BLACK LINE is an experiment with a collaborative approach. With a small core team, each track represents a moment in time, constantly evolving in both style and collaborators. Using both the most high tech systems and low tech means to capture a unique sound through its recording process. With their first release in March, and touring in Summer 2017, BLACK LINE continues to define its signature sound.
Cyrusrex has an extended history in the LA Electronic Music Scene. Previous to founding the BLACK LINE Project, Cyrusrex has had a history in producing, remixing, touring and collaborating with a multitude of artists including Skinny Puppy, OhGr, Venetian Snares, Depeche Mode, Modwheelmood (Alessandro Cortini), Snog and continues to remix and produce assorted projects. Along with his solid reputation as a skilled producer, cyrusrex has continually been one of the major promoters of IDM & Experimental Electronic Music in Southern California. Having organized events and played shows with Dan Miller (MUTE Founder), Depeche Mode, Venetian Snares, Skinny Puppy, Richard Devine, Otto Von Shirach, Hallucinogen, Snog, Machine Drum, and and many others. cyrusrex balances his nights In the Studio with his businesses DarkPlace Manufacturing (Synthesizer Manufacturing), Real Estate Management firms, Finance, and filling in his dwindling free-time with ventures into 3D design, Visual Effects, Print, and Technology.
Douglas J McCarthy (b. 1966, in Barking, East London, England) is a founding member of avant-gard post punk electro merchants, NITZER EBB.
Formed in 1982, the now legendary band are credited as one of a handful of artists who saw the potential of hard hitting beats over simple repetitive bass lines – or in other words, today’s mainstream pop music!
Nitzer Ebb initially self released on their own label POWER OF VOICE COMMUNICATIONS before signing to MUTE RECORDS and GEFFEN RECORDS in 1986. They went on to have great success, especially in the United States, over the course of 5 albums and relentless tours including the legendary DEPECHE MODE US ‘VIOLATOR TOUR’ in the summer of 1990.
McCarthy has a long standing partnership with French Techno producer, Terence Fixmer as FIXMER/MCCARTHY. Formed in 2003, they released their debut album ‘BETWEEN THE DEVIL’ in 2004, and toured extensively. They went on to release their second album ‘INTO THE NIGHT’ in 2008 and continue to regularly play shows around the world.
In 2006 Nitzer Ebb began a grueling 7 month world tour leading Harris and McCarthy to commence writing their first studio album since 1995. ‘INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX’ was released to great critical and fan acclaim in 2010.
Subsequently McCarthy embarked on his first solo album, Kill Your Friends, collaborating with Cyrusrex for the first time. Released in 2013, it led to this new musical partnership, BLACK LINE.
As a front man, McCarthy‘s reputation for an explosive stage performance is infamous and it shows, even after more than 30 years of performing, how much he enjoys being in his element.
Zack Meyers has worked in music the last decade. Zack is a multi-instrumentalist and producer. Zack started ghost writing for numerous top 40 artists in the late 2000s before pivoting into writing for film and television. Most recently he contributed to the first season of Jeff and some Aliens on Comedy Central.
Ken ‘hiwatt’ Marshall is a music producer, engineer and composer. He adopted the trade name ‘hiwatt’ during his early introduction to industrial music and has tooled a unique sound and style. Ken was awarded a platinum album for his contribution to Linkin Park’s ‘Reanimation’ and his works have been featured on several multi-platinum video game titles and primetime broadcast TV shows. He also won All-Around-Cowboy in Merritt, BC, 1981
Baseck is a Los Angeles based experimental electronic musician. His roots run deep in L.A.'s underground rave scene since the early 90s. Baseck’s fascination with sound brought him to turntablism at an early age. The attraction to hands-on hardware learned from scratching records lent its way to audio manipulation with small battery powered toys, drum machines, and then modular synthesizers. His unique style and mastery of a wide range of music hardware created a segue into music technology. Since 2013, Baseck has been working with synthesizer companies offering design concepts that will enhance user playability. Dave Smith’s analog drum machine, Tempest, is released with presets designed by Baseck. Variatic Basicus, a Eurorack module created by Noise Engineering, was built for his live performance needs. At the peak of his performance, Baseck's style builds on past musical experiments combining 80s drum machine sounds of Breakdance and Industrial, with a future approach to Drum & Bass and Braindance using analog/digital hardware.
Bon Harris is an English composer, producer, singer and song writer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is a founding member of the British EBM group Nitzer Ebb, programming Nitzer Ebb's signature sound. He also played drums and synthesizers for Nitzer Ebb, as well as lending his voice to several tracks such as "Let Beauty Loose."
Since Nitzer Ebb's last album in 1995, Harris has become an in-demand collaborator working with Depeche Mode, The Smashing Pumpkins, Evanescence, AFI, Avril Lavigne, Bush, and Billy Corgan, who asked Bon to co-produce his solo album, TheFutureEmbrace.
Harris also worked closely with Marilyn Manson, programming electronics and recording for his 2000 album Holy Wood.
Harris resides in Los Angeles and continues to work as a film and TV composer. He worked on Bravo's popular shows Project Runway and Top Chef, as well as NBC's Treasure Hunters.
Brad is a multi instrumentalist/sound designer and booty shaking enthusiast that has been bouncing around the way Underground playing in synth pop, industrial and ambient groups since you were in diapers. You've never heard of him. That's how Underground he is.
prophei has been masquerading as an experimental musician in the underground music scene in California for the last 20 years. His work has included film, remixing, production, sound design, and live music performance (usually as prophei). Based in San Francisco since 2008, he recently has been focusing on his long time project annodalleb… when not in a mentally disconnected haze from playing too much with his modular synths.
Anthony is a composer and sound designer that has been producing music for the past decade. Anthony started as an electronic musician which lead to working in film trailers and video games, remixing various artists, and performing in many of Los Angeles' modular music events. His recent works have found their way into the campaigns for Rogue One: A star Wars Story, Ex Machina, Jurassic World and others.