Parov Stelar

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Parov Stelar
Parov Stelar
Parov Stelar in March 2015, photographed by Stefan Sappert
Background information
Birth name Marcus Füreder
Also known as
  • Plasma
  • Cash Candy
  • Nola Grey
Born (1974-11-27) November 27, 1974 (age 42)
Origin Linz, Austria
Years active 1998–present
Labels Etage Noir Recordings

Marcus Füreder (born November 27, 1974 in Linz, Austria) better known by his stage name Parov Stelar, is an Austrian musician, producer and DJ. His musical style is based on a combination of jazz, house, electro and breakbeat. He is known as one of the pioneers of electro swing.[1]


Marcus Füreder first appeared as a DJ at nightclubs during the mid-late 1990s. He got involved in producing and publishing in 2000. Having released his first maxi singles on Bushido (still using his real name and his stage name Plasma), Füreder founded the record label Etage Noir Recordings in 2003.[2] A year later, now with the stage name Parov Stelar, the EP Kiss Kiss was immediately picked up by the influential Austrian radio station FM4. KissKiss, soon followed by the LP Rough Cuts, provided him with a 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]

In November 2005 Parov Stelar had his first appearance together with a Live-Band. This kick-started a concert series in various European cities and prompted 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), Marc Osterer (Trumpet), Sebastian Grimus (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), one in 2012 (Best Electronic Act), one in 2014 (Best Live Act) and one in 2015 (Best Electronic Act).[7] 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.[8] "Booty Swing" samples a 1938 song by Lil Hardin Armstrong called "Oriental Swing".[9]

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.[10]



Year Album Details Peak chart positions
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 7
2009 Coco CD, Etage Noir Recordings 65 10
2010 The Paris Swing Box CD, Etage Noir Recordings
2010 Le Piaf CD, Etage Noir Recordings
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 2 CDs, 2 LPs, CD, DD Etage Noir Recordings, Island Records, Universal Music Germany 6 117 35 27
2015 The Demon Diaries CD, Etage Noir Recordings 1 93 8 1 9
2016 Live @ Pukkelpop CD, Etage Noir Recordings 9 89 64


  • 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)


Year Single Peak chart positions Album / EP
2010 "The Phantom" 69 The Phantom EP
2012 "Jimmy's Gang" 43 Jimmy's Gang EP
"Nobody's Fool"
(feat. Cleo Panther)
2013 "Keep on Dancing"
(feat. Marvin Gaye)
2014 "All Night" 42 57 35 57
"Clap Your Hands" 52 Clap Your Hands
"The Sun"
(feat. Graham Candy)
31 110 The Sun EP
2015 "Hooked on You"
(feat. Timothy Auld)
Other singles
  • 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"

In popular culture[edit]

  • In 2016 the song "Clap Your Hands" was used in a TV Commercial[17] for the iOS and Android game Shuffle Cats.
  • In 2014 the song "Catgroove" was used in a TV commercial[18] for the Belgian telecom operator Proximus.
  • His song "All Night" was featured In a television commercial for Paco Rabanne Eau My Gold perfume, and for the italian TIM television spot.
  • Portuguese right-wing politician Paulo Portas is a known fan of his work, having shown it to Judite de Sousa, a famous Portuguese journalist, saying "I think it's excellent!" even though he thought he was Russian and mistook his song "Love" for "A Night in Torino".
  • His songs "All Night" and "Millas Dream" were used as soundtrack of Turkish motion picture İncir Reçeli 2.
  • His song "Chambermaid Swing" was featured in the Bacardi "The Party 1957" commercial in 2012. This was his first major exposure to the United States pop scene.
  • The Klingande remix of "The Sun" was featured in the video game Forza Horizon 3.


  1. ^ Weinberger, Bibiane (2012). "The Pioneer of Electro-Swing: Parov Stelar". Retrieved 2014-09-30. 
  2. ^ Seibold, Ulrike (2012). "Parov Stelar: Extravaganz ale Genuss". 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". 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. ^ Schokarth, Brigitte (2013). "Triumph für Parov Stelar". Kurier. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  8. ^ "Parov Stelar - The Princess - DJ DemonAngel & Siouxxx aka DJ HighKik". Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  9. ^ "PA 1938 song by Louis Armstrong's wife could put a hitch in GM's China expansion plans". Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  10. ^ Reiterer, Kevin (2012). "Swing Kid". the Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  11. ^ a b Parov Stelar in Austrian charts:
  12. ^ a b Discographie Parov Stelar (in French). Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  13. ^ a b Suche nach "Parov Stelar" (album) (in German). Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  14. ^ Parov Stelar in Greek charts:
  15. ^ Discografie Parov Stelar (in Dutch). Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  16. ^ a b Parov Stelar in Swiss charts:
  17. ^ TV Commercial (video) featuring Clap Your Hands from
  18. ^ TV commercial (video) featuring Catgroove

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