U96 – dance music band from Germany
The band U96 was formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1991 by four producers, Alex Christensen, Helmut Hoinkis, Ingo Hauss, and Hayo Lewerentz. For a long time, Alex was the key figure of the band. However, today, Ingo and Hayo are its leading members.
In the 1980s’, Christensen started working as a DJ and performed at local DJ parades. He didn’t have sufficient connections or money to record his own songs. In order to be closer to show business, he got a job at a recording studio. He was moving boxes with records. The job helped Alex meet the members of a production team Matiz. They were Ingo, Hayo, and Helmut. Christensen shared his ideas about forming a group, and the musicians agreed to try.
In 1991, the artists got an offer to make a techno adaptation of the soundtrack to the movie “Das Boot”. The original of the song was created by a composer Klaus Doldinger. The musicians managed to adapt a song in such a manner that it became an anthem for the techno music genre.