Wankelmut

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Wanklemut is a music pioneer.  He has produced and released 3 of the biggest underground dance hits of the last 3 years… “My Head is a Jungle” defined 2013 and MK’s remix meant the track continued to dominate playlists and dancefloors throughout 2014.  His follow up, “Wasted so much Time” feat. John Lamonica picked up the gauntlet in 2014 with another iconic production, simultaeneously combining crossover appeal with an indie, underground feel that is unique to this new age hero of electronic music!  He also demonstrates  a tougher edge to his sound with offerings like the “Wood & Wine” E.P. so Wanklemut is ticking all the boxes for fans of quality dance music the world over!

This astonishing rise to the forefront of the global underground scene was catalysed by his (initially unofficial) remix of his favourite track “One Day / Reckoning Song” by Asaf Avidan and the Mojos.  It became a viral hit in 2011 and has clocked up an astonishing 142,000,000 views on YouTube!

Where and how did it all begin?

Sometimes things unfold fast, very fast. In autumn 2011 Jacob Dilßner aka Wankelmut was a young 24-year old student and part-time dj who had just relocated to his hometown Berlin to study philosophy and political science. Then one night he started playing around with one of his favourite songs in Ableton Live, cutting, filtering and adding a simple 4/4 groove until ‘Asaf Avidan & The Mojos’ bitter-sweet folk song, ‘One Day/Reckoning’ turned into what has now become one of house music’s biggest anthems of 2012 but back then Wankelmut was totally unaware of  the impact his groundbreaking remix would have.

He uploaded the track to his Soundcloud account, marked as unsigned and within weeks it went viral, resulting in thousands of plays and causing a huge excitement in the blogosphere. Suddenly Wankelmut found himself in the midst of a full-blown internet hype. At that point few people outside Berlin actually knew who Wankelmut was. Sure, he had already been djing for a while in small Berlin undergound clubs like Sisyphos and M.I.K.Z. being his favorite haunting grounds. After his remix started to sweep through the internet, people began to investigate who was behind it.

Inquiries and booking requests kept piling up in Wankelmut’s inbox. Without even being properly released, the track slowly but surely became an anthem. It’s perfect balance between folk’s melancholy and house music’s mesmerizing groove and starry-eyed ecstasy had hit a nerve. Wherever you turned, in whatever club you went, you would hear the track at some point of the night. Various small labels approached him, wanting to release the track, but stayed away from the task of clearing the sample. The quest to legally clear the sample began in spring 2012 and after various bureaucratic obstacles were succesfully put out of the way, ‘One Day/Reckoning Song’ finally got an official remix release via Four Music who hold the rights to the original song by Asaf Avidan & the Mojos.

From here the Cinderella story continued. Only eight months after Wankelmut unassumingly uploaded the song, the Berlin-based dj and producer got irrevocably catapulted from mere obscurity into full-on pop-stardom, topping the charts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands and various other European countries. In Germany „One Day/Reckoning Song“ managed to simultaneously hit the #1 spot in the national charts, the itunes charts and on Beatport. This happened for the first time in history, leading to platinum sales status.

Since then, Wankelmut’s schedule got busier every day, taking him on dj gigs all over Europe. There hasn’t been much time to relax. His studies are on hold for now. And while the official video accompanying  “One Day/Reckoning Song” has already exceeded 18 million views, Wankelmut is working on various remixes and his first proper solo-release. Knowing that people’s expectations are constantly growing he is taking it slow, sharpening his skills as a producer without letting the pressure get the best of him. Until then the track that fast-tracked his career will most likely conquer the rest of the world.  We can be pretty sure that we will hear a lot more of Wankelmut in the months and years ahead.

Contact Details

Booking Agent (UK):
Simon Eve – simon@nocturnalartists.com

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Website:
www.wankelmut.com

 

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