Klaus Waldeck

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Waldeck
Background information
Origin Austria
Genres Electronica, trip hop
Years active 1992–present
Labels Spray, vienna
Dope Noir
Members Klaus Waldeck
Brian Amos
Joy Malcolm

Klaus Waldeck, usually known by his stage name of Waldeck, is a Viennese former copyright lawyer and electronica musician.[1]

History[edit]

Klaus Waldeck's musical career began in Vienna, Austria when he started piano lessons at the age of six. When he was fifteen his music life was put on hold when he destroyed a Bechstein piano while rewiring it.

Waldeck later went to law school (though his heart was still with music). He finished law school and became a copyright lawyer. Then he heard about a case that changed his focus from law back to music. "It was during the time when George Harrison got sued for ripping off an old motown tune," Waldeck recounts, "I realised the way forward was to work a melody until it didn't belong to anyone anymore." He eventually stopped focusing on law altogether and concentrated on music.

Soon after his decision to leave law completely he moved (along with all of his electronic music equipment) to England. While in London, he met his vocal counterparts, former Incognito singer Joy Malcolm and Brian Amos, who worked on projects such as Pressure Drop.

In 1996, Waldeck returned to Vienna, Austria and produced the Northern Lights EP, quickly gaining international attention through its biggest hit, Aquarius. A successful full length album, Balance of The Force, followed in 1998. Later that year, Balance of the Force - Remixed was released.

Waldeck has produced a multitude of albums while still in Austria. Many of them are out of print and have become very scarce. The out of print albums include The Night Garden Reflowered, Balance of the Force, Balance of the force Remixed, Northern lights, and This Isn't Maybe.

In 2007, Waldeck released the highly successful "Ballroom Stories" on which he's featuring for the first time his new chief-chanteuse, the well known Austrian singer zeebee.

Together with singer Valérie Sajdik, Waldeck also formed the group Saint Privat in 2002. Their first album Riviera was released in 2004.[2]

Genre[edit]

Sometimes described as trip-hop, Waldeck's songs have a very calm and laidback theme. They often consist of mellow vocals sung either by zeebee, Joy Malcolm or Brian Amos (although sometimes they consist of only Waldeck's instrumentals). While some people have mixed feelings towards the male-female vocal fluctuations, others feel that they offer versatility in the sound while still maintaining the unique style of his music.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Northern Lights - EP (1996)
  1. Aquarius - 4.57
  2. Moon - 4.12
  3. Mask - 4.50
  4. Dreaming - 6.30
  5. Aquarius - 5.11
  6. Mask - 6.21
  • Balance of the Force (1998)
  1. Defenceless
  2. Spy Like An Angel
  3. Children Of The Ghetto
  4. Slaapwagen
  5. Aquarius
  6. Northern Lights
  7. Wake Up
  8. Superpopstar
  9. Death Of A Piano Salesman
  10. Moon
  • Balance of the Force Remixed (1998)
  1. Aquarius - Mushroom Dive, 5.06
  2. Children Of The Ghetto - Blackwing, 4.50
  3. Defenceless - Fauna Flash, 6.42
  4. Defenceless - Solar Moon, 5.36
  5. Spy Like An Angel, 7.21
  6. Wake Up - Mushroom Dive, 6.40
  7. Wake Up - Rockers Hi-Fi, 8.16
  8. You Only Live Twice, 5.25
  9. Northern Lights - Mushroom, 5.01
  10. Defenceless - Thievery Corp., 8.45
  11. Slaapwagen - Uptight Mix, 4.26
  • The Night Garden (2001)
  1. Slowly - 4.49
  2. The Night Garden - 5.36
  3. Tears Running Dry - 4.04
  4. Waiting - 5.10
  5. Fallen Angel - 5.01
  6. Cat People Dub - 4.32
  7. Floater - 4.51
  8. I Talk To The Wind - 5.02
    (cover version of King Crimson's song I Talk To The Wind)
  9. It Comes From You - 5.56
  10. Morning Light - 3.22
  11. This Isn't Maybe - 3.57
  • The Night Garden Reflowered (2002)
  1. This Isn't Maybe (Mushroom Dive's Lo Fly Push Up 2002) - 6.16
  2. Fallen Angel (Urbs Mix) - 4.31
  3. Slowly (Mushroom Dive's Frantic Ballroom Blitz) - 4.50
  4. I Talk To The Wind (Kid Loco Meets Orpheus Uptown Mix) - 5.32
  5. Cut More Cheese (Supercheese) - 4.00
  6. Floater (Dubblestandart Mix) - 6.26
  7. Tears Running Dry Part 1 (Mushroom Dive's Jazz Cut) - 5.21
  8. Tears Running Dry Part 2 (Herbert's Level Dub) - 5.43
  9. This Isn't Maybe (Mark's Underlevel Dub) - 5.38
  10. Catpeople Dub (Jung Collective Rehash) - 6.00
  11. Out Of Trumpets (Supercheese) - 4.03
  1. Make My Day - 2.48
  2. Jerry Weintraub - 3.15
  3. Memories - 3.50
  4. Addicted - 3.50
  5. So Black & Blue - 3.25
  6. Midsummer Night Blues - 4.40
  7. Why Did We Fire The Gun? - 5.33
  8. Dope Noir - 4.15
  9. Get Up... Carmen - 4.03
  10. Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Dub) - 4.11
  11. Our Day Will Come - 4.46

Singles[edit]

  • Aquarius (1997)
  • Wake Up (1997)
  • Children of the Ghetto (1998)
  • Defenceless (1999)
  • This Isn't Maybe (2000)
  • This Isn't Maybe (12" release) (2002)
  • Tears Running Dry (2002)
  • Make My Day (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Klaus Waldeck". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ Valerie Sajdik, accessed 2010-10-28

External links[edit]