Parov Stelar

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Parov Stelar (alias Marcus Füreder) in Prague
Parov Stelar
Birth name Marcus Füreder
Also known as
  • Plasma
  • Cash Candy
  • Nola Grey
Born (1974-11-27) November 27, 1974 (age 39)
Origin Linz, Austria
Genres
Occupations
Years active 1998–present
Labels Etage Noir Recordings
Website www.parovstelar.com

Marcus Füreder (* born November 27, 1974 in Linz, Upperaustria) better known by his stage name Parov Stelar, is an Austrian musician, producer and DJ. His musical style roots in the combination of Jazz, House, Electro and Breakbeat. Parov Stelar is known as one of the pioneers of Electroswing.[1]

Biography[edit]

Marcus Füreder started gaining experience as a DJ at nightclubs during the mid-late 1990s. He got involved in producing and publishing in 2000. After his first maxi releases under his original name, Füreder decided to start his own business in 2003 and founded the label Etage Noir Recordings.[2] A year later, now under the stage name Parov Stelar, the EP Kiss Kiss immediately landed in the playlist of the Austrian radio station FM4. KissKiss and the release soon after the LP Rough Cuts provided him breakthrough on the international electronic music scene.[3]

Parov Stelar was among the first who produced electronic swing music in Europe.[4] With his album Shine the BBC named Parov Stelar as one of the most promising producers active in Europe today.[5] His specific approach to music production, combined with a proven sense of sound aesthetics, led to a reaction from audiences and colleagues all around the world, giving him a reputation as the founder of a new genre: Electro Swing.[6][7]

In November 2005 Parov Stelar had his first appearance together with a Live-Band. This was the kick start for concerts in various European cities, appearances at music festivals like Glastonbury, Eurockéennes, Rock Werchter, Solidays and Zurich Open Air as well as performances in Istanbul and Mexico City. The cast varies from the Parov Stelar Trio up to the full cast of the Parov Stelar Band consisting of Parov Stelar (Programming), Cleo Panther (Vocals), Jerry di Monza (Trumpet), Max the Sax (Saxophone), Willie Larsson Jr. (Drums) and Michael Wittner (Bass).

He won three Amadeus Austrian Music Awards in 2013 (Best Live Act, Best Electronic Act, Best Album) and one in 2014 (Best Live Act).[8][9] Parov Stelar worked with Lana Del Rey, Bryan Ferry and Lady Gaga. He released six albums, more than twenty EPs and sold more than 250,000 albums independently.[3] The track Booty Swing reached top chart positions in the electronic US and Canadian iTunes charts.[10]

His tracks have been used on hundreds of compilations worldwide as well as in TV shows, TV series, movies and advertising spots which brought him international recognition.[11] The video clips underlied with his music got over 100 million views by now. The electro-swing-titel Catgroove in the visual version of Australian dancer TSC Forsythe was viewed over 21 million times so far.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Details Peak chart positions
AUT
[12]
FR
[13]
GER
[14]
GRE
[15]
NLD
[16]
SWI
[17]
2001 Shadow Kingdom 2×12" Vinyl & CD, Bushido Recordings, as Plasma
2004 Rough Cuts CD, Etage Noir Recordings
2005 Seven and Storm CD, Etage Noir Recordings
2007 Shine CD, Etage Noir Recordings
2008 Daylight CD, Rambling Records
2009 That Swing – Best Of CD, Etage Noir Recordings
2009 Coco CD, Etage Noir Recordings 65 10
2012 The Princess CD, Etage Noir Recordings 4 35 8 86 9
2013 The Invisible Girl
(Parov Stelar Trio)
CD, Etage Noir Recordings 18 4 40
2013 The Art of Sampling
(Parov Stelar Trio)
2 CDs, 2 LPs, CD, DD Etage Noir Recordings, Island Records, Universal Music Germany 6 117 35 27

EPs[edit]

  • 2001: Shadow Kingdom EP (12" Vinyl, Bushido Recordings, as Plasma)
  • 2002: Lo Tech Trash (12" Vinyl, Bushido Recordings, as Marcus Füreder)
  • 2004: KissKiss (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2004: Move On! (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2004: Wanna Get (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2004: Primavera (12" Vinyl, Auris Recordings)
  • 2005: Music I Believe In (12" Vinyl, ~Temp Records, as Marcus Füreder)
  • 2005: A Night in Torino (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2005: Spygame (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2006: Parov Stelar EP (12" Vinyl, Big Sur)
  • 2006: Charleston Butterfly (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2007: Jet Set EP (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Special)
  • 2007: Sugar (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2008: The Flame of Fame (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2008: Libella Swing (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2009: Coco EP (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2010: The Phantom EP (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2010: The Paris Swingbox EP (Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2011: La Fête EP (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2012: Jimmy's Gang EP (Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2014: Clap Your Hands (Etage Noir Recordings)

Singles[edit]

  • 2000: "Synthetica/Stompin' Ground" (12" Vinyl, Bushido Recordings, as Marcus Füreder)
  • 2001: "Guerrilla" (12" Vinyl, Bushido Recordings, as Marcus Füreder)
  • 2004: "Get Up on Your Feet" (12" Vinyl, Sunshine Enterprises)
  • 2005: "Faith" (Maxi-CD, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2007: "Rock For/Love" (12" Vinyl, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2007: "Shine" (Maxi-CD, Etage Noir Recordings)
  • 2013: "The Mojo Radio Gang"
  • 2014: "All Night"
  • 2014: "The Sun"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weinberger, Bibiane (2012). "The Pioneer of Electro-Swing: Parov Stelar". musicexport.at. Retrieved 2014-09-30. 
  2. ^ Seibold, Ulrike (2012). "Parov Stelar: Extravaganz ale Genuss". faz.net. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Parov Stelar Release New Single". Rhythm & Booze. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Parov Stelar Band / new album for spring 2012". electro-swing.com. 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  5. ^ White, Chris (2008). "Parov Stelar Shine Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  6. ^ Bondy, Halley (2012-11-12). "Parov Stelar Goes Beyond "Electro Swing"". MTV Iggy. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  7. ^ Bargerstock, Andy. "Parov Stelar and Emancipator". The Iowa Source. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  8. ^ Köhler, Julia (2013-05-01). "Amadeus 2013: Parov Stelar räumt ab". Musikmarkt (in German). Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Amadeus - Austrian Music Awards: Gewinner 2014". Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  10. ^ "Parov Stelar - The Princess - DJ DemonAngel & Siouxxx aka DJ HighKik". Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  11. ^ Reiterer, Kevin (2012). "Swing Kid". the gap.at. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  12. ^ Parov Stelar in Austrian charts:
  13. ^ Discographie Parov Stelar (in French). lescharts.com. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Suche nach "Parov Stelar" (album) (in German). charts.de. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Parov Stelar in Greek charts:
  16. ^ Discografie Parov Stelar (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  17. ^ Parov Stelar in Swiss charts:

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