About the music

Markus Nikolai is a German electronic music producer, deejay and performer, co-founder of labels Perlon and More Down Than Out.

Born in Frankfurt, Markus learned several musical instruments from his grandfather, a conductor – incl. piano, guitar, drums, percussions and, most prominently, accordion. In 1983 he founded his first EBM/industrial band Whetzon Churchill. Markus also started DJ'ing in 1986-87.

In the mid-nineties, along with graphic artist Chris Rehberger, the trio founded the audio-visual project Pile, an experiment in melding music, graphic design, philosophy, film and architecture. In 1997, they released the Modern album on Sony/Epic and 2 years later the group toured in Europe as part of the Daimler Chrysler futuristic art exhibition Lab 0.1.

Markus also contributes to countless other projects, including Florida with Thomas Brinkmann, Darren with Chris Rehberger, Pico Rocco with Max Loderbauer from Sun Electric. He also started the band Morane with acoustic musician Theo Krieger and Annika Müller de Vries. Markus Nikolai is a German electronic music producer, deejay and performer, co-founder of labels Perlon and More Down Than Out.

Born in Frankfurt, Markus learned several musical instruments from his grandfather, a conductor – incl. piano, guitar, drums, percussions and, most prominently, accordion. In 1983 he founded his first EBM/industrial band Whetzon Churchill. Markus also started DJ'ing in 1986-87.

In the mid-nineties, along with graphic artist Chris Rehberger, the trio founded the audio-visual project Pile, an experiment in melding music, graphic design, philosophy, film and architecture. In 1997, they released the Modern album on Sony/Epic and 2 years later the group toured in Europe as part of the Daimler Chrysler futuristic art exhibition Lab 0.1.

Markus also contributes to countless other projects, including Florida with Thomas Brinkmann, Darren with Chris Rehberger, Pico Rocco with Max Loderbauer from Sun Electric. He also started the band Morane with acoustic musician Theo Krieger and Annika Müller de Vries.