Michael Arens Michael Arens
Michael Arens

Michael Arens ist seit über 30 Jahren im Namen von „Soul, Funk, Jazz & Urban Grooves“ unterwegs. Ob nun als Herausgeber und Chefredakteur seines eigenen Printmagazins (BLACK MUSIC), Redakteur, freier Autor, Berater oder schlicht Ideengeber und Initiator für Musiker, Künstler, Onlineportale, Radio- und TV-Sender, Studios und Clubs sowie als Berater und involvierte Kompetenz in der freien Wirtschaft im Zeichen der Musik- und Entertainmentindustrie. Mit den Erfahrungen aus tatsächlich tausenden Interviews gründete Arens 2008 das SOUL TRAIN @ soultrainonline.de-Internetportal. Er arbeitet als Herausgeber, Chefredakteur, freier Autor und DJ und ist ein leidenschaftlicher Musik-Sammler.

Here’s a brief overview of Michael Arens‘ more than 30 year history in (Soul/Black/Urban) music enthusiasm and journalism, including publishing his own print-magazine (BLACK MUSIC), thousands of interviews with artists, producers and musicians to countless contributions to magazines, websites, record labels, radio & tv stations, music publishers, studios, clubs, designers and promotion agencies. In 2008 Arens launched the SOUL TRAIN @ soultrainonline.de-website. He is a publisher, editor-in-chief, freelance writer and a DJ as well as an avid music collector and passionate crate digger.

Interviews:

Aaliyah (R.I.P.), Barry Adamson, Alborosie, Laith Al-Deen, Herb Alpert, Gerald Alston (The Manhattans), Susanne Alt, Amerie, India.Arie, Phil Asher, Kylie Auldist (The Bamboos), Roy Ayers, Erykah Badu, Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), Arthur Baker, Alexander Barck (Jazzanova), Emily Barker, Basement Jaxx, Beenie Man, George Benson, Eric Bibb, Bilal, Blaze, Blumentopf, Boyz II Men, Brand New Heavies, Don Bryant, Solomon Burke (R.I.P.), Jonathan Butler, Terry Callier, Paul Carrack, Emilio Castillo (Tower Of Power), Tony Christie, Billy Cobham, Dennis Coffey, Steve Cole, Bootsy Collins, Con Brio, Nicola Conte, Coolio, Brian Culbertson, Cultured Pearls, Damage, Eric Darius, August Darnell (Kid Creole), Victor Davies, Deichkind, Frank Dellé (Seeed), Joy Denalane, DJ Cam, DJ Vadim, Lisa Doby, Klaus Doldinger, Conya Doss, Will Downing, Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland), George Duke (R.I.P.), Candy Dulfer, Dwele, Jukka Eskola (Jukka Eskola Quintet, Jukka Eskola Orquesta Bossa, The Five Corners Quintet, Jukka Eskola Soul Trio), Estelle, Etana, Die Fantastischen Vier, Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos), Amp Fiddler, Martin Fry (ABC), Ginuwine, Preston Glass, Macy Gray, Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Beres Hammond, Paul Hardcastle, Hellmut Hattler (Kraan, Tab Two, Hattler, Siyou’n’Hell), Stefanie Heinzmann, Richard A. Hewson (RAH Band), The Hi-Fly Orchestra, Martha High, John Lee Hooker Jr., Ice Cube, Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers), The Jacksons, Leela James, Jean-Michel Jarre, Al Jarreau (R.I.P.), Jazzkantine, Angela Johnson, Syleena Johnson, Sharon Jones (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) (R.I.P.), Angelique Kidjo, Diana King, Beverley Knight, Kool & The Gang, Lati Kronlund (Brooklyn Funk Essentials), Kyoto Jazz Massive/United Future Organization, Patti Labelle, Cyndi Lauper, Simon Law (aka „The Funky Ginger“ – Soul II Soul, Una Mas), Maysa Leak, L.L. Cool J, Jeff Lorber, Madcon, Mary Mary, Hugh Masekela, Matisyahu, Jean-Paul „Bluey“ Maunick (Incognito), Maxwell, George McCrae, Robin McKelle, Brian McKnight, Meeco, Sérgio Mendes, Raul Midón, Mezzoforte, Mis-Teeq, The Mighty Mocambos, Vincent Montana Jr. (R.I.P.), Chanté Moore, John Morales, Ed Motta, Ms.Dynamite, Max Mutzke, Naturally 7, Nicolay, Meshell Ndegeocello, Youssou N’Dour, Nelly, Aaron Neville, The New Mastersounds, Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), Phil Oakey (Human League), Tom O’Grady (Resolution 88), OMD, Omar, Ola Onabule, Jeffrey Osborne, Rahsaan Patterson, Sean Paul,  Craig Peyton, Ed Piller, Pink, Matt Pokora, Jesse Powell, Kelly Price, Alex Puddu, RAD., Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim), Eli „Paperboy“ Reed, Dianne Reeves, Mark Reilly (Matt Bianco), Marta Ren, Lionel Richie, Andrew Roachford, Sonny Rollins, Alice Russell, Raphael Saadiq, Rena Scott, Joe Sample (The Crusaders-R.I.P.), Tommy Schneller, Sabrina Setlur, Shakatak, Roxanne Shanté, Sheila E., Wayne Shorter, Bunny Sigler, Steve Skaith (Latin Quarter), Sly & Robbie, St.Paul & The Broken Bones, Smith & Mighty, Snowboy, Omar Sosa, Lisa Stansfield, Neville Staple (The Specials), Stereo MCs, Sugababes, Take 6, Jasmin Tabatabai, Jimi Tenor, The Tibbs, Titiyo, Tricky, Tweet, US 3, Luther Vandross (R.I.P.), Laura Vane, Nick van Gelder, Stuart Wade (Down To The Bone), Leon Ware (R.I.P.), Kenny Wellington (Light Of The World/Beggar & Co.), Fred Wesley, Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club), Kirk Whalum, Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Jake Wherry (The Herbaliser), Charlie Wilson (GAP Band), Keke Wyatt, Zuco 103, …and many more

Print:

BLACK MUSIC (D/A/B/L), BLACK MUSIC SCENE (D), BLUES & SOUL (UK), FEED (K), JUICE (D), RIDDIM (D), THE SOUL (D), SPEX (D), STYLE & THE FAMILY TUNES (D), WOM (D), …and many more

Online:

365mag.com (NL), billy-jones.com (NL), black-and-tan.com (NL), carmensouza-uk.blogspot.com (UK), center4art.org (US), cmpa.ca (K), cocokoeln.com (D), confection.com.au (AU), contrapromotion.com (D), crosscut.de (D), crossroads.nl (NL), cyndilauperuk.com (UK), deltagroovemusic.com (US), deltagrooveproductions.com (US), discover.de (D), doldinger.de (D), herzogrecords.de (D), hiphop.de (D), jacquespetrus.com (S), jamradio.co.uk (UK), jazzdimensions.de (D), jazzreview.com (US), jeffcascaro.com (D), melomusic.nl (NL), michael-arnold-saxophon.de (D), musicoz.org (AU), nilsgessinger.de (D), ozellamusic.com (D), passionstarmusic.com (US), philippfankhauser.com (D), radio-jazz.de (D), rap.de (D), silkehauck.de (D), songways.de (D), songwritingcompetition.com (US), soulfunkmusic.com (S), soulsite.de (D), sound.de (D), stardelay.de (D), sundaesoul.de (D), supatrax.com (UK), swingoutsister.com (US), tausend.de (D), …and many more

Record Labels / Vertriebe / Distributors:

AUDIOPHARM (D), AUDIO TOURS (D), BEATS INTERNATIONAL (D), EMMA RECORDS (D), E-PHORIC (D), HERZOG RECORDS (D), O’GRADY MUSIC (D), PUBLIC PROPAGANDA (D), STEREO DELUXE RECORDS (D), UNIVERSAL MUSIC (D), WARNER MUSIC/WEA (D), ZYX MUSIC (D), …and many more

Radio:

FIRST LIGHT – BLACK BEATS (D), RADIO EMSCHER-LIPPE (D), RADIO FiV (D), RADIO POWER-WELLE (D), UMWELTREPORT (D), UPTOWN RADIO (D), …and many more

Künstler / Artists:

CANTALOOP (D), FOC (D), JUICE & FRUITS (D), LEXUS ALLSTARS (D), LIZ A. JADE (UK), CISKA (D), LIQUID BASS/BASSONIC/BASS 4 2 (D), MICK O’GRADY (C), RAS KOFI T (D), THOSE WHO WATCH (D), …and many more

Sonstiges / Misc.:

ANLEGER MAGAZIN (Medienarchiv-Fotostrecke) (D), emmaDESIGN (D), EMMA ENTERTAINMENT GRUPPE (Verlag) (D), Freelance-DJ (D, C), Music & Gigs (Newsletter) (D), Offener Kanal Oer-Erkenschwick (TV) (D), OPTIQUE (Media Design) (D), Recklinghäuser Newcomer Rockfestival (Jury) (D), Riverside School Board (Media Design) (C), VOICE OF Re.GION (Musikförderverein) (D), …and many more