Thomas P. Heckmann
Thomas P. Heckmann has been creating electronic music since the age of 11, encompassing synth pop, industrial, ebm and experimental. Through listening to the early output from luminary artists such as KLF and 808 STATE he was led towards the new acid and techno styles, creating so many sought after and loved tracks he’s literally become a legend incarnate.
He started making techno and house music professionally in 1991. His first release ‘Liquid’ as Exit 100 on Force Inc. Music Works was a good beginning for him entering into the then small techno world, bringing him the respect of many, including Daniel Miller who also released the track on his legendary imprint Mute Records.
In 1993, Thomas launched Trope Recordings, inventing new styles, sounds and recording formats, and it soon became one of the leading independent techno labels in Germany encouraging a huge following around the world. One year later, he launched Acid Fucker Unite (A.F.U.) with emphasis on a more acid house, dance label approach for his projects Silent Breed and Electro Nation. In Europe he became a leading pioneer creating new acid styles in the likeness of Underground Resistance and Plus +8.
His first major successful release arrived in 1994 as Drax Ltd II with ‘Amphetamine’ which became a worldwide crossover hit, even reaching #20 in the official French charts. It’s still played all over the world and was a defining influence on many, many producers. Then again in 1998 his track ‘Sync In’ on A.F.U. was picked up as a crossover tune reaching #83 in the official German top 100 and #1 in the German dance charts. This permanently changed the commercial charts in Germany, which have included techno since then.
Extensive live touring all over the world from 1991 onwards cemented his stature as one of the most respected and most freaked out live acts in the world.
Though still doing the music he loves and still doing powerful techno tracks, people are more aware than ever of Thomas´ work, because he’s changed the minds of a lot of people again and showed them, that one can do underground music, but can also be successful without selling out.