Axel "Axe" Hilgenstöhler (born August 1975) is a German Record Producer, Mixing Engineer and Guitarist. He is a founding member of the band Thumb and played guitar with many Bands, e.g. Dog Eat Dog and 50 Cent. In 2003 Afrika Islam founded with Axel Hilgenstöhler "The Machine"
In 2007 Axe started to play the guitar for Dog Eat Dog.
Recently Axe is working in many different areas of music production, like musical direction (Das Wunder von Bern), audio engineering and live mixing (Simply Red Farewell Tour) or incubator (Artisto – Revolution – The Anthem at Maidan Nezalezhnosti.) He also is the Chairman of the executive board of the United World Organisation.
So far Axe worked with Musicians and Producers like Afrika Bambaataa, Flea ( Red Hot Chili Peppers ), Mastermind ( Public Enemy ), Chuck D, Kool Keith, D-Rock ( Body Count Doug Wimbish, Vernon Reed ( Living Colour ) and Ice-T.
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