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Jeans Team is an electronic band based in Berlin, Germany, that has been creating music since 1995. Their unique sound combines elements of dance music with complex pop-structures, using few (mostly German) lyrics. The band became popular with hits such as: "Keine Melodien", "Baby 3", "Oh Bauer" and "Das Zelt".
Jeans Team’s two founding members, Franz Schütte and Reimo Herfort, were also co-founders of the galerie berlintokio - one of Berlin’s most magnetic and stimulating underground clubs in the late 90s. The venue gave rise to the band’s first rehearsals, live performances, and recordings. It is where they met Henning Watkinson and Gunther Kreis and produced their punk singles, "Hi Fans" and "Ein Atom", which were released on their own label, Nadel Eins, in 1998.
The Jeans Team boys named themselves after an abandoned neon sign that was left over from the 70s and that they found hanging in front of a cheap fashion shop in Berlin Wedding. They liked the idea of “filling up” the “empty” logo with new content- a concept that they compare to a crab moving into a new shell. The original neon sign often accompanies Jeans Team on stage. It blinks the night away and creates a colorful light show that intensifies the energetic electronic atmosphere.
In 2000, Jeans Team signed with the record label Kitty-Yo and released their first album "Ding Dong," which became a milestone for lowfi electronic music lovers. The album contains the hit single “Keine Melodien-” a song that became known around the world. MJ Lan made a Remix of the song and Peaches made a cover version that can be found on the US release of “Teaches of Peaches”. After Jeans Team released the mini album "Gold und Silber" (2004,) which also appeared on Pluxemburg Records for Skandinavia, the band broke away from Kitty-Yo.
Shortly after, they teamed up with the newly formed record label Louisville-Records to release two additional albums, "Musik von Oben"(2005) and "Kopf Auf" (2006.) These albums respectively included another two hits, “Oh Bauer” and “Das Zelt.”
Jeans Team has become a strong force within the young German music scene. Furthermore, their unconventional style has set new standards that have influenced bands all over the world.
When The Team is not touring around Europe, Russia, the US, or Canada with their extremely energetic two-men set, they spend their time at “Nadel Eins Studio Berlin” in Wedding. The studio has more or less become their home- a place that they built up on their own and that functions as a recording, production and the all-around Jeans Team headquarters.
Reimo Herfort, Henning Watkinson,
Gunther Kreis (ex), Franz Schütte