Germany's dance music industry is among the tops in the world,
and German group Groove Coverage (GC) came to Shanghai to fuel the
summertime fever for dance music. They threw a dance party. What
With the download volume of God Is a Girl at one
million, the song has become the top foreign music on the Internet
in China. The group itself is surprised.
"We never knew we were so popular here," says DJ Novus.
This was the group's first visit to China. Chinese fans can also
play the album Greatest Hits of Groove Coverage, including
all the top music like God Is a Girl, Moonlight
Shadow and Seven Years and 50 Days.
They are hard at work on a fourth album and hope to bring it to
Singer Mel has a beautiful and magnetic voice. Her performance
of the traditional song "Jasmine" won the hearts of all the fans at
Early in 2001, Groove Coverage's first solo Are You
Ready? reached the top 10 on Germany's DJ Chart as soon as it
was released. At that time, nobody thought the electronic dance
music group would become a leader of the dance music scene.
The cornerstone of their success is Moonlight Shadow, a
rework of Mike Oldfield's piece from the 1980s. It also went gold.
Immediately afterwards, God Is a Girl won GC international
Mel and Novus call themselves perfect music partners.
Novus says that when he was 15, his music teacher asked him to
give up singing. "That's why I am now a DJ," he jokes.
His favorite DJ is Paul Van Dyk, and Novus hopes to be No. 1
like him someday.
The dance party also attracted one of the band's fans from South
Korea, now working in Shanghai. "GC is very popular among young
people and my friends back home would envy me if they see I got an
autograph and photo with them," says a man who gave his name only
GC's success means they regularly visit discos around the world
to share their music. In 2005, they won the ZIP Dance Awards in
Japan and Mel became the No. 1 dance music singer that year. Their
albums have been distributed through Europe as well as in the
United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.
"I'm looking forward to performing a Chinese song in our new
album," Mel says.
From her excellent performance of the Chinese folk song, the
so-called language barrier is not a problem. GC's melody and
passion touch everyone.
(Shanghai Daily May 10, 2007)