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WestBam in 2004
|Birth name||Maximilian Lenz|
|Also known as||It's 2 Hard, Mr. Y, Professor Taub-Karcher, Von Sternhagel, WB Loops|
|Born||4 March 1965|
|Origin||Münster, Westphalia, Germany|
|Occupations||DJ, producer, remixer|
|Associated acts||Zulu Nation, Dr. Motte, Klaus Jankuhn|
The origin of his moniker is a homage to Afrika Bambaataa, thus "Westphalia Bambaataa". He started his career as a DJ in 1983 in his birth city Münster. In 1984 he moved to Berlin where he released his first record called "17 - This Is Not a Boris Becker Song", which was coproduced by Klaus Jankuhn. He played at the first Love Parade rave party in 1989 at Ku'damm Berlin (he also wrote the Love Parade Anthems from 1997-2008). Around that time, the DJ culture made a breakthrough in Germany. After several records he released his first album named The Cabinet. In 1991, he organised the first Mayday rave in Berlin. With over 5000 people, it was the biggest techno party in Germany at the time. Since then, Mayday has been vital to the German techno scene. Westbam is still an organiser of the party, and he is also a part of Members of Mayday, the producer of the Mayday-Anthems.
In 1997, he released his first book, titled Mixes, Cuts & Scratches. It dealt with the art, the work and the life of a DJ.
- Bogdanov, Vladimir (2001-05-24). All music guide to electronica: the definitive guide to electronic music. Backbeat Books. pp. 554â. ISBN 978-0-87930-628-1. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
- WestBam.de (in German)
- WestBam discography at MusicBrainz
- WestBam Profile on Fantazia
- WestBam Profile on Obsession
- WestBam's comprehensive discography at Discogs
- WestBam at the Internet Movie Database