Thomas P. Heckmann
Thomas P. Heckmann started doing techno-house music professionally in summer 1991with his first release EXIT 100 – LIQUID .
After doing all sorts of electronic music since age eleven – including synthi pop, industrial, ebm, experimental – he was attracted by the likes of KLF and 808 STATE´s early stuff, that lead him into the new acid and techno styles in 1989 .
His first release as EXIT 100- Liquid on the just started label FORCE INC was a good start into the then small techno world .
It brought him the respect of a lot of people and the license on DANIEL MILLERS label MUTE RECORDS in England, which was single of the month in MELODY MAKER and reached number 20 in the independend charts in 1992. He also was one of the pioneer producers to release new acid styles in the likeness of UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE and +8 in Germany with his other projects on FORCE INC : AGE and SKYDIVER . Another of his landmark inspirations for germany !
After producing successfully for FORCE INC until 1993 he released new stuff on LABWORKS records in Germany under the name SPECTRAL EMOTIONS and on DJAX-UP-BEATS in Holland as PURPLE PLEJADE . 1993 he launched his own label TROPE RECORDINGS with his first release under his most successful project DRAX .
TROPE RECORDINGS invented new styles, new sounds, new record formats and was soon one of the leading independend techno labels in Germany and got friends and big following all over the planet .
1994 saw the birth of another label called ACID FUCKER UNITE (A.F.U), projected more as an acid-house and dance-label with his own projects SILENT BREED and ELECTRO NATION,
which also earned a big following all over the world !
His first big hit came out in 1994 as DRAX LTD. II
- AMPHETAMINE, that became a world wide crossover hit and even reached number 20 in the official french charts .
It is still played all over the world and was influencing lots of producers – commercial and underground !
Extensive live-touring through America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England,
Switzerland, Austria, France, … since ´91 made him one of the most respected and most freaked out live-acts in the world .
Thomas rejoined FORCE INC in 1997 as AGE and released a 12 inch which was followed by a complete AGE album in march 1998 ! He also launched a new Label for Electro-Style music called ELECTROCUTE SOUNDPLATES, with it´s first release early september 98 .
Winter 98 was the most successful time for SILENT BREED . The track “SYNC IN”, which was originally released as A.F.U. 016 one year before, was picked up as a crossover – tune and became a commercial hit, reaching even position 83 in the official german top 100 and reached also position 1 in all german dance charts . . .
The follow up IN VIVO reached position 103 in the german charts and also position 1 or 2 in all german dance charts . SILENT BREED played twice at VIVAs Clubrotation . SYNC IN changed the commercial scene – all was getting more techno and harder – in germany and people still trying to copy it until today !
Though still doing the music he loves and still doing powerful techno tracks, people are more aware than ever of thomas´ work, ´cause again he changed the minds of a lot of people again and showed them,
that one can do underground music, but can also be successful without selling out !!!
In the underground field his most rockin´ projects from 98 – 00 were on FORCE INC. again :
WELT IN SCHERBEN and KNARZ, the later introducing vocals by Thomas and HECKMANN .
The SÄGEZAHN / SAWTOOTH sound he invented together with cologne´s Mike Ink was the” techno-sound of late 98 !!!
In late 1998 he joined up with Carlos Peron (the founder of YELLO) and they produced a complete album under the name TRÜMMERFELD, that´s sadly still not released .
Thomas produced an album for Wavescape as HECKMANN called TANZMUSIK,
that got very good reviews in german magazines and was even awarded record of the month in three of them ! He also started a WAVESCAPE sublabel called – as if you knew – SUB~WAVE, that is the platform for techno-house and not so hard techno stuff . The releases by T.P. Heckmann were picked up very enthusiatic and are picked up well by DJs from Ibiza to Chicago a.s.o. .
The last Knarz single was released in early september 2000 and is called “Kind der Nacht”,
that again featured the vocals of Thomas and includes a cover version of Nitzer Ebb´s Join In The Chant .
The cover version of Join In The Chant was licensed by Mute in England and
was released in 2001 as a Nitzer Ebb remix 12” . NITZER EBB VS. THOMAS P. HECKMANN !!!!
In 2001 he re-released one of his main anthems – AMPHETAMINE -
again, reworked by himself as a final remix version and to complement his best of tripple CD KOPFGEISTER 1991-2001, that featured most of his famous work and a full length bonus CD in a very nice Digipack .
The rework was also licensed to Silly Spider/Universal and is coming out with massive promotion and a very stylish video before summer this year . After nearly eight years, it´s still a rocking anthem !
Thomas made loads of remixes in the recent years (see the discography) and is still doing a remix a month at least . It seems that even after such a long time in the music business, he can still impress !
Thomas fusion of EBM, Disco and Techno is his main sound until today and he keeps up his weekly DJ work and is playing live on a lot of festivals this year . He is currently working on his new album, which is planned for later this year or early next year . A new Drax twelve inch with brandnew tracks is on it´s way also !
Besides his techno activities he has just got back into two other beloved music fields : deep experimental electronic music and avantgarde .
Watch out for several new remixes for very diverse artists like Ionic Vision (EBM), Mago (Trip Hop), DJ Rush and many more…
Thomas P. Heckmann – Live at Rote Sonne Club Munich 11-04-2008 (Part1)
Thomas P. Heckmann – Live at Rote Sonne Club Munich 11-04-2008 (Part2)
Thomas P. Heckmann – Live at Rote Sonne Club Munich 11-04-2008 (Part3)
trope recordings / wavescape / sub~wave
fax : +49.6131.68 48 04
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