Entertainer, pop singer and folk musician - DJ Ötzi is one of the most famous musicians in Austria and also beyond borders
Gerhard Friedle, son of the Austrian DJ Anton Friedle, was born in St. Johann in Tirol on January 7, 1971. He grew up with his foster parents and later on with his grandmother. After his apprenticeship as a chef, for a few years he lived homeless on the street. His career as a vocal artist began in a karaoke bar, where his talent was discovered. Afterwards he worked as host, DJ and singer, first in Austria, later on in Mallorca and Turkey. In 1999 he came out with the song "Anton aus Tirol" which immediately conquered the German charts.
Blow upon blow he succeeded, also with his second hit "Hey Babe" in 2000, which came out in more than 15 countries and he even conquered the charts in South Africa, Denmark and Australia. As first Austrian artist, in England he even achieved the platinum record. His third number one hit, "Burger Dance", followed. However, that's far from being all. In 2007 he bettered his three hits: Gerry Friedle, together with Nik P., came out with the song "Ein Stern" (der deinen Namen trägt).
They both managed the impossible, in other words 41 weeks undisputed number 1 in the German Single-Top-10. This resulted in double platinum record for the single and platin for the album. In 2008 followed "I will leb'n" and "Noch in 100.000 Jahren", written by Dieter Bohlen. In 2013 he took a break and set off on the Way of St. James. Further releases followed in 2016 and 2017, the album "Von Herzen" 2017 was DJ Ötzi's most personal work. In 2018 DJ Ötzi made his first solo hall concert tour, which took him to 12 cities throughout Germany.
One year later - deservedly - the best-of album "20 Jahre DJ Ötzi - Party ohne Ende" followed. The multi-award-winning artist, who has received 8 Amadeus Austrian Music Awards among others, now lives near Salzburg with his wife and daughter. His last album so far - "Sei du selbst - Party 2.0" - dates back to 2021, when he also received the smago! Award.