Producer is the third juror: Toby Gad is the newcomer to DSDS

Producer is the third judge
Toby Gad is the newcomer to DSDS

Toby Gad is the third member of the jury for this year’s “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” season. But his name and face should mean very little, because the music producer lives in the USA. There he repeatedly works with international artists such as Beyoncé.

Toby Gad forms the new jury of “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” (DSDS) for the 19th season with Florian Silbereisen and Ilse DeLange. The music producer and native of Munich has a lot of experience in the music business.

Tobias “Toby” Gad was born in Munich in 1968 as the son of a Danish jazz musician and a German mother. He discovered his passion for music at the age of seven, and his first musical instruments included the banjo and piano. The first commercial successes came at the end of the 80s when Frank Farian discovered him and his brother Jens and worked with them on the debut album for Milli Vanilli, among other things.

In the early 1990s, Gad worked as a producer and produced two albums by Mauritian singer Jacqueline Nemorin aka Jackie Carter. In 2000 he moved to New York City to further advance his career.

Co-ops with Fergie and Madonna

Then in 2008 came Gad’s breakthrough. After Fergie’s interpretation of his song “Big Girls Don’t Cry” was nominated for a Grammy, numerous stars took notice of the talented composer. Collaborations with John Legend, Beyoncé, Madonna and Selena Gomez followed.

Gold, platinum, diamond, and various Grammy Award credits earned Gad credit for the songs. His greatest successes include Beyoncé’s “If I Were A Boy” and John Legend’s “All Of Me”. “John Legend is a good friend,” says Gad in the RTL interview. He also enjoyed working with Madonna: “After that, she invited me to all her birthday parties, for years.” In recent years, Gad has also worked as a filmmaker, director and producer of environmental documentaries.

Authenticity is important to him

Now the 53-year-old, who now lives on the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles and enjoys spending time with his family, is daring to take on a new job. “I can’t wait to start (…) It has always been my dream to be on the jury myself,” explained the new DSDS juror in the RTL interview.

When it comes to performances, it is important to him “that an artist is authentic, that there is great entertainment value, that you feel something,” reveals the music producer. Honesty and constructive criticism play an important role for him. “I don’t want to be angry unless someone is really terrible, in which case you have to say so. But you can also do that nicely.”

The new season of “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” starts next Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on RTL and is on RTL+ available.