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Fun Factory   (Germany)

EuroDance group
Added : 24/01/2000
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Non Stop! The Album
Non-Stop
Close To You
Fun-Tastic
All Their Best
The Party - Nonstop Remix Album
Next Generation
Next Generation
Next Generation 99
ABC Of Music
Fun Factory! 10th Anniversary Greatest Hits
Back To The Factory
Sad Christmas
Fun Factory's Theme
Fun Factory's Theme
Groove Me
Close To You
Take Your Chance
Pain
I Wanna B With U
Celebration
Doh Wah Diddy
Don't Go Away
I Love You
Oh Yeah Yeah (I Like It)
Party With Fun Factory
House Of Love
Sha-La-La-La-La
Be Good To Me
Fiesta de Samba
Shut Up
Uh La La
On Top Of The World
B' Bang Bang
Let's Get Crunk
Turn It Up
Love Message
Children
Wish
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Latest Fun Factory news

17/07/2016 : Fun Factory's new single Turn It Up is now available on major digital platforms.

02/07/2016 : Fun Factory's forthcoming album will be a double CD entitled Back To The Factory and it is planned for August 8th. (Thanks to Krasi)

29/06/2016 : During their I love the 90's concert in Bulgaria, Fun Factory presented 2 other new songs from their forthcoming album : Summerday and I want your love (Thanks to Krasi)

12/06/2016 : Fun Factory revelead on an interview on Bulgarian radio NRJ that they were working on a new album : it will include new versions of the old hits, plus 4-5 new songs. They performed one of them, Turn It Up, during the broadcast (Thanks to Krasi)

22/11/2015 : DJ Effe did a video megamix dedicated to Fun Factory.

22/08/2015 : DJ Crayfish did a video megamix with all Fun Factory's singles.

15/08/2015 : Discover the videoclip for Fun Factory's current single Let's Get Crunk.

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Fun Factory albums

Non Stop! The Album Non Stop! The Album (Asian edition) 1994
Non-Stop Non-Stop 4th Nov 1994
Close To You Close To You (US edit) 1995
Fun-Tastic Fun-Tastic 3rd Nov 1995
All Their Best All Their Best 7th Nov 1996
The Party - Nonstop Remix Album The Party - Nonstop Remix Album (Japan only) 24th Sep 1997
Next Generation Next Generation (Japanese version) 31st Mar 1999
Next Generation Next Generation 31st Mar 1999
Next Generation 99 Next Generation 99 19th Jul 1999
ABC Of Music ABC Of Music 21st Aug 2002
Fun Factory! 10th Anniversary Greatest Hits Fun Factory! 10th Anniversary Greatest Hits 27th Feb 2006
Back To The Factory Back To The Factory 2 CDs 5th Aug 2016

Fun Factory DVDs et VHS

All Their Best All Their Best VHS

 

Fun Factory singles

Sad Christmas Sad Christmas Compilation only  
Fun Factory's Theme Fun Factory's Theme 1990  
Fun Factory's Theme Fun Factory's Theme 27th Apr 1992  
Groove Me Groove Me 10th Oct 1993  
Close To You Close To You 18th Mar 1994  
Take Your Chance Take Your Chance 6th Aug 1994  
Pain Pain 16th Nov 1994  
I Wanna B With U I Wanna B With U 18th Apr 1995  
Celebration Celebration 6th Sep 1995  
Doh Wah Diddy Doh Wah Diddy 30th Nov 1995  
Don't Go Away Don't Go Away 10th May 1996  
I Love You I Love You 5th Nov 1996  
Oh Yeah Yeah (I Like It) Oh Yeah Yeah (I Like It) May 1997  
Party With Fun Factory Party With Fun Factory 29th Jun 1998  
House Of Love House Of Love Apr 1999  
Sha-La-La-La-La Sha-La-La-La-La 21st Jul 1999  
Be Good To Me Be Good To Me 29th Aug 2008  
Fiesta de Samba Fiesta de Samba (release postponed) 2009  
Shut Up Shut Up 14th Dec 2009  
Uh La La Uh La La Video only 2010  
On Top Of The World On Top Of The World 14th Jun 2013  
B' Bang Bang B' Bang Bang 16th May 2014  
Let's Get Crunk Let's Get Crunk 7th Aug 2015  
Turn It Up Turn It Up 15th Jul 2016  

 

Fun Factory remixes

Groove Me Groove Me 1993  
Close To You Close To You 1994  
Doh Wah Diddy Doh Wah Diddy 1995  
Take Your Chance Take Your Chance 1995  
I Wanna B With U I Wanna B With U 1995  
Close To You (New Remixes) Close To You (New Remixes) 22nd Mar 2003  
On Top Of The World On Top Of The World 23rd Aug 2013  

 

Featurings and collaborations

Love Message Love Message - Love Message 9th Feb 1996  
Children Hand In Hand For Children - Children Apr 1996  

Aliases - Records released under other names

Wish FF - Wish 1999  

 



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Fun Factory biography

Musical team : Bulent Aris, R. Kesselbauer, Tony Cottura, R. Hardison
Vocalists : Balja, Marie-Anett Mey, Anett Möller

Fun Factory started as a studio project in 1990 by Rainer Kesselbaur. He released a synthesizer-sounding Fun Factory's Theme for the first time in 1990 under a small record company near Bremen, as a vinyl only, in small quantity. The B-Side of the vinyl has a slow synth track titled Apelonia. But it did not have much success. In 1992 Rainer decided to release the Funtech Mix of the original Fun Factory's Theme song, this time along with 4 different mixes.

Then, the style turned to eurodance, and the project got faces. There's Marie-Anett Mey, the front lady of French descent (born 3rd June 1971), Smooth T (Toni Cottura, born 7th June 1971) the Italian dancer, rapper and background singer and Steve (Stephan Browarezyk, born 15th of January 1972), the dance partner from Germany. American rapper and freestyle king Rod D (born 24th May 1969) rounded out the Factory crew.

With their high-explosive mixture of pop, dance, rap, techno and reggae elements, they achieved international acclaim and their singles topped the charts the world over. Tracks such as Groove Me (# 1 in Israel Dance Chart, # 5 in Israel Air play), Take Your Chance (# 3 in Israel Dance Chart), Close To You, Pain (# 30 in Israel, # 5 in Israel Air-play, remixed by ATB) and most of all I Wanna Be With You (once again remixed by ATB) and also Celebration made their way into the top ranks of all important at Media Control and Dance Charts. And not only in Germany, Fun Factory tracks have climbed high in the charts in Canada, England, Sweden, the Far East, Finland, Poland, France, Italy and in the USA as well, and have made the group one of the most remarkable European acts internationally.

The members see themselves more as a band in the classic sense of the word, influenced by the spirit and roots of R&B, but taking full advantage of the most modern studio technology, Fun Factory won't allow themselves and their music to be filed away under any particular category. "The main thing is that it grooves, it kicks, it beeps and that the people feel good..." is Smooth T's answer when asked about the group's secret recipe for international success.

During 12 months they toured three times in the USA, in South East Asia and in the whole of Europe. Doing shows and having a direct contact with their public was very important for the band members too. Their stage act was pure entertainment, conceived and developed to perfection by Steve and Smooth T who both had a background in the martial arts. "Combining elements of the martial arts and dance creates something totally new. We don't want any lame disco choreography, we want real action entertainment" explained Steve.

When not performing live, Fun Factory could be found, often for nights on end, in their studio in Hamburg working on their tracks with the support of the many friends who help out now and again with vocal parts, guest raps and instrumentals.

Fun Factory's music speaks to anyone and everyone and forces all who listen 'into the groove' which for Fun Factory is what it's all about. It's as simple as it sounds "We want fun" says Marie-Anett, "that's our philosophy and there's really nothing else more important".

1994 : their first album was out. Non Stop, including their first and best hits, all mixed one after another. At this time, the female vocalist was not Marie-Annett yet, but Balja, who afterwards left the group. Her voice can be heard on few of the songs of the album, such as Prove Your Love. Marie-Annett's voice could be heard from the single Close To You. The track Love Of My Life was covered by the project La Verona (Verona Feldbusch).

According to some rumors, Balja could have been the one and only vocalist, Marie Annett being unable to sing anything. It's a fact that Marie-Annett thanks Balja on every album of the group...

After a few years, Balca stopped singing for Marie Annett. A new studio vocalist entered the team, Sara M. Baker. She had to imitate Balca's voice a little, so that people wouldn't notice the difference. The songs she contributed to were never officially released, they were only used for stage performances. She also recorded songs for some other projects produced by Fun Factory's producers.

1995 : the title of the second album Fun-Tastic was really programmatic and the 'good time dance machine' presented an ultimate, highly concentrated smash album for the Christmas season. Massive grooves, very catchy refrains, bitter-sweet soul ballads and sharp raps combined to an ingenious essence of all styles that had made dance the most important pop genre of our time and guaranteed numerous encounters with Fun Factory.

In 1997, Toni Cottura left the band, later followed by Rod D, Marie Anett and Steve. They were replaced by 3 new members : Al Walser (the new lead singer, rapper and composer), Tiger One aka T-roc (rapper) and the new female vocalist called Anett Möller.

1998 : in the end of summer the new Fun Factory released a single called Party with Fun Factory. It was a huge success and remained #1 during 5 weeks consecutive weeks.

In March 1999 they released their new album : Next Generation. Produced by Team 33, recorded in Hamburg in Germany, it was pretty successful, since it sold over 100 000 copies. The Japanese version of the album included 2 extra tracks. In July came another album, entitled Next Generation 99. It contained only 11 tracks : including the Cool Mix of Party With, the Single Mix of Sha-La-La-La-La, Party Message (actually the song Sing Along renamed), Fun Factory 99 (The Theme under a different title), the hit Close To You by the first FF team, Next To You Baby (same as Next To You with a slightly different title), and finally a different version of Ready To Flight. Lian Ross contributed to the album in studio, it could even be possible that she did all the vocals, Anett being just lipsyncing on stage.

2001 : Sara, the new studio vocalist who had succeeded to Balja, appeared on 4 Elements feat. Sara M. Baker - Phobia City.

In 2002 Fun Factory released a new album in Japan only. It contained 14 brand new tracks plus 2 remixes and was entitled ABC Of Love. Music was composed by Justmann, Kesselbaur, and Crotti. Lyrics were written by Justmann, Croom, Walser, Kesselbaur and Crotti.

2003 : Fun Factory recently decided to split up and cease their musical activites. Rod D had gone back to the USA and stopped doing music. T-roc aka Tiger 1 started a solo carreer in Romania.

2004 : Sara did vocals on Cheeka Another Saturday Night

2005 : I Wanna B With You was covered by a group called Da F.U.N.K.

2007 could be the year when Fun Factory will rebirth. The new producer and manager, Rekardo Heilig, organized a casting for 2 singers (male and female), a rapper, and a background-singer for the group. The castings went on until the end of February. They promised a Fun Factory summerhit for 2007 but finally nothing came out.

Al Walser, leadsinger from the second Fun Factory, just released a new song called African Queen, featuring the rapper Que. The video features Miss Eritria 2007 (Semhar Tadesse) and Miss Switzerland (Nadin Vinzens). As for Annett Möller, she is now working for a German TV channel called N-TV.

Toni recently confirmed that Balja was the original and only FF singer. She sang every single song on all their albums, which means Marie-Anett Mey did not sing at all. Her name is actually spelled as Balca (with a "c" not a "j") and it is a Turkish name.

Balca recorded a brand new song with Toni Cottura called Stop Playing Tricks With My Heart. Her new solo album should be coming (hopefully) this year. It will be in the FF-Style and it will be produced by Toni Cottura himself.

2008 : the new Fun Factory team has been revealed. There is Douglas, the new rapper, born in Hamburg, also a talented breakdancer. Jasmine and Joel are the new vocalists. Jasmine has been learning dance since the age of 4, she did background vocals for the project Love Machine, and also contributed to the Girl band The Sweetheartz. Joel spent 12 years at the Waldorfschule, appeared on stage with Lee Ryan and more recently in a Maggi soup commercial. And finally there is Lea, the new dancer and choreographer. Before entering the new Fun Factory, she did some modelling.

A music label called Fun Factory was created. The new album was first told to be called In The Heat Of The Night, then renamed Storm In My Brain, and the new single should be Fiesta De Samba.

Al Walser's new album should be released in September.

Annett Möller, from the second FF team, went back to Germany where she did 3 years acting studies in Hamburg. After contributing to RTL-Aktuell, working as a reporter for RTL Nord, she now currently working for the German channel N-TV as a moderator, appearing in the broadcast N-TV Wissen.

In July, the new Fun Factory team changed : the dancers Lea and Joel were replaced by the dancer and background vocalist Jenna and the dancer and rapper DGS. DGS became a member of Phen-O-MENIA, a new Rekardo Heilig project, along with Lea.

On August 11th, it was revealed that, to fit the fans' demand, Fun Factory's new single would not be Fiesta De Samba as originally planned, but Be Good To Me, a track closer to the usual Fun Factory style.

The band name "Fun Factory" has been re-registered by German producer Rekardo Heilig for the 3rd generation Fun Factory. Even though, this name has been re-registered, Toni Cottura announced on his official website that he planned to release material under the same name. The problem is, since it has been re-registered by Heilig, Cottura does not have the rights re-use and release any material under "Fun Factory" in Germany and Europe. Anyway, 8 tracks have already been recorded, with Balca on vocals...

2009 : Fun Factory Third Generation recorded a new single entitled Shut Up. It was actually written by Torsten Abrolat... and Toni Cottura !

2010 : Fun Factory third generation will shoot a new video clip for their single Uh La La.

2011 : X-Trans ft.Selini covered I Wanna B With U.

2012 : Fun Factory 3rd generation announced that the title of their new single would be Nymphomaniac but finally nothing came out. At the end of the year, all members were replaced by new ones : 2 boys (Crash and Dominique) and 2 girls (Ela and Lisa). A new single was planned for March 2013

2013 : once again a change in Fun Factory third generation performers team : Crash was replaced by American rapper Wyll (former member of Captain Hollywood Project crew and of DSDS Choir). Title of forthcoming album was revealed : On Top Of The World. It was also the name of the new single.

2014 : the team is now made of DGS, Diana, Douglas, Diana and Wyll. In January, it was announced that next single would be entitled B' Bang Bang and that it was coming soon. Then, in Ocotber and after 17 years, it was revealed that original Fun Factory members, Smooth T., Balca, Steve and Ski were officially back

2015 : Fun Factory's released a new single entitled Let's Get Crunk.


Dance Artists Info © Niklas Adolfsson
Thanks to Shimon O'Hana for the charts positions
Thanks to Forze, Tavi Meran, Eva Sipkova, and Yassine "Trey D"

Fun Factory biography was last updated Sun, August 16th 2015


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