Alexander Hacke

Alexander Hacke

German guitarist, bass guitarist, vocalist, electronic musician.
Date of Birth: 11.10.1965
Country: Germany

Alexander Hacke: A Biography

Alexander Hacke is a German guitarist, bassist, vocalist, and electronic musician. He has been a member of the band Einstürzende Neubauten for over 25 years. In addition to his work with the band, Hacke has produced numerous groups and artists, participated in the recording of many albums, and released two solo albums.

Early Career and Joining Einstürzende Neubauten
In the early 1980s, Hacke recorded and released several cassettes and mini-albums, with the most notable being the mini-album "Hiroshima." He joined the band Einstürzende Neubauten and concurrently participated in other groups such as Sentimentale Jugend, Sprung Aus Den Wolken, and Mona Mur. At the age of fifteen in 1980, he became a member of the young band Einstürzende Neubauten, which had formed earlier that year. Until the mid-1990s, he played guitar and handled the sound. He then switched to bass and remains the bassist to this day, also serving as the "musical director of the group," according to the band's leader, Blixa Bargeld.

Solo Work and Collaborations
Hacke released his first solo album, titled "Filmarbeiten," in 1992. In the 1990s, he led the group Jever Mountain Boys, which played cover versions of their favorite songs, including country-style songs. In the 2000s, he recorded the album "Sanctuary" (released in 2005), which was based on materials recorded during his travels across Europe and America with a portable recording device. During these trips, Hacke collaborated with familiar musicians, including J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus), Caspar Brötzmann, Larry Mullins (Tobi Damnit), Vinnie Signorelli (Unsane), Michael Evans (KBZ 200), Sugarpie Jones (Celebrity Skin), Bob Rutman (Steel Cello Ensemble), Nils Wohlrabe (The Leather Nun), Gianna Nannini, Andrew Chudy (also known as N.U. Unruh from Einstürzende Neubauten), Larry 7 (The Analog Society), and David Yow (The Jesus Lizard). Critics have compared Hacke to Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart in their reviews.

Collaborations in Film and Documentary
Hacke incorporates innovative music software from the company Native Instruments into his solo musical activities. He was involved in the creation of the soundtrack for the film "Head-On" (2004) by German-Turkish director Fatih Akin. The following year, he appeared in Akin's documentary film "Crossing The Bridge / The Sound Of Istanbul" (2005), which explores the music scene in Istanbul. Hacke has been married to German actress and singer Meret Becker, with whom he has also collaborated creatively. Meret Becker participated in the recording of the Einstürzende Neubauten album "Ende Neu," performing one of the group's softer songs, "Stella Maris," as a duet with Blixa Bargeld. Since 2006, Hacke has been married to Danielle de Picciotto, with whom he also has a creative partnership.

Personal Life and Beliefs
Hacke has two children, a son, and a daughter. Like most members of Einstürzende Neubauten, he is a vegetarian.