Biography

JENS MAHLSTEDT is a DJ, music producer and composer. He writes scores for theatre and film as well as soundtracks for experimental fashion shows, teaching the latter at Hochschule Hannover, Faculty of Media, Information and Design.

He has played every half decent techno and house club in Europe as well as every Love Parade througout the Nineties, E-Werk Berlin, Energy Rave Zurich, Mayday etc. Residencies at Beehive (Berlin), Opera House (Hamburg), Maxx and T-Dance (Bremen) have put him on the DJ map.

Mahlstedt teaches music for experimental fashion shows at Hochschule Hannover, Faculty of Media, Design and Information since 2007. Recent results include presentations at Kunstmuseum Celle in 2007 and Hannover´s Museum August Kestner in 2008, every Modepreis Hannover since 2009, Light On Hannover at Neues Rathaus Hannover 2011, Restlos at the Vertretung des Landes Niedersachsen in Berlin 2012 plus Nach Neuem Trachten at Schloss Bückeburg and Anglomaniacs & Union Jackets at Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover 2014. In 2015 Nach Neuem Trachten is being shown at Berlin Fashion Week and Expo 2015 in Milan as well.

Shakespeare´s classic plays TWELFTH NIGHT (Bremen 1990) and HAMLET (Bonn 1996), A CLOCKWORK ORANGE from Anthony Burgess (Dresden 1998) and Friedrich Schiller´s DON CARLOS (Wiesbaden 2004, showing three consecutive seasons) all get the Mahlstedt treatment under Andras Fricsay´s slick direction. He remixes Frederick Loewe´s complete score for MY FAIR LADY (Hamburg 2000, directed by Frank Buecheler). In 2005 he produces soundtracks for Friedrich Dürrenmatt´s THE PHYSICISTS in Berlin (showing four consecutive seasons) and Shakespeare´s THE TEMPEST in Wiesbaden, again directed by Fricsay. Carlo Goldoni´s TRILOGY OF SUMMER is showing at Gandersheimer Domfestspiele in 2014. He produces music for the world premiere of Karsten Laske´s TERRORKIND, directed by Tim Stefaniak (Würzburg 2016) and writes scores for the Ulrich Cyran directed plays DIE KLEINE HEXE (Alzenau 2016) and DIE FAMILIE SCHROFFENSTEIN (Frankfurt/Main and Bad Vilbel 2017).

The Eighties

In 1987 Mahlstedt starts DJing at West Berlin club Beehive. His style: Rare Groove, Funk, Hip Hop – and Chicago House which just starts crossing over to Europe. The owners of Beehive take Mahlstedt to Hamburg where he plays at Shag/Caesar´s Palace, the very first House club on the notorious Reeperbahn in 1988. He becomes resident of the legendary Opera House on Große Freiheit where he spins for many years. From 1989 to 94 he adds another residency at the Maxx/Bremen, and from 1993 he organizes the T-Dance together with Steve Bug at Modernes/Bremen.

The Nineties

At Love Parade 1992 Gerret Frerichs (of Humate fame) offers his production skills to Jens – with some considerable success. The remixes of „Loops & Tings“ (1993) become one key release in German Techno history. Since then, „Loops & Tings“ has been remixed more than 70 times by various artists and keeps being caned around the globe. „Loops & Tings Relooped“ hits the No. 1 spot in Germany´s ODC for several weeks in Spring 2004. Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten are currently going off with their version of the classic.

Jens Mahlstedt works as a radio presenter for the SFB and Radio 4U/Berlin and as an editor for magazines like Network Press, Cut and Boom throughout the early Nineties. In 1994/95 he mixes the first five Bonus CDs of the popular Trance Nation series. Remixes for Lazonby, Eskimos + Egypt, Yello or Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, Josh Wink´s Size 9 and Team Deep or Casseopaya are added to his production list.

In 1995 Jens moves to London, after years in Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg. In his first own studio right behind Victoria Station he works on club music and on his soundtracks. He compiles his favorite Bert Kaempfert tracks for “20 Easy Listening Classics”, released in 1995 on Polydor. And a mix compilation entitled MIND CONTROL Vol.1 on Push Communications, now a sought after classic, impressively shows his wide spectrum of styles in 1997.

In 1998 Mahlstedt releases his debut album „Monkey Island“ on Superstition Records. Two singles, „Schwupp“ and „Gong Show“ are taken from the album.

The Years 2000

Jens teams up with Techno brother-in-mind Steve Mason (of BFBS fame) as 2 Bald Men in 1999. They release on Steve´s London based label Experience 2000. The two baldies morph into Sly Fidelity & Clubfoot in 2002. They release a series of breakbeat tracks on various english labels such as Rennie Pilgrem´s 10 Kilo. The tracks go down well with the breakbeat massive on the island being spun from London´s East End to the southern shores of Brighton.

He writes a score for the six DVD series called “Das Bizarre Lexikon” for smut´n´sleaze masters Goldlight, released in 2005 and 2006. Meanwhile, THE PHYSICISTS are showing four sold-out seasons at Berlin´s slick Deutsches Theater. Jens works with André Winter and contributes to the soundtrack of UNRELATED (winner of FIPRESCI prize at London Film Festival 2007), a psycho drama by London based director Joanna Hogg, now available on DVD. His current projects include Sucker Punch with Berlin based TOFU DJ partner Sean Patrick.

In the last few years Mahlstedt keeps returning to assorted House- and Techno clubs like Berlin´s TOFU at Bohnengold. In 2017 he starts the Yeah Yeah Club at Bremen´s Schauspielhaus focussing on his own musical roots playing Funk, Disco and Rap with DJ partner Gu.

Mr. Mahlstedt now lives in Northern Germany where you will find him working away on the moors in his countryside studio.