Clueso is a German singer, rapper, songwriter and producer. Clueso, named after Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther, started making music in 1995. In 1998 he got to know his future manager Andreas Welskop and gave up his hairdressing apprenticeship. His first vinyl Clüsolo was released on BMG Ufa the same year. In 1999 he moved to the 10vor10-Studios in Köln with Welskop. A year later he signed a label contract at Four Music and released Text und Ton in 2001. Around that time he performed with Curfew at the MTV HipHop Open in Stuttgart and at Beats for Life in Köln. In 2002, Clueso moved back to Erfurt and recorded the Rowdy-Club-Tape 2002. One year later, he started producing his second album Gute Musik, which translates to "good music", which was finished by 2004. It does not contain any English tracks and concentrates on singing rather than rapping. In 2005, Clueso represented Thuringia with the song Kein Bock zu geh'n at the Bundesvision Song Contest. The same year he was the partner of Start Ab, the ″biggest non-commercial remix contest in Europe″.