Sebastian Mullaert and Marcus Henriksson (aka Minilogue) emerged from
opposing backgrounds. In his youth Sebastian played a range of classical
instruments, he even worked as a violin teacher in his teens. At 18 he
discovered contemporary music and joined a band. Marcus used to be a fan of
Front 242 and Kraftwerk, he was ravished by the repetitive beats of techno when
the music exploded in the nineties. He started to organize parties of his own
and became a well known DJ in southern Sweden. When Sebastian and Marcus met at
a party, there was an immediate connection. With Sebastian's formal knowledge
and Marcus experience with club music the two fitted together like a lock and
its matching key.
The facts are easy to establish: Max
Cooper has more than 50 original releases, tracks and remixes under his belt,
from glitchy reinterpretations of big bands like Hot Chip and Au Revoir Simone
to straight dancefloor 12"s like his breakthrough "Serie"
originals and remixes for names like Agoria, Dominik Eulberg, Extrawelt, Pig
and Dan, Kaiserdisco and Sasha. The
approach, meanwhile, is anything but simple. A melancholy composer whose live
sets can raise blisters in a club, Cooper is as comfortable writing abstract
electronica as he is writing dancefloor techno 12"s . A rationalist with
an otherworldly, idealistic side, Cooper is also a wildly creative musician who
until recently had a day job as a sober scientist.
Riley Reinhold (aka Triple R) is part owner of the Traum Schallplatten
family of labels encompassing Traum, Trapez and MBF. He started DJing in 1984
in Cologne and later on at electronic dance parties in 1989. Together with
Sascha Kšsch (now Chief Editor of De:BUG) the pair assembled their own sound
system in 1990, playing at early techno, house and acid parties at every club
and party imaginable (both legal and illegal) throughout Cologne and beyond.