Timo Maas

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Timo Maas
Born (1969-07-27) July 27, 1969 (age 47)
Bückeburg, West Germany
Genres Progressive house, electronica, breakbeat, UK garage, trip hop
Occupation(s) Music producer, remixer
Years active 1992–present
Labels Kinetic
Website http://www.timomaas.com/

Timo Maas (born July 27, 1969, Bückeburg, West Germany)[1] is a German electronic music DJ/producer and remixer.[2]


Maas bought his first set of turntables at the age of 17,[3] and played his very first DJ set in 1982 at a party in his friend's home.[3] The beginning of his career consisted mostly of gigs around Germany playing "Top 40" records with the occasional techno record sneaked in, but it was to be another 6 years from his debut DJ performance before he would perform his first official all-techno set.[3] In 1992, Maas was introduced to the early German rave scene, and he went on to DJ at many different rave events both in Germany and elsewhere, earning a name in the electronic underground scene.

Maas' first record, "The Final XS", was released in 1995.[3] His second record release was a collaboration with another producer, Gary D, "Die Herdplatte", which was a bigger success than his first.[3] Gary D also gained Maas a residency at Hamburg's famous club, The Tunnel, between 1994 and 1996.[3] Through British contacts Maas played at the Bristol club Lakota. Maas also began to release records through record labels such as Hope Recordings, both under his own name and the alias, Orinoko.[3] Maas has also recorded under many aliases such as Mad Dogs among others together with his manager and friend Leon Alexander. In 2000, Timo Maas began a residency alongside Deep Dish at the New York City club, Twilo.

Maas first became popular in mainstream dance music through his remix of Azzido Da Bass' "Dooms Night", in the wake of which he released Music For The Maases Volume 1, a mix album consisting of many of his previous tracks and remixes. After another mix album called Connected for Paul Oakenfold's imprint Perfecto, Maas released his own debut studio album Loud in 2002. The album was produced by German dance music production powerhouse Martin Buttrich[4] (also known for his work with Loco Dice), and featured guest appearances from Kelis and Finley Quaye. A second Music For The Maases Volume 2 was released, again consisting of remixes and new tracks. In 2005, Maas released his second album Pictures, this time featuring guest artists Kelis, Neneh Cherry and Placebo's Brian Molko.

Maas has also provided remixes for artists such as Fatboy Slim, Kelis and Madonna.[5] His music has been described as progressive trance, but in reality is more like progressive house.[6]



Compilations and DJ mixes[edit]

  • DJ Mix Vol.2 (Perfecto CDr)
  • XFade Master Mix Vol. 4: Hope Recordings (1999)
  • Music for the Maases (2000)
  • Connected - Perfecto Presents… Timo Maas (2001)
  • Music for the Maases 2 (2003)
  • Don't Look Back (2005)
  • Born to Funk (2005)
  • Return of the Legend (2009)
  • Balance 17 (2010)


  • "The Final XS" (1995)
  • "Die Herdplatte" (1995)
  • "M.A.A.S.M.E.L.L.O.W." (1998)
  • "Twin Town" (1999)
  • "Ubik" (2000) - Timo Maas/Martin Bettinghaus, UK #33[8]
  • "Der Schieber" (2000) - UK #50[7]
  • "Connected" (2001)
  • "Killin' Me" (2001)
  • "To Get Down" (2001) - UK #14[7]
  • "Shifter" feat. MC Chickaboo (2002) - UK #38[7]
  • "Help Me" (2002) - featuring Kelis, UK #65[7]
  • "Unite" (2003)
  • "First Day" (2005) - UK #51[7]
  • "Pictures" (2005)
  • "Dancing For My Pleasure" (2013)
  • "Articulation" (2013)
  • "College 84" (2013)
  • "Pop A Bubble" (2013)
  • "Tantra" (2013)

Selected remixes[edit]

Appearances in media[edit]

Maas' "To Get Down" track has been widely used in movie soundtracks such as the 2003 remake of The Italian Job, Riders in 2002, as well as other mediums such as the video game FIFA Football 2003, and a Budweiser beer commercial. Another of his tracks, "Unite", appears in the FIFA 2004 soundtrack. A remix of the "Neighbourhood" screen music is credited to him on the video game The Sims 2: Nightlife, whilst the video game Wipeout Fusion uses the song "Old School Vibes" from the album Loud. Burnout Revenge used the General Midi remix of "First Day" for the game's EA Trax.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IMO Records. "Timo Maas Born", IMO Records. Retrieved on 7 June 2015.
  2. ^ IMO Records. "Timo Maas Biography", IMO Records. Retrieved on 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Potts, Diana "Timo Maas Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-11-06
  4. ^ "Timo Maas - Loud (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2002-03-04. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  5. ^ Hignight, Heath K. (2002) "Seriously Loud", CMJ New Music Monthly, March 2002, p. 24-25
  6. ^ Borow, Zev (2001) "Incoming: Timo Maas", SPIN, July 2001, p. 54, retrieved 2010-11-06
  7. ^ a b c d e f Official Charts - Timo Maas
  8. ^ Official Charts - Timo Maas/Martin Bettinghaus