Nico Wawersig Born in 1977 and Ronny Kraak in 1976 are Kraftfuttermischwerk they both grew up in eastern Germany with the Wall casting a cloud over Berlin. At that time electronic music was unfamiliar, as cultural activities were of governmental concern and classical musicians were regarded as more important than any kind of subculture. However the first records from Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk started to appear in the eighties. Then the political rebound in the GDR in 1990 effectuated an amazing pool of music which was open for Nico and Ronny to discover.
First the taste leaned more towards Hip-Hop and they clinged to this genre for a while. At the beginning of the nineties electronic music went on air through weekly radio transmissions on KISS FM and DT64 with Steve Mason and Allen Allien. Insatiably Ronny and Nico bought record after record and it was obvious to them the next step was to purchase two 1210s. Shortly after they both started to regularly frequent Berlin E-Werk. It felt like a cultural revolution to them. They eventually moved to Berlin to be closer to this vibe. So Nico Wawersig made the decision to dig deep in to his pockets and buy a TR-808 and a TB-303 on which they operated at full capacity. Not in order to create music but to understand how this stuff worked and in order to speculate about the possibilities of these devices. In those days everybody was trying to produce music with the aid of actual processors Ronny and Nico bought an ATARI ST in 1995 and dozens of antiquated hardware. They sampled Kraftwerk-classics in order to newly-arrange them with radio plays. They created a lot of beat loops on the 808 and pottered a bit on the 303. In this vein they produced music till 2002.
But evidently it had become completely archaic and furthermore laborious to go on working like that. So a changeover was made, state-of-the-art-technology was bought, but they have till this day not parted with their aged technology. Due to their vast musical comprehension, which they have acquired over the years, they have regularly performed on various floors at many diverse events. Techno, House and Ambient are among their repertoire as well as Psy-Trance – still having a soft spot for it.
Their preference for unhurried beats and ambient sound collages evolved from their experiences on chill-out floors at psy-trance festivals they visited. Additionally icons like Massive Attack, Portishead, and definitely ?Wiener Schule? around G-Stone were cutting-edge. They were taken by a mixture of organic and electronic sounds.
A crucial experience for them concerning downbeat music was the purchase of Norman Feller?s Album ?Frameless Structure?. Music like that had never been heard before including House and Broken Beatz. Then the Discovery of the netlabel Thinner, they noticed that this very special sound was very much like the sound they had acquired in the nineties and the apparent strong presence of Basic Channel records on their shelves. Furthermore Ronny runs a label with his partner Tobi Ascook called TFE-Records.