About Paul Kalkbrenner
Paul Kalkbrenner is a German live act, producer of electronic music, and actor from Berlin. Because he breaks down his tracks into elements that are reassembled onstage, Kalkbrenner is considered a live act, as opposed to a DJ. In fact, with seven studio albums and more than 2.3 million Facebook fans, he is one of techno’s biggest superstars.
His first tracks were released on Ellen Allien’s newly founded Bpitch Control label in 1999. In contrast to the darker, monotone sounds that characterized techno at the time, Paul’s music was more melodic and enriched with a warm, dubby feel. After a number of 12" singles, Paul realised he was better suited producing albums. In 2000, he released Superimpose, followed by Zeit one year later. His third album, Self from 2004, resonated beyond the dancefloor and took the cinematic quality of his music to new heights–an indication of what was to come next.
In 2004, Berlin-based film director and self-confessed Kalkbrenner fan, Hannes Stoehr, got in touch with Paul. He was planning to make a movie about an electronic musician in Berlin’s techno scene and wanted Paul to produce the soundtrack. As the script for the film developed, Hannes suggested Paul might be perfect in the starring role. Paul produced some of his most diverse and mature compositions yet, which would later make up the soundtrack for Berlin Calling, which became a surprise hit. The soundtrack went platinum and the single Sky and Sand spent over 121 weeks in the German singles charts.
Between June 2011 and November 2012 Paul released his fifth and sixth studio albums Icke Wieder and Guten Tag. These two self-released albums are Paul’s bestselling albums yet—both went top five in his native Germany. His album 7 (2015) was a success across Europe, hitting No. One on the charts in Austria, Switzerland, and his native Germany; and earning plaudits from the New York Times, Village Voice, Mixmag, and others.