Alec Empire is often described as a radical, an innovator, and an artist who is never satisfied with the limits that define genres. He is many things to many people.
An award winning producer and composer who has politicized electronic dance music with his group Atari Teenage Riot since the 90s, created modern protest music for the internet age and the soundtrack to countless anti-Nazi rallies & riots all over the world from Brazil to Japan. The global hacker community continues to be inspired and keeps Empire close.
His album ‘Burn Berlin Burn’ sold so many copies in the US that it went gold, while at the same time authorities in Germany blacklisted the album describing it as a ‘potential threat to society.’
Alec is a multi-faceted artist who has triggered interest from many other artists. He has collaborated with Bjork. Alec Empire composed 5 albums for the Mille Plateaux label, which was inspired by the thinking of Gilles Deleuze, and applied post-modernist deconstruction methods to Jazz, Dub and Musique Concrete.
Empire´s recent works include composing films scores for German-Palestinian director Tarek Ehlail’s “Volt,” a dystopian sci-fi in which a police officer murders a refugee, and Austrian director Paul Poet’s “My Talk With Florence,” an interview film with Florence Burnier-Bauer who was the key witness in the Otto Muehl trial which uncovered sexual abuse and rape within Muehl’s commune.
Morton Subotnick’s album “Silver Apples Of The Moon” inspired Empire when he was still in his teens, growing up in Berlin, which was divided by The Berlin Wall at the time.
This could well be one of the most exciting collaborations in electronic music in years.”