It all started with a Commodore 64. Gert (born May 17, 1977) was taking care of the C64 for a friend who needed a place to put it while renovating his house. Gert soon discovered he could use the C64 to create electronic music. Though mostly experimental, at age sixteen he had created much of his own music, and was greatly influenced by Future Sound of London's Lifeforms album. Other 90's electronica influences included Aphex Twin, The Black Dog, Autechre, Global Communication, Biosphere and The Orb.
In 2000 he got to know his girlfriend, who now became his lifetime partner and who he likes to call Mus. She owned a very powerful computer and Gert explored that machine in function of music making and that's the moment he bought Cubase.
Gert finally adopted the moniker The Mental Attack and completed his first song, Doorchaser in 2003, which evolved into the five-track Structures EP. As you see it's his user name. It stands for his job. He's a Social Worker and provides councelling at home for people who can't seem to find their way in this society. Often he stands for closed doors…
Shortly after he was asked to make the soundtrack for a space-comedy-play called “Ark” he made them a Funktronic CD and named himself “Reverend Basstorius' Intergalactic Funk Experience” shortly referred to as “R.B.I.F.E
Soon Gert started to collect a Laptop, a midi-controller, a USB Bass guitar connection, Cubase studio 4, 5 etc… and Three years later (2006) Gert released his first full-length album, Iluvatar.
In 2007 Gert started to experiment more with ambient music and started to produce music as Distant Fires Burning.
Allthough this moniker is in the fridge it might be possible that it comes out again in te future. Who knows…
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