Ratrock 2021 Carlos Perón



CARLOS PERÓN is a swiss musician, pioneer of electronic music in the second generation and founder of the band "YELLO". Carlos Perón was born in 1952 in Zurich as the son of a marchant and a restaurant owner. His mother was leading the legendary Ristorante Pizzeria Napoli, the first pizzeria on Swiss ground, so only 4 year old Carlos Perón was able to bake his first very own pizza. During his time in kindargarden and primary school he spent a lot of time with sculptorers Otto Müller and Silvio Mattioli in the Künstlerhaus Zürich.

From the first grade on, Carlos Perón has been taught to play calssic flute. After he had finnished secondary school, Carlos Perón started an apprenticeship as a coffee-merchant. In 1964 he began to collect electronic music. In the 60's he watched a concert of Karlheinz Stockhausen in Verkehrshaus Luzern. "Zyklus Kommunion" and "Intensität" seemed so awesome to him, that he decided to produce electronic music himself. He began with a Grundig TK23L and recorded laughter, which he showed to all of his teachers on New Year's Eve. The reactions to this varied very much. His first Solo LP "Impersonator I" includes several of these "musique concrète" compositions.

At the beginning Carlos Perón was keyboarder of the New Wave Formation "Urland" from Zürich, together with drummer Sternini, bassist Ron Styler and guitarist Boris Blank. After the groups' break up, Perón and Boris Blank founded the TRANCERONIC Studio in Zürich. Within this experimental studio, both of them developed the later Yello-Sound. 1978 Carlos Perón and Boris Blank travelled to the USA. They visited RCA in Los Angeles and the Ralph Records Label of the resident in San Francisco. After they had returned, Dieter Meier applied as a singer for their formation and could be heard on the incomplete track "IT Splash". Carlos Perón was convinced, but Boris Blank was sceptic about having a male singer, because he was prefering a female voice. Meanwhile, Carlos Perón got a telegram from Ralph-Records with a luctrative offering for recording the LP. In 1979 the studio moved into the atelier of Dieter Meier's "Rote Fabrik" and the trio "Yellow" was founded. The first single, including "IT Splash" and "Glue Head" have been released by Perifery Perfume Revords Zürich. 1980 the US-Lable "Ralph Records" released the first Yello-LP "Solid peasure".

1981 Carlos Peróns first Solo-LP was realeased by the lable "Konkurenz" in the house of "Phonogram". There, Yello was offered a major deal through the managing director Louis Spillmann. Within the same year, the Yello-LP "Claro que si" the OST to the movie "Jetzt und Alles" by Dieter Meiner, and the first music video by Yello "The Evening's young" have been released. 1983 Perón released the OST for the movie "Die schware Spinne" by director Mark M. Rissi through the lable "Milan sisques". At the same time the third Yello-LP "You gotta say yes to another excess" was published and was also the first CD-release of the world. 1984 Carlos Perón left Yello to concentrate on several solo-projects and founded the lable "Kristall Sound". 1985 he released "Oratorium: Die Schöpfung der Welt; oder 7 Tage Gottes" on the lable "Milan disques". He also released the video-soundtrack to the movie "Commando Leopard" by Erwin C. Dietrich over the same lable. It's said, that Carlos Perón was te first artist, who edited his musicvideo from a movie. In 1985 he started to work on the Gold-Project, which was released in 1989 via Teldec. In 1988 he started his new Impersonator-Serie at the lable "Play it again; Sam" in Brussel.

1990 he composed the music to Harald Schmidts' TV-Show "Schmidteinander" and did the soundeffects for the first three episodes. From 1991 on he has worked with lable manager Lothar Gärtner from Strange Ways Recors. Perón produced soloalbums for "Strange Ways" and also produced groups as Wolfsheim, Sielwolf, The Cain, Principle, Stalin, Cyrus, Recall and many more.

Perón also began to compose "Fetish Soundtracks" like "Terminatrix" and "la salle blanche" which showed a new businessmodel to him.

1998 Carlos Perón introduced singer Joachim Witt and Lothar Gärtner to each other. The Idea to produce a single with Peter Heppner of Wolfsheim called "Die Flut" came, when Perón and Gärtner had a fish-dinner with los of white wine at St. Pauli Landungsbrücken. Joachin Witt was great with the idea and started right away.
In 2006/2007 a part of Peróns back catalogue was rereleased by "SPV" wordwide and in 2009 his complete works was released on the digital market. Apart from this, Perón worked with the librettist Osberth McLellan on "Das Musical der "O", "Die Oper des Saladin" and on his biography "going alway to the total". Perón also works worldwide as producer in different studios.