July 30, 2018
Alec Empire is known as much for his music as his eccentric, outspoken personality, this musician, producer and DJ instigated an experimental attitude towards electronica and music in general. During his interview with Simona Mantarlian in 2015, he lamented the 90s’ freedom of expression but also the communal possibilities of the music industry before the digital age changed the meaning of interaction, as well as the artistic rulebook.
While Empire’s work speaks for itself in terms of melodic preference, typically described as digital hardcore and largely anarchic noise, another defining quality is his choice of raw material. A great example is the perfectly breakcore Alec Empire vs. Elvis Presley, released in 1999 on Digital Hardcore. The King’s status, still undiminished, judging by Statista’s report of 206.8 million sales by 2016, beaten only by the Beatles’ 257.7 million, may have influenced the decision. There was more to the rock-and-roll star, however, that may have spoken to Empire’s soul.