German artist and producer, born 29 April 1972 in Frankfurt am Main. He is the founder of Psi49net, Datapunk, Telekraft Recordings, Nextdata and Studiophysik. Anthony Rother made his name on the German electro scene with two releases: “Sex with the Machines” and “Simulationszeitalter”. The producer from Offenbach, Germany, founded his own record label “Psi49Net” in 1998, before establishing himself on the international electro music scene with the electro pop project “Little Computer People”, the album “Hacker” and more. In 2004, Rother founded “Datapunk”, another artistic platform which allowed him to take his sound in a different direction to that of “Psi49Net”. This label saw the birth of albums such as “Popkiller” and “Super Space Model”, which were loved by critics and listeners alike. In producing “Moderntronic” in 2007, Rother took his music in a new direction: a mixture of electro and techno. His first entirely digitally-produced album, “My Name Is Beuys Von Telekraft”, followed in 2008. The sound embodied by the first “Popkiller” album was followed up in 2010 by a sequel, “Popkiller II”, which also serves as a look back at the development of his music. Rother continued by exploring his experimental side on a succession of CDs released by the Frankfurt-based label Fax Records. These included the album “62 Minutes on Mars” which sold out within just a short matter of time. He then proceeded to reinvent himself in 2014, taking a completely new direction with the albums “Netzwerk der Zukunft” (Psi49net) and “Verbalizer” (Nextdata, founded especially for this song). This served to show that Rother’s creativity abounds, even 20 years after starting out in electronic music. Alongside his international DJ appearances, Rother has long been one of the most popular live acts on the electronic dance scene. For many years, Rother – along with his extensive equipment – was a frequent guest in scene clubs and at festivals all around the world. His new musical concept “Studiophysik” has yet again seen him take a brand new artistic direction. Rother produces brand-new exclusive tracks ahead of his appearances, before remixing them in real time so that his crowds can experience music mixed especially for one single gig. As Rother said in 2015, “I do not compromise or impose time limits on my musical imagination. The audience is a direct part of this artistic programme, which is tailored especially to them”. Since 2014, he is again hosting a variety of events across the Rhein-Main area, giving a new home to high-quality electronic dance tunes. Since starting out in 1993, Anthony Rother is in demand as a co-producer and remix artist, having worked with a number of prominent artists on the electro scene. He has worked on projects with former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos, as well as frequent collaborations, both productions and remixes, with Sven Väth. These appear on the albums “Contact” and “Fire”, and also as singles and maxi releases. Rother has also worked on remix projects with Nena, DJ Hell, Tiefschwarz, Ellen Alien, Thomas Schumacher and rock institution, the U.S. band AUX-88.
Anthony Rother is an electro-techno producer from Germany who rose to prominence in the mid-'90s on the label Kanzleramt before founding numerous labels of his own, most notably Psi49net and Datapunk. Influenced primarily by Kraftwerk and Detroit techno, Rother was born on April 29, 1972, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He began his recording career in the late '80s with T.F.D. Crew, a couple also comprised of Bernd Cyba and Jörg Mrowietz. Stylistically similar to late-'80s British house groups such as M/A/R/R/S, S-Express, and Bomb the Bass, T.F.D. Crew made its recording debut in 1988 with the 12" single Broken Hearts/I Want You on Cold Effect Records. The song "I Want You" was subsequently compiled on the Rough Trade Germany compilation Body Rhythm Dance (1989).
Five years later, Rother made his techno debut as Notsignal, a collaboration with Matthias Geist, with a couple 12" releases in 1994 on Kanzleramt, an influential electro-techno label co-founded by producer Heiko Laux. Following a 1996 collaboration with Laux as Sodiac for a one-off 12" release, Rother made his solo debut with the full-length album Sex with the Machines (1997) on Kanzleramt. He subsequently founded an electro-techno label of his own, Psi49net, and inaugurated the label with a couple 12" releases of cover recordings: Trans Europa Express (1998), a cover of Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express," and Little Computer People (1998), a cover of the soundtrack music from the 1985 video game of the same name produced by Activision for Commodore 64 and other computer platforms of the time.
From 1998-2003, Rother released a bounty of electro-techno on Psi49net; in addition to numerous 12" releases, full-length releases include the solo album Simulationszeitalter (2000), the Little Computer People-billed album Electro Pop (2001), the compilation Anthony Rother Presents Electro Commando, Vol. 1: Welcome to Psicity (2002), the solo album Hacker (2002), and the live album Live Is Life Is Love (2003). A transitional year, 2003 also included Elixir of Life and Magic Diner ( a pair of ambient albums on Fax +49-69/450464, a label founded by Peter Kuhlmann (aka Pete Namlook) ) as well as Back Home, the inaugural release on Rother's new electro-techno label, Datapunk.
From 2003 onward, Rother released the bulk of his output on Datapunk; in addition to numerous 12" releases, full-length releases include the compilation In Electro We Trust (2004), the solo album Popkiller (2004), the retrospective box set This Is Electro (Works 1997-2005) (2005), the solo album Super Space Model (2006), and the two-volume compilation series We Are Punks (2007). Besides his output on Datapunk, Rother founded the labels Stahl Industries and Telekraft Recordings, on which he released the respective albums Art Is a Technology (2005) and My Name Is Beuys Von Telekraft (2008).