VIENNA SCIENTISTS — TEN YEARS OF SOLID GROOVES AND PASSION
The Status Quo
It has been a bit quiet in the last years regarding the Vienna Scientists but that does not mean they were not active. Twenty releases, which have reached a cult status, cannot only be heard in exclusive circles. Top Scientist Jürgen Drimal has been using the time to give the label a fresh uplift. The merger with the Viennese Music Company Sunshine Enterprises has been sealed. After Remix editions of the jazz singer Mark Murphy and the lately released Dripter EP of Stefan Obermaier, the new Vienna-Scientists V Compilation is ready - just in time for the tenth anniversary of the label (2009). The label has been a platform for contemporary electronic music beyond the Austrian borders ever since it was set up and moreover functions as a booster for Austrian DJs and producers alike, which even works internationally. Vienna Scientists Recordings is the basis and interface for various different music cultures. They have worked hard to build up this worldwide reputation since their foundation in 1999.
Jürgen Drimal is music mad. His commitment and his charisma has been the backbone of the Vienna Scientists. Lets look back to the 80s. With the help of his neighbour, the famous jazz drummer Idris Muhammad, Drimal developed his love of all types of Black Music (Soul, Jazz, R’n'B, Brazil, Latin, Funk, Afro, etc.). Even up to today the producer and DJ has a great passion for finding good music. As a label manager and Head of A&R for Vienna Scientists Recordings the founder has been on the lookout for fresh talent as well as exclusive tracks of established musicians. Jürgen Drimal is personally responsible for the compiling of the music of the Vienna-Scientists. That is why the subtitle is called „Jürgen Drimals Visions in Music“. He is a DJ that understands his craft from professional warm-ups with a sense of Soul-Jazz to heat-ups, only satisfied when every arm is trying to touch the ceiling.
The Sound of the Vienna Scientists
Dancefloor and song instead of trampled upon, with a feeling for the depth and warmth of soul. That is the Vienna Scientists at present. Electrified and exhilarating tunes can be found in every track of the new compilation "Vienna Scientists V - The 10th Anniversary". Lounge and TripHop were the 90s, Viennese Soul sound is now.
The name that carries the label is Freedom Satellite – the friends Gernot Ebenlechner and Jürgen Drimal, who are bringing on their new album soon. The other passenger has now been named officially: Stefan Obermaier, the man for Funk und Deepness. Quality is in the pole position for all three. Acts like Freedom Satellite, The Menheads and Shanti Roots have been played by every renowned Genre-DJ. Projects like A Family Affair and Human Fly are a further display of the music manifold of the Vienna Scientists. The cultural and musical backgrounds of each of the musicians are the common denominators. When the boss of the label Drimal says this is the first time he has come close to perfection then this is also a clear declaration for the future of the label: „Deliver quality and you’ll last long“.
The Vinyl Issues
Whether for nostalgic, trendy or acoustic reasons the Vienna Scientists produce not only CDs but also vinyl records. There are feelings of voices or the sound of instruments of lost details which contribute to the real good warm and living sound of a vinyl in comparison to a digital carrier. That is why the vinyl record is still the best tool of a DJ performance. “By recognizing the real sound of a record you can develop a special access to music”, says the record collector whose musical roots began by buying some Motown-LPs.
Merger with Sunshine Enterprises
Also spatially the Vienna Scientists found a new home. With the long-term friendship to the Sunshine Enterprise Team, which owns a recordlabel, two clubs and bars as well as a restaurant, it was no wonder that they decided to come together on a permanent basis and join forces (2006). They knew each other by DJ together, remixing and producinging for each other and party together.
Since 2008 the new Sunshine Enterprises Musikproduktions GmbH is resident in the City center of Vienna. And Jürgen Drimal took over the Agendas of Sunshine Enterprises Labelmanagement. This residency at one of the urban switch places of Vienna does not come by chance but intention. The Vienna Scientists and their new Partner are planning to take over the musical world. From here they have already started to cast their creative spell with the Radio station 98.3 Superfly, which went on air on the 29 February 2008. Jürgen Drimal is the connoisseur behind the musical taste of the station.
98.3 Superfly - Vienna's Soulful Radiostation - went on air on the 29 February 2008. Named after one of Curtis Mayfield’s greatest hits 98.3 Superfly supplies the Viennese Radio Scenerie with an in middle-europe unique music concept. The quintessence of „Vienna’s Soulful Radiostation“ is to supply their listeners with Soul and Black Music under consideration of the latest trends in electronic music and is at the same time a stage for soulful Austrian music. And Jürgen Drimal is the connoisseur behind the musical taste of the station. This is the scene in which Jürgen Drimal brings in to full extent his competence in the matter of selected taste in his double function as the label director of the Vienna Scientists and the label manager of Sunshine, which makes him the "music daddy" in the editorial department for music of Superfly. In many months of hard work he has digitalized over 20,000 tracks from his record collection, to spice up the airwave menu with rarities from Jazz, Soul, Funk and Disco. Viennese style at it’s best. On workdays, Drimal holds primary responsibility for the programm organization between 10:00 am and 02:00 pm. He also presents his own show "Easy Does It" together with his soul mate Franz Artner every Wednesday between 08:00 pm and 10:00 pm - with a fine selection from Jazz, Soul, Brazil, Afro, FUnk and Disco. And in the "In Heat"-Radioshow, Drimal totally dedicates himself to Jazz in all its variants every second Sunday of the month from 09:00 pm to 11:00 pm.