The beginnings of X-Perience are in the year 1989. Alex and Matthias met at school and soon realized that they had the same interest – music. In this time they founded their first band «Metropolis» with their then singer.
They bought their first instruments from the money they earned at school. Matthias sometimes had three jobs at the same time and even worked during holidays; but as he already guessed at that time «… it should be worth it!
Since that time they worked almost daily (or rather nightly) on new lyrics and melodies. After a short time some songs were finished and they joined a small record company. Already at their first gigs they gained a small fan base. After some time Alex and Matthias decided to change their music style; they separated from their former singer and the record company.
At this time Claudia, who was only 19 years old at the time, joined the band as a singer. She was enthusiastic about her big brother’s music from the very beginning and always wanted Matthias to write a song for her. Claudia was also very interested in music and took singing lessons besides school. She could already prove her very good voice in some church songs, which she had recorded together with father Andreas, or as a singer in the former State Opera.
A short time later the first song was already finished. It was called His Life (Thistles & Thorn) and should become the original version of the first single. Since the first song was now in the can, the question about a suitable band name arose.
After some consideration the name «X-Perience» was chosen, which should reflect the experiences of the young Berlin band.
After a few weeks of hard work the first demo tape was recorded, but the «marketing» was to prove to be extremely difficult. Only after weeks of inquiries at various radio stations the band managed to get Circles Of Love played. In the meantime the song was rewritten and remixed by Axel Henninger, who was very successful for Camouflage in the late 80s.
So it went to the local radio station «Fritz». After the song had been played for the first time, there were so many requests for this band that the song was added to the playlists.
Since no label was interested in the Berlin newcomers so far, Matthias, Alex and Claudia decided to release the song under their own label «World of Enigation». They distributed the 1000 copies in various stores in Berlin and after less than a week all copies were sold.
After only one week Circles Of Love entered the listener charts of «Fritz». One week later they reached #1 and they were to leave these high positions after 20 weeks. Because of this success the first bigger labels became aware of X-Perience and signed with WEA. Circles Of Love was released nationwide.
After nine months of preparation (the longest time that WEA has worked on a single) the song entered the German charts at the beginning of 1996 (number 85). But unfortunately the first high-flying song ended at number 72.
X-Perience went on a club tour and already presented some more compositions here. During the IFA ’96 there was also the first TV report and the fan community grew not only in the Berlin area.
Claudia, Alex and Matthias decided to have their songs produced by the recently founded producer team Turbo Beat in Berlin.
After many gigs and a long wait of the fans, the second single A Neverending Dream was released at the beginning of August 1996. For the first time, a video was now also produced for the music channels. The filming location was a small town just outside Vienna. During this time, the second song catapulted back to number 1 in the Fritz-Charts and also the jump into the Media Control Charts was successful again. Now slowly also the television became aware of the young Berliners: Viva and MTV added the video to their playlist.
Within only 5 weeks, A Neverending Dream managed to reach the Top 50 of the German Top 100; a few weeks later, the song was even at No. 4.
X-Perience could hardly save themselves from TV appearances. Until the end of the year they should be admired more than 20 times on TV.
On 15.11.1996 the first album Magic Fields was released. It entered the German album charts at number 22 and stayed there until February 1997. Also here the criticism was mostly very positive, a magazine even named them the successors of «Depeche Mode», which had to overcome some crises at that time.
The album was pre-ordered almost 50.000 times before the release and then went over the counters far more than 150.000 times.
Several gigs at bigger events followed, such as «The Dome», where the third single Magic Fields was presented, which should be available since the end of ’97 January. The video was shot in South Africa in December 1996.
In February 1997 X-Perience went on a club tour through Finland.
After several successful gigs in Finland, they were awarded the gold record for the album here. The album was able to stay in the album top 3 in Finland for over 10 weeks.
And there was gold in Germany as well; A Neverending Dream was refined with over 250.000 copies (19.03.1997).
In June Magic Fields released their first platinum record (Finland).
June 1997 also saw the release of the fourth single from the debut album; unfortunately Mirror could not place itself in the Media Control Charts. The video was not broadcasted at all on Viva and on MTV only 2-3 times.
During this time the three of them were already working on new songs. After a short break the first single from the second album was released. I Don’t Care was already played at the live gigs one month before the release at the end of September and entered the charts at position 43 after the first week. The highest chart position was 32nd place, and the song was featured on TV on «Bitte lächeln…». was introduced.
I Don’t Care was already the first harbinger of the second album Take Me Home, which was released in mid-November 1997. Similar to its predecessor Magic Fields it climbed to position 26 and should stay in these regions again for almost a quarter of a year. Also here the critics were quite positive «… which was still to be criticized on the last album…».
At the beginning of 1998, the first promo CDs of the second Game Of Love release were sent out again. After some promotion dates the single was finally released on March 2nd 1998.
Unfortunately, a chart entry was narrowly missed with place 105.
During the whole year Claudia, Alex and Matthias played live more than 50 times, among others at the gold award of the radio station R.SH, where they were awarded as the best regionally produced band.
At the beginning of August they went back to Matthias’ studio for their first recordings, where first versions of Come Into My Life or 1999 were already recorded. These were then mixed by Axel Breitung (produced DJ Bobo) in Hamburg in mid-October.
1999 bis 2020
DID YOU KNOW…
..., that X-Perience to this day 20 millios of records have sold? So the albums and singles also in Mexico and Japan published. In Finland, Claudia, Matthias and Alex reached Platinum for the debut Magic Fields.SCHON GEWUSST......, daß X-Perience bis heute weltweit mehr als 20 Millionen Platten verkauft haben? So wurden die Alben und Singles auch in Mexiko und Japan veröffentlicht. In Finnland haben Claudia, Matthias und Alex Platin für das Debüt Magic Fields bekommen.
..., that the album Journey Of Life was completely re-produced three times and the songs were changed again and again? So I Want You sounded Spanish at times, while Come into my Life was pure synthpop. In the end the 13 songs were produced by three different teams: Turbobeat (Berlin), Elephant Music )Fiensburg) and Axel Breitung Bishop Songs (Hamburg)SCHON GEWUSST......, daß das Album Journey Of Life dreimal komplett neu produziert wurde und die Songs immer wieder verändert worden? So klang I Want You zeitweise spanisch, während Come Into My Life reiner Synthie-Pop war. Am Ende wurden die 13 Songs von drei verschiedenen Teams produziert: Turbobeat (Berlin), Elephant Music (Flensburg) und Axel Breitung Bishop Songs (Hamburg).
..., that the title Lay Down Your Guns is still unpublished? The song has already been on concerts in 1999, but is not on the tracklist of the third album. Whether he will be represented on the fourth album, is not yet foreseeable. (Update: It was released in 2007 on the single "I Feel Like You")SCHON GEWUSST......, daß der Titel Lay Down Your Guns bis heute unveröffentlicht ist? Der Song wurde bereits 1999 auf Konzerten gespielt, schaffte es aber nicht auf die Trackliste des dritten Albums. Ob er auf dem vierten Album vertreten sein wird, ist jetzt noch nicht abzusehen. (Aktualisierung: Sie wurde 2007 auf der Single "I Feel Like You" veröffentlicht)
..., that first single Circles Of Love 1995 was in the Top5 of the Berlin radio station FRITZ for 20 weeks? After that, the record contract with WEA was signed and the career of X-Perience tooks its course...SCHON GEWUSST......, daß die erste Single Circles Of Love 1995 über 20 (!) Wochen in den Top5 des Berliner Radiosenders FRITZ stand? Daraufhin kam es zum Plattenvertrag bei der WEA und die Karriere von X-Perience nahm ihren Lauf...
..., that Beatiful Day (album Magic Fields) was used as a charity song? X-Perience sang it with other bands like Fool's Garden or No Mercy for "Stars For Children" with new lyrics.SCHON GEWUSST......, daß Beautiful Day (Album Magic Fields) als Charity-Song verwendet wurde? X-Perience sangen ihn mit anderen Bands wie Fool`s Garden oder No Mercy für "Stars For Children" mit neuen Lyrics ein.
..., that the father of Matthias and Claudia plays the trumpet in the song Game Of Love? At live gigs he accompanied the band from time to time.SCHON GEWUSST......, daß bei dem Song Game Of Love der Vater von Matthias und Claudia Trompete spielt? Bei Live-Auftritten begleitete er ab und zu die Band.
..., that Claudia, Matthias and Alex had more than 50 live concerts just in 1998? With 30.000 visitors a concert in Finland was the biggest ever.SCHON GEWUSST......, daß Claudia, Matthias und Alex alleine 1998 mehr als 50 Live-Konzerte hatten? Mit 30.000 Besuchern war ein Konzert in Finnland das bisher Größte.
..., that Claudia participated under the name Angelzoom with Blasphemous Rumours (Depeche Mode title) at the "MDR Lucky Star" in 2003 and finished 4th there? In October 2004 her first solo album was released.SCHON GEWUSST......, daß Claudia unter dem Namen Angelzoom mit Blasphemous Rumours (Depeche Mode-Titel) 2003 am "MDR Lucky Star" teilnahm und dort Platz 4 belegte? Im Oktober 2004 soll ihr erstes Soloalbum erscheinen.
..., that there are two more titles on the MaxiCD of Am I Right (2001)? Besides two remixes of the title track, the duet The Meaning Of Life with Joachim Witt and the previously unreleased song Because The Night can be found. The single was released in March 2001.SCHON GEWUSST......, daß sich auf der MaxiCD von Am I Right (2001) zwei weitere Titel befinden? Neben zwei Remixen des Titeltracks lässt sich das Duett The Meaning Of Life mit Joachim Witt und der bis dahin unveröffentlichte Song Because The Night finden. Die Single erschien im März 2001.
... that Angelzoom (solo project of Claudia) is also the name of a title from the first X-Perience album? The instrumental track was produced by Turbobeat in 1996 and musically forms the intro to the song The Moon.SCHON GEWUSST....., daß Angelzoom (Soloprojekt von Claudia) auch der Name eines Titels vom ersten X-Perience-Album ist? Der instrumentale Track wurde 1996 von Turbobeat produziert und bildet musikalisch das Intro zum Song The Moon.
... that in July 1999 a video was shot in Budapest to the title Journey Of Life? It takes place in a train, so to speak the "journey of life". It was never shown completely on television, because the single, which was scheduled for September 1999, was withdrawn shortly before the release.SCHON GEWUSST......, daß im Juli 1999 zu dem Titel Journey Of Life in Budapest ein Video gedreht wurde? Es spielt in einem Zug, sozusagen die "Reise die Lebens" nach. Es wurde nie komplett im Fernsehen gezeigt, da die für September 1999 angesetzte Single kurz vor dem Release wieder zurückgezogen wurde.
... that the video for Island Of Dreams was shot in the Seychelles within three days? The band traveled there with Oliver Sommer in early September 2000 to shoot a video in front of a tropical backdrop.SCHON GEWUSST......, daß das Video zu Island Of Dreams innerhalb von drei Tagen auf den Seychellen gedreht wurde? Die Band reiste Anfang September 2000 mit Oliver Sommer dorthin um ein Video vor tropischer Kulisse zu drehen.
... that the artists Together For Kosovo with X-PERIENCE released a benefit song called Together in 1999? But Claudia sings only one line of lyrics next to 2-4 Family.SCHON GEWUSST......, daß die Artists Together For Kosovo mit X-PERIENCE 1999 einen Benefiz-Song namens Together rausgebracht haben? Claudia singt darin aber nur eine Textzeile neben 2-4 Family.