Tobias Becker, born in 1978 in Duisburg/Germany, has come to Electronic Music in a more or less roundabout way. His education in classical music starts at an early age. He plays the bariton sax in a Big Band in Neuss, gets a grant from the local town council and is awarded the prize of the “Jugend musiziert” competition. First contact with electronic music is made through the radio, later through nightclub visits and for Tobias, life without this kind of music is unthinkable now. In winter 1998, his bariton sax is stored in the attic and he gets two Technics turntables and a mixer.
After three months, he has several gigs at the Warehouse club in Cologne. In summer 1999, he is booked for DJing at the Paradise-City club in Berlin and in winter 2000, the ARTheater club comes across his name thanks to a mix tape he sent in and he becomes resident DJ at the ARTheater, Cologne. The parties become more and more exciting as he has now the opportunity to rock the club together with people like Ricardo Villalobos, Steve Bug, André Galluzzi, Baby Ford, Suthek, etc.
In spring 2001, Tobias Becker works as a trainee at Neuton – Germany’s biggest distribution for non-commercial Electronic Music.
In April 2003, he has his first gigs at the Harpune club in Duesseldorf and later becomes one of Harpune’s official resident DJs.
Finally, at the end of 2003, Tobias Becker founds his own label: Platzhirsch Schallplatten. Since March 2004, his records are distributed worldwide through KOMPAKT.
The first Platzhirsch release immediately enters the Groove magazine’s charts at 7 and KOMPAKT’s sale charts at 1 and is licensed for a number of compilations. And the second release again enters the Groove charts and according to the DE:BUG magazine it is”…this season’s hottest Open Air rave record”. Then, after only 7 months, Platzhirsch ranks among the Top Ten in the Groove magazine’s reader’s poll “Best German Label” 2004.
More gigs follow and he now has the chance of DJing together with acts like Sven Väth, Miss Kittin, Michael Mayer, etc.
In mid 2005, Tobias Becker founds Kahlwild, a sub-label of Platzhirsch Schallplatten. Sven Väth licenses the Kahlwild 01 release, produced by Ali Khan/Canada, for the mix CD “The sixth season”; it is also featured on André Galluzzi’s “Berghain 01″ mix CD. The Kahlwild 02 release gets very good reviews and is licensed for Cocoon’s “Green & Blue” mix CD for D. Eulberg’s “Kreucht & Fleucht” mix CD.
At the moment, Tobias Becker works for KOMPAKT and is currently preparing his first own record.
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