I first heard the term “Breakcore” when my E.P SuEcide Pt.1 was released in Spring 1992. When we gave DJs the 12” vinyl white labels, we received almost always the same feedback: ‘What is this? This is so fast! And the breaks are so cut up! Is this a mistake? 172 BPM??? You are insane!!!’

We laughed and told them that this is how our tracks have to sound to get underground crowds in the bunkers and squats in Berlin dancing…because the UK sound wasn’t rough and hard enough for everybody. Their tracks wouldn’t go faster than 140BPM.

At that time it was all about how much musical information can you absorb in one listen in the shortest amount of time. It felt like a total overload. This created the excitement and the adrenaline rush. Everybody pushed the technology as far as it could be pushed.

For me ‘Breakcore’ was the bridge, an evolutionary step from what was called ‘Hardcore Breakbeat’ (1991-1992) to ‘Digital Hardcore’(1992-1999). Looking back now it was obvious that this music had the potential to create all these sub genres over the coming decades. New generations came after us and they interpreted the idea in their own ways and they utilized different music gear to do so.

Breakcore was always a love/hate genre… rivalry and competition were a part of it. This was good and bad sometimes for the artists and the various scenes that surrounded them.Many producers have moved onto to more ‘profitable’ genres, many have also completely disappeared, but I think everybody added to the genre and many programming skills that producers of Dubstep, Trap or EDM use were innovated in the Breakcore scenes years before.

So the question remains: Is Breakcore dead? It’s down to all of us to decide! I think there is a lot more to add!

Let’s keep pushing! Destroy and create!

Alec Empire

Berlin, 27th of October 2017

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