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En Esch

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En Esch, born near Frankfurt, is a studied orchestra percussionist, drummer, programmer, producer, guitarist and singer. He was a member of the German industrial rock group, KMFDM, from 1985 to 1999, during which time he contributed to ten studio albums and more than a dozen singles as musician, composer and producer.

Sascha Konietzko claims to have given Esch his nickname because the latter felt that his real name was inappropriate for the stage. It is derived from the German pronunciation of the first sounds in his name. Esch lived in Germany until 1992, when he moved to Chicago to join Konietzko, who had moved there a year earlier.

It was at this time that Esch first worked with Pigface, whom he also toured with in the early 1990s. He released a solo album, Cheesy, in 1993 along with the single, Confidence. A few years after that, Esch moved to New Orleans.

When KMFDM temporarily broke up in 1999, Esch briefly worked with the band Pizza Whore, which changed its name to Barely Legal, and included Trixie Reiss of The Crystal Method. The band didn’t last, and Esch began traveling to Canada to visit Günter Schulz, the former KMFDM guitarist. They formed Slick Idiot, and released their first album in 2001. They have released two more albums under that moniker since then.

Esch has since begun working actively with Pigface again, joining them on tour in 2005. Shortly after, Esch was rumored to be the replacement lead singer of industrial group Rammstein, but this turned out to be a hoax. In 2007, he began collaborating with fellow German musician Mona Mur, under the name Mona Mur & En Esch. The two released the album 120 Tage - The Fine Art Of Beauty & Violence in February 2009, and are currently performing together in support of the release.

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  • oo69

    Cheesy is so bad it's almost good

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • boundup

    en's cover of the beatles' "drive my car" is awesome!

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • Dreamxe

    Remaster Cheesy!

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • doornappel

    Cheesy isn't too bad, I kind of like it at times 8-)

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • KZakula

    I don't know how I feel about the actual album, but goddammit I want a poster of that artwork. I would put it on my wall with pride.

    18 May 2009 Reply
  • ADHD-

    'The Past is Beyond Recovery' is amazing.

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Dreamxe

    The album isn't particularly bad; I sure wish it would get remastered though(HAHA fat chance), the sound quality is pretty terrible. The album art, on the other hand, looks like it was whipped together in about ten seconds...supposedly Sascha made it. Guess that goes to show what he thought about it ;)

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • scooobiest

    There are really only 2 not-great songs on Cheesy. You can tell he put a lot of effort into every song, as opposed to the output of KMFDM for at least the past 10 years.

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • ADHD-

    It's not that bad. There are a few good tracks off of cheesy.

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • MadCowDzz

    lol, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that.

    30 Jul 2007 Reply
  • n0umena

    lol, I own Cheesy and it's actually the most terrible album ever recorded. It's become an inside joke at my school.

    10 Jul 2007 Reply

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