German Freestyle Scene?

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Hello everybody!

What do you know about a "German Frestyle Scene"? I´d really like to know!
To me Freestyle is something like a mystery.
I used to live in southern Germany, not too far from Stuttgart. There was really a "Freestyle Scene". All the girls listened to Stevie B. and Johnny O. , Lil Suzy and the others. There are clubs and discos where Freestyle is pumped all the night. And the people are dancin the "Electric Slide" ;-)
And I´ve even seen Stevie B. live !!! in a city with a population of 18,000 people.
But I´ve never seen a video of Stevie B or anybody other on MTV Germany or Viva or whatever European music channel.
And as I moved on to other places in Germany (Cologne!) I realised nobody ever heard of this type of music (what Freestyle? yeah I´ve heard a lot of rappers freestylin´...).

So I ask myself is the "German Freestyle Scene" a southern German act? Very small and nobody else in Germany ever heard of it?

And what´s up in the rest of the world? Are Stevie B. and Johnny O. THE Superstars of Freestyle? In Germany it´s all about "Funky Melody" and "Fantasy Girl"...
 

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Electric Slide said:
Hello everybody!

What do you know about a "German Frestyle Scene"? I´d really like to know!
To me Freestyle is something like a mystery.
I used to live in southern Germany, not too far from Stuttgart. There was really a "Freestyle Scene". All the girls listened to Stevie B. and Johnny O. , Lil Suzy and the others. There are clubs and discos where Freestyle is pumped all the night. And the people are dancin the "Electric Slide" ;-)
And I´ve even seen Stevie B. live !!! in a city with a population of 18,000 people.
But I´ve never seen a video of Stevie B or anybody other on MTV Germany or Viva or whatever European music channel.
And as I moved on to other places in Germany (Cologne!) I realised nobody ever heard of this type of music (what Freestyle? yeah I´ve heard a lot of rappers freestylin´...).

So I ask myself is the "German Freestyle Scene" a southern German act? Very small and nobody else in Germany ever heard of it?

And what´s up in the rest of the world? Are Stevie B. and Johnny O. THE Superstars of Freestyle? In Germany it´s all about "Funky Melody" and "Fantasy Girl"...
I live in Southern Germany , too (Nuernberg) and Freestyle was very popular over here, from my City there came the Famous Freestyle Mixes from DJ Magic, Body Base comes from Nuernberg, too.....But you are right, mainly all of the Freestylelisteners know only stuff like Stevie B, Johnny O and Lil Suzy and a few others......but there are a few Hardcorecollectors like Vasilis, me and a few others.....

We have some Freestyle Series out of Germany 100 % Freestyle, Zyx Freestyle Series and a whole bunch of others.....but for me in my Opinion the Quality is wack since the last 5 issues from Zyx for Example......

Stevie B was in my town a few years ago, but no Promotion for the show and the place was not crowded.......

We have a few good Freestyle Artist out of Germany, Stonay, Body Base, Officer, Marc Austin, Music Instructor, MC.G.Gabriel, Anthony Norris, Frees System and so on.....the latest is Instant Illusion
 

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Well, being in San Antonio, Texas USA, there are no radio stations that play Freestyle music. Our last great Dance radio station disappeared in 2003 with 106.7 Jamz which played Freestyle music late every Sunday by request with guest local and famous artists. Virtually, Freestyle here is dead with a few exceptions. Angelina's "Forever", the remake of Anquette's and Janet Reno's "I Will Always Be There for You" released in 1988, is gaining good airplay at night at the 98.5 The Beat Hip Hop/R&B station or so it did. Other than that, Freestyle is just living on in the clubs and in the people. So in that case, nothing's "happening" really in San Antonio. But I do know one thing: San Antonio, with its dominant Hispanic population, has played an important part in the history of Freestyle music and keeping it alive. Almost everyone knows what Freestyle music sounds like (though some are quick to label it "Techno") and know that the roots lay in NYC by the Puerto Rican and other Latin peoples in that city and state.

Years ago, we used to have the unique KTFM 102.7 that played not only mainstream music but also some underground acts-this being pop, alternative rock, R&B. Hip Hop, and yes Dance and Freestyle. It was there when Collage sang "I'll Be Loving You" and when Nadine Renee embraced the vocals to Planet Soul's "Set You Free". It played Buffy, Jocelyn Enriquez, Angelina, SF Spanish Fly, MG, One Voice, Sa-Fire, George Lamond, Cynthia, and countless of others-from Old School to New School. It always had a popular live mix at 10:00 on the Weekdays and had a live mixshow from various clubs during Friday and Saturday that went on from 10:00-2:00, and from 2:00-4:00 or 5:00, an "afterhours" mix. Freestyle was heavily played during these mixes.

I remember that the mix DJs were, in my opinion, the best in the world. They picked the best bad a** jams in the categories of Hard House (Too Kool Chris, DJ Bam Bam, DJ Irene, Bad Boy Bill), Trance, Techno, Drum N Bass/Jungle, House, and Freestyle with the coolest mixes. Shout Outs go to all these wonderful DJs who kept Freestyle music-Dance music-alive during the great years of 1996-2001. They even offered rare remixes and kept it bumpin'. They were even able to find fans in the Hip Hop Community (don't forget, Freestyle is Latin Hip Hop), in the Trance Community, in the Pop community, etc. etc. But sometime around 2001-2002, the radio station switched formats and now it plays nothing but hardcore rock.

I hope one day that another Dance/Freestyle radio station would open so that we could know what's happening instead of searching the Internet for what's hot. That's one of the reasons why Freestyle almost died. There was little support in the radio stations even if there were masses of diehard Freestyle fans. So I guess what's happening is that we're very behind the New School Freestyle knowledge. :texican

But to get to the question, I think the German Freestyle scene is Ok. I personally like the Canadian Freestyle scene more. I'm not interested in the heavily sampled "Planet Rock" Beats that many European Freestyle artists have to offer and am not a big fan of EuroFreestyle. But I do like The Officers, Music Instructor, and Anthony Norris!
 

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Our Canadian freestyle defers slightly from the US sound and is very much the same as Germany's: We love planet rock!

Canadian Freestyle includes planet rock, electro, 2 steps, breaks, and breakbeat in addition to the traditional old school american style hearthrob as an integral part of the sound.

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Peepz, How are you!!! Right Now I just released two New CD Singles that are also under the compilation 100% FreeStyle Vol.5 in Germany under Distel / Sony. First one is titled "My One True Love" & "We're Meant To Be" plus I have a few other releases coming out in a few months in Europe as well. The Next one is titled "You Got It Goin' On" For More information contact me at: InnoFuzionMscGrp@aol.com.

If there is anyone in Canada interested in Distributing our product please PM me or E-mail me. Thank You

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Thank you all for the answers. It´s really interesting to hear something new about Freestyle and also it´s history.

@ Peter

When Stevie B. was in my town (well I wouldn´t call it a town - it´s just too small ;-) ) the place was really really crowded. He is like an god in this area.
Is Freestyle pumped reguarly in the clubs near Nürnberg?
 

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There are 8 mixes on the promo. The instrumentals on the extended complete with planet rock, a hint of robotic freestyle project vocoders here and there (announcing the track title 'it's time' with the melodic breaks loop. The beats are very mid-80's and are close to what was used on exposé, nu shooz, taylor dayne and similar records of that era. In fact, you might mistake it for an updated nu shooz track hehe.


Ferry Corsten - It's Time (12"- Positiva/Universal Canada)




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The single "It's time" will be in stores June 28. Until then, the shorter album cut on his latest full lenght double cd release from February, "Right of Way", is just as good and keeps the freestyle vibe alive :)







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We always get serviced with the latest pressings from dance labels at our dj record pool every month. I am not sure of the set up with the music pools over there in Germany.

cheers,

g




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There are many mixes to chose from! The extended is 100% freestyle with the same instrumentals and synth cues used in 80's freestyle records. The added touch with the robotic vocoders is nice icing on the cake. Ferry is freestyling :) Enjoy!





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I lived in Wiesbaden/ Frankfurt am area....and freestyle was big there too....Lots of freestyle clubs....playing of course the big name of Gemany like Lil Suzy and Stevie b, Johnny O, and Body Base, one of my fave freetyle artist of all time....I also got a stevie b shirt sign by him....it was awesome...but you just have to look around to the smaller clubs and not the supper mega Techno clubs that europe is known for.........and yes i think Stevie B will always be the king of freestyle world wide...for I've heard his songs on radio and clubs in the U.S.A and all over Europe and Asia...for for those Americans that think George Lamond or any other of the great artist in the States are number one, think twice....you must understand....the impact Stevie B has world wide......
 
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