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Some people just don`t mix with the in-crowd. These, let us call them outsiders, prefer paving their own path to Easy Street. Often just loners with an unique vision, simply set to make difference in a somewhat unconventional way. Of course this "detour" might cause a slight delay, but nonconformists are usually not in a great hurry to get anywhere special. Their sole purpose is to get the job done exactly in the manner they intended to. Maybe this is one of the reasons why Tocadisco chose to live in Cologne, Germany. Well-known for its underground minimal sound, yet far from being the axis of modern day contemporary culture. Perfect for an artist to silently work in solitude, not facing the daily distractions of the overwhelming opulence of a boom town such as New York, London, Madrid.
Here near the Rhine river Tocadisco started his prosperous musical career at a very young age. Based on the immediate success in the closer region, Tocadisco chose to turn his passion into his profession. Learning by doing is certainly this mans motto. Within an extremely short period of time the studio wizard taught himself how to record and produce tracks.
No teachers, no musical education and no annoying guidelines. Soon after the prodigy already released his first single "Nobody Likes The Records That I Play" on Superstar Records. This more than unusual club-hit was his breakthrough anthem.
A worldwide tour ensued, which led to an even more auspicious year 2005.
His remix for the Mylo 12 inch "In Your Arms" became one of the most played records during the summer of 2005. From then on his phone didn`t stop ringing, stupendous remixes for various artists succeeded. Axwell & Ingrosso, the Egg, A`Studio, ATB, Hi-Track, Philippe B. and many many more. But that didn`t keep this workaholic from banging out another killer track. "You`re No Good For Me" was another step for yet bigger things to come. Tocadisco`s wide musical taste somehow had to be expressed through other outputs. Logically AC/OT was born, his underground pseudonym. During 2005 he released 3 four-track EP`s containing remixes by John Dahlbäck and Martinez. It was time for another single, "Music Loud/Crazy Cursor" hit the air-waves. Simultaneously laboring on red hot remixes for New Order, Deep Dish, Pet Shop Boys, Mylo, Linus Love, Sono, Etienne Daho (in cooperation with Fishersponner), Flatpack, Boosta, Funkwerkstatt, M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade, Enigma, Sharam from Deep Dish, Moby and the list goes on and on!
Numerous outputs dominated the club scene globally, but Tocadisco`s the Egg rework of "Walking Away" has to be considered as one of the biggest releases of that year. MIXMAG called it the "biggest Dance Single of 2006". David Guetta even used the instrumental version of the remix for an official bootleg version of his first hit "Love Don`t Let Me Go". Automobile Industrie even picked up on the track, "Citroen" used the remix for one of its worldwide car add.
But everybody is probably wondering by now: When will this man release his first album?! Well, let me tell you, soon! He has just finished putting the final touches on his full-length LP. "Solo" will finally be available by January 2008. The first single "Better Begin" will showcase the Sono vocalist Lennart A. Salomon. That not being enough, Tocadisco launched a new underground series: The Black Series", expect numerous outputs under this anonym in your local record store. Self-evidently he is also still more than busy remixing artists such as Tiga, Bob Sinclar, Tommie Sunshine, Amo & Navas, Axwell, DY10, Mighty Dub Katz (Fatboy Slim),Culcha Candela, Junkie XL, Nicolette and Sebastian Heerhorst. Tocadisco also helped out David Guetta on his new album, co-producing the piece "Tomorrow Can Wait" with him wich will be released in late 2007.
Does this man ever take a break? I guess not, but living in Cologne, this hack has got all the time in the world to work himself to the top of the mountain. This is just the beginning...