Friday, November 23, 2007

WestBam, also known as Maximillian Lenz (born 4 March 1965 in Münster, Westphalia, Germany) is one of the most successful and popular rave techno DJs in Germany. His brother is Fabian Lenz, also known as DJ Dick.
The origin of his moniker is an homage to Afrika Bambaataa, thus "Westphalia Bambaataa". He started his career as a DJ in 1983 in his birthcity Münster. In 1984 he moved to Berlin where he released his first record called "17 - This Is Not a Boris Becker Song", which was coproduced by Klaus Jankuhn. He played at the first Love Parade rave party in 1989 in Ku'damm Berlin. Around that time, the DJ culture made a breakthrough in Germany. After several records he released his first album named The Cabinet. In 1991 he organised the first Mayday rave in Berlin. With over 5000 people, it was the biggest techno party in Germany at the time. Since then Mayday has been a linchpin in the German techno scene. Westbam is still an organiser of the party, and he is also a part of Members of Mayday, the producer of the Mayday-Anthems.
In 1993 he played a number of rave events in the UK including Obsession Passion at the Sanctuary in Milton Keynes.
In 1997 he released his first book, titled Mixes, Cuts & Scratches. It deals with the art, the work and the life of a DJ.
He is the founder of the record label Low Spirit. In 2005 he released a new album Do You Believe In the Westworld, with the first single being Bang The Loop.


The Cabinet (1989)
The Roof Is On Fire (1991)
A Practising Maniac At Work (1991)
BamBamBam (1994)
We´ll Never Stop Living This Way (1997)
Right On (2002)
Do You Believe In the Westworld (2005)

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