Hellmut Hattler

HATTLERCall his styles Smooth Jazz, Fusion, Electronica or Progressive, there is music for everyone reflected in the work of this international musician, as we welcome Hellmut Hattler  to our audience and introduce him and his band HATTLER to the US and beyond.

Hellmut is a  bass guitarist extraordinaire, composer, producer and a living legend in Germany and Europe. Hellmut has a rare ability to perpetually reinvent himself around his music. A seemingly ever self-renewing musical wellspring, he finds himself among the small and elite circle of artists who have managed to sustain great acclaim and love (yes!) on part of ever-growing audiences in the usually short-lived pop world, while never lacking unmistakable artistic identity.

As a youngster Hellmut had many years of forced violin lessons, resulting in him being ready to never touch a musical instrument again! When Hellmut later started to experiment with the bass guitar, the instrument which would lay the foundations for his renown, it was with the firm conviction that he would never play anything but what came from the heart. and what was entirely intuitive to him – another rare quality in the aggressively formatted entertainment industry we love to hate.

hellmut_hattler_2Accordingly, Hellmut Hattler has not only stood for a distinct sound and uniquely personal, quite awe-inspiring, technique for over 30 years, he has also managed to never stand still artistically and to impress the music world again and again with his creative endeavors. In the 70s, Hellmut’s legendary art rock outfit KRAAN was among the few successful European attempts to provide an independent-minded answer of equal merit and substance to America’s jazz-rock pioneers Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, selling hundreds of thousands of records. In the 80s, Hellmut appeared on stages around the world and on recordings in varying all-star formations with stellar peers including Billy Cobham, Alphonse Mouzon, Brian Auger and many others. Finally, in the 90s, he was half of the internationally successful and pioneer hip-hop-jazz duo TAB TWO, which released 10 award-winning albums on the Virgin and Polydor labels before disbanding in 1999 after 10 years of almost constant touring, producing and composing including for pop icons such as Tina Turner.

HH06Over the last few years, Hellmut has put all his efforts into a series of releases presented plainly under the moniker HATTLER, again winning several awards including the „ECHO“, the German equivalent of a Grammy. On the brand new release “Gotham City Beach Club Suite”, Hellmut joins forces once more with renowned guitarist and community activist Torsten de Winkel in catchy and broader-than-ever melange of his much-admired electric bass guitar work with contemporary electronica, seriously soulful vocals (by the remarkable discovery Fola Dada), ethnic quotes, and a touch of jazz “coolness” which he has established successfully all around the world as his signature production sound.

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