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Berlin, Germany

Alec Empire is undoubtedly a veteran, having released his first record while still at school. At the age of fourteen he formed his English-speaking band, Die Kinder (The Children), supporting bands like Die Toten Hosen. With Atari Teenage Riot he incited rebellion, while still finding time to battle as a DJ with Q-Bert and Mixmaster Mike, and make more remixes than most people have had hot dinners! Though maybe primarily known for his groundbreaking recordings, Alec has from the very beginning been a highly respected artist in other fields for his experimental releases and remix work , and has always shown a desire to push his sound in new directions.

Founder of Berlin’s Digital Hardcore Recordings, Empire created some of the most musically diverse works of the 1990s. Empire was often identified with (and pigeonholed for) his ATR productions — lo-fi breakbeats played at the speed of thrash that simultaneously embraced the energy of punk, the uncompromising ferocity of industrial music, and the futurism of techno.
On his solo albums, however, Empire ranged through isolationist ambient, electro, breakbeat, hard techno, even twisted lounge music. As such, he gained fans in several fields while recording for the German experimental/electronic label Mille Plateaux. Still, his first American exposure came when the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal Records signed Atari Teenage Riot in 1996.

Born on May 2, 1972, in West Berlin, Alec Empire was influenced early on by rap and the breakdancing scene.


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  • ProgClow

    The destroyer is literally the most abrasive, enthralling and innovative sound attack i've listened to

    21 Oct 12:22pm Reply
  • Alec_Empire

    NEW ARRIVAL! Import from Japan: Atari Teenage Riot Reset Deluxe Limited Edition Package from Japan now available via The Hellish Vortex >>>>

    29 Apr 11:15pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    90s breakcore releases above all.

    15 Apr 9:46pm Reply
  • cenaAlien

    please, let the fans pick the profile picture

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Considerables

    Godfather of Breakcore.

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • scheinundluege

    Altert wohl nicht.

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
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    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • KirstieRobyn

    Alec Empire are confirmed to be playing at the new fan funded Alt-Fest in the UK in 2014. For further information on what others bands are playing check out­8/1­900

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DarK_EtheR

    If you're an alec empire fan you should come see them at Alt-Fest A new crowdsourced music festival ran by the alternative scene for the alternative scene!

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Miniuka

    Alec du geile Sau!

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Alec_Empire

    Alec Empire Boiler Room session is up on YouTube

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mozzerica


    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ST3RST1K4R

    aggressive hardcore punk industrial, thousands of listeners and still so few know Alec Empire :D

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
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    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Alec_Empire

    The Hellish Vortex releases Delete Yourself! Skull hoodie to celebrate upcoming re-release of two classic Atari Teenage Riot albums, "Delete Yourself" and "The Future Of War" (2012 Digital Remasters)! It's limited edition and can be purchased here

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Alec_Empire

    ATARI TEENAGE RIOT “Is This Hyperreal? Tour 2012” - The ultimate protest album of the Google age - Presented by DIM MAK, Vice Magazine, & Intro Magazine 18.08.2012 FR-Brest, Festival Astropolis 31.08.2012 CA-Montreal, Expérience Montréal 15.09.2012 IT-Naples, 13° Adunata Sediziosa NEW!!! 28.09.2012 IT-Roma, Acrobax NEW!!! 05.10.2012 DE-Stuttgart, Wagenhalle 06.10.2012 FR-Montbéliard Fels, Atelier des Môles 16.10.2012 DE-Leipzig, Werk 2 18.10.2012 DE-Berlin, Bi Nuu 19.10.2012 DE-Berlin, Bi Nuu 20.10.2012 DE-Osnabrück, Kleinen Freiheit 20.12.2012 DE-Hamburg, Klubsen NEW!!! 21.12.2012 BE-Antwerp, Doomsday 22.12.2012 NL-Heerlen, Nieuwe Nor

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Bingo_p

    Campinas, dia 14. É nois!

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Burninatelol

    Golden foretaste of heaven is great! No idea what genre it is though

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Elicoor13

    He's a fucking god.

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • Alec_Empire

    Atari Teenage Riot NEW Tourdates 2012 18.05.2012 NL-Rotterdam, Nieuwe Oogst  24.05.2012 LU-Luxembourg, den Atelier 25.05.2012 DE-Augsburg, 10jährigen der Kantine Augsburg 01.06.2012 DE-Ellerdorf, Wilwarin Festival 02.06.2012 FR-Besançon, Electro-clique Festival  07.06.2012 AR-Buenos Aires, Niceto  08.06.2012 CL-Santiago, Blondie  NEW VENUE!!!  10.06.2012 CO-Bogota, Teatro Las Vegas Nevada  NEW VENUE!!!  15.06.2012 BR-Sao Paulo, Cine Jóia  15.07.2012 BE-Dour, Dour Festival  01.08.2012 RU-Krasnodarskiy kray, Kubana Festival  03.08.2012 PL-Katowice, OFF Festival  18.08.2012 FR-Brest, Festival Astropolis 05.10.2012 DE-Stuttgart, Wagenhalle  06.10.2012 FR-Montbéliard Fels, Atelier des Môles   18.10.2012 DE-Berlin, Bi Nuu 19.10.2012 DE-Berlin, Bi Nuu 20.10.2012 DE-Osnabrück, Kleinen Freiheit  09.06.2012 CO-Bogota, Asilo Bar (ALEC EMPIRE DJ SET)  14.06.2012 BR-Campinas, Pianno Club (ALEC EMPIRE DJ SET) 

    17 May 2012 Reply
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