DJ Hell

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DJ Hell
This article is about Helmut Josef Geier. You may also be looking for Darryl Hell.

Helmut Josef Geier, professionally known as DJ Hell (born September 6, 1962 in Altenmarkt an der Alz, Bavaria, DE), is a German house / techno DJ. He is the label boss of International DeeJay Gigolo Records and has been responsible for many of the big records to come out of the electroclash that emerged in Berlin in the mid-nineties. He is seen as the musical initiator of the 80's revival movement later known as electroclash popularizing the music from his hometown Munich from the mid to late 90's.

In 2006, DJ Hell was involved in a German Intel promotional campaign involving five renowned demogroups (Andromeda Software Development, Conspiracy, Fairlight, Farbrausch and mfx), who were set out to create 30-second demos using remixed versions of a DJ Hell track.[1]

DJ Hell's hit single "Keep On Waiting" released as a 12" as Gigolo 122 reference with a remix by Tomas Andersson and a cover designed by French graphic artist Laurent Fetis "Keep On Waiting" was produced using samples as a basic track from a song titled "Blurb" by a New York based group known as Intense Molecular Activity. IMAs 4 track EP was released in 1980 on an independent label.

From 2007 to 2010 DJ Hell performed at the legendary aftershow parties of Michael Michalsky's cultural event StyleNite during Berlin Fashion Week.

In September 2009, DJ Hell was at the centre of controversy when Felix da Housecat announced that DJ Hell's track "The DJ Ft. P Diddy", from the album Teufelswerk, used content taken without the permission of Felix da Housecat or P Diddy.[2]

DJ Hell at a FEMEN rally.

DJ Hell financially supports Ukrainian protest group FEMEN.[3]

Discography[edit]

DJ Hell live at Audioriver Festival, Płock, August 8, 2009.
  • Geteert & Gefedert (Disko B)
  • Mixes Of Gary Numan Vol. 2 (Random Records)
  • Repassion (International Deejay Gigolo Records)
  • My Definition Of House Music (R&S)
  • Red Bull From Hell EP (Disko B)
  • Sprung Aus Den Wolken / Butter Säure (Kickin Records)
  • Three Degrees Kelvin / Like That! (Magnetic North)
  • Ultraworld EP Vol. 1 (Disko B)
  • Allerseelen (Disko B)
  • Albino EP (Disko B)
  • Original Street Techno (Disko B)
  • Totmacher (Disko B)
  • Totmacher Interpretationen (Disko B)
  • Munich Machine (V2 Records, Inc.)
  • Suicide Commando (V2 Records, Inc.)
  • Copa (Disko B)
  • Rock My Body To The Beat (International Deejay Gigolo Records)
  • Keep On Waiting (International Deejay Gigolo Records)
  • N.Y. Muscle (2003, Motor Music)
  • Listen To The Hiss feat. Alan Vega (International Deejay Gigolo Records)
  • Je regrette Everything feat. Billy Ray Martin International Deejay Gigolo Records)
  • Best of Hell (International Deejay Gigolo Records)
  • Fun Boy (International Deejay Gigolo Records)
  • Teufelswerk (2009, International Deejay Gigolo Records)
  • Teufelswerk House Remixes Part I (2011, Embassy of Music)
  • Teufelswerk House Remixes Part II (2012, Embassy of Music)

Trivia[edit]

"Hell" is the German word for "light" or "bright" (but also for "fair skinned" and "blond haired"). So, contrary to popular international belief, his moniker has nothing to do with the underground at all, a fact portrayed by his career path which has been steadily rising to the highest peaks of mainstream dance music in the past 10 years.

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