The Green Man (TGM) is Heiner Kruse from Cologne. He is founder of Basswerk Records (German Label of the Year 2006/ Future-Music Awards) and has also released an album on Combination Records ("You Decide"). His current 12-inch is "Hardcore Junglist" with German MC Dragoon plus the hypnotic, dubby "Slavery Planned" on Basswerk 25 vinyl. His most played classic anthems were "Infinity" (reached MTV Dance Charts Top 20, 3 weeks Nr. 1 in German Club Charts), "Illegal" (Rmx of Michael Rose), "Damn Wire," "Feb21st," "Ragtime" and "Easy" (feat. MC Chevy & Dragoon, voted German D&B Tune of the year in 2004, FM4 Charts). "Illegal" was later licensed for "CSI Miami." Another hot tune is "Chainsmoker" - together with "Silence" it came out on Big Bud's UK Label "Soundtrax" in 2006. In 2007 Green Man did Rmx's of CirKus (Neneh Cherry's band, "Is What It Is") and Big Bud ("Soundtrax").
You're an artist, producer and the founder of Basswerk Records - what's your story?
I have always dreamt of making my own sound. I played piano from the age of 7 years on, yet it still took me quite awhile to
takemusic as a profession seriously. I studied product design but also made some music for small films and ads plus had more
andmore good DJ gigs. In 1995 I DJ'd after a band called Transglobal Underground and played some of my favorite Breakbeat and
Jungle tunes, and I never expected how people would freak out. That motivated me to do parties with my friend who also loved t
his sound, DJ Cheetah. We were both experienced DJ's and knew how to lead a crowd into those new sound adventures. To fit in
my own tracks, I had to learn a lot of engineering stuff, 'cause as a DJ you need your tunes to sound at least as good as the rest.
When I finally had a tune done, I didn't want to wait until someone would want to release it. It was different than other stuff
anyway and I didn't know where to go with it in Germany. I eventually found an English distributor for the vinyl, which I released as
"Junglegrowers Rec," and from then on I didn't need to contact people anymore - they started contacting me and that was very
motivating. Later on, Cheetah and I realized that Basswerk would be a better name for the party and label project, as people in
Germany thought of Jungle as only Raggajungle. Both of us liked and still play Raggajungle, but neither of our own stuff sounded
like that, nor did we get any demos in that direction.