"Electronic music is not about memorizing - it's about exploring the unknown & experimenting. That's what sets us apart from traditional pop." Alec Empire
Germany in the eighties was deeply conservative and pop music in any form wasn’t welcome on TV and Radio. Berlin was an island of creativity and Alec Empire, (then Alexander Wilke-Steinhof), was infused with the invention and liberality that set the city apart.
His mother listened to classical music while his father found refuge in jazz. Neither was a direct inspiration but their record collection made him determined to dig deeper. Radio was his salvation but while the US and UK were awash with music designed to draw in the youth dollar, his only core musical stimulation came from the radio stations servicing the occupying US troops, (they didn't finally leave until 1994, five years after the Wall was dismantled).