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Origin:
Hamburg, Germany
Decades:
1992-present

DJ Dean (born as Martin Schmidt October 25, 1975 in Hamburg, Germany) is a German Euro-Trance/Hard Trance DJ, producer, and current, longtime resident DJ of the Tunnel dance club in Hamburg, Germany. He is also the founder of the German trance label Tunnel Records, which has released successful trance/hard trance compilations under the Tunnel Trance Force and DJ Networx franchises. DJ Dean's success began in 1992, at age 17, when he became well known in Hamburg's club scene with the music styles Hardcore and Gabba. After playing at Time Tunnel Rave in 1995, he then became resident DJ of the famous club Tunnel, based in Hamburg.

In 1997, DJ Dean set up his own studio. There he produced his first project in co-operation with Sony Music Media (a division of Sony Music Entertainment), a mix called Tunnel Trance Force. This mix was such a success that many other Tunnel Trance Force compilations were made: no less than 46 sequels were released in more than a decade. He followed this with his third solo-album, Protect Your Ears, appearing under the Tunnel Records Label.

His Trance Club Tunnel achieved top 10 status in the Media Control Charts. Other successful releases were the maxi-vinyls Protect Your Ears, Play It Hard, It's a Dream, and Ballanation. His project Das Licht is also well known in the trance scene. In addition to this, he is involved in projects like Angel Beats, Barbarez, Dynamic, D's, Sylver Liquid, Impegement Syndrom, and Van Nilson, each of which covers a different style.