Fragma

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Fragma
Also known as Duderstadt, Inpetto
Origin Germany
Genres Trance
Years active 1998–present
Labels Tiger Records, Positiva Records, Orbit Records
Members Ramon Zenker (producer)
Dirk Duderstadt (producer)
Marco Duderstadt (producer)
Jörn Friese (lyricist)
Past members Damae (vocalist)
(2001-2012)

Fragma, also known as the Fragma Project, are a German trance group, originally comprising three producers.[1] Their second release was "Toca's Miracle", which has sold over 500,000 copies and debuted at No. 1 in the UK.

Career[edit]

Founded in 1998 by brothers Dirk and Marco Duderstadt, they produced their first single "Toca Me" with record producer Ramon Zenker. When it was released the following year, it topped several dance charts around the world, and reached No. 11 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

In 2000, a mash-up, "Toca's Miracle" was produced, taking the music of Fragma’s "Toca Me" and placing the vocals from Coco Star's 1996 song "I Need a Miracle"[3] (written for Coco Star by Rob Davis and Victor Imbres) over the instrumental. Originally released on Orbit Records in Germany, "Toca Me" was also released in the UK on Positiva Records. As Coco also had released a version of "I Need a Miracle" on Positiva,[4] a release was made, which went straight to number one in the UK chart,[2] and was popular in Australia and Ireland. "Toca's Miracle" was described as a “song that was never really meant to be” by Billboard's Michael Paoletta.[5] An album was released in 2001; Toca, as well as two other singles; "Everytime You Need Me" (UK No. 3),[2] which featured vocals by Maria Rubia, and "You Are Alive" (UK No. 4)[2] with vocals by Damae.

2002 saw the Duderstadts set up their own studio, called Evergreen-Terrace. The same year saw Fragma still operating with vocalist Damae, release a second album; Embrace, with hit singles such as "Say That You're Here", "Embrace Me", "Man In The Moon" and "Time And Time Again". During this period, Fragma parted with their UK record label Positiva and released "Say That You're Here" in December 2001 on Illustrious Records. The song charted at No. 25 but a hiatus on the UK chart began which lasted for several years.

Dirk and Marco are also currently working as a duo under their surname Duderstadt. Two singles have been released under this name; "Sunrise" and "Taking Over" on Gang Go Records. A third single, "Mahananda", was released in 2005 on Afterglow Records. This was followed by the fourth single "Muhanjala" in 2006, and another featuring Anita Kelsey called "Smile" in 2007. The two are also known to produce under the name Inpetto (originally written as In Petto around 1999-2000).

In 2006, Fragma released the new single "Radio Waves" together with Kirsty Hawkshaw. The track was co-written by Judie Tzuke.[6]

2008 saw the release of "Toca's Miracle 2008" with the vocals of Coco Star and the InPetto remix of the original song. "Toca's Miracle 2008" reached #2 on the Australian ARIA Club Charts and #16 on the UK Singles Chart.

Fragma commenced touring again with Damae throughout Europe, where they featured on the Dance Nation tour in the UK. "Memory" was released through Hard2Beat and Ultra Records, followed by "Forever and a Day", which was released in November 2009.

In October 2012 Fragma announced through their official Facebook page that they have separated from singer Damae on 1 September 2012.[7] This was on the same year as the release of their track "Thousand Times" and their collaboration with Akil Wingate "Where Do We Go", both of which featuring her vocals. She no longer represents Fragma in their live shows, yet they will continue working on new productions with a new singer. They have also announced planning a new live show in hopes to obtain an innovative, modern concept.

Also during late-2012 CoCo Star revealed on her official Facebook page that the record companies had confused the vocal recordings and sampled the original 1996 version of I Need a Miracle (released on Greenlight Records), instead of the 1997 re-recording (released on EMI/Positiva). She also wrote that the agreements that were entered “are now known to be ‘Unauthorised’”.[8] On CoCo Star’s SoundCloud page she wrote that the 2008 Inpetto remix of Toca’s Miracle, made by the talented Duderstadt brothers, as well as other remixes, were never authorised either.[9] Shortly after, Kirsty Hawkshaw revealed that Fragma had never paid her royalties for her contribution to the 2006 single Radio Waves. Legally binding contracts were never issued, and the release was illegal. She further wrote that she loves the Bastian remix of the track, released in October 2012, and that she was sure Bastian had nothing to do with “the rogue label Tiger Records”. Kirsty Hawkshaw and Coco Star have both stated that they support each other.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Sales/certification
DEN FIN GER NOR SWE UK
[2]
2001 Toca
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: 12 January 2001
39 21 53 15 54 19
2002 Embrace
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: 2002

Singles[edit]

Year Single Featured
vocals
Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[11]
AUT
[12]
DEN
[13]
GER
[14]
IRE
[15]
NED
[16]
NOR
[17]
SWE
[18]
SUI
[19]
UK
[2]
1999 "Toca Me" N/A 20 49 11 Toca
2000 "Toca's Miracle" Coco 8 5 46 4 63 2 18 55 1
2001 "Everytime You Need Me"
(featuring Maria Rubia)
Maria Rubia 17 42 11 19 5 18 4 19 42 3
"You Are Alive" Damae 37 13 16 23 20 13 45 67 4
"Say That You're Here" Damae 41 53 55 100 25 Embrace
2002 "Embrace Me" Damae 81
"Time and Time Again" Damae 44
2003 "Man in the Moon" Damae 56 Non-album singles
2005 "Born to Love" Damae
2006 "Radio Waves"
(with Kirsty Hawkshaw)
Kirsty Hawkshaw 71
2007 "Deeper" Damae
2008 "Toca's Miracle 2008" Coco 42 73 7 16
2008 "Memory" Damae 74 64 20 30
2009 "Forever and a Day" Damae
2010 "What Do You Want"
(with Jesus Luz)
Damae
2011 "Oops Sorry" Damae
"Everytime You Need Me 2011" Damae
"What Love Can Do"
(with Plastik Funk)
Damae
"Insane (In Da Brain)"
(with DJs from Mars)
Damae
2012 "Thousand Times" Damae
"Where Do We Go"
(with Akil Wingate)
Akil Wingate
Damae
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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