BIMfest 2009 • TERENCE FIXMER
Terence Fixmer was already a guest on our festival in 2007 with his companion in crime Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) as Fixmer/McCarty, but this time he will be all by himself.
No worries though, because Terence knows his (& our) roots very well as he proved with the release of ‘Aktion Mekanik’, a self compiled album that could look like the ultimate BIMFEST line-up. Also in his own music the darker EBM sound is almost always lurking somewhere.
And last, but least… Honor to whom honor deserves!
Indeed it was Terence Fixmer who told us, whilst we handed him over a flyer from BIMFEST2008 in the Antwerp Bar Mondial, that he recently released a 12” with remixes of Crash Course In Science’s ‘Cardboard Lamb’ and was planning a second one with ‘Flying Turns’ remixes and if we could be interested to bring CCIS over to Europe? The rest is history!
It seemed not more than right to invite this sympathetic Frenchman to our party... and even better... make him part of it!
So put on you dancing shoes because Terence Fixmer will be pumping & shooting his beats at those feet that still can dance after midnight!
Icon of the electronic north of France, Terence Fixmer is one of France’s most treasured protagonists of the techno scene, of which he has been at the forefront for over 10 successful years.
Respected by his peers and adored by fans of radical over- and underground electro, equally at ease in the club or at a pure techno festival as he is in the so-called “dark” scene, Terence reached this respected level, without ever succumbing to excessive promotion or subscribing to the mainstream.
In summary: Two solo albums on Gigolo, DJ Hell’s mythical Munich-based label; the seminal “Muscle Machine” that single-handedly spearheaded a new style, “techno body music” (a unique combination of modern techno and EBM of the founding fathers from Nitzer Ebb to Front 242); copious maxis on prestigious labels, such as Novamute, Datapunk, Different, Music Man; and remixes for various techno gods, from Sven Väth to Dave Clarke and his own personal godfather, DJ Hell.
In addition to his solo productions, Terence also founded the duo, “Fixmer / McCarthy”, along with Nitzer Ebb’s legendary vocalist, Douglas McCarthy. The result of this partnership is two albums that unite the brutality of techno body music and the sensuality of pop. The duo have performed their energetic live sets at renowned clubs and festivals all accross the globe.
2008 represents a turning point in the evolution of Terence Fixmer’s sound, which deftly avoids repetition by developing soundscapes that appeals to the club crowd, whilst still maintaining musical depth and integrity. An EP on the label, “Different” (Avalanche EP) and a remix for Radio Slave launch this new direction, increasingly experimental, simultaneously ruthless and unrelenting and yet beautifully refined in its melodies and arrangements. Sombre, defined by surging rhythmical structures reminiscent of Emmanuel Top or Plastikman, Terence’s music appeals as much to dancing feet, as it does to the searching soul. It is this remarkable flexibility that characterizes his third album, “Fiction Fiction”. Deep ambience, almost cinematic, palpableemotion, hypnotic rhythms, “Fiction Fiction” is all this and more.
Terence leaves in his wake the aggression of EBM, keeping it rough around the edges. A pioneer, he above all preserves an original style, at once recognizable, that beats at the heart of contemporary electro-techno production.
* Gemini 9 (12") (Planete Rouge) 1998
* Electric Vision (12") (Gigolo) 1999
* Electrostatic (12") (Gigolo) 1999
* Warm / Body Pressure (12") (Gigolo) 2000
* Armee Des Tenebres (12", S/Sided, Ltd) (Gigolo) 2001
* Muscle Machine (2xLP) (Gigolo) 2001
* Breathe / She Said Destroy (12") (Planete Rouge) 2002
* Red Section / The Calling (12") (Planete Rouge) 2002
* Aktion Mekanik Theme (12", S/Sided, Ltd) Music Man Records 2003
* Cerveaux Sans Âmes (12") (Gigolo) 2003
* Danse Avec Les Ombres (12") Citizen Records 2005
* I Swear (12") (Gigolo) 2005
* Hold Me (12") Datapunk 2006
* Muscle Collection (2xCD) Masterhit Recordings 2006
* Silence Control (CD, Album) (Gigolo) 2006
* Mental Science EP (12") (Planete Rouge) 2007