the home to over 50 independent record labels. It is quite an amazing feat, then, that he manages to sneak into the studio on occasion to produce his own music and remix the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Foals and Rufus Wainwright, continuously building his chops and honing his craft.
Mayer was first exposed to DJing when he befriended a local DJ, and managed to score turntables and a mixer at just 14 years old. By 1993 Michael was ripping through Cologne’s DJ scene with partner in crime Tobias Thomas and discovering the record store Delirium. Mayer quickly became a co-owner of Delirium which would evolve into Kompakt in 1998... and the rest is history, as they say. A history that includes the inception of “Total Confusion“, arguably Cologne’s most famed and longest running underground club night, worldwide DJ residencies at the most respected clubs, the release of “Immer“ (heralded as one of the most essential mix CD’s of all times by the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork or Resident Advisor) and the impressive album debut “Touch“ from 2004.
Fast forward to the present and Michael Mayer has been readying the long-awaited release of his sophomore album “Mantasy“, an indispensable update of his production sound and an essential release for Kompakt in 2012.
“It’s my second solo album, but for me it’s really the first one“, says Michael, and indeed the masterful sequencing and high production values bear witness to an artist in full control of his medium. The album’s title refers to the escapist momentum of a cinematic journey into the unknown, to history’s great explorers, but also to his own personal path... a path that lead to Kompakt, the iconic label that he has always been the key ambassador for.
Considering that „Mantasy“ tells an epic story about travelling and exploring, the ensuing worldwide DJ tour is not just an industry commodity, but a narrative necessity: as a “DJ’s DJ“, Michael Mayer is known to spin records as well as tales, combining choice cuts for the greater groove and allowing the music to breathe. That’s why he opted for a very special “all night long“ approach to this tour, presenting a series of extended sets in his favorite clubs such as Barcelona’s Nitsa, London’s Fabric or Offenbach’s Robert Johnson, effectively curating both places and sounds that have played an important role in his life. An intimate and sweeping trip to the core of the Kompakt sound itself, „Mantasy“ - the album and the tour – picks up on the worldwide esteem the producer and DJ is held in, and it does so in the most versatile manner, perfectly showcasing the many, many sides of Michael Mayer.