Friday, November 12, 2010


Timo Maass Tour Info + Album Review + Miami Date Ticket Giveaway


North American Tour Dates

November 19 San Francisco, CA @ Ruby Skye
November 22 Chicago, IL @ Green Dolphin
November 24 Miami, FL @ Soho Studios
November 25 Montreal, Canada @ TBA
November 26 New York, NY @ District 36
November 27 Toronto, Canada @ Footwork

German club veteran Timo Maas is a master of reinvention. Emerging during the excess of trance’s heyday in the late ‘90s with his self-labelled “Wet & Hard” style that fused techno, progressive house and funk in a rivetingly futuristic manner, he quickly became the remixer du jour for both the club underground and the commercial big leagues. Paul Oakenfold signed up his debut album Loud for his Perfecto imprint – a modern classic that effortlessly bridged accessibility and raw dancefloor sleaze from electro to breaks to tech and hip-hop – with his second album Pictures sharing a label with the likes of Muse and Garbage. And let’s not forget that "Dooms Night" remix of Azzido Da Bass which went on to inspire a generation of LFO-loving dubstep and bass producers. After a hiatus of a couple of years, he cast aside his chart-breaking fame and re-embraced his old love of techno, teaming up with Italy’s Santos in the studio and becoming a stalwart of Sven Väth’s scene-leading Cocoon Recordings, smashing everyone’s preconceptions of his work wide open. This period of resurrection saw the duo team under the banner of Mutant Clan, again breaking down musical barriers and giving the world their warped version of techno.

He’s a musician who will succeed at whatever he puts his hand to, and his next move is always highly anticipated. Behind the decks, he packs one of the hardest punches around, pulling you inside his hypnotic world and creating sets that live, breath and thump as one cohesive, gargantuan entity. So dedicated is he to his craft that he’s built a club on his own land – a Funktion One-packed barn next to his farmhouse in Germany where he rigorously tests out his newest productions and finds. Only a DJ and producer as innovative, technically brilliant and downright loveable could be worthy of an undertaking as prestigious and lauded as the mixing of a Balance compilation. This is Maas’ first official compilation in 9 years.

"The format of the Balance mix series was always quite appealing to me; to spread myself out over 2 CDs without essentially having to "rock" a crowd from the beginning is a very good thing. I was able to also include deeper, downbeat, "earlier set" material, that I personally like to listen to, but am not essentially playing out on a normal club night.
For me "the trip" is quite important to create, with a mix of brand new, even exclusive material, but also tracks that rock my world at the moment and most essentially have rocked my world for many years, the so -called "classics".”
– Timo Maas

WTIYF Balance 17 Album Review
By Matt Pentycofe

EQ Recordings well known Balance mix series has delighted and moved electronic fans for over 16 volumes. For their 17th disc they brought on veteran Timo Maas. Anyone who has been around the block a few times has most likely heard of him. If you haven't, it's time to climb out from under the rock you've been living and educate yourself. Timo's 2 disc set presents 2 very different mixes. The first disc is more of an artistic journey through a varied of electronic styles. This is the kind of mix that you want to turn up after a long night of clubbing and need something to bring you down after the energy of a good night. It starts with two great atmospheric track composed by Timo himself. Slowly it builds through to Wolf + Lamb golden boy Nicolas Jaar's "Time For Us". The atmosphere continues to build till we come to the very classy electro number by Solvent. From then on the mix continues to ride steadily and brings us all the way back down at the end when Carl Craig's "At Les" reminds us of the deep and dark journey that Maas has been taking us on this whole time.

On disc two we get a more peak hour tech house and techno mix. This is the mix you want to listen to on the way to the club to get you pumped. Containing quite a few of his own productions and remixes including his side project Mutant Clan (With Sante Pucello.) This mix brings the heavy energy and really never lets go until the epic out-ro of Maas's remix of UK rockers Placebo's "Ashtray Heart". However the greatest highlight on this mix is not something from the present but something from the past. With the current trends in modern house and techno becoming monotonous this was extremely refreshing. The old school acid numbers by Emmanuel Top and Hardfloor sound timeless on this mix and re-introduce these artists for dancing generations to come.
“It was quite an intense process spread out over 4 month to listen, re-listen, collect and choose the music for my Balance CDs. I don`t know how many tracks I was listening to with my "compilation ears" - maybe a few thousand - and thanks to my amazing production partner Santos, I was even able to fill spaces on the mix with the right tracks that we wrote in the production process just for Balance. Nearly everything exclusive was road-tested over the month before I mixed it too. I`m very happy with the result.” - TM

Balance 017: Timo Maas Tracklisting

01. Timo Maas - Morning Beauty *
02. Timo Maas - A Day After George **
03. Nicolas Jaar - Time For Us (Original Mix)
04. Dana Bergquist & Peder G - Acapulco (Sasse Remix)
05. Solvent - Loss For Words (Vector Lovers Remix)
06. Random House Project - The One For Ever (Toby Tobias Dub Mix)
07. Phattivan - Man From Ternopil *
08. Deetron - Sing
09. Mathias Kaden – Kawaba (DJ Koze's Kosi-San Remix) w/ DJ Koze - Blume Der Nacht
10. Henrik Schwarz & Kuniyuki - Once Again (Kuniyuki Version)
11. Giorgio Roma - Across The East Side * w/ Timo Maas - Spacemooger Experience *
12. Alex Flitsch meets Mutant Clan - Imanah (Patrick Chardronnet Deep Mix)
13. Mathias Schaffhäuser - The 1st Thing *
14. Danny Tenaglia - Elements (The Dtour)
15. Santè & Adam Port - Solano *
16. The Crystal Ark - The City Never Sleeps (Instrumental)
17. Florian Hollerith - Fluxus
18. Carl Craig - At Les
19. William Orbit, Elgar - Nimrod (Timo Maas & Santos Remix)

CD 2
01. Timo Maas - Latenza *
02. Marc Romboy & Stephan Bodzin – Luna (Mutant Clan Laser Gun Remix)
03. Kenny Larkin - Glob (Kenny Larkin Mix)
04. Alex Niggemann - Take Control (Matthias Tanzmann Remix)
05. Alex Dolby & Santos - To Be Large *
06. The Mole - Nervous Disid
07. Mutant Clan - Totally Wet (Santè & Adam Port Remix) *
08. We Fell To Earth - Lights Out (Timo Maas Remix)
09. Timo Maas - Kick 1 Kick 3 *
10. Mutant Clan - Arcadia **
11. Santè & Adam Port - Faire Des Siennes (Mutant Clan Caraibic Remix) *
12. Santos - Matinèe
13. Rockets & Ponies - Chinese Massage (Alex Dolby: Porno Dolby Remix) *
14. Timo Maas - Clouds **
15. Lost Veteranos - It's Wronger
16. Emmanuel Top - Somewhere
17. Hardfloor - Acperience 1
18. Placebo - Ashtray Heart (Timo Maas Remix) * unreleased remix
* denotes exclusive to this compilation
** denotes exclusive to this compilation and to be released on a special Balance EP

WTIYF Miami Date Ticket Giveaway

WTIYF is giving away two tickets, for you and your guest to go see Timo Maas, along side another giant Lee Burridge At Soho Studios on November 24th. The perfect way to kick of your turkey and techno weekend!

SOHO Studios
2136 NW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33127
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | 10:00 PM - 7:00 AM EST
Presented by speaker box productions
Ages: 21+

Venue for this event was changed from Nocturnal to Soho Studios. Good thing! nothing comes closer to an old school rave, than partying at this enormous warehouse.

The rules are simple, just send an email letting me know why you should be the lucky winner. Sorry guys, this giveaway is not for the kiddies! Must 21 and up, with valid ID to claim your ticket at will call.


“The basic rules off DJing haven`t really changed for me. Of course the technical possibilities have, but in the end, it`s all about the selection of music you play - not about the technical skills you`re having when you`re on stage.” - TM.