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Yves Lenzin, 1976, from Baden, Switzerland. When learning to play the flute as an eight year old he preferred to perform his own compositions to the teacher instead of doing exercises. He soon quit all musical lessons and in 1990 discovered the pleasures of producing electronic music on his father’s Atari. His early experiments developped into a variation of what was then hardcore techno. Adding a Yamaha keyboard to his machinery and adapting the alter ego of T-Shit saw Yves taking a trip towards more pop-oriented sounds, while the Deaf Fretsaws, a collaboration with mate Marco Arni, concentrated on exploring experimental grounds. In 1994 Yves also appeared as a singer and songwriter in the odd pop group Heidi Jam, but the the quartet was dissolved after only one gig.

Yves’ solo productions came to a halt in early 1997 when the line-up of Sacha Gebert, Martina Lenzin, and her brother Yves formed the new wave/industrial band Subyouth, with Yves using a Roland S-50 sampler and occasionally playing guitar. What had been an ambitious and prolific project was dissolved after three years because of geographical scattering. For a short time Yves joined a more goth-tinged new wave group called Fenris, then he moved to Latvia for half a year, and after his return to Switzerland he joined forces with singer Linda Deubelbeiss in the trip hop/indie project S.C.O.T.U. (Secret Center Of The Universe).

As S.C.O.T.U. suffered from irregular rehearsing, Yves concentrated on producing music on his laptop, which has finally led to his new solo project. This time, he adapted his DJ name Piquet (a hint at his childhood enthusiasm for formula one racing and particularly the Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet).

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