Ancient Astronauts (by Oliver Kurzemann)

Ancient Astronauts (by Oliver Kurzemann)

Ancient Astronauts are a music production and DJ duo from Cologne / Germany. Their music is said to be infused with beats that defy any rigid classifications. After a successful leap of faith into event promotion to brand their unique style of DJ’ing and remixing songs, The Astronauts, Kabanjak and Dogu, began Switchstance Recordings in 2001.

The Astronauts released a series of singles which grew in momentum until finally gaining the attention of U.S. Producers Thievery Corporation who immediately signed them to ESL Music. The full length LP We Are To Answer was released in 2009 launching Ancient Astronauts undeniable sound to the outside world.

These travelers have come a long way since their early days spinning records in the sleepless European underground scene. Collaborations with artists such as The Pharcyde, The Jungle Brothers, DJ Brace, Shawn Lee, Vieux Farka Toure, Raashan Ahmad, Thievery Corporation, Fort Knox Five, Akua Naru, Bajka, Tippa Irie, Nickodemus, Azeem, Zion Train or Martin Perna of Antibalas are a few examples.

In today´s world, everyone is capable of making music. The few who are able to carve their own sound and stand out in the loud are worthy of mention.

After approaching their 15th anniversary of Switchstance Recordings in 2016 it´s obvious the Ancient Astronauts have earned their presence and will continue to do so for the far future to come.


CSI Miami, NBA 2K12, Damages (FX), Red Bull, Eurosport, Method TV, Davidoff, Absinthe Films, ETNIES, Element Skateboards, TTR World Snowboard Tour, O´Neill, Zoo York…


Thievery Corporation, The Pharcyde, The Jungle Brothers, DJ Brace, Shawn Lee, Vieux Farka Toure, Raashan Ahmad, Poldoore, Fort Knox Five, Akua Naru, FLeCK, Bajka, All Good Funk Alliance, Tippa Irie, Nickodemus, Martin Perna (Antibalas), Subatomic Sound System & Anthony B, Azeem, Analogik, DJ Zeph, Kid Loco, Dday One, Ocote Soul Sounds, Maker, Hugo Kant, Cayetano, Kill Emil, Federico Aubele, Fat Albert Einstein, Ladybug Mecca, JK Soul, Diesler, Zion Train, Dr. Rubberfunk, Zion I, Soulforce Sound, See-I, Maxilla Blue, Divine Styler, Nappy Riddem…


Miami, Paris, Sarajevo, San Francisco, Thessaloniki, Washington DC, Playa Del Carmen, Budapest, Nairobi, Warsaw, Manchester, Austin, Zurich, Vienna, Kampala, Barcelona, Chicago, Berlin, Cannes, Houston, Innsbruck, Milano, Jinja, Munich, New York, Athens, Hamburg, Sofia, Sparta, Mombasa, Cologne, Zanzibar, Orlando…


    • hey phil, we´re really stoked to read what you write about our music. glad you appreciate the variety of the musical directions we go. much love from the astros!!!

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