Oliver Maurmann alias Olifr M. Guz of the Aeronauts passed away on January 19, 2020. He died of heart disease at the age of 52.
Guz from the Schaffhausen underground has enriched the Swiss music scene with poetic punk, pop and soul since the early 1980s. He became known beyond the country’s borders in particular with the band Die Aeronauten in the 90s. The freak with the punk in his heart and the homeland of Schaffhausen on the tongue kept listening, not least because his thoughts without limits and the sound without barriers were able to surprise over 40 years again and again. Songs in German, dialect or French roam through garage punk, soul, trash, country, ska, funk or jazz.
With the two groundbreaking aeronaut albums «Gegen Alles» (1995) and «Jetzt Musik» (1997), the Schaffhausen band landed on the Hamburg indie label «L’age d’Or». One of the top addresses in terms of German-language guitar music, and also the mother house of bands like Tocotronic, Die Sterne and Schorsch Kamerun.
The wit, the special sound and the charm of Olifr M. Guz cemented his cult status to this day, and his musical legacy is great. The last aeronaut album “Heinz” was released in 2015. He also maintained various solo and side projects such as “The Future” (2010) or “Naked In English Class” (since 2015). Guz also lived out his uniqueness there. He also produced albums for other bands such as Stahlberger and radio plays in his legendary “Star Track” recording studio. With the death of Guz, the Swiss music scene lost a formative figure.
Not just a musical career
The talented Guz from the SRF series Güsel is known to the TV audience, where he appeared alongside Gabriel Vetter as waste detective Oli.