Matthias Reim Biography
Matthias Reim is a German singer – songwriter born on 26th November 1957 in Korbach, Hessen, Germany. His 1990 single “Verdammt, ich lieb’ dich”, (“Damn, I love you”) was a hit in several European countries, and spent sixteen consecutive weeks at the No.1 spot in the German charts.
Matthias Reim grew up in Homberg. His father was the director of the gymnasium in Homberg. After receiving his Abitur, he began his undergraduate studies in the German and English languages as well as Germanistic and Anglistic literatures in Göttingen. This took 18 terms – this is above average, as he spent its time predominantly in the music studio and not in the lecture-room.
Matthias Reim Age
- He was born on 26th November 1957 in Korbach, Hessen, Germany ( 60 years as at 2017)
Matthias Reim Children
Matthias Reim lives with his family in Ibiza. He has five children from four women. Bastian who was born in 1988,is handicapped. Julian Reim born in 1997,from his second wife Mago. With the German singer Tanja Shitawey popularly known as Michelle,he also has a daughter, Marie-Louise Reim born on 8th May 2000. With his wife Sarah,they have Romeo Reim born on 23rd November 2004 and Romy born on 2nd August 2008.
Matthias Reim Wife
- Matthias Reim has been married thrice, his second wife is Mago. In 2004 he married Sarah Stanek.
Matthias Reim Career
Matthias Reim composes, writes lyrics, mixes and plays songs himself. The music to some songs comes from the German composer and music producer Christoph Brüx (Hamburg), for example Das erste Mal (The first time). He composed for many other performers such as Bernhard Brink, Roberto Blanco, Jürgen Drews and Tina York. His first own LPs with his bands Fallen Dice and Fair Tax did not bring commercial success.
Reim’s first – and largest – hit came out in 1990 – called “Verdammt, Ich lieb’ dich” (“Damn, I love you”). The single sold 2.5 million copies world-wide and was at the top of the pops of German charts for 16 weeks – between 18 May and 6 September – since 1971 no other single stood longer without interruption at place one but Matthias Reim shares this record with Boney M. The first album Reim was released soon after. Until 1999, he had published nine further albums with Polydor. His LP Zauberland was also released in an English-language version in Canada – there called Wonderland.
Matthias Reim Albums
- 1990: Reim
- 1991: Reim 2
- 1993: Sabotage
- 1994: Zauberland
- 1995: Wonderland (Zauberland in Canada)
- 1995: Alles Klar
- 1997: Reim 3
- 1998: Sensationell
- 1999: 10 Jahre intensiv
- 2000: Wolkenreiter
- 2002: Morgenrot
- 2003: Reim
- 2004: Déjà Vu
- 2005: Unverwundbar
- 2006: Die Fan-Edition
- 2007: Männer sind Krieger
- 2010: Sieben Leben
- 2011: Sieben Leben Live 2011
- 2013: Unendlich
- 2014: Die Leichtigkeit des Seins
- 2016: Phoenix
Matthias Reim Songs
- Verdammt ich lieb’ dich
- Ich hab geträumt von dir
- Du Idiot
- Du bist mein Glück
- Einsamer Stern
- Das Lied
- Ich hab’ mich so auf dich gefreut
- Hallo, ich möcht’ gern wissen wie’s dir geht
- Doch da war mehr
- Idiot 2011
- Wenn du gehen willst, mußt du…
- Wer nie durch Scherben ging
- Du hast mir den Kopf verdreht
- Was ist nur los?
- Die Leichtigkeit des Seins
- Im Himmel geht es weiter
- Allein allein
- Letzte Weihnacht
- Du wirst es immer sein
- Erinnere dich
- Gib uns nicht auf
- Liebst du mich noch?
- Wie man liebt
- Verdammt für alle Zeit
- Ich liebe dich
- Männer sind Krieger
- Vergiss es
- Alles was ich will
- Verdammt ich lieb dich immer noch
- Ist schon gut so
Matthias Reim Video
Matthias Reim Interview
Interviewer: Happy 60th Birthday, Mr. Reim! You can look back on a turbulent life …
Matthias Reim: Yes. Actually, I have already lived six, seven lives. I lived in America, in Canada, in Ibiza, on Mallorca, in Berlin, in Cologne, now I live on Lake Constance. I am glad that there were so many changes. It has become a bit quieter, but it has never been boring. I can tell from these lives. Musically. That always gives substance.
Interviewer: Was not life in the form planned?
Matthias Reim: It always came back just like that, with other circumstances. Or a bankruptcy in which you suddenly think, “What now?” Or when relationships go in the ass. You have led a life that comes to an end. “What are you doing now? Where are you going?” Whether it gets better after that, you do not know. You’ll know that later.
Interviewer: For the music is such an ups and downs certainly good.
Matthias Reim: Yes, it has always been good for the music. You do not get tired in the head, you do not fall asleep. If you do not have any coal, you have an engine and you know, you have to come up again. I have a bunch of kids who all want money. So, “give fire!” And then I always put in a fire. I’m very grateful that it always worked out that way. I was lucky, too.
Interviewer: How hard is it to stay afloat as an artist?
Matthias Reim: I have two children who want to become musicians. I always say to them, “It looks so easy to me, or Michelle , but getting that back what your mother did, or me, that’s a very, very long and hard way, you need nerves – a lot of fun And above all, what do you want to live on in the beginning? ” “You, dad,” it says. Then I say, “No, I’ll help you in an emergency, but that’s not a basic requirement to say, ‘I’ll wait until I get famous, and let my dad and mom pay for my apartment and car.'”
Interviewer: So you advise your kids not to become musicians?
Matthias Reim: You just need a plan B, my dad said to me too. It has become even more difficult today. The danger of becoming a Mayfly is still much, much greater today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. I want to spare my children that.
Interviewer: What was your plan B?
Matthias Reim: Teacher. I studied that, pulled through it for a while – and then came “damn, I love you”. Then it was clear what I am doing. I can never earn that much money as a teacher. Of course, I did not know yet that I would lose all the money again, but as a teacher, I would not have got it back. I managed to do it with music.
Interviewer: Do you have to expect even more depth in the music industry today – even if you’re a star like Helene Fischer?
Matthias Reim: Helene Fischer does not need to worry – at least not about money. But if you fly ultra high, then it is always down someday, so you have to come straight. Mentally, that’s not easy.
Matthias Reim: Wolfgang Petry for example. In the nineties, 80,000 people ran to the stadium – and then it was over. He said, “I will stop.” Because he could foresee the decline. I was too young at “damn, I love you” to stop already. A hit is not enough for a lifetime. But I wanted to continue because it was my life.
Interviewer: How do you deal with it when it goes down?
Matthias Reim: I experienced it. There were 15,000 or 20,000 people in the hall and ten years later came only 13 – without a thousand behind. 13! At first I sold two and a half million records a year, then suddenly I was at 10,000. That’s not even 0.01 percent of it. Since you can only breathe deeply and start all over again. I did that. From year to year, there were more. First came 600 to 700 people, two years later 1500, then 3000 – now we are at 10,000 to 15,000 in Berlin. At the moment it is constantly up.
Interviewer: How can you prepare an artist for a crash?
Matthias Reim: Not at all! Nobody has prepared me for that either. Nobody knows what’s coming, especially when you start. Today, I do not need to worry about that anymore. Even if I just go on stage with “Damn, I love you”, everyone jumps up, singing and partying. That’s a gift and that stays. As long as I live, that will remain the encore. I do not have to go out in white with a bouquet of roses on the stage, but with a great rock song.
Interviewer: But the career does not take such a positive turn for all those who have crashed.
Matthias Reim: You can break it. You have to be careful when traveling. You have to watch out for the temptations, if you want to get rid of your hotel frustration. When you start, it’s downhill too. You have to be in control. You have to deal with loneliness, with emptiness, with waiting. That’s the worst thing in our profession, this waiting.