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Technoir is an band formed in Germany and consists of Steffen Gehring (music, production) and Julia Beyer (vocals, lyrics). They released three albums so far: Sea Level in 1998, Groundlevel in 2001 and Deliberately Fragile in 2007.

The band name “Technoir” came into Steffen’s mind while watching the film “The Terminator”, in which a club with this name played a role. In the following time he produced the album “Sea Level” in his home studio. “Sea Level” features dark, almost frightening hard electro sounds, but has never been released. Together with Stephan Kalwa from Plastic Noise Experience the very atmospheric instrumental album “Eigenspace” was recorded, also unreleased. Knowing not to create something new with hard electro and dark and distorted male voices, Steffen started looking around for a female singer which he found in Julia Beyer that he met in 1999 at a concert of the band Inside (defunct project of Psyche singer Darrin Huss) where Julia was singing background vocals.

With a lot of both musical and live experience made prior to Technoir, Steffen and Julia began developing new songs as a team. The first song they recorded was “Last Tears”. Julia had been singing in several bands before joining Technoir (e.g. Inside) where she could make use of what she learned from many years in a professional choir. Steffen is not a newcomer on the scene either: He has been live-keyboarder for electro-heroes Plastic Noise Experience and comes from a musical family in which a classical piano education is both obligatory and cherished.

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