A tribute to Paul Baumer
If you haven’t heard Paul Bäumer, one of the EDM duo Bingo Players, passed away from cancer December 17th 2013. Maarten Hoogstraten broke the news on Facebook. His quote is below:
“I’m deeply saddened to tell you that Paul passed away last night after his battle with cancer, he fought strongly until the end. We want to thank you all for your support over the past few last months. Needless to say, all upcoming shows for the rest of this year have been cancelled as we’re going through this loss with family and friends. We’ll post a longer update shortly with more information as well. Paul, we will miss you.”
We will all miss Paul, what he did for the EDM community, and more importantly the impact he had on his fans. Below is a Bingo Player’s bio, a tribute of the five best songs, and a moment we will never forget.
“Bingo Players was a prominent Dutch Dance and Electro House duo, made up of Paul Bäumer and Maarten Hoogstraten.
When meeting in late 2006, audio specialist Paul Bäumer and graphic designer Maarten Hoogstraten had no idea that their musical interests would translate into a bond that would secure the fast paced success lying ahead. In just 3 years, a string of releases, original tracks and remixes, successfully found their way onto the dancefloor and across a global audience.
Adopted by labels such as: Strictly Rhythm, Secure Recordings, Spinnin’ Records and Sneakerz MUZIK, Bingo Players spoiled music lovers with their first hits: ‘TOUCH ME’ (vs. Chocolate Puma), ‘CHOP’ and ‘DISCO ELECTRIQUE’, all claiming number 1 positions in the Beatport Chart. A chain reaction followed and soon artists like: Kristine W., Joachim Garraud, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Kid Cudi vs Crookers and Martin Solveig were amongst the few who decided to have their music remixed by Bingo Players. The Bingo Players hit release ‘DEVOTION’ topped off the year with another number one spot in the Beatport Chart. This then led the path ahead for Bingo Players, a full schedule of live performances and music production had now firmly been set.
By the time Paul and Maarten hit 2010, a local & international audience had lined up to watch Bingo Players on stage, packing out clubs everywhere. Touring around the globe and playing at some of the hottest gigs around, including: Creamfields UK & Australia, Nocturnal Festival LA, Dance Valley, Mysteryland Holland and Tomorrowland Belgium, all witnessed the same thing: hands up, party rocking DJs firing up the crowd.
Fedde Le Grand, Green Velvet and David Guetta embraced the Bingo Players sound and received ‘the BP treatment’ for their remixes, while many a DJ had already included Paul and Maarten’s records and promo’s to their sets, or hammered the infamous ‘TOM’S DINER’ through the speakers. Yet another Beatport Number 1 for the past ‘up and comers’ now firmly placed as main stayers. At the end of the year a new Bingo Players brainchild was born and enabled them to release tracks under a new flag: their label ‘Hysteria’. It would also allow them to offer a platform to newly discovered talent, which had been one of their other ambitions.”
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