Zombie Nation (band)

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Zombie Nation
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Background information
Origin Munich, Germany
Genres Techno, electronica, tech house,[1][2] bitpop, chiptune
Years active 1998–present
Labels Gigolo Records (1999-2003)
Dekathlon Records (2003-2006)
UKW Records (2006-present)
Associated acts John Starlight, ZZT
Website Official Website
Members Florian Senfter aka. Splank!
Past members Emanuel Günther aka. Mooner (-2000)

Zombie Nation is a German techno and electro project of the Munich, Bavaria, Germany based DJ and producer Florian Senfter. Zombie Nation's single Kernkraft 400 was on music charts worldwide in 1999.[3]

History[edit]

The first Zombie Nation five track EP was released in the spring of 1999 on DJ Hell's label, International DeeJay Gigolo Records. A remix of the song "Kernkraft 400" on this debut release landed in high chart-positions all over the world, including number 2 in the United Kingdom.[4]

The Commodore 64 game Lazy Jones (1984), composed by David Whittaker, was sampled by Zombie Nation's techno / tech house hit "Kernkraft 400" (1999).

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Since 2001, Florian Senfter has released tracks on different labels under Zombie Nation and his other pseudonym John Starlight.[5] In 2002 he did not renew his contract with International DeeJay Gigolo Records and started his own label, Dekathlon Records, where he released the second album "Absorber" in 2003. In early 2005, the new sublabel UKW Records was launched with John Starlight's John's Addiction Part 1 followed by Paeng Paeng 12" by Zombie Nation which was recorded a few months later. Sven Väth realized the potential of that song at first glance and licensed it for his Cocoon Recordings imprint. The third album Black Toys which was released in 2006 on UKW Records Zombie Nation is a bass dominated soundscape[6] from tech-hop[7] to funk-laden house.[7] In 2007 Zombie Nation collaborated with Tiga under the pseudonym ZZT on the recording "Lower State of Consciousness".

Zombie Nation is also known today as electronic music liveact. Different from a DJ he uses musical hardware on stage to create sounds. The main instrument is an Akai MPC 4000[8] Music sequencer which he uses in combination with a mixing console and several effects units to do a live arrangement and Mix of his music.

In December 2009 and January 2010 Zombie Nation created a collectively orchestrated track, and Florian tells the story like so:

One cold day in December I had a brainwave. An idea for internet democratic music, made as a collaboration with my boys and girls on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re reading this you probably already know that it is my declared passion to mash samples together on my MPC, so the logical first step was to issue the callout: “send me your sounds!”[9]

In the week that followed, my dropbox was inundated with whistles, basses and burps. The next step was to split the sounds into categories and present them in 10 polls, and then open the voting up to the world. I created loops from the most popular sounds, and then opened them up to another popularity contest. The people spoke, once again, and chose their favourite five loops. In the following weeks, between sessions taking my beloved MPC all over the world, I worked out an arrangement. A song! Part of this work was done streaming video from the studio, with about three hundred people watching and contributing to the decision making process. After a final round of feedback on the arrangement through SoundCloud, the song was finalised. Tada! The last step was to make the parts available to the public, so anyone could have a bash and submit a remix. We selected the six most interesting and unique remixes, and included them in the package.[10] Now only one thing was missing – a name! This was one element of the project that was beyond the capabilities of online democracy. The polling system hit its technical limits. So I decided to discuss the name with my new studio buddies, the people behind the original sounds submitted! And then at last, we had reached the end of the road.

This project was not an attempt to make a logical song, a marketable piece of music, or even one that would appeal to most. Rather, the idea was to produce a democratic piece of music; one in which anyone could take part, and influence the outcome. And I am happy to say that it worked out great!.[11]
—Florian Senfter

The result was a track by "Zombie Nation and Friends" titled "The Mind of Many". The sounds were by: 48oooooooooo, Certifiedsick, Coronium, D.L.I.D, Dastie, Drop The Lime, Flex Rock, Greg Shin, Hayashi, jhk, Jumping Jack Flash, Kim Moyes, L33ch, MAMM, Memorex, Nina Lou, Noize Generation, Pablo Decoder, Plastique de Reve, Brodinski, Prozac Polka, Randee Bugga, Shir Khan, Smashsnap, Solar Explosion, Springboard, Swam, Textbreak, The Model, Tocadisco, Uboot, uπit, Was, and Yibn. The artwork was sent by hannes at freieradikale.at and the song name “the mind of many” was proposed by Stephanie Nazywalskyj. At the moment, in addition to the original, there are number of remixes including ones by MAMM, Noize-Generation, Doberman, Operette, Plastique-de-reve, and obi-blanche.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • 1999 - Kernkraft 400 (Gigolo 019)
  • 2001 - Unload (Gigolo 082)
  • 2003 - Souls at Zero, 12" (+Sven Väth Remix) (Dekathlon 009)
  • 2003 - The Cut, 12" + DJ Naughty Remix (Dekathlon 012)
  • 2005 - Paeng Paeng, 12" (UKW-2 // ltd. 500)
  • 2005 - Paeng Paeng + Meatmaster Jack, 12" (Cocoon Records 17)
  • 2006 - Money Talks, 12" (UKW 3)
  • 2007 - Gizmode, 12" (UKW 8)
  • 2007 - Lower State of Consciousness, 12" (UKW/Turbo) as ZZT with Tiga including Justice Remix.
  • 2008 - The Worm, 12" (UKW/Turbo) as ZZT with Tiga including Erol Alkan Remix.
  • 2008 - Forza, 12", remixes by Fukkk Offf and Housemeister (UKW 10)
  • 2009 - Worth It, 12" (UKW 11)
  • 2010 - Overshoot / Squeek, 12", remixes by DJ Mehdi and Bart B More (UKW 13)
  • 2011 - Chickflick, 12", remixes by Boris Dlugosch and Siriusmo (UKW 14)
  • 2011 – Vulkan Alarm!, 12", as ZZT with Tiga, remixes by Proxy and Jan Driver (Turbo 109)
  • 2011 - Tight single, with a remix by Étienne de Crécy
  • 2012 - Meathead EP (Turbo 133)
  • 2013 - Fishtank/ Guzzler EP (UKW 017)
  • 2014 - Gnork EP (UKW 019)

Remixes[edit]

  • 1999 Dakkar & Grinser – "Take me naked" (DiskoB 087)
  • 1999 Philip Boa and the Voodoclub – "So What" (BMG Ariola)
  • 1999 Sexual Harassment – "I need a freak" (Lasergun Rec.Lasergun 003)
  • 1999 Frankie Bones – "My house is your house" (Bash Rec. bash 004)
  • 2001 Takkyū Ishino – "Suck me Disko" (Zomba Rec. EXEC 08)
  • 2001 I-F – "Space Invaders are smoking grass" (Loaded/Eastwest Leaded 012)
  • 2001 Ladytron – "Playgirl" (Labels/Virgin LC03098)
  • 2002 Colonel Abrams;– "Trapped" (eastwest UPUS011.03)
  • 2002 Divine;– "Native Love" (Gigolo/EDM 090)
  • 2002 AFA / Human League – "Being Boiled" (Edel 0141690CLU)
  • 2002 My Robot Friend – "The Fake" (Dekathlon 002)
  • 2002 Gater – "Taboo" (Dekathlon 003)
  • 2002 Acid Scout – “Sexy Robot” (Kurbel 027)
  • 2003 My Robot Friend – "Walt Whitman" (Dekathlon 008)
  • 2004 NAM:LIVE – "The Church of NAM" (Dekathlon 013)
  • 2004 Codec & Flexor – "Time has changed" (Television 08)
  • 2007 Headman – "On" (Relish)
  • 2008 The Presets – "This Boy´s in Love" Modular
  • 2008 Three 6 Mafia – "I Got"
  • 2009 Adam Freeland – "Under Control" (Marine Parade)
  • 2009 Kid Sister – "Get Fresh" (Fools Gold)
  • 2009 Tiga – "What You Need" (Turbo Records)
  • 2012 Housemeister - Clarisse (Boysnoize BNR077D)

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[12]
BEL
(FL)

[13]
FRA
[14]
IRE
[15]
NL
[16]
UK
[17]
US
[18]
US
Dance

[19]
"Kernkraft 400" 1999 22 10 100 2 8 2 99 47 Leichenschmaus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 (UK)". Discogs. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 (Spain)". Discogs. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "BBC - Music - Zombie Nation". BBC. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kernkraft 400". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  5. ^ "John Starlight". Discogs. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "365Mag International Music Magazine — Black Toys - 2006-10-04". 365mag.com. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  7. ^ a b http://www.bpmmagazine.net/musicreviewitem.aspx?id=1616
  8. ^ "Monster smash — Time Out New York". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Zombie Nation". Zombie Nation. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "BRAVO OPERETTE". Keep Real. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.zombienation.com
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Zombie Nation / Single". musicline.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Discografie Zombie Nation". ultratop.be (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Discographie Zombie Nation". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Discography Zombie Nation". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Zombie Nation". Dutch Top 40 (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Zombie Nation". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Zombie Nation Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Zombie Nation Album & Song Chart History: Dance Club/Play Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  20. ^ "BPI Certified Awards Search" (insert "Zombie Nation" into the "Search" box, and then select "Go"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 

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