★ Rudi Esch
Rudiger Esch is a German musician, author and music consultant. As a musician, he is best known as the bassist of the industrial band Die Krupps and the punk band Male.
1. Career. (Карьера)
In 1982, ash founded the German-language punk band Feine Deutsche Art FDA as the main composer and lyricist. The bands first concert was in support of Die Toten Hosen in 1983. Further concerts in 1984, including support for Family 5 and Stunde X, followed in and around Duesseldorf. Their song Mit dem Rucken an der Wand With Your Back Against the Wall was included in the local sampler Punks Not Dead. In 1985, the FDA dissolved and a retrospective was released in 1990 of a teenage rebel recording.
Based on the Jim Jarmusch film stranger than Paradise, ash formed the band of the same name in 1986. The band mainly played English, melancholic guitar pop in the style of The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Division. Ash has performed as a lyricist, composer, and bassist. In 1987, ash founded the label Strange Records in collaboration with the city government of Dusseldorf. His band was discovered by Klaus Dinger, and in the same year the recordings took place in the Dusseldorf Studio La Dusseldorf, as well as performing together at concerts. Growing out of this collaboration, a new band was formed around Dinger in 1988, which went on to release a record called Die Engel Des Herrn the Angels of the Lord.
In 1989, ash joined the reformed band Die Krupps, which had already achieved cult status in the early 1980s with albums such as Stahlwerksynfonie and Wahre Arbeit / Wahre Lohn. Between 1989 and 1997, ash recorded five albums, and the band played over 200 shows in Europe and North America. After a hiatus of several years, Die Krupps performed a reunion show in Leipzig in 2005. In 2011, on their 30th anniversary, Die Krupps took part in a double headlining tour of Europe with Nitzer Ebb and performed at the Kinetics festival in Montreal and the Amphi festival in Cologne.
From 1990 to 1996, Esch studied German philosophy at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, with an emphasis on aesthetics. Esch founded EPAG Enterprise Multimedia AG with his brother Holger Esch in 1999.
Rudiger Esch has been working on a book about the history of electronic music in his hometown since 2012, which was published in October 2014 under the title Electri_city – Elektronische Musik aus Dusseldorf by Suhrkamp Verlag. The book received considerable press coverage in Germany. In 2016, an English translation of the book was published under the title Electri_City: The Dusseldorf School of Electronic Music, published by Omnibus Press. Ash also co-authored a biography of the band Deutsche Amerikanishe Freundschaft with Miriam spice, which was officially sanctioned by two band members, Robert gorl and Gaby Delgado-Lopez.
Using the title of his first book, ash has been organizing the Electri_City Conference in Dusseldorf since 2015, where lectures and concerts explore the history of electronic music. Among the participants were Andy McCluskey, John Fox and Ann Clark. Two accompanying CD compilations were also released at the conference on Gronland Records.
Ash lives with his family in Graceland, in the southern part of Dusseldorf.
2. Publications. (Публикации)
- Electri_city – Elektronische Musik aus Dusseldorf, Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-518-46464-9.
- Das ist DAF: Biographie, Berlin, Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf 2017. ISBN 978-3-86265-663-9.
- Electri_City: The Dusseldorf School of Electronic Music, Omnibus Press, London 2016, ISBN 978-1-78558-119-9.
- John Paul Jones: Der Multiinstrumentalist. In: Heel, Franz-Christoph Hg.: Led Zeppelin Rockportrait, Auflage: 1, 2008, ISBN 978-3-89880-929-0, S. 34.
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