Johann Pätzold is a young self-taught pianist from Rostock in North Germany. He also learned to play 6 other instruments on his own.
This (former East) German harbour town has run into financial difficulties since the reunification. The city has been highlighted several times in the international media for racial acts of aggression. Since his early age Johann has been very active in the local alternative scene. He took part in the antifascist social Project JAZ e.V., and fought to protect and support financially the activities of the Volkstheater of Rostock. He has composed music for theater, dance companies and film production.
Johann Pätzold was commissioned by Alexandre Cazac (InFiné A&R) to edit and rearrange some elements from the 2009 original Versus recordings studio session in Paris. He contributes to the album project´s finalization and is credited on the pre-production of Carl Craig´s Versus LP.
His music is deeply emotional and often a direct extension of Pätzold`s reality. He wrote his first album Minds while he was recovering in Rostock university hospital from a nervous breakdown, which forced him to stop his studies in Physics. His second album Schizophrenia was widely influenced by the NSA spying scandal and released on his own label Gleichklang Recordings one year later. In 2015, InFiné Music selected “The Effect of the Butterfly Destiny” in there #Explorer debut compilation (watch the videoclip here).
Since the beginning of the European Migrant Crisis, Secret of Elements has joined the “Rostock Hilft” initiative and helped to accommodate the incoming flow of migrants in Rostock. In 2016, he volunteered for first aid assistance to refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. He brought back from his journeys in the Balkans and in the Bosphorus a dark post-apocalyptical feeling which his forthcoming productions for InFiné are permeated with.