Portraits of TodaysArt is a series of video portraits in continuation of a promotional video I created for the festival. On this page you can view the video portraits of Model 500, Tommie Sunshine and Monolake.
Tommie Sunshine has played everywhere from Hong Kong to Reykjavik and is currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He works alongside Mark Verbos and has collaborated with artists such as Felix Da Housecat, Miss Kittin, Marc Romboy, Tomcraft, The Aston Shuffle and DJ Hell. Covering ground as artist, remixer, producer, vocalist, radio jock, label owner, DJ and songwriter and with his legendary hybrid of live performance and DJ sets now traveling the globe it wont be long before there will be, at least a little, Tommie Sunshine in your life.
Model 500 is an alias of Juan Atkins (born December 9, 1962). After releasing several Cybotron records, Atkins began recording as “Model 500” in 1985 and founded the Metroplex label. His friends Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson all recorded singles on the label. Atkins’ first single as Model 500, “No UFOs,” was a hit in Detroit and Chicago. He followed it with a series of landmark techno tracks, earning him the nickname “the godfather of techno.” Within a few years, Atkins’ work was rereleased in Europe, influencing another generation of producers.
Monolake is an electronic music act based in Berlin. Originally consisting of members Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke, Monolake is now perpetuated by Henke while Behles focuses on running music software company Ableton, which they founded in 1999 together with Bernd Roggendorf. In fall 2004, Torsten Pröfrock became a member of Monolake. Robert Henke, born 1969 in Munich, is a composer, sound designer, software developer, installation artist and multimedia performer. His art is about carefully shaped details behind the surface and gradual changes of repeating structures in different time scales. Many of his works are defined as potentially endless and slowly evolving states, thus inviting the audience to immerse themselves completely for a freely defined amount of time. His sonic explorations are rooted in academic sound research as well as in club culture. With his collaborative musical project Monolake he became part of the legendary Chain Reaction record label in the early 1990’s, and shaped what later became “the sound of Berlin techno music”.