Shantel

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Shantel
Shantel Bukovina-Orkestar Wien2008a.jpg
Shantel in Vienna, 2008
Background information
Birth name Stefan Hantel
Born (1968-03-02) 2 March 1968 (age 46)
Mannheim, West Germany

Stefan Hantel, better known by his stage name Shantel (born 2 March 1968), is a DJ and producer based in Germany, Frankfurt . He is known for his work with gypsy brass orchestras, DJing and remixing traditional Balkan music with electronic beats.

Background and early life[edit]

Shantel is of Bukovina German descent. His grandparents on the maternal side were from the Romanian part of Bukovina.[1]

Career[edit]

Shantel began his DJ career in Frankfurt, Germany, and was inspired by the audience reaction to gypsy brass bands such as Fanfare Ciocărlia and trumpeter Boban Marković to infuse electronically tweaked Balkan gypsy music into his DJ set. Shantel released two compilations of his popular DJ night, Bucovina Club, on his own Essay label, which won the Club Global award in the 2006 BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music. He was one of several DJs to remix recordings of Taraf de Haïdouks and Kočani Orkestar on the Electric Gypsyland compilations from Belgium's Crammed Discs label, and released his next album on that label. He gained popularity in Turkey after recording the clip of 'Disko Partizani' in Istanbul.[2] Shantel's 2007 album Disko Partizani departed somewhat from the techno sound of Bucovina Club, concentrating more on the music's Balkan roots.[3] In 2011 he released an album with Oz Almog named Kosher Nostra Jewish Gangsters Greatest Hits. This album is a wild mix of Swing, Jazz, Twist, Charleston and Yiddish songs and Ballads.

Discography[edit]

  • Super Mandarine (1994)
  • Club Guerilla (1995)
  • Auto Jumps & Remixes (1997)
  • EP (1997)
  • No. 2 (1997)
  • "II" EP (1998)
  • Higher than the Funk (1998)
  • Oh So Lovely EP (1998)
  • Oh So Lovely Remixes (1998)
  • Backwood (2001)
  • Great Delay (2001)
  • Inside (2001)
  • Bucovina (2003)
  • Disko (2003)
  • Bucovina Club Vol. 2 (2005)
  • Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers (2006)
  • Disko Partizani (2007)
  • Disko Partizani Remixes (2008)
  • Planet Paprika (2009)
  • Kosher Nostra Jewish Gangsters Greatest Hits (2011)
  • Anarchy + Romance (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Rigney, "Interview: Shantel", Exberliner, 9 April 2010.
  2. ^ Cartwright, Garth: Awards for World Music 2006 - DJ Shantel, BBC Radio 3.
  3. ^ Jackman, Robert: Review: Disko Partizani, British Broadcasting Corporation, 24 September 2007.

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