Alexander Hacke

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Alexander Hacke
2007-05-24 Alexander Hacke live.jpg
Hacke performing on May 5, 2007
Background information
Birth name Alexander von Borsig
Also known as Alex Hacke
Born (1965-10-11) 11 October 1965 (age 49)
Berlin, Germany
Genres Experimental, industrial, electronic
Occupations Musician, record producer
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, guitar
Years active 1980-present
Associated acts Einstürzende Neubauten
Website www.hacke.org

Alexander Hacke (also known as Alexander von Borsig, Alex Hacke, Hacke, born 11 October 1965 in Berlin/Neukölln) is a guitarist, bass guitarist, singer, musician and record producer from Germany. He is primarily known as a longtime member of the influential German industrial music group Einstürzende Neubauten.

Hacke has released two full-length solo albums, and has also collaborated with many other artists, such as The Tiger Lillies, Danielle de Picciotto, Crime & the City Solution, Gianna Nannini, Gry, Miranda Sex Garden, Terranova, Sprung Aus Den Wolken, Wovenhand, Mona Mur, Die Ichs, Schlaflose Naechte, Fred Alpi and others.

Biography[edit]

Hacke during the "Blässe" ("paleness") project, ca. 1980

Early years[edit]

In the early 1980s he released a few solo tapes and mini-albums, such as Hiroschima. He became a long-time member of Einstürzende Neubauten and also was a member of several other bands, such as Sentimentale Jugend (with Christiane Vera Felscherinow, also known as Christiane F.), Sprung Aus Den Wolken and Mona Mur.

Einstürzende Neubauten[edit]

Einstürzende Neubauten live in 2000: Alexander Hacke (left, playing bass) with Blixa Bargeld (right)

In 1980, at the age of fifteen, he joined Einstürzende Neubauten, which had been formed earlier the same year. Hacke played guitar and worked with the band's sound until the middle 1990s. Then he changed from guitar to bass and is now a bass player and, according to band leader Blixa Bargeld, "a musical director of the band".

Solo activities[edit]

Hacke's first full-length solo album was Filmarbeiten (1992).

In the 1990s he was frontman of the band Jever Mountain Boys, who played their favorite songs, particularly country music cover-versions.

In 2003 Alexander Hacke and his longtime partner Danielle de Picciotto (married since 2006) organized the monthly event "BadaBing" in the famous Berlin 70s Club "Big Eden", presenting new and unusual bands and in this way initiating a new wave of Berlin-oriented "Futur-electroclash" music all over Europe. They travel extensively performing multimedia shows together and presenting workshops on Berlin underground culture. In 2004, Danielle de Picciotto produced a documentary on Einstürzende Neubauten for which Alexander Hacke did the sound design.

Hacke & Tiger Lillies & Danielle de Picciotto live with "The Mountains of Madness" (2007)

In 2005 Hacke and de Picciotto conceived and directed "The Mountains of Madness", an audio/visual live show based on stories by H. P. Lovecraft, inviting the English Trio The Tiger Lillies to participate and perform in the successful production throughout Europe.

In the 2000s Hacke created the album Sanctuary (released in 2005), travelling with a mobile recorder in Europe and North America and collaborating with numerous artists, such as J.G.Thirlwell (Foetus), Caspar Brötzmann, Larry Mullins (Toby Dammit), Vinnie Signorelli (Unsane), Michael Evans (KBZ 200), Sugarpie Jones (Celebrity Skin), Bob Rutman (Steel Cello Ensemble), Nils Wohlrabe (The Leather Nun), Gianna Nannini, Andrew Chudy (alias N.U. Unruh, Einstürzende Neubauten), Lary 7 (The Analog Society), and David Yow (The Jesus Lizard). In the reviews on this album Hacke was compared to Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.[1] The "Road Record", an excerpt of which can be seen on Sanctuary, was documented by de Picciotto, describing the revolutionary recording style Hacke used to produce the record.

He uses, in particular, music software by Native Instruments on his solo activities.

Hacke also contributed to several soundtracks to such films as Sonnenallee and Das Wilde Leben (biography of Uschi Obermaier, 2006/07). Hacke produced music for Fatih Akın's film Head-On (2004) and is a main character in Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005), Akın's documentary of the Istanbul music scene.

On several occasions he reunited on stage with FM Einheit (ex-Einstürzende Neubauten) for an experimental performance.[2][3]

Private life[edit]

Alexander Hacke's first noteworthy girlfriend was Christiane F., who became famous with the internationally acclaimed movie and book Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, a biography of her heroin addiction. They performed together in Europe and the US with their band Sentimentale Jugend and also appeared together in the movie Decoder in 1983.

On the 3rd of October, 1989, Hacke's son Joshua was born in Berlin. His mother is Angela Mettbach, a Berlin nightlife figure who had a short-lived musical career with her band Octopussy.

Hacke was briefly married to German actress and singer Meret Becker and was involved in her musical career. Becker guested on Einstürzende Neubauten's album Ende Neu. In 2006, Hacke married his longtime partner Danielle de Picciotto, an American Berlin-based multimedia artist who is known for having founded the Berlin Love Parade together with Dr Motte and for singing in the Band "Space Cowboys".

Solo discography[edit]

   1980: Das Leben ist schön
   1981: Borsig-Werke
   1982: Christiane F.: Wunderbar (Mitarbeit)
   1982: Hiroshima
   1982: Mona Mur und die Mieter: Jeszcze Polska
   1986: Crime and the City Solution: Room of Lights
   1988: Crime and the City Solution: Shine
   1992: Filmarbeiten
   1994: Jever Mountain Boys: Bury the Bottle with Me
   1994: Gianna Nannini: Dispetto (Mitarbeit)
   1994: Die Haut: Sweat (Mitarbeit)
   1995: Blind: Live Saver (Produzent)
   1995: Miranda Sex Garden: Fairytales About Slavery (Produzent)
   1998: Meret Becker: Nachtmahr (Produzent, Musiker)
   1999: Terranova: Close the Door (Mitarbeit)
   2001: Fieber – Tagebuch eines Aussätzigen, Gedichte von Klaus Kinski, rezitiert von Ben Becker, Musik von Alexander Hacke
   2002: Fred Alpi: Les chiens mangent les chiens (Produzent)
   2005: Sanctuary
   2005: Martin Dean: The Best of Martin Dean (Mitarbeit)
   2006: Mountains of Madness together with Tiger Lillies & Danielle de Picciotto (DVD)
   2006: "I Hate You" for the Monks-Tribute-CD Silver Monk Time
   2008: "The Ship of Fools" in collaboration with Danielle de Picciotto (DVD/CD)
   2009: "Doomed"
   2010: "Hitman's Heel" in collaboration with Danielle de Picciotto
   2013: "American Twilight" Crime & The City Solution, MUTE Records
   2014: "Ministry of Wolves" in collaboration with Mick Harvey,Danielle de Picciotto, Paul Wallfisch


For discography of Alexander Hacke with Einstürzende Neubauten, see: Einstürzende Neubauten's discography (all releases).

Film soundtracks[edit]

DVD[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Review of Alexander Hacke's "Sanctuary" by Axel Hönig at cdstarts.de (in German)
  2. ^ Detailed information about a live concert of FM Einheit in Frankfurt / Germany, 2010 [1] and video of this performance [2]
  3. ^ Information about Alexander Hacke's EP "Doomed", in which a concert of Hacke with FM Einheit in 2009 in Berlin is mentioned [3]

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