Electronic Music Pioneers!!!!
(The following is a shortened version of the introduction of the Gunter und Umtzi-bio "House Pionieren" by Leo Schallewalt that was released in 1998 on Klieberbrauer Books)
Gunter und Umtzi are the pioneers of house music, elecronica and all musical genres affiliated with these, no question about that. But what we all want to know is "How did it all start?" I will shine light on some of the crucial things that happened in the lives of Günter Bunssen and Umtzi Erlemyer. That would later become two legendary artists that led to the coming of one of the most underrated and most important acts of their time.
What one always must remember is that Gunter und Umtzi started this movement in the dark and sinister surroundings of the industrial Ruhr-estate in Germany. They met through a mutual friend at the "Gargenfest 1974" in Nieder-Sprockhövel. Since that night the dynamic producers - and performance duo - of Gunter und Umtzi was born. Who doesn't remember the gigantic illegal first wave of Rave's that they organised in the Liebefraumilch-Halle in Recklinghausen and the bunkerfests in Kirchheilen and Lippramsdorf? It was there where after a heavy drug-infested 46 hour rave they ended up repeating there own names rapidly. Thus resulting in the birth of house music on the spot. Who ever thought grinded lampglass and Mh-23-Nitrite could be so inspiring?
After this discovery they soon were fed up with the growing popularity of housemusic and started to work on various other projects. One of the better known is ofcourse teaming up with 80's pop icon Jonathan Mitchel from the United Kingdom. After "meeting" eachother during a (later raided by the police) gay-orgy in Soho, London, they discovered that they also could inspire eachother musically. Their teaming up resulting in smash hits like "Swimming Pool" (Virgin records JM233) and "Journey To Manhood" (Virgin Records JM295). The last track, about young homosexuals loosing their virginity caused an outrage in the the openly homophobic culture in England of the mid-eighties.
After parting ways with Jonathan (due to personal reasons) they returned to Germany where they started to work on their more controversial work, songs like "Toiletboy", "Love Glove" and "Joystick" where all released on limited edition colored vinyl in Germany only and are all now high bidded items on online auction sites such as ebay. It was also during this period that Gunter und Umtzi started to get in trouble with the law more and more. The live-act they had been putting on for years involving small dead animals, lube, a large piece of plastic and several male-genitalia shaped objects was banned from venues all over Europe. Leading to a period in which they were not able to work as artists anymore, resulting in moving out of Germany even at one point...
After living together for more than 8 years in the city of Eichlinghöfen they decided to move to the Netherlands in 1996, where they have been living ever since. Gunter and Umtzi have started to create new music a few years ago. And they intend to always be creating music and doing the occasional guest appearance for as long as they can.
We all hope they do.
Yes, we used to play live a lot, but then they started banning us all over Europe.
We are musical influences to a lot of the most popular artists in the world today. Most of them probably don't even know it, but without Gunter und Umtzi there wouldn't be house music, electro, or any other form of loop-based electronic music. We used to sample the sound of a broken Poolstick with ducktape arround it beating on a dead pig and rewire that sound through 23 compressors untill it became the perfect kickdrum. this was before a 808 was ever created.
Low frequency filtered anabolic self-constructed samplers, dead animals, designerdrugs and a lot of on-spot and on-hands material like eachother.
YOU FREAKING PEOPLE NEED TO RESPECT THE FACT THAT WE ARE THE PIONEERS OF ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC!!! WE ARE FED UP WITH THE FACT THAT PEOPLE GIVE CREDIT TO PEOPLE LIKE FRANKIE KNUCKLES AND DJ PIERRE, WE ARE THE ONES THAT PUT OUR LIVES ON THE LINE TO BE ALBE TO BRING YOU PEOPLE HOUSEMUSIC IN THE FORM AS YOU KNOW IT. FRANKIE KNCUKELS NEVER WAS INVOLVED IN ORGIES THAT HAD GOLDEN RETRIEVER-DOGS, LEGUANA'S, MALES, SHEMALES, LOVEBOYS, BOTTOMS AND SLAVE AND KILO'S AND KILO'S OF DRUGS! NEVER! WE CLAIM OUR TITLE: HOUSE PIONEERS! NO-ONE CAN DISAGREE WITH THAT!