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Born 1979 in the hometown of LSD - Basel, Switzerland. I started experimenting with tape-decks and turntables back in 1993 and was an active DJ selecting and mixing vinyl records from radio plays to gangsta rap, electro, funk, ambient and drum and bass stuff since the mid-nineties.
Together with 3 friends I formed Swiss DJ team and producer collective DROP DA BOMB back in 1997 and participated various events as a DJ in Switzerland. Later on I started doing live electronic music gigs together with RE?MO, which were supported by DJ REWIND on the wheels of steels and lazer projected visuals by my man ROD THE GOD. We released a first vinyl record (100 pieces) in 1998, which was a whitelabel called the YAKUZA EP.
In 2001 I joined the Swiss online music community MICROMUSIC.NET and got very inspired by the German band BODENSTÄNDIG 2000. Later on I focused on creating music entirely with the Atari ST internal soundchip (YM2149) and stayed in nerd mode for about a decade. This was the beginning of my new solo project STU with over a 100 songs created only on the Atari sound-chip between 2001 and 2006, that were released mostly for free download.
In 2003 I joined the YM ROCKERZ demogroup, an international Atari ST chipmusic collective that again and again pushes the boundaries of the meanwile vintage Atari ST homecomputer to a completely different level. I participated on 3 of their musicdemos, a complation of songs from the best Atari ST composers wordwide that has been released online and on floppy disc.
In 2005, together with DROP DA BOMB we released an EP entirely made on the Atari ST called 3CHNLS4BIT. After a last tour with DROP DA BOMB in Germany I started performing live solo with 2 Atari computers, with a first stage appearance at the AMASTERDAM DANCE EVENT. For that I used a special DJ software named STj by GARETH MORRIS and my self-modified Atari ST machine called the YMixer, which has an analog filter (Steiner Parker VCF design) and mixing desk built inside, to provide a meaningful combination of digital and analogue sound synthesis for live situations.
In 2006 a norwegian teenage girl band ripped some of my music and as we later on discovered several tracks by other artists of the 8-bit scene as well. They used it as instrumentals and sung over it without doing any changes on the original song. These were a bit shocking news received from Norway back then, since their singing skills and lyrical content was very much beyond likable, but also funny in a certain way. My song STereoid became their biggest hit and was even played on public radio as well as the norwegian MTV. This finally led into the first, but not last plagiarism debate of the 8-bit / demoscene community. Until today, I have not earned a single cent from this debate.
Between 2006 and 2010, I performed uncountable times on international dance-floors and released music on several 8-bit related record labels worldwide such as 8bitpeoples.com, Retinascan.de and Ubiktune.org. In 2007 I toured Russia together with Dutch visual artist THE C-MEN and did a first oversea appearance at the BLIP FESTIVAL NEW YORK in 2008. As a peak of my live activities, I toured Japan with over 5 shows in Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo during late summer 2010. After that I backtracked from stage to focus on personal and artistic development… Of course I've worked a lot on new music since then, but a release has not yet happened!
As we grow older things slow down, but you can expect me always in evolution mode, searching new ways, fiddling new sounds and connecting with fresh people. Finally we arrived in today and I'm not having intentions to stop keepin in chip every now and then! New material is on the go, which you will be able to listen here as well and I'm eagerly planning to go back on stage one day, so you better stay tuned!