Over the past few years, Günter Stöppel, mostly known as DJ Scientist, has become an important figure in the German Hip-Hop, Rare Groove and Electronic scene. Aside from his own projects, such as the two solo albums “For Better, For Worse” and “The One Man Band Instrumentals”, he has produced and co-produced several other LPs, EPs and singles. Additionally, the fanatic record collector released mixes of rare Xian Funk and Soviet Grooves which brought him a lot of attention as a DJ and musicologist. Last but not least, he has been curating and coordinating a vast amount of more than 100 releases on his own music labels Equinox, Equinox.Digital and Audiac.
Starting his DJ-career in 1995 and dropping several mixtapes to spread his name in his home town of Munich, he put out his first record in 2001 – a dj tool called “Mad Science Breaks”. One year later, the “Misantropolis EP”, mainly produced by Scientist, was the first release on Audiac. Since then, he put his main effort into his label Equinox Records which had its headquarters in Berlin. In 2004 he produced three tracks for the critically acclaimed “Welcome to the Neo Golden Age – A Sound Exposure Vol. 1” compilation. Being part of the Equinox 10inch Series, his 4 track “Journey Goodbye EP” (2006) contained the outstanding “Atarius” as well as the soulful and bluesy “Autumn Leaves”. Since late 2007, DJ Scientist has mainly been producing and recording music with rapper/multi-instrumentalist/singer Ceschi Ramos (of Fake Four Inc.). Releases were the singles “Same Old Love Song” (2009, with 2Mex, Awol One & Myka Nyne) and “Count On It / Bad Jokes” (2008) as well as the album, “The One Man Band Broke Up”, released in june 2010. In the same year, an instrumental version of the album with Ceschi was released under the name “The One Man Band Instrumentals”, which became Scientist’s first full-length solo work. In 2011, Ceschi and Scientist released another EP called “Shorted Circuits” and continued working on new music. With his “The Artless Cuckoo EP”, that dropped in early 2012, Scientist put focus on his solo works again and released his album “For Better, For Worse” in October 2012. In 2013, he started a new project together with French beatmaker Fulgeance called “The Soviet Tape”. The first single “Moscow Nightlife” was released in October 2014 on the British label First Word, followed by the full length album in November that, while mostly being instrumental, featured artists like Blu and Open Mike Eagle.
Aside from his production work, DJ Scientist has performed, opened up for or shared stages with artists such as Sage Francis, The Pharcyde, Noah23, M.I.A., DJ Faust & DJ Shortee, Sole & The Skyrider Band, Egyptian Lover, Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop, Latyrx (Lateef & Lyrics Born), DiViNCi, Boca45, Thesis Sahib, Mirko Machine, Busy Bee, and has toured Europe four times. As an executive producer and project coordinator he has been involved in releases by artists such as 2econd Class Citizen, David Vangel, Kraddy (Glitch Mob founding member), and many others. Furthermore, Scientist wrote articles for magazines such as Waxpoetics and Backspin as well as his own underground music mag DEAD Magazine. His “Godly Grooves” mix series with DJ Arok, that contained completely unknown German Xian Funk and Rare Groove tracks from the late 60s and 70s, made a lot of noise in the German speaking territory and received great reviews. In 2013 he debuted on Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel podcast with an incredible selection of 70s funk and rock music from the former Soviet Union. The mix was followed in 2014 by “The Georgian Groove Essentials”, which solely featured music from the little known former Soviet country, which Scientist visited in the same year for a DJ performance in Tbilisi.