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|Birth name||Nowell Rhys Fulber|
October 10, 1970 |
Vancouver, BC, Canada
|Genres||Industrial, electronic, alternative, metal|
|Instruments||Keyboards, synthesizer, sampler, programming|
|Associated acts||Conjure One
Front Line Assembly
Rhys Fulber was born in Vancouver, Canada on October 10, 1970. His father was born in Germany and his mother was from Great Britain. He was exposed to the music of Led Zeppelin and Kraftwerk through his musician father (who took him along to see Kraftwerk live in 1975) and with instruments always in the house, started drumming at a very early age. His father later built and ran a recording studio, catering toward the local punk rock scene where Rhys spent a lot of time. In 1984 Rhys started becoming more interested in electronic music and got his first synthesizer. In 1986, he became friends with Bill Leeb who had just left his former band Skinny Puppy.
Early music career
Fulber's first involvements in Front Line Assembly were one song on their debut album Total Terror, and then three songs on The Initial Command. He also contributed to Delerium's debut album, Faces, Forms & Illusions. During this time he started the band Will together with Chris Peterson, John McRae and Jeff Stoddard, which lasted from 1987 to 1992.
He joined Front Line Assembly for their first tour, Gashed Senses & Crossfire in 1989. He then joined Delerium full-time when Michael Balch left. Until 1997, Fulber was involved in all Front Line Assembly, Delerium and side projects with Bill Leeb, including the albums Tactical Neural Implant and Hard Wired from Front Line Assembly, and Semantic Spaces and Karma from Delerium.
Fulber also produced and remixed other artists' works, such as the album Demanufacture by Fear Factory, The Tea Party's Sister Awake and remixed a track from "Mechanical Spin Phenomena" by Mnemic. From 1997 to 2002 Fulber did film scores, several Fear Factory releases and songs on Josh Groban's debut album. His production work with acts such as Cubanate ("Interference", 1998) show a Drum and Bass influence. In the late '90's Fulber also began work on his solo project Conjure One, re-joining Bill Leeb to work on new Delerium songs.
After producing Paradise Lost's Symbol of Life album, he worked on Delerium's Chimera as one of Leeb's main partners in 2003, and then the two completed Front Line Assembly's Civilization in 2004. Rhys has worked with Scottish band Serpico, producing their self-titled debut EP and debut album, 'Neon Wasteland'. He produced the Canadian hits for singer/songwriter Serena Ryder, new Paradise Lost album, In Requiem. He recently returned to working with Fear Factory, producing their latest album, "Mechanize", and also finished remixes for Rob Zombie and production for the Greek metal band Scar of the Sun. He currently works out of his Surplus Sound studio in Los Angeles, where he completed the third Conjure One album in 2010 and where he is about to record the new Fear Factory album and the new album from Brazilian metal band Optical Faze.
Fulber is the first cousin of Shawn Atleo, Canadian First Nations activist and the current national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
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