Da HoolFebruary 3rd, 2015
Frank Tomiczek, better known as Da Hool, was one of the leading figures of the underground techno movement in the nineties. In that decade, a new club culture was born, ready to grow into one of the biggest musical genres. It was an exciting time, all about the electronic avant-garde and the newfound techno generation, as Tomiczek kicked off his music career under the DJ Hooligan moniker.
As one of the flag bearers of a continuously growing but young techno scene, he committed himself to music completely. As youth rebelled with raves like Mayday or Love Parade, where hundreds of thousands of techno lovers celebrated till early morning, DJ Hooligan became one of their ‘underground heroes’. In the years following, no global club or rave was safe from his beats. Next to legendary originals like ‘La Rocca’, ‘Central Love’, ‘Hool’s Experience’ and ‘An Active Trip’, the Hool sound spread through remixes for many artists and labels like Logic Records, R+S. Music Man, Frankfurt Beat. Low Spirit, and in 1994, he signed his first major record deal at Warner / East-West Records, followed by reaching the 16 th position in the German charts for his first single ‘Rave Nation’, selling more than 230,000 copies. After this big success, he was nominated for the German TV Viva award as best techno artist. But the biggest Da Hool hit was yet to come.
In 1996, Frank started his very own business, Hool Productions, and his Label, B-Sides, where he had released big artists like Timo Maas. One of the first tracks to emerge from this new DJ Hooligan chapter was the legendary ‘Meet Her At The Loveparade’, a manifesto and anthem of an upcoming mainstream youth culture, directly linked to the famous German Loveparade. ‘Meet Her at the Loveparade’ has sold almost 6 Million copies, with gold status in several countries like Germany, France, Australia, UK, Benelux, and South Africa . From that year on, Frank Tomiczek would continue under the name Da Hool – a DJ that enjoys global recognition, travelling all continents to bring his sounds to the crowds from Sydney to New York, whether in an intimate, small club setting or in front of tens of thousands of music lovers.
One of the biggest remix hits to date is Da Hool’s 2003 mix of Armand van Helden’s house hit ‘The Funk Phenomena’, which reached number 1 in the German Dance Charts and was one of the most popular tracks in the UK that year. Many more would follow, under projects like Freakstylaz and Hool’s Experience on such labels like Subliminal, Ministry of Sound, and Hooj Choons.
In 2004 his track ‘Hool vs. Bruckheimer – In the Beginning’ on Toolroom was one of the most played house tracks in Ibiza, and it became the favourite track of the world’s no 1 DJ Eric Morillo, who licensed it for his US label Subliminal.
In 2006 he signed to PIAS Recordings, where he released his new album and started to work with artists like Sarah Walker, Richard Oliver, Corey Andrew and the Electropopband Grossstadtgeflütser from Berlin. His new electro version of The Doors’ classic ‘Light My Fire’ entered at no. 1 in the German dance charts.
‘No Love Anymore’, ‘She Plays Me Like A Melody’, ‘Illusion’, and ‘Into the Unknown’ are some of his latest productions, released on Armada Music and some of the world’s best record labels.
In 2013 and 2014, he played at the world’s most exclusive festival “Tomorrowland”.
His latest production was his project ‘Hooligan – The Doorkeeper’, which he released together with the Chicago Rapper Colee Royce on America’s no. 1 dance label, Ultra Music New York. 2015 will see the release of a new single, ‘Da Hool feat. Corey Andrew – On a Trip’ on Armada Music.
In 2015 the world of dance will be treated to a brand new Da Hool album, also coming out on Armada Music. With a new and perfected sound, balancing the past and future, Da Hool will show that he’s able to keep up with the signs of the time.
With his open-mindedness and awareness of the changing times, it’s obvious that Da Hool belongs to the absolute DJ and producer elite. And he’s planning to stay there.