May 24, 1951|
September 16, 2007 (aged 56)|
|Genres||heavy metal, pop, rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician, record producer|
Systems in Blue and others
Rolf Köhler (May 24, 1951 – September 16, 2007) was a German born singer, musician and record producer.
Köhler initially achieved commercial success performing under the pseudonym Marc de Ville in the 1970s. As Marc de Ville, Köhler released a few singles, including "Annie (I Don't Wanna Talk About The Weather)", "Walking Alone in the Rain" and "California". Köhler performed with a diverse range of musicians, including Marius Müller-Westernhagen and heavy metal band Saxon. Köhler also wrote a number of German songs, including "Wenns um Geld geht", "Tortella" and "BIFI". Köhler's was part of the Modern Talking choir that used a falsetto style. Köhler co-owned Karo Music Studios and produced music together with other producers including Kalle Trapp, Blind Guardian, Molly Hatchet, New Commix, Kentucky, Toll House, Ser, Ian Cussick band, BLUE BLIZZ, Wave (with Wiedeke) and Gnadenlos Platt. In the mid 1980s, Köhler co-produced a few singles in the of italo-disco style productions with artists including Stag, L'Affair, C. Dorian, and Tom Jackson. Several of Köhler's disco productions, including Solid Strangers, Boo Who, Straight Flush, and Broken Dreams.
Collaboration with Dieter Bohlen
In late 1984 Kohler was contracted as a backstage musician for the Modern Talking project to be part of the falseto chorus. He colaborated with Dieter Bohlen for nearly 16 years meanwhile he composed some heavy metal albums and some hard rock albums without any success. After the dissolution of Modern Talking project, Kohler joined the Blue System project created by Dieter Bohlen and Luis Rodriguez . Blue System had an international success releasing several albums during 1987 to 1997 where Kohler can be heard singing for most tracks in both the refrains and choruses. In 2003 Kohler joined Systems in Blue. However in 2007 he passed away.
Systems in Blue
In 2003, Köhler, together with Michael Scholz, Detlef Wiedeke and producer Thomas Wildrat, formed the Europop/Synthpop group Systems in Blue, which evolved from Blue System and Modern Talking. Systems in Blue has released 4 commercially successful albums as of January 2013. .
In 2008, Systems in Blue released the album, Out of the Blue. Many critics noted that the musical construction and lyrics of the album were more mature and independent than the group's previous album, Point of No Return. Out of the Blue . Systems in Blue had a small gig in Russia, Germany and Israel.