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digital hardcore, electronic, industrial
Band members:Alexander Wilke-Steinhof aka Alec Empire
Biography:Empire is many things to many people. A man with an extraordinary recording history. The musical revolutionary behind avant garde noise-punk outfit Atari Teenage Riot. The electronic music experimentalist who has made records on a Gameboy.. A consummate musician who has worked with an extraordinarily broad range of peers; for example he is the only producer who has remixed artists as diverse as Blues legend R.L. Burnside, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Bjork, Rob Zombie, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Slayer, Einsturzende Neubauten, and members of the new Hip Hop generation like Company Flow or Prince Paul's Handsome Boy Modeling School amongst a host of others. He has toured with Rage Against The Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Beck, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails to name just a few. He has played in over fifty countries - as a DJ in small clubs mixing a remarkable set comprised solely of Sun Ra Records, leading Atari Teenage Riot on world tours and most recently the triumphal appearance at Fuji Rock in front of 20,000 people.
The head of a series of labels that have produced music of an abrasive and forward-looking quality unmatched anywhere in the record industry. This Berliner more even than all this.
Born in West-Berlin in 1972. He grew up in a city with a wall around it, occupied, a warzone that inspired David Bowie and Iggy Pop and many others. This intense atmosphere can be felt in his music and in music he produces. ATR started in 1992 was a kind of a political move to fight Germany's upcoming nationalism that led to the racist attacks in parts of the country.
Alongside this feverish level of band and label activity, Empire continued his own journey through sound. During the early '90s he released a clutch of EPs and five full-length albums on the Mille Plateaux label that showcased his own evolving sample-based compositions. While ATR were embraced by fans of progressive and avant garde rock - from the renowned BBC DJ John Peel, who was an early champion, to the Beastie Boys, whose Grand Royal label released the first ATR records in America - Empire's solo and remix work built him an enviable reputation among European electronic music aficionados and the American industrial/rock audience. And it's this duality; this ability to be at ease in both camps that has led to the creation of Intelligence and Sacrifice.
Constantly ahead of his time, Empire may at last have found that the rest of the world has caught up with his expansive and extreme form of creativity. Don't get left behind.