MONIKA KRUSE

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Photo / Copyright: Sven Marquardt

BIOGRAPHY:
Monika Kruse was born in 1971 in Berlin but grew up in Bavaria’s cap­i­tal Mu­nich. When she was 7 years and had her first piano les­son, she started to fall in love with music. After her final exams she started to do ap­pren­tice­ships in var­i­ous en­ter­prises like a com­pany that pub­lished a music mag­a­zine or in a pro­mo­tion com­pany for music bands. She would spend a lot of her money on records and as a re­sult, has a big vinyl collection.
A bit later she took the chance and started as prod­uct man­ager for the Chrysalis Records label and cared about bands and artists such as Gang Starr or Monie Love.
In 1991 Monika started her DJ ca­reer and played for the first time in the "Ba­balu Bar" in Mu­nich. Her sets at that time were in­flu­enced by Hip hop and Funk but she played and com­bined it al­ready the first House tunes. A short time later she started her first res­i­dency in the "Park­café" Club. At the end of 1993 she be­came a mem­ber of the "Ul­tra­world" Crew that or­gan­ised Techno events in Mu­nich and opened the Club Ul­tra­schall.
1995 was the re­lease on Monika ´s first pro­duc­tion - col­lab­o­ra­tion with Richard Bartz (Acid Scout) that was re­leased on a com­pi­la­tion, while in the mean­time her DJ sets were recog­nised far be­yond Mu­nich and she played out­side Ger­many in coun­tries like US, UK or Swe­den. In the sum­mer of the same year she started her own House­tram Events in a tramway wagon. At the end of 1997 Monika pre­sented her first solo pro­duc­tion on a com­pi­la­tion and moved in the same year to Berlin where she started to re­lease her first Mix CD. Over the years she met and started to work with Patrick Lind­sey with whom she pro­duced and re­leased sev­eral years under the pro­ject name Monika Kruse @ Voodooamt. Their first re­leased went pub­lic in 1998. Around the same time Monika start and founded her first label Ter­mi­nal M, her plat­form for en­er­getic, up­front, kick­ing Techno.
In 2000 she played at Berlin’s mas­sive Lovepa­rade at the final cer­e­mony for the biggest dance floor ever, in front of 1.5 mil­lion people. 2000 was the same year where Monika Kruse founded her most am­bi­tious pro­ject No His­tor­i­cal Backspin. In­flu­enced by vi­o­lent crimes and beat­ings against for­eign­ers, Monika de­cided that Elec­tronic music must take a stand and show that tol­er­ance and di­ver­sity is a fun­da­men­tal part of the „Techno & House Culture“.
At the No His­tor­i­cal Backspin all artists speak out against fas­cism and racism and col­lect money for the vic­tim fund of the Amadeu An­to­nio Foundation.
2001 saw the re­lease of Monika Kruse’s first artist album Panorama that she pro­duced with Patrick Lindsey.
In 2003 she founded her 2nd record label: Elec­tric Av­enue Recordings, an im­print that con­cen­trates more on smoother, in­tense House tunes. In sum­mer she hit the charts in Eu­rope with her sum­mer smasher Latin Lovers that rose in the Dutch dance charts on num­ber 1 and hit the Span­ish sales charts in the Top 20. Pas­sen­gers - Monika's 2nd artist long player - was in the record stores in au­tumn 2003. In the mean­time her skills on the wheels of steal were con­tin­u­ous pop­u­lar in clubs and on raves around the globe: As res­i­dent in the Bel­gian Fuse club, am­bas­sador of Ger­man dance cul­ture for the Goethe-In­sti­tute, on il­le­gal par­ties or the biggest Japan­ese rave Wire.
In 2007 Monika Kruse de­cided to start a very fruit­ful co­op­er­a­tion with Worms based Gre­gor Tresher. Their first pro­duc­tion "GTMK - and more..." came out in July 2007 - fol­lowed by the 2nd 12" GTMK - Panachakarma on one of Hol­land’s most up­front label: In­tacto. Monika Kruse ended 2007 with her No His­tor­i­cal Back­spin Party in Berlin’s Wa­ter­gate Club played at Ger­many’s biggest NYE - event: Sen­sa­tion White in Düssel­dorf and in Ger­many's biggest elec­tronic Mag­a­zine: Rav­e­line - she was voted on the 4th place of the most im­por­tant Ger­man DJ's.
Monika Kruse plays reg­u­larly in Berlin´s fa­mous Panoram­abar / Berghain.

LAST ALBUM:
TRACES (2012)
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HOMEPAGE: www.monikakruse.de

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DISCOGRAPHY - ALBUM:

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2012 - TRACES
Label: Terminal M
2008 - CHANGES OF PERCEPTION

Label: 99999
2007 - ON THE NIPPON ROAD
Label: Terminal M
2006 - ON THE ROAD Vol.4
Label: Terminal M
2004 - ON THE ROAD Vol.3
Label: Terminal M
2003 - PASSENGERS
Label: Terminal M
2002 - ON THE ROAD Vol.2
Label: Terminal M
2001 - PANORAMA
Label: Terminal M
2000 - ON THE ROAD Vol.1
Label: Terminal M
1999 - COMPLEX Y2K
Label: XXX Records
1997 - DJ MIX SERIES Vol.1
Label: Fine Audio Recordings
 

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