Few bands have divided opinions
as much as the three producers from Hamburg who, together
with their manager Jens Thele, have been causing a
sensation in international charts since May '97. The
road to success of this exceptional band has been
marked by countless top-ten hits, releases in over
30 countries, numerous platinum and gold-selling hits,
numerous music awards, concerts in front of up to
80,000 fans and, finally, sales close to the 10 million
mark. H.P., Rick and Jay make no secret that they
are proud of what they have achieved: "We won't
go home until everybody has lost interest in us,"
is the band's philosophy.
While this success may seem to have been simple and
well-planned for outsiders, it was actually a tough
hill to climb, not in line with our fast-moving society:
"You sit there in your cellar for years, producing
songs like a madman. They all flop, and just when
you think nothing's going to happen, you suddenly
get into the top five all over Europe", - says
frontman H.P. summing up the start of his career when
Ferris Bueller (later replaced by DJ Axel Coon) was
still on keyboards.
However, by 1995 Scooter were already embarrassing
the critics who had said they would be a one-hit
wonder. "Hyper Hyper" was followed by
another four top-five hits: "Move Your Ass,"
"Friends," "Endless Summer"
and "Back In The UK," making Scooter an
established act. Creativity and a great deal of
light-hearted self-irony ("We Are The Greatest,"
1998) allowed the trio to surprise their fans and
critics over and over again, for example, incorporating
the "Miss Marple" title theme in a chorus
and using guitar riffs (as in "Fire" 1997)
that would make even the "Rock Musicians Against
Techno" movement of the period doubt the purpose
of its own existence.
Scooter are not only a band but also a way of life.
Anyone who has met the boys will know what "party"
means for Scooter.
Their musical concept, however, often also provides
for thoughtful moments. Tracks like "No Fate"
(1997), "She's The Sun" (2000) and also
the chorus of the current single "Jigga Jigga!"
show a musical diversity that clearly sets Scooter
apart from other popular techno and dance acts.
So what is the secret behind Scooter's ongoing success?
The lads have their own roles within the band: Jay,
who joined Scooter in February 2002 after Axel left,
forms the DJ part of the group and mainly deals
with the basic grooves and the latest underground
trends. H.P. not only writes almost all of the lyrics,
he also often lays down the creative foundations
for the typical, slightly over the top Scooter choruses.
Rick contributes a conservative music style to the
whole thing and looks after the sound design. He
also shares the job of engineer with Jay.
The team is rounded off by Jens Thele who, as manager
of Scooter, also set up the Hamburg-based record
label Kontor Records through which he runs Sheffield
Tunes, Scooter's own exclusive label.
Those of you who have seen Scooter in action on
stage will know that not only guitar bands produce
the unique live feel of punk and rock 'n' roll.
The real reason for success seemingly lies elsewhere
though: it is the naturalness, the energy put into
the music which, combined with creativity and imagination,
characterises all 27 singles and twelve albums released
so far by Scooter. In times of talent shows and
reality TV, team spirit, fun and disagreements as
well as the experiences gathered over ten years
of touring and working in the studio together have
made Scooter probably one of the last authentic
self-made bands in the charts.
Scooter will also make no compromises on their "We
Like It Loud!" jubilee tour. They will be playing
their longest set ever rocking and mesmerising the
audiences with pyrotechnics, lasers and no end of
True to H.P.'s maxim: "If you love me or you
hate me I don't give a damn!"