Tillmann Uhrmacher

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Tillmann Uhrmacher
Birth name Tillmann
Born (1967-05-14)14 May 1967
Died 30 May 2011(2011-05-30) (aged 44)
Genres Electronica, Progressive, Trance, Techno, Electronic dance music
Occupation(s) German DJ, Producer, DJ
Instruments Turntable, Mixer
Years active 1989–2011
Website tillmannuhrmacher.com

Tillmann Rudolf Uhrmacher (German pronunciation: [ˈtɪlman ˈʁuːdɔlf ˈʔuːɐ̯maxɐ];[1] 14 May 1967 – 30 May 2011[2]) was a German DJ, producer and radio host in the field of Electronic dance music .


Tillmann Uhrmacher's career reads similar to many other DJ biographies; he started his career as a light jockey in a well known little club, worked in a record shop and went on to become an internationally renowned DJ.

Musical recognition was first achieved by Uhrmacher as a founding member of the electronic group Mysterious Art, along with Michael Krautter, Mike Staab, Nicole Boeúf and Stephanie Trautmann. In 1988 the band's first single Das Omen immediately became a number one hit in Germany selling over 400,000 copies in the process. It spent a total of 29 weeks in the German charts and was the second most successful single of the year. This was followed by a second single Karma - Omen 2 that also reached the top 10. In 1990 the band supported Madonna's Blond Ambition World Tour.

In June 1990 Uhrmacher began his own radio show broadcast every Saturday evening on RPR1. Later this show was broadcast on sunshine live. This ran from its inception in 1990 until 18 March 2011 and is the longest running electronic music show on German radio. In 1994 he entered into the Guinness Book of Records for an 80 hour non-stop broadcast. In addition, Tillmann Uhrmacher also produced a compilation series called Maximal in the mix. This last appeared in April 2009, after the tenth edition.

Uhrmacher published his first solo single Bassfly in 1999. In 2001 the single On the Run stormed the UK club charts and attained number 16 in the UK singles charts. A collaboration with Mauro Picotto under the pseudonym of Lava brought about two singles Autumn and Spring Time. Between 2000 and 2002, he presented the Tillmann Uhrmacher Show on Hitradio RPR1. He was chosen to be a judge for the German Dance Awards in Hamburg, and also became the stadium speaker of the 1. FC Kaiserslautern Bundesliga football outfit.

Tillmann Uhrmacher also appeared at both small and large festivals in the field of electronic music. Since 1999, he had appeared at least once every year on one of the main stages at Nature One and additional performances on smaller stages. In addition, he hosted the live coverage of the Nature One on Sunshine Live. An appearance had been planned for Nature One 2011.

Last Activities[edit]


In 2010 Uhrmacher was still presenting his Saturday evening show on RPR1. In May, he took part in the ZDF Fernsehgarten show. With other VIPs, he held a flea market stand, telling nostalgic stories and presenting weird and wonderful objects. The show was also broadcast on radio RPR1.


Tillmann presented his last radio show in March, but had to put it on hiatus due to ill health.


On 8 June 2011 it was announced by Uhrmacher's family that he had been found dead in his apartment of as yet unknown causes. His obituary lists 30 May 2011 as his date of death.



with The Mysterious Art

  • 1989: Das Omen (Teil 1)
  • 1989: Carma – Omen II
  • 1990: Requiem
  • 1991: High On Mystic Mountain
  • 1991: Lovin’ You / Awaken

with Mauro Picotto under the Lava pseudonym

  • 2000: Autumn
  • 2001: Spring Time (Let Yourself Go)


  • 1999: Bassfly
  • 2000: Free
  • 2001: On the Run
  • 2001: Friends
  • 2006: The Pride In Your Eyes (Om Nama Shiva)

Remixes (select)[edit]


  1. ^ Krech, Eva-Maria; Stock, Eberhard; Hirschfeld, Ursula; Anders, Lutz Christian (2009). Deutsches Aussprachewörterbuch (in German). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. pp. 884, 986 and 1006. ISBN 978-3-11-018202-6. 
  2. ^ Tilmann Uhrmacher obituary at echo-online.de

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