Hailing from Frankfurt, Germany, Michael Rütten’s tremendous passion for music manifests and gets canalised in his work as a DJ, music-journalist (Jazzthing, Groove, Hear The World) , producer and promoter of several live and clubnights like the soulse..
Hailing from Frankfurt, Germany, Michael Rütten’s tremendous passion for music manifests and gets canalised in his work as a DJ, music-journalist (Jazzthing, Groove, Hear The World) , producer and promoter of several live and clubnights like the soulsearching sessions, LAZY. (2005-2009), live/club at Sinkkasten and the private club ENZO, all in Frankfurt.
On top of that he has been hosting his weekly ‘soulsearching w/Michael Rütten’ radio show since 1997 on Radio X, the international version of the show is currently syndicated to over 15 stations worldwide, FM and internet airwaves, including some of the most important leftfield radio stations like FM4 Vienna, Byte.fm Hamburg, Radio B92 Belgrade, Radio Active98fm Wellington/NZ, GiantStep.net NYC, straightup.com.au Melbourne, Radio Nova Sofia, a.o.
soulsearching is receiving constantly growing tremendous feedback from around the world, be it for creating the right atmosphere for the listeners, playing the upcoming and exclusive fave or dropping the odd techno tune next to a weird jazz classic. And his special tribute shows for the likes of J Dilla, Michael Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Mayfield or Teddy Pendergrass plus the features and live interviews with up and coming artists or legends like Mulatu Astatke (2007) are much appreciated and well received. Radio the way he sees it since dreaming of doing a show as a little boy, when he sat in front of the tape recorder, recording AFN shows or going through his mothers record collection. Inspiration Information.
Always aiming to discover those special pieces of black gold, whether old or new, Michael has been spreading his message throughout Europe & Asia via countless DJ Sets at clubs, festivals a.o. like...
Thats How It Is @ Bar Rhumba London, Into Something Munich, Rootdown Freiburg, Babylon Istanbul, Kontrapunkt @ Aquarius Zagreb, Mercati Generali Catania, Cocoon Club Frankfurt, Kaleidoskop Berlin, Mojo Club Hamburg, Kassablanka Jena, Kerma Helsinki, The Met Bar Bangkok, La Paloma Barcelona, Flex & Vienna, Bread & Butter Tradeshow Barcelona & Berlin, Joop Shows Antwerpen, Mix Move Paris, Popkomm Cologne & Berlin, The Garden Festival Zadar 2005-2009, Gilles Petersons Worldwide Festival in Sete 2009, Sonar Barcelona, Worldwide Awards London 2009, Umbria Jazz Festival Italy, Contre Temps Strassbourg, Apollo Soul Festival Berlin, Baltic Soul Weekender Germany, Park Fest Sofia Bulgaria 2009, jazznotjazz Festival Frankfurt 2008 & 2009 ... and of course various Compost Records labelnights and FSOJ tours plus supporting Jamie Lidell, Rockers Hi-Fi, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Jose James live shows, to name but a few.
Michael supported and arranged gigs in Frankfurt with artists, bands & DJs like Josè James (ENZO 2008 & Sinkkasten 2009) , Little Dragon (2007 & 2009) , Alice Russell (2009), Gilles Peterson (since 1997, various clubs, countless times), Kruder & Dorfmeister (since 1996, various clubs), Henrik Schwarz (back2 back session Hafen 2 2008), Rainer Trüby (various numerous times), Tony Allen (2009), Mulatu Astatke (2009), Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu (2009), Boozoo Bajou (jazznotjazz Festival 2009), Perry Louis & JazzCoTech (jazznotjazz Festival 2009), Mr Scruff (2009), Linn & Freddie live & DJ (2010) and is working currently on bookings for 2010 including [re:jazz] and other international artists who are sharing the soulsearching vibe he represents in his radioshows. His main interest here is to share the good stuff with the audience who trusts his taste and digs the his endless love for music. This has also be done in 10.000 miles in the air via a special onboard programme of his show for Delta Airlines.
Over the years he put together numerous compilations for labels like Infracom or Compost and produced as Soulpatrol (with Max Schneider aka Soulspy) releases like the now classic „Love EP“ (INFRACom! 2001) & remixes for Peter Kruders Peace Orchestra, Fritz Pauer (MPS Remixed), Beanfield, Sidewinder, The Dining Rooms, Cleveland Watkiss, Little Dragon (unreleased) & Jazzanova (unreleased) to name but a few.
Currently Michael is stepping into the world of producing again. More to come in 2010/2011.
As a DJ he represents the original old school freestyle approach from back in 1977 when he started playing records at his parents parties. A little bit of Paradise Garage & The Loft vibe mixed up with the here and now. Its the tune that counts, not the genre. If its good, you will hear it on soulsearching and in his unique and never prepared sets. It's all about the atmosphere and going with the flow.
Ps.: some might call him the „german Gilles Peterson“ – he does not like this...but ihas become a close friend of the freestyle & radio don. Most recently he got more and more into that cuban vibe which Peterson set with his „Havana Cultura“ compilations, diggin in his crates and pulling out the afrocuban and latin tunes again, like back in the acid jazz days, and mixing them up with the latest joints, be it house, hiphop or afrobeat excursions...
soulsearching w/Michael Ruetten
stations & broadcast times
Radio X 91.8fm Frankfurt, Germany ::: thursday 8-10pm (since 1997) sundays 8-10am (march 2010)
FM4, Vienna, Austria ::: wednesdays mornings ::: 3-5am
Radio B92 Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro ::: friday night ::: midnite-2am
Radio Active89fm, Wellington, New Zealand ::: tuesday ::: 9-11pm
Ibiza Sonica 95.2fm ,Ibiza, Spain ::: monday ::: 3-5pm
Radio Nova, Sofia, Bulgaria ::: friday ::: 10-12pm
IASTAR Campus Radio, France . . . 27 stations ::: monthly exclusive edition show in rotation on all stations.
Stadtradio Goettingen 107.1fm, Germany ::: wednesdays 8-10 pm
byte.fm, Hamburg, www.byte.fm ::: wednesdays ::: 7-8pm
motion.fm, Montreal, Canada ::: wednesdays ::: 2-4pm new york time, 8-10pm frankfurt time
play.fm, Vienna, Austria ::: thursdays ::: 4-6pm
giantstep.net, New York, usa ::: available 24/7 on demand in high quality MP3!
milkaudio.com, Toronto, Canada ::: each show available for one week 24hrs on demand plus podcast via iTunes
samurai.fm, Tokyo & London ::: available 24/7 on demand in high quality MP3!
straightup.com.au, Melbourne, Australia ::: available 24/7 on demand in quality MP3 stream plus podcast.
righton-fm.com, Meetz, France ::: two shows available 24/7 on demand
beyondjazz.net, Belgium ::: in rotation with other shows weekly.
mixcloud.com ::: available 24/7 on demand.
Selected discography Michael Rütten
soulpatrol "Love EP 1" (INFRACom!)
soulpatrol "Theme" (Future Sound Of Jazz / Compost)
soulpatrol "Subway Episodes" (Modular)
Peace Orchestra "Henry - soulpatrol variation" (G-Stone)
Sidewinder "Less Than Effortless - soulpatrol afrolicious Remix" (Fenetik)
Cleveland Watkiss "Torch Of Freedom - soulpatrol variation & house re:prise" (INFRACom!)
Fritz Pauer "Terra Samba - Xtended soulpatrol remix" (MPS)
Beanfield "Tides - soulpatrol variation" (Compost)
Nekta "Water The Flower - soulpatrol refill" (INFRACom!)
Little Dragon "Twice - soulpatrol Remix" (unreleased)
Jazzanova "I Can See - MR Edit" (unreleased)
plus diverse MR Edits . . . in the soulsearching box.