Hacke performing on May 5, 2007
|Birth name||Alexander von Borsig|
|Also known as||Alex Hacke|
11 October 1965 |
|Genres||Experimental, industrial, electronic|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass guitar, guitar|
|Associated acts||Einstürzende Neubauten|
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.
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.
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".
Hacke's first full-length solo album was Filmarbeiten (1992).
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.
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. 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.
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.
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).
- 1988 Nihil, oder alle Zeit der Welt, directed by Uli M Schueppel
- 1990 A Priori, directed by Uli M Schueppel
- 1992 Vaterland, directed by Uli M Schueppel, together with Mick Harvey
- 2000 Planet Alex, directed by Uli M Schueppel, together with Mick Harvey
- 2004: Gegen die Wand (Filmmusik), Regie: Fatih Akın
- 2005: Crossing The Bridge: The Sound Of Istanbul (Dokumentarfilm), Regie: Fatih Akın
- 2007: Das wilde Leben, Regie: Achim Bornhak
- 2007: Fuori dalle corde, Regie: Fulvio Bernasconi
- 2009: Elektrokohle - Von Wegen (Darsteller und Filmmusik), Regie: Uli M Schueppel
- 2009: Hinter Kaifeck, Regie: Esther Gronenborn
- 2009: Last Cowboy Standing, Regie: Zaida Bergroth
- 2010: Empire Me - Der Staat bin Ich!, Regie: Paul Poet
- 2011: Lollipop Monster, Regie: Ziska Riemann
- 2012: "Müll Im Garten Eden", Regie: Fatih Akin
- 2006 Mountains Of Madness (with The Tiger Lillies and Danielle de Picciotto)
- 2008 Ship Of Fools (with Danielle de Picciotto)
- 2009 "In Berlin" Documentary by Michael Ballhaus and Ciro Cappellary
- 2010 How Long is Now (with Danielle de Picciotto)
- Review of Alexander Hacke's "Sanctuary" by Axel Hönig at cdstarts.de (in German)
- Detailed information about a live concert of FM Einheit in Frankfurt / Germany, 2010  and video of this performance 
- Information about Alexander Hacke's EP "Doomed", in which a concert of Hacke with FM Einheit in 2009 in Berlin is mentioned 
- Official website
- Alexander Hacke discography at Discogs
- Alexander Hacke at the Internet Movie Database
- Alexander Hacke Interview by Travis Jeppesen
- Alexander Hacke Interview on a web site of Native Instruments