When looking for a place that plays electronic music in Leipzig, at the top of the list you will find the Distillery, the most renowned club in Eastern Germany. For Matthias Tanzmann the Distillery has special importance, as since 1997 he has been resident DJ there, providing the soundtrack for Leipzig nightlife for more than a decade.
From the beginning Matthias’s musical output has revolved around more than just functional club music, regardless of whether it’s on the turntables or in the studio. Combining subtle arrangements that ride the deep vibes that lie between House and Techno, yet never forgetting the drive for the dance floor - that is what Matthias Tanzmann’s music is about.
Together with Daniel Scholz he founded Gamat 3000 at the end of the 90’s. With releases on Dessous Recordings, Freude am Tanzen and FM Musik they quickly made a name for themselves in the German House scene. The duo even landed one of the club hits of the summer of ‘99, with the track 'Feeling Love'.
At a millennium New Year’s Eve party, Matthias and Andrè Quaas (then part owner of the Distillery) decided to start a new label which would offer a premium platform for Leipzig House protagonists and for befriended international producers. With the release of the Gamat 3000 - ”Radio Moon” EP, the Moon Harbour label started along with the new millennium and received extremely positive feedback from the press and clubs alike. Matthias took over as A&R and Andrè now manages the entire administration of the label.
In 2000 Matthias made his debut as a solo artist with “Rose Garden”. In parallel to the success of Moon Harbour and Gamat 3000, he also rapidly advanced to becoming one of the most booked German House DJ’s. He later became resident DJ at the clubs Flokati (Munich) and Sternradio (Berlin), playing gigs from Moscow to Barcelona, Paris to London. As host of Moon Harbour Label Flights at the Distillery, Matthias has renowned international DJ’s to play, with the likes of Jackmate, Steve Bug, Jesper Dahlbäck and many more playing so far.
It is not only music that plays an important role in Matthias Tanzmann’s life. In Weimar he studied media design at Bauhaus University. This was a creative extension to his work in Gamat 3000 and his profile as a solo artist. By 2007 he had released numerous EP’s, three mix compilations and remixed tracks by Moby, Wighnomy Bros., Freestyle Man, Marlow, Terry Lee Brown Jr. and Dapayk & Padberg.
Collaboration with other artists is also very important for Matthias. Together with Steve Bug or Daniel Stefanik, he has produced various EPs, drawing inspiration from the new dynamics and sounds that the collaborative process can create.
While over the years his tracks have developed from classical Deep House with a European edge, through to Minimal House bordering on advanced Techno, groove and deepness were and still are the essential elements of Matthias Tanzmann’s music. Support on the night comes from David Hargadon & Mark Murphy.