Testimonials

»Fri­endship is …some­bo­dy says feel at home and you imme­dia­te­ly feel at home. That you should keep in mind befo­re rea­ding the fol­lo­wing tes­ti­mo­ni­als.. Cos the feel good-fac­tor was always writ­ten in capi­tol let­ters at Dierks stu­di­os.

All the musi­ci­ans remem­ber the fine coo­king of Dieter’s mother Ursu­la which ear­ned her num­ber­less Thank you’s on thousands of album covers. Hos­pi­ta­li­ty, cor­dia­li­ty, the feel at home-fac­tor pre­vails until today.

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While Die­ter Dierks is a bril­li­ant pro­du­cer, having put toge­ther some of the grea­test rock/metal albums, even more impres­si­ve is that he is tru­ly a musician’s fri­end. He under­stands the crea­ti­ve pro­cess and the needs of the artists, and goes out of his way to crea­te an envi­ron­ment that will help crea­ti­vi­ty flow. Not­hing shows this more than the con­struct of the legen­da­ry Dierks stu­dio. Built “out back” of his child­hood home (with his mother still living the­re as of the 80’s), so much thought was put into every detail of the stu­dio in an effort to offer artists a tru­ly com­for­ta­ble, crea­ti­ve and invi­ting envi­ron­ment in which to work. Unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, Twisted Sis­ter never got to record the­re, but I remem­ber during a much nee­ded break from a long tour, Die­ter invi­ted the ent­i­re band to come and stay in his beau­ti­ful stu­dio resi­den­ces and took to the time to enter­tain us the ent­i­re time we were the­re, hel­ping us to rech­ar­ge our bat­te­ries befo­re hea­ding back out on the road. Die­ter is a true fri­end and an ama­zing talent”.
Dee Sni­der (Twisted Sis­ter)

Michael Prince

”Die­ter Dierks – a visio­na­ry, a per­fec­tio­nist, a geni­us, an engi­neer, a pro­du­cer, a men­tor. His name alo­ne is syn­ony­mous with all that is exem­pla­ry in the enter­tain­ment indus­try, brid­ging and con­nec­ting the audio and visu­al arts, and taking them to new levels, to whe­re they must go in the future. I am hono­red to call him a fri­end, and for­tu­n­a­te to know, that with him invol­ved in the art and sci­ence of media, we are, all of us, on a jour­ney that will con­ti­nue to beco­me more and more ama­zing each and every day”.
Micha­el Prince (sound engi­neer of Micha­el Jack­son, com­po­ser)

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”Neit­her I, nor anyo­ne in the band rea­li­zed it, but Dierks would beco­me just as important to the Scor­pi­ons as any of the more public mem­bers. A pro­du­cer, a good one, is perhaps the most vital ele­ment in the deve­lop­ment, pro­duc­tion and sound of a group. (…) Die­ter was the right man in the right spot for the Scor­pi­ons. As his influ­ence grew wit­hin the group, so did our sales”.
Her­man Rare­bell (Schlag­zeu­ger, Kom­po­nist, Band­lea­der)
(aus: Her­man Rare­bell, …And Speaking of Scor­pi­ons, S.56/57)

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”One must remem­ber also, that Die­ter is a man full of humour and he loves prac­tical jokes. I remem­ber a lunch at an Asi­an place on Haupt­stra­ße. When the food was ser­ved, I took just a litt­le tas­te befo­re going ahead. I said to Die­ter that I fea­red it would be too spi­cy. But Die­ter (who had some­thing less spi­cy on his pla­te, of cour­se) just said “I can recom­mend it” as I went through the cei­ling with a bur­ning head…”
Rof­fe Pers­son (publisher)

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”Short­ly after I beca­me Pre­si­dent of Mer­cu­ry Records in 1979 the bril­li­ant and tas­te­ful A&R exec Cliff Bern­stein com­pel­led me to sign The Scor­pi­ons who were avail­ab­le for North Ame­ri­ca. – I did and it began a won­der­ful rela­ti­ons­hip with the ama­zin­gly talen­ted Die­ter Dierks which con­ti­nues to this day. Reg­rett­ab­ly, short­ly after our hap­py con­tract-signing pho­to we were at war. Unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, we recei­ved the typi­cal­ly crea­ti­ve Hyp­no­sis LP cover art for our initi­al release “Love­d­ri­ve”. It fea­turing a coup­le in the rear seat of a Daim­ler with the man in din­ner atti­re loo­king strai­ght-for­ward while stret­ching a wad of gum from the unador­ned bre­ast of his fema­le com­pa­n­ion. Abso­lute­ly impos­si­ble to mar­ket at gene­ral retail in the US in 1979. – Die­ter was bril­li­ant in initi­al­ly fighting for his artists’ posi­ti­on but smart enough to relent when he rea­li­zed that we’d lose enor­mous sales if we couldn’t get posi­tio­n­ing bey­ond Tower Records. For­tu­n­a­te­ly we had pre­pa­red for the worst and had desi­gned an alter­na­te album cover. Not gre­at but we were ulti­mate­ly able to regain in-store posi­tio­n­ing. Cer­tain­ly lost a coup­le of hund­red thousand in sales but regai­ned cri­ti­cal momen­tum for the band. – Over the years I’ve heard many of Dieter’s pro­duc­tions from his superb stu­dio and all – from hea­vy metal to solo fema­le voca­list – reflect qua­li­ty”.
Bob Sher­wood (music indus­try vete­ran)

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”Die­ter Dierks’ record as pro­du­cer is exem­pla­ry and his ent­i­re body of work attests an extra­or­di­na­ry alche­my bet­ween crea­ti­vi­ty and tech­ni­que. Die­ter is also a entre­pre­neur and as such I expe­ri­en­ced the ener­gy he deve­lo­ped to con­vin­ce the record indus­try to use DVD+, at the time, a new tool com­bi­ning sound and image… The indus­try remai­ned deaf to that sug­ges­ti­on – and to its own evo­lu­ti­on! I am hono­red to have been able to be a part­ner and rep­re­sent some of Die­ter Dierks’ pro­duc­tions in our ter­ri­to­ry”.
Jean Davoust (publisher)

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”The thing about Die­ter is, he’s always way ahead of ever­yo­ne else. In tech­no­lo­gy. In art. In life”.
Paul Gon­ga­wa­re (Co-CEO AEG Live/Concerts West)

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”I have known Die­ter sin­ce 1979 when we first met and he asked me to rep­re­sent him with respect to nego­tia­ting a record­ing agree­ment bet­ween Mer­cu­ry Records (sub­se­quent­ly re-named Poly­gram Records and now part of the Uni­ver­sal Music Group) and his Com­pa­ny, Bre­e­ze Music for the Scor­pi­ons. Sin­ce the very first time we met, the­re was a gre­at bond bet­ween Die­ter and mys­elf on both a pro­fes­sio­nal as well as per­so­nal level. Over the years, I not only worked clo­se­ly with Die­ter on a num­ber of pro­jects as his attor­ney but both I and my fami­ly had the gre­at pri­vi­le­ge on spen­ding time with him when he visi­ted New York City. I also had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to visit Die­ter at his stu­dio eit­her on my own or toge­ther with U.S. seni­or record com­pa­ny exe­cu­ti­ves who wan­ted to meet Die­ter per­so­nal­ly and also check out his ama­zing stu­dio. I also had the pri­vi­le­ge of mee­ting Dieter’s mom while at the stu­dio and she was extre­me­ly warm and gra­cious to me (in addi­ti­on to being a gre­at cook).Dieter is a gre­at talent, pro­fes­sio­nal, busi­ness per­son and most of all, a true fri­end”.

Mar­vin Katz (attor­ney)

Carl Carlton 2_[KLEIN]

Die­ter Dierks picked me up at Colo­gne air­port in his Fer­ra­ri 512 BB. I knew of his repu­ta­ti­on as the one and only Ger­man Rock pro­du­cer with a set of incredi­ble musi­cal ears and a skill for paving a talent’s road with fame and for­tu­ne. Cove­r­ed by the roaring sound of the – what? – 12 cylin­der 512 BB heart, we tried to lis­ten to my cas­set­te with demos of my new rocking out­fit with no name yet. He must have lik­ed it. After that Die­ter took us in and chan­ged my life in many ways. He beca­me my pro­du­cer, god­fa­ther, patron, musi­cal coach, spi­ri­tu­al guru and more a caring father figu­re than, let’s say – a bro­ther that I never had.

I had been a pro­fes­sio­nal musi­ci­an for alre­ady 15 years and belie­ve me, been around the uni­ver­sal block a few times. But it took Dieter’s heart­felt lec­tures that chan­ged me from a talen­ted drug­gy whip­per snap­per into a some­what “serious” muso and song wri­ter. Doubt-less Die­ter has the grea­ter visi­on that we weren’t able to com­pre­hend for some and many times. My advice – if you reco­gni­ze a geni­us – a litt­le civil dis­obe­dience can be healt­hy, but at the end of a day, in a nuts­hell, trust him uncon­di­tio­nal.

Working with him was such a plea­su­re and his won­der­ful good vibes stu­dio beca­me our home for at least a coup­le of years. We lived, worked, cried, laug­hed, rocked and cele­bra­ted under his roof. Wan­na know? – I miss tho­se days. Sin­ce then I worked with many a gre­at pro­du­cer, be it Bob Clear­moun­tain, Robert Pal­mer or Lar­ry Camp­bell, but somehow and without com­pa­ring them in all their own inge­nious ways – Die­ter rules in a dif­fe­rent hemi­s­phe­re.

You will not hear “ I’m not worthy” from me – but I take my hat off and, much obli­ged, hope that our paths will cross and we will work toge­ther again some­time soon.

Carl Carl­ton (gui­tar play­er, song­wri­ter, musi­ci­an)

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We had not­hing like a pro­duc­tion sce­ne in Gewr­ma­ny in the late Six­ties– the­re was no one except Con­ny Plank and Die­ter Dierks.

Frank Bor­n­e­mann (pro­du­cer | musi­ci­an)