Ralf Hildenbeutel, Stevie B-Zet (sometimes spelled Be-Zet or B.Zet, his Realname is Steffen Britzke) and A.C. Boutsen (Matthias Hoffmann) are knowing each other since the mid 80's, where they played as musicians in different live bands like a Funk group called "Midnite Fun", for example.
The first time I recognized them (I was late, sorry :-) was as
producers for various projects related to Sven Väth:
After starting DJing Sven became in the late 80s Sven the frontman of
a pop group called "Off". He formed it with
Michael Münzig and Luca
Anzilotti, who later became "Snap", and were
previously known as "16 Bit".
In 1989, A.C. Boutsen, Stevie B-Zet and Sven Väth started the project "Mosaic". As Mosaic, the trio released a number of successive club hits and remixes until the end of 1990.
At the end of 1992, Sven met up with Ralf Hildenbeutel, who has produced all of Sven's 'solo' releases until 1998, as well as their common projects "Essence of Nature" and "Barbarella".
In their "EYE-Q/HH/ROD Period" Ralf, Steffen and Matthias produced many unforgettable club classics, intelligent techno that was years ahead of time, as well as beautiful high class ambient chillout sounds. Still in 2000 and 2001 new compilations and remixes from that period have been released. Their solo works and projects like "Earth Nation", "Curare", "Progressive Attack", "Cygnus X", "Brainchild", "Odysee of Noises", "Metal Master" and "Astral Pilot" made them unforgetable as well as their productions for "Zyon" and "Vernon".
In early 1997 the changes climaxed and EYE-Q reached the end. Sven
and Matthias separated from their business partners and left
EYE-Q. Around June '97 after moving to Berlin the German label wasn't
able to pay their bills and filed a petitition for bankruptcy, right
after the US department died bit earlier.
From now on, freed from the former EYE-Q boundaries, Ralf, Steffen and
Matthias have founded "Schallbau Productions" and been
acting as 'freelance' producers for their own new projects as well as for
other artists on various labels and record companies.
Ralf has produced Sven's first "past-EYE-Q" album named "Fusion" for Schallbau, released in 1998 on Virgin.
In 1998 the fantastic album "Schallbau's Point Zero Vol. 1" in an 'easy listening' kind of style appeared on Logic / BMG. Ralf released a new Earth Nation on Rough Trade / Jive, Matthias released a club oriented single as "Dee. FX" on Logic, and Steffen and Matthias appeared as "They" on a small underground label Ultra X.
In 1999 the Schallbau productions for the artists "Vega" (on Epic/Sony) and "Simon Collins" (on WEA/Warner) have been released, as well as some contributions (like Matthias' new solo project "Superfish") for a movie score to a German film named "Caipiranha".
In 2000 the album by "Laith Al-Deen", a german singer, has been produced by Schallbau, beneath other soundttack productions for movies like "Und das ist erst der Anfang...", "Be.Angeled" and "Mondscheintarif" (in German cinemas during 2001).
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