Hamburg-born vocalist, composer and sound designer MONA MUR first graced the music scene in the '82 punk explosion. She hooked up with FM Einheit, Marc Chung and Alexander Hacke (“Einstürzende Neubauten”), straight away conquering London NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS's Single of the Week slot with the 12" "Jeszcze Polska".

At the time Mur lived a wild life in Hamburg, Paris,  Berlin and Las Vegas. Featuring a violently orchestral sound of darkest shades, her 80s concerts in manic intensity and morbid slowbeat-chic were were foundation stones for her cult image until today.

1989 sees the release of her first full Album “Mona Mur” procuced by JJ Burnel and Dave Greenfield (“The Stranglers”) for RCA.  In 1990 Mona Mur  and her producer, Yello's Dieter Meier,  hired the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Polish rockstar/ producer Grzegorz Ciechowski for the Album WARSAW. The concept album was unreleased at the time, but four of the songs were later covered by polish singer Katarzyna Groniec. Her album “Mesczysny” (SONY Poland 2000) entered the national charts, the Mona Mur song “Paintings” became a hit single selling more than 70 000 copies.

During the 90s until today, Mona Mur has also a successful carreer as martial artist, achieving the 3rd DAN Taekwondo. She entered the German National Team for two years and became German Vice Champion twice.

In 1999 Mona Mur joined the Computer Games Industry as Audio Artist and composer for software developer TERRATOLS. Her unique style of eerie, haunting and phantastic electronic music and Sound FX can be found in Games such as “Kane & Lynch2: Dog Days” (EIDOS 2010) BALLANCE (ATARI USA/Japan 2006,) VELVET ASSASSIN (Replaystudios/SouthPeak 2009) . "Kane & Lynch2: Dog Days" sold 1,2 Mio copies worldwide.  The soundtrack was released in 2011 at EMI Scandinavia.

 Director Fatih Akin chose three of her tracks for his worldwide awarded movie "Head On/Gegen die Wand"  (Berlin Golden Bear 2004, European Film Award 2004 followed by the release of a comprehensive BestOf –Mona Mur - CD, “Into Your Eye” (DARK DIMENSIONS ).Since 2007 Mona Mur is collaborating with EN ESCH.

EN ESCH Born  near Frankfurt / Main, ESCH has lived and worked in Hamburg, Chicago, New Orleans, NYC, Los Angeles and currently Berlin. The classically trained percussionist is best known for his distinctive vocals and charismatic and intense stage performances. He is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, programmer and composer and has enjoyed success with KMFDM and the diverse ensemble PIGFACE since the early 90s.

 End of the 80s, EN ESCH and the electro-industrial outfit KMFDM moved to the US. A tour supporting the band MINISTRY was the starting point for their stunning carreer. Featuring bands like RAMMSTEIN as opening acts, KMFDM pioneered the crossover between techno/dance and heavy metal with their signature industrial sound. ESCH composed, recorded and co-produced on the first 10 albums and multiple singles of KMFDM including hits like: More’n’Faster, Godlike and Juke Joint Jezebel.

En Esch & KMFDM also appear on various soundtracks of Hollywood movies like: Hideaway, Johnny Memonic, Mortal Combat, Bad Boys etc.He was also core member of PIGFACE in 1990, writing, recording and touring with them until 1993 and again after 2004. He collaborated with Bands like KASTRIERTE PHILOSOPHEN, GIRLS UNDER GLASS, EXCESSIVE FORCE, SISTER MACHINE GUN, CHEM LAB, MORE MACHINE THAN MAN AND EDGE OF DAWN to name a few.After several successful years in the Techno-Industrial scene and countless live performances around the world, the striking front man and talented guitarist now enjoys a cult-hero status in EN ESCHs larger-than-life and commanding persona.

Today he is also mastermind, singer and frontman of his band “SLICK IDIOT” which he founded with guitarist  Günter Schulz after the original lineup of KMFDM dissolved in 1999.SLICK IDIOT has released 5 albums.  The SLICK IDIOT song "Xcess -  Remix by SCHNEIDER of RAMMSTEIN"" was featured in in TRUE BLOOD:

Since 2007 he is collaborating with MONA MUR.

 

 

photos. ILSE RUPPERT, BIEL MORENO, LUCIE JANSCH, ZAK VAUDO, TIM SWANKY, DARIA MARCHIK