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Uwe Schmidt (aka Señor Coconut; born in Frankfurt, Germany) is a German DJ and producer of electronic music.
Uwe Schmidt, also known as Atom Heart, as well as a number of other aliases, produced dance music during the first half of the 90s.
In 1994, Uwe started his own label, Rather Interesting with the aim of
developing music that doesn't follow the "traditional paths of
By 1996 he was thoroughly bored by European dance music and moved to
Santiago, Chile to explore Latin music. He quickly adopted the
intentionally ridiculous Señor Coconut moniker, and soon
released "El Gran Baile", finding time afterwards to do a little remix
work for Towa Tei, formerly of the multi-national Deee-Lite.
His next release, in 2000, was the delightful Latin-Kraftwerk fusion of
"El Baile Alemán". The album featured several Kraftwerk classics
reworked with Latin instrumentation and rhythm. "El Baile
Alemán" was intended as a salute to, and a parody of Kraftwerk
as evidenced by the intro to "Autobahn" which featured the sound of a
car that wouldn't start.
The album was credited to Señor Coconut y Su Conjunto, but the
album was entirely the work of Schmidt on synthesizers and samplers,
with the aid of three vocalists. It received just enough critical
acclaim in the U.S. for Schmidt to put together a short headlining
tour. In March, 2001, Señor Coconut, complete with a seven-piece
backing band, set off for North America, but visa problems with some of
the Chilean musicians forced Schmidt to cancel the tour, but he was
able to play in Latin American venues in countries like Mexico. A short
U.S. tour is scheduled to commence in 2005.
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