Jennifer Rostock

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Jennifer Rostock
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Jennifer Rostock Live 2015
Background information
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Rock, punk rock, electropop
Years active 2007–present
Labels Warner Music
Members Jennifer Weist
Johannes "Joe" Walter
Alex Voigt
Christoph Deckert
Christopher "Baku" Kohl

Jennifer Rostock is a German rock band. They formed in 2007 out of Berlin and first rose to fame in 2008 for their performance in the German talent competition "The Bundesvision Song Contest"


Jennifer Weist (born December 3, 1986)[1] and Johannes "Joe" Walter-Müller are both natives of the German Baltic island Usedom, where they first met in kindergarten. Walter-Müller started to take music lessons as a five-year-old; he initially learned the violin, later he started to play the piano. At the age of 13, he met Weist again when she was singing at a karaoke show, and he invited her to join his school band. They experimented with different genres such as rock, pop, and swing. In the beginning they sang in English, later in German, and they eventually wrote their own songs. In 2004, both founded the band Aerials.[1]

They met Werner Krumme, who later became their record producer, during a songwriting workshop in Rostock.[2] After both finished high school (Gymnasium) in the summer of 2006, they moved to Berlin to pursue a career in music. There they also met their future band members Alex, Christoph, and Baku.[3]

The band's name was originally based on a misunderstanding. Employees at the Planet Roc recording studios in Berlin repeatedly addressed notes for them to "Jennifer Rostock".[4] Weist later explained: "Jennifer was directed at me, and Rostock, because they remembered we are from the coast, and Rostock was probably the only town the studio guys knew up there." This working title was eventually embraced by the band and became their official name.[3]

Guitarist Alex, lead vocalist Jennifer Weist in the background

In 2007, the group gave their first concerts as Jennifer Rostock and they signed a recording contract with Warner Music.[3] They mainly performed in the Berlin club scene and played as opening acts for the British bands Chikinki and Gallows.[2] In October, Jennifer Rostock released the EP Ich will hier raus as a vinyl record and they first receiving radio airplay by local stations in Berlin. In February 2008, their first single, "Kopf oder Zahl", was placed in rotation by MTV Germany. They competed with that song at the Bundesvision Song Contest, a German television show based on the Eurovision Song Contest, and came in fifth.[5] Jennifer Rostock’s debut album, Ins offene Messer, was released the following day and reached number 31 in the German album charts.[6]

They released two additional singles from their debut album, "Feuer" and "Himalaya". In June, Jennifer Rostock performed at MTV Campus Invasion in Jena, which was broadcast live by MTV, and they played at music festivals and concerts throughout Germany; they also had several shows in Austria and Switzerland. In October, they performed their song "Himalaya" at the tour premiere of German rock musician Udo Lindenberg in Rostock.[7]

On November 15, 2017, the band announced via Facebook to go on hiatus after their planned tour for 2018.[8]


Jennifer Rostock's line-up consists of lead vocalist Jennifer Weist, keyboardist Johannes "Joe" Walter-Müller, guitarist Alex, bassist Christoph, and drummer Baku.[1] The group's unconventional German lyrics are collectively written by Weist and Walter-Müller who also compose and arrange the songs.[3] Although difficult to categorise, Jennifer Rostock are sometimes compared to the Neue Deutsche Welle, especially due to their first single, "Kopf oder Zahl", and its similarities to the German 1980's band Ideal. The German newspaper die tageszeitung described their music as "between glam punk, electropop and Berlin-rock".[9]


Jennifer Weist Live in Munich 2015
Alex Voigt.


Year Title Peak positions
2008 Ins Offene Messer
  • First studio album
  • Released: February 15, 2008
  • Format: CD
Ins Offene Messer - Jetzt Noch Besser
  • Re-Release
  • Released: November 28, 2008
  • Format: CD + DVD
2009 Der Film
  • Second studio album
  • Released: July 10, 2009
  • Format: CD
13 18 63
2011 Mit Haut und Haar
  • Third studio album
  • Released: July 29, 2011
  • Format: CD
4 7 58
2012 Live in Berlin
  • Live album
  • Released: August 10, 2012
  • Format: CD + DVD
3 13
2014 Schlaflos
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: January 17, 2014
  • Format: CD
2 5 40
2016 Genau in diesem Ton[12]
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released: September 9, 2016
  • Format: CD
2 4 31
2017 Worst of Jennifer Rostock
  • Compilation album
  • Released: September 29, 2017
  • Format: CD
6 11 69


Year Single Peak positions Album
2008 "Kopf oder Zahl" 48 69 Ins offene Messer
"Feuer" 24
"Himalaya" 85
2009 "Du willst mir an die Wäsche" 34 70 Der Film
"Es tut wieder weh" 48 New Moon (Soundtrack)
2010 "Irgendwo anders" Der Film
2011 "Mein Mikrofon" 49 Mit Haut und Haar
"Ich kann nicht mehr" 60
2011 "Du willst mir an die Wäsche (feat. Sido)" Live in Berlin
2013 "Ein Schmerz und eine Kehle" Schlaflos
2014 "K.B.A.G."
"Du nimmst mir die Angst"
"Kaleidoskop" 66 Kaleidoskop EP
2016 "Irgendwas ist immer" Genau in diesem Ton
"Wir sind alle nicht von hier"
"Uns gehört die Nacht"
"Wir waren hier"
2017 "Deiche"
"Alles cool" Worst of Jennifer Rostock
"Die guten alten Zeiten"


  • 2007: Ich Will Hier Raus
  • 2014: Kaleidoskop


  1. ^ a b c Jennifer Rostock. Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)
  2. ^ a b Jennifer Rostock (Biographie). Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)
  3. ^ a b c d Usedomer Band rockt beim Bundesvision Song Contest für M-V Archived 2008-03-26 at the Wayback Machine.. MVregio. December 12, 2007. Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)
  4. ^ Jennifer Rostock Bandinfo & Biographie. Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)
  5. ^ Die Sieger des BuViSoCo: Subway To Sally. February 15, 2008. Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)
  6. ^ a b Chartverfolgung / Jennifer Rostock / Longplay. Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)
  7. ^ dpa. Udo Lindenberg begeistert in Rostock. DerWesten. October 7, 2007. Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)
  8. ^ "Jennifer Rostock - Beiträge". Facebook. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Jennifer Rostock. die tageszeitung. December 17, 2007. Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)
  10. ^ a b Discographie Jennifer Rostock. Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)
  11. ^ a b Discographie Jennifer Rostock. Accessed December 12, 2008. (in German)
  12. ^
  13. ^ Chartverfolgung / Jennifer Rostock / Single. Accessed December 10, 2008. (in German)

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