Germany is popular for producing some of the best music in the world with Strauss, Beethoven, Bach and Wagner. These masters of music had a cultivated style that remains popular among many people from different parts of the world today.
But in the last few decades of modern and pop music, Germany is way behind; is quite unable to produce music that rocks the international scene.
There however seems to be some changes in the recent years as German pop music is making a name. In fact, some predict that German pop music is on its way to its new German wave or second Neue Deutsche Welle. Neue Deutsche Welle is a term used to describe the German pop music boom sometime in the 1980s. It was however short lived.
The German pop music was in drought since its music boom more than 30 years ago as there were barely any bands who sang in German.
These days the German music industry is now involved in a variety of stylistic trends in music. There are the likes of Helmut Lachenmann, who does instrumental expression in what seems to be in the extreme sense, Wolfgang Rihm, who has been trying hard to make German music comprehensible again.
Herbert Grönemeyer is a pop singer who has been enjoying some popularity in German now as well as the punk rockers Die Toten Hosen.
Teenagers are also reckoning with Tokio Hotel ad Rammstein, a heavy metal band. On the other hand, singer Xavier Naidoo is working very hard to localize the American rap and soul style.
There are also frontwomen who sing in German that is enjoying some level of popularity with the likes of Judith Holofernes, Stefanie Kloß and Eva Briegel. They have their own respective singing groups named Silbermond, Juli and Wir Sind Helden. They have been busy doing some concert tours, singing in their native language.
German bands are also gaining popularity again following the success of the Berlin Wir sid Helden. This group was able to influence other young German bands.
The establishment of the Pop Academy based in Mannheim is helping in putting German pop music in the international scene.
There are also other efforts being undertaken to promote German pop music and culture. The Goethe Institute, for example, sponsored Blumentopf, a German hip hop group to make a tour in the Middle East. The group played to audiences who were mostly composed of German immigrant from the second generation and those who resided in Germany for a time.
There is a wide support for the music industry not only because there is a need to revive the dried up German music industry, but also because music also helps and encourages others to learn the German language.
Bridging the gap between different cultures is also one of the reasons the German musicians are receiving a lot of support.
Take the case of Xavier Naidoo, who has made a tour of the Holy Land singing German songs. Naidoo is part Jewish and Afro-German and as such he appeals to different audiences coming from different cultural background.
The German club scenes are also helping in the cultivation and promotion of German pop music. The major cities such as Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin and Mannheim have clubs that are frequently visited play German pop music. In fact, the super stars of the club scenes are Germans– Sven Väth, who is considered as the Godfather of the Techno music and Paul van Dyk.
These clubs allow musicians to experiment and play with their scratching, re-mixing and sampling to produce meta music.
The underground music is also helping many German music artists. For example, Kafe Kult at Munich encourages music making within the community. The venue is being managed by some volunteers and whatever income the venue makes goes straight to the upkeep of the structure that is open to bands that come for a visit. The underground artists are different from the commercially successful ones since they tend to concentrate of art and expression with their music.