Jürgen Laarmann

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Jürgen Laarmann (2018)

Jürgen Laarmann (* 21st September 1967 ) is a well by his initials JL known German publicist and journalist . Laarmann was best known as the editor of Frontpage magazine , as a temporary partner and organizer of the Love Parade and Mayday, and as the founder of the catchphrase of the Raving Society .


Jürgen Laarmann published the magazine Frontpage from May 1989 together with Stefan Weil . The magazine was initially designed for the Technoclub series of events in the Dorian Gray airport disco in Frankfurt . In September 1989 Laarmann moved to Berlin and opened the Berlin Frontpage editorial office there. In 1990 he founded the record label Bash Records with DJ Tanith , which he operated until 1993. Laarmann became a partner in the Love Parade in 1991 and used the front page to promote the event nationally. In December 1991 he was one of the co-founders of Mayday, which was also co-designed and promoted by the frontpage . Frontpage developed into one of the most important trendy magazines for the field of electronic music , parties and techno lifestyle. Starting in 1994, Laarmann announced in the magazine what he called the Raving Society as a model of society based on techno culture . From 1994 to 1997, Laarmann worked as a consultant for the cigarette manufacturer Reynolds Tobacco , which sponsored the Frontpage , the Loveparade and Mayday and published the event calendar Silverpages in Laarmann's publisher Technomedia . After Frontpage was sold free of charge in record and scene stores right from the start, the magazine went to the kiosk in 1996. At the beginning of 1997 Reynolds Tobacco withdrew as a sponsor, Technomedia Verlag went bankrupt and Frontpage stopped publication with issue 4/97. Laarmann sold his stakes in Mayday and Love Parade in 1997 and has since positioned himself as a critic of the event.

As a freelance author, Laarmann wrote for various magazines and from 1999 appeared as a columnist for Berlin Mitte Boy . His column was published in the Berliner Stadtmagazin (030) from 1999-2013 . When Dr. In the middle , Laarmann sometimes wrote a column on Spiegel Online . He writes regularly for the Berlin tip .

In 2000 Laarmann wrote the party anthem Berlin Mitte Boy and founded the Berlin Mitte Boys , u. a. together with DJ Clé and Mike Vamp ( Märtini Brös ), who published a cover version of the title New York City Boy by the Pet Shop Boys and in the same year organized a parade through Berlin-Mitte as the Mitte Parade . In addition, Laarmann's play Canossa Club was premiered at the Staatstheater Kassel in 2000 as part of the event series "Rave.Ecstasy.Pop!"

In 2007 Laarmann compiled the Too Hot Compilation , in which he released fusions of German hip hop with electro beats (with Deichkind , KIZ, among others ). There the first release of The Toten Crackhuren in the trunk , which Laarmann had discovered, was published.

In 2008 he appeared in the documentary We Call It Techno! on, in 2012 he played himself in the movie Fraktus . Before and after the accident at the 2010 Love Parade , he interviewed his companion WestBam . Also in Peter Scholl's documentary Loveparade - When Love Learned to Dance, he was seen as a contemporary witness in 2019.

Since August 2018 Laarmann has published the podcast series 1000 Tage Techno (available on Spotify, among others ) with guests such as Dr. Motte , Hardy Hard , Dieter Meier and Mark Reeder . After the first three episodes, Airen wrote in Die Welt about the podcast: “This promises (...) a really exciting examination of the origins of German techno culture. In just one hour broadcasts, Laarmann speaks to all kinds of activists from the early techno scene. So far, nobody has done it as extensive and systematic as the project is designed. It becomes particularly interesting when the explosive arrangement of the conversation partner brings old controversies to light. ”The podcast is distributed by Zebralution .

On November 14, 2018, Laarmann started an English-language podcast series with Techno 1000 . The first conversation partner was Jean-Michel Jarre .

1000 days of techno
episode theme Guests Release date
Intro 1000 days of techno podcast trailer 20th July 2018
1 Love parades today, yesterday, tomorrow! Dr. Motte (Love Parade), Jens Schwan and Martin Hüttmann ( Train of Love ) August 10, 2018
2 From the after hour to the Bitcoin Million and eternal youth Hardy Hard aka Hardsequencer August 10, 2018
3 Mark Reeder - The British Ambassador
About MFS , Paul van Dyk , Brexit and more
Mark Reeder August 24, 2018
4th Inga Humpe - The Technopop Madonna
About great freedom, wild times, fresh women and much more.
Inga Humpe September 7, 2018
5 Anja Schneider - The Rooftop Rebel
Grooves on the radio and around the world
Anja Schneider September 21, 2018
6th Ellen Allien & Tanith - Club the Rest
The bitch queen and the lord of nasty tones
Ellen Allien , Tanith 5th October 2018
7th DJ Clé and Eva Be - techno dream couple
Love You Too
DJ Clé , Eva Be 19th October 2018
Special End of the Red Bull Festival 2nd November 2018
8th Aka Aka - Abracadabra
Once burlesque now damn blue!
AKA AKA November 9, 2018
9 Andhim - Super-House
New Boys in Town
Andhim 23rd November 2018
10 Alfred Heinrichs - Sup Dub Top
Melodic Techno Master
Alfred Heinrichs 7th December 2018
Special Dieter Meier - Yello


Dieter Meier December 21, 2018

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Birthday child of the day: Jürgen Laarmann at Faze Magazin , September 21, 2012. Accessed November 6, 2012.
  2. Techno and Love Parade - TV discussion with Dr. Motte, Ralf Regitz, Boris Hiesserer, Jürgen Laarmann In: Wednesday Talk (IA-TV), 1994. Retrieved on October 17, 2019. (Video on YouTube)
  3. Aram Lintzel : Jürgen Laarmann: "The anger on Berlin is understandable" In: FAZ of July 20, 2001. Retrieved on October 17, 2019.
  4. Jürgen Laarmann: Dr. Middle: "Be secret" as a business idea . Ed .: Spiegel Online. February 14, 2001 ( spiegel.de [accessed October 17, 2019]).
  5. Jürgen Laarmann sprints through the Green Week and makes strange discoveries. In: tip berlin. January 21, 2020, accessed February 9, 2020 .
  6. Fruit and vegetable hunt at Fruit Logistica: Exotic fruits in Berlin. In: tip berlin. February 7, 2020, accessed February 9, 2020 .
  7. Dr. Mottes "Rave The Planet" - Do you want the new parade? A comment by Jürgen Laarmann. In: tip berlin. January 28, 2020, accessed February 9, 2020 .
  8. Norman Ohler: Party, backstage . Ed .: Die Zeit. No. 13/2000 , March 23, 2000 ( zeit.de [accessed May 22, 2018]).
  9. Johanna Adorjan: Who is throwing coke? Ed .: Der Tagesspiegel. March 26, 2000, ISSN  1865-2263 ( tagesspiegel.de [accessed May 22, 2018]).
  10. Annette Kilzer: Art goes wild . Ed .: taz. March 28, 2000, ISSN  0931-9085 , p. 14 ( taz.de [accessed on August 8, 2018]).
  11. Marin Majica: Middle Boy in the Hot Club In: Berliner Zeitung , November 22, 2007. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  12. Thomas Ewald: Who does techno belong to? Ed .: jungle.world. November 8, 2012 ( jungle.world [accessed May 22, 2018]).
  13. Westbam interview with Jürgen Laarmann (PDF; 102 kB), accessed on August 18, 2010
  14. 1000 days of techno. Retrieved on August 30, 2018 (German).
  15. Airen: Drugs, Sex, Beats: How Techno rose to the mass hype of the 1990s . In: THE WORLD . August 31, 2018 ( welt.de [accessed November 19, 2018]).
  16. ^ Jürgen Laarmann: Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe Infinity The Godfather of Electronic Music. In: Techno 1000. Retrieved on February 16, 2019 (English).
  17. All episodes . In: 1000 days of techno . ( 1000tagetechno.de [accessed on October 3, 2018]).