the_empath - press release 2015

the_empath, a.k.a. mike erkau, has been part of electronic music since 1993 and he started releasing his own work on cdrs in 1999.

shortly after he began to do remixes for other artists and won the 2004 congress of media award in the audio category. the award was for his remix of 'no protection' (originally by utr).

four years later (2008) he turned the tables by releasing the 'second earth remix project' which included remixes of his work by ab ovo, def, fractional, heimstatt yipotash, sunao inami and others (more info...).

at the same time working as a media engineer and tutor, mike was able to acquire advanced technical skills in video technology too. his live shows are always combined with a video performance which is strictly balanced to the audio tracks (good examples are consider:noize and elektroanschlag or maschinenfest). under the brand name 'subroom medialab' he is bookable as VJ (he did many video shows for xabec, heimstatt yipotash, kiew, 13th monkey, morbus m., underwater pilots, tzolk'in...)

the_empath's music ranges between ambient and electronica with organic industrial audio components. a stimulating flow of imaginative soundscapes, complex rhythmic textures, mixtures of experimental electronics, field recordings and ground loops. crystal clear tones meet thrilling low frequencies that are mastered with an impressive amount of dynamics. the result of this electronic crucible is a powerful mind infiltrating compound.

the_empath on the web:

  booking[at]  (liveact / VJ)

  medialab[at] (AV production)


video examples:

excerpts from the live show @ maschinenfest (2011)

meltdown - official video (2011)

pripyat remix - official video (2012)

meanwhile [shortmix] - official video (2013)

re-quietude [tranquility mix] - official video (2014)

excerpt from the show @ 10 years of audiophob (2014)

let's hibernate - official video (2015)

the_empath's discography (excerpt):

the_empath - growing unrest cover

trackology. cd. hymen records ¥829. 2015

the_empath - growing unrest cover

growing unrest. digital album. hymen records ¥826. 2014

the_empath - meltdown cover

meltdown w/. arx kaeli). digital album. hymen records ¥808. 2013

the_empath - meltdown vinyl cover

meltdown (w/. arx kaeli). lp.

sealt s5. 2011

the_empath - meanwhile cover

meanwhile. cd. hymen records ¥784. 2010

the_empath - athoia cover

at the heart of it all. cd-r.

noise rendition/subroom medialab nr005/sml-7. 2009

the_empath - second earth cover

second earth remix project. digital release.

subroom medialab sml-6. 2008

the_empath's remixes (excerpt):

the_empath's compilation tracks (excerpt):

download press release [pdf] | © + ® Mike Erkau | March 2015