A Little Personal Update

It may be time to catch up on a few things…

I decided to stop broadcasting my shows on radio stations. The time commitments limit me too much in my personal freedom, and the unreliability of the stations annoys me too much.

I will record LIGHTWORKS and TIME OUT sets (and other specials) whenever I feel like it and my time permits. I will then, as always, offer those for free download on Soundcloud.

As a touring DJ, I am not very active, but still accept “good” booking requests. That means you can still book me, but I’m not running after any gig. Honestly, I’m just picking out the sweetest fruits. I’m tired of lying and cheating promoters and bad marketing because someone does not understand this job.

Please do not get me wrong … I’m not one of those who announce big on social media that they’re giving up the DJ job. Once a DJ, always a DJ. And also: never say never. I love DJing and I love to play for an audience that understands and loves what I do.

Mark my words: that will never end, until my last breath.

But I do not feel like having to get upset about people in this business anymore. I am too old for such nonsense, and too young not to enjoy certain things in a different and better way.

The music business has given me a lot and taken a lot. I have never taken the easy route and I have renounced or thrown away money because I am (still) an idealist. But I have not always kept up well with my energies, have had too much patience with assholes and bunglers. Too often people have taken advantage of the benefits associated with me without even considering giving anything back. I have always put too much faith in the wrong people, that’s been one of my life-long weaknesses.

All that has come to an end.

I will stay with you forever as a musician, composer, producer, storyteller, part-time idiot, puppet master, occasional DJ, show host and smartass. Promised.

On Instagram you can have a peek into what adventures are taking place in my life. I still have endless energy, plans and dreams. Nothing (except perhaps death) will keep me from realizing my ideas. No matter what obstacles have stood in my way: I have the partner by my side whom I always wanted to have, I live where I always wanted to live, and in the future I will only do what I really want to do. Nothing and no one will stop me. Well, maybe here and there, for a moment… but in the end I always reach my goals. Because I know who I am and who I’m not, thus I have plenty of substance to believe in myself.

 

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Life is too short for too many bad decisions. You fall, get up again, shake off the dirt and keep going without repeating the same mistakes. That’s my credo.

Good evening, good night, good morning and good day to you all. Oh … and Happy Easter.

Rumours About My Retirement — A Statement

Ingo Vogelmann
Not retired, yet.

There seems to be a rumour that I retired. Recently I also received messages from fans who asked me directly. I think it’s time to explain, and not just on this subject.

First of all: no. I haven’t retired, yet, nor do I plan so anytime soon. But I have either shut down or minimized certain activities that affect my work in the music industry, on the other hand, I draw my energy to other (and partially new) things.

About my management activities in the music industry

As you may know, I no longer work for FRISKY. I also removed my shows from the station, because I wanted it that way. I was not officially fired. At a certain point, FRISKY simply stopped communicating with me for reasons that to this day are incomprehensible to me, unless I suspected fraud. After all, I was the one who quit after nobody talked to me anymore. I got some sort of explanation (very much too late), but it wasn’t satisfactory at all. Despite the fact that it assumed completely false accusations that looked strongly like made up, for the sake of accusation. I can not spread the whole story publicly, it’s still a legal process that is far from over. I still have demands that I have to enforce in court.

With great pleasure I am Head of A&R for Pro B Tech Music. This job usually takes place in the background, which is why you do not notice much of it. But I am very busy. If you have demos, send them to me. 😉

Studio work

I direct my energy more and more to the work in the studio. That means I produce, mix, master and compose a lot, both for myself and for clients. That’s great fun. I couldn’t imagine quitting this, ever. I will probably do this until my very last breath. I just love music too much.

Radio shows

I do that. Still. As long as I enjoy it and my time allows it. I don’t know when the time has come when it stops being enough fun to continue, but you will notice.

Gigs

Quite clear: I’m picking out the really good ones. I’m tired of stupid discussions with promoters that do too much coke and have an incredibly inflated ego or want to fool me. I do not play for free drinks, travel expenses and hotel. BTW, I never did that.

To be honest: I have been involved in the music industry for about 25 years. I have experienced many beautiful things, seen many places and people and experienced unforgettable moments. But also many bitter disappointments. And I – 45 years old – do not feel like it anymore. Really not. I might be a bit stupid, but not that stupid.

And here is the most important thing…

Over the years, I have neglected far too many things. Friends and partnership, for example. Family. A normal life. I haven’t always given the really important people in my life the attention and energy they deserve. Although I always had the best intentions, I have been terrible on many subjects and fucked up opportunities.

At 45, I’m full of regrets that I need to process — believe it or not. Your own mistakes make you either go full retard (pardon the wording) or they make you humble and thoughtful. I want to be a better version of myself and live the life I could have lived earlier if I hadn’t clinged to stupid things and false perceptions. I also want to have more time and energy for private passions and hobbies, and I also want to really listen to the music I love more, not just skip through it, because I need to evaluate it.

I’m at an age where you do not have to get involved with everything or prove anything. I (almost) only do things that I enjoy doing. A few things I did before have only taken but not given back enough, or at all. Fuck this.

In a nutshell, I have no time or energy to waste. This life is short and will be over sooner or later, and I’m the only one responsible for my happiness until that day has come.

However, that’s the short explanation on the state of things. If necessary, I will explain more at some point. Thanks for your attention and for your support! I sincerely hope you understand what this is about, and what not.

Where my fans come from (2017), and how it reflects on gigs

As you might know, I do some analysis from time to time. Here’s the Top 10 of where my fans come from, and a few comments from myself to it:

1 Germany — Actually surprising.

2 Hungary — Not surprising at all, just played 5 gigs in 1 week there. Hungarians have and incredible connection to the music I love (and do).

3 United States of America — Very surprising, in a way. Getting gigs in the US is really difficult (for me). Promoters aren’t willing to take risks and pay decently. Probably the country is also just geographically too big to get folks attending a gig with a dude like me, although I had great gigs in L.A. and Philadelphia already.

4 Argentina — Comparable to the people in Hungary, just 18 hours more flight, and 1000 € more flight costs, so I get relatively many booking requests that unfortunately seldom work out. But, believe it or not, we’re working on a (realistic) mini tour right now, as we speak. If all goes well I’m touring Argentina in July 2017. 🙂

5 United Kingdom — Been booked there once in my life. But hey: also in talks for a gig in London right now as well. If all goes well: July 2017!

6 Turkey — Oh my… I receive hundreds of booking requests from Turkey every year, and it NEVER worked out. Musically Turks have the same affection for my stuff as the Hungarians and Argentinians do, but for some reason we can’t work out gigs. I don’t get it. MANY requests, no outcome. What a pity. :-/ I hope this changes ASAP.

7 Greece — See above (Turkey). Many requests, not much outcome. And boy, do I LOVE Greece! In fact, I’m planning my vacation for this year in Greece right now. Love the people, the food, the culture…. everything. And I know Greeks party hard, as if there was no tomorrow. 🙂

8 Mexico — A bit like Argentina. Far away, but people are absolutely crazy about my music. I remember having had a huge article in Mexico’s biggest newspaper back in 2003 when I released my first artist album, which was signed to EMI — a major label, imagine that! The big press was due to a Spanish journalist who spotted me because of the major label deal and interviewed me (for the German press, haha), but I was living in Spain back then. Anyway, I’d love to come to Mexico, of course. 😉

9 Bulgaria — I think it’s like Turkey, plus, I heard my fee is a general problem in Bulgaria, which — I heard as well — has the lowest average income in Europe. Pity. 🙁

10 Romania — Can’t say much about this, to be honest, just: I’d love to play in Romania! I have a good friend from Romania that happens to be a great promoter! In Malaysia, LOL. Hi Daniela! 😉

Okay guys, that’s it for now. You see, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s not me who doesn’t wanna play in your country or so. There are mostly obstacles I can’t do much about.

If you wanna see/hear me near you, talk to a local promoter, or if you’re a promoter yourself, here’s the way to book me: buff.ly/2s1K171

Right now, we’re looking for as many shows in Argentina for July as possible. The more we get booked the more feasible it becomes for every stakeholder (costs!). Also, 1 or 2 more UK gigs in July would be great, so I don’t have to do only one London gig (although I will love doing it, of course). 😉

Thanks for the attention. <3

Gig Databases

Yea. As a touring (or even a local) DJ, something to enter your upcoming gigs into so that it gets noticed on the web is essential, in my very humble opinion.

There seem to be endless providers for that already, and I’ve been through some of them in the past few years. Some of them are free, some not. And — as always — free or not, it says nothing about the quality of the service. That’s my observation, at least.

So, after all those years, one or the other might be surprised who is my winner:

artistdata

They were actually the first one years ago I jumped on, then they got acquired by SonicBids and I thought things went south from this moment on. And this was the case for a while, until SonicBids seemed to have thought it might be a good idea to maintain the service a bit and add a few new features.

Today, artistdata is so rich and packed with features that I can’t list everything here in a post. I recommend you check it out yourself. Oh, and it’s one of the free services.

You can see my gigs as an embedded iCal feed in the sidebar on the right beside this article. But the whole service offers a lot more options. I guess you can spend an entire day configuring this, and admittedly, its user-friendliness is not the total winner. But once you get used to it it’s easy.

They also provide an “ArtistData Profile” page, which collects all the stuff about you and showcases it, but well … the design is pretty “limited”. But better than nothing. 😉