It all started far away from the big clubbing centers, in the green heart of Germany between the contemplative cities of Jena and Gera. Growing up there,
Kaden was a passionate nightclubber and discovered DJing in the mid-90s. His
sets then were dominated by the classic vocal house of his American heroes.
Later his sound preferences broadened from minimal house arrangements to a
contemporary eclecticism that Kaden has found a fitting trademark for, namely Power House. Instead of strict limits in genre, Power House describes his very
own way of fast mixing whilst keeping a certain groove and yet continually surprising his audiences with his music. None of his sets are like another.
Kaden’s outstanding skills to interweave different spheres of electronic club
music are documented by mix compilations for Watergate Records, Cocoon Recordings and the German magazine Groove. His stylistic open-mindedness is
also shaping his own productions. His first tracks were build in 2001 together
with Marek Hemmann. Their sessions together resulted in five EPs for the Jena
record label Freude am Tanzen. At the same time, Mathias Kaden created a versatile style as a solo artist, released between 2005 and 2009 mainly by the
Berlin label Vakant. In 2009, he also finished his debut album "Studio 10“ for
Vakant. It was a surprisingly experimental and diversified piece of music with
various guest musicians and has been well received by both fans and the press.
With his "Tentakle EP“ on Desolat and his second album "Energetic“ on Freude
am Tanzen, Kaden has recently set more of a course on house again and has let
the energy of his DJ sets slip into his music. In return he is giving this energy of
his tracks back to the dancefloor: After 15 years of DJing Mathias Kaden is now
concentrating more on playing live. His set-up consists of much-loved hardware that allows him to play and be spontaneous with his own musical oeuvre.
Aside from his own tracks Mathias Kaden is also a remix producer in demand
and has added new facets to tracks by Trentemøller, 2000 & One, Jesse Rose,
Kink and Monika Kruse.
Mathias Kaden’s gig radius has vastly extended in the past years, with regular performances in well-known clubs and festivals in Europe, Japan as well as
North and South America, for example his residency at Cocoon Ibiza at Amnesia.
Nevertheless he has stayed closely-knit with his Thuringian heimat. Since 1998
he lovingly nurtures his residency at the legendary Muna club which celebrated
it’s 20th anniversary in 2014 and is appreciated as an important location for
ambitious parties outside of Berlin, Hamburg et al. At the also well known club
Kassablanca in neighbouring Jena, Kaden was promoting the Klanglauf night for ten years which hosted renowned DJs like Luciano, Steve Bug, Solomun and
Soulphiction. And finally, Freude am Tanzen has become Mathias Kaden’s home –
due to longstanding friendships and their work as a label and booking agency.
But Freude am Tanzen is not the only friendship that has lead to new creativity:
with the Leipzig band Marbert Rocel and the Jena percussionist Michael Nagler
Mathias Kaden founded a real band for a spontanous live-set at the Nachtdigital
Festival in summer 2010. Three years later, this band released the widely appreciated album "Plaited“ and played a number of tours.