Thomas P. Heckmann

Real Name:
Thomas Peter Heckmann
Techno and electronic music Producer from Mainz, Germany. His first release was as Exit 100 in 1991 on the Force Inc. Music Works label out of Frankfurt. In 1993 he founded Trope Recordings, and its sub-label Acid Fuckers Unite (A.F.U.) the following year. In 1998 he succeeded those labels by starting Wavescape, and its sub-label Sub~Wave in 2000. He restarted AFU Music with the new name of AFU Limited in 2005 with much success with his own and the massive releases by Popof and Butch. The sub label AFULAB was followed some time later.
He currently produces Techno and all forms of electronic underground music for AFU Limited, Nachtstrom Schallplatten, Carpe Sonum and the like.
He's also running a very successful mastering service as Trope Mastering .
In Groups:



MP CD 68, mp 68 Thomas P. Heckmann - Raum album art Thomas P. Heckmann Raum (Album) Mille Plateaux, Mille Plateaux MP CD 68, mp 68 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
WAVESCAPE 1211-CD Thomas P. Heckmann - Tanzmusik album art Heckmann* Tanzmusik (Album) Wavescape WAVESCAPE 1211-CD Germany 2000 Sell This Version
PS 08/114 Thomas P. Heckmann - The Lost Tales Vol II album art Thomas P. Heckmann The Lost Tales Vol II(CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 PS 08/114 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
PS 08/113 Thomas P. Heckmann - The Lost Tales Vol I album art Thomas P. Heckmann The Lost Tales Vol I(CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 PS 08/113 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
NST071LP Thomas P. Heckmann - Dark Matters album art Heckmann* Dark Matters (Album) Nachtstrom Schallplatten NST071LP Germany 2013 Sell This Version
SEIZE-III Thomas P. Heckmann - The Lost Tales Vol. III album art Thomas P. Heckmann The Lost Tales Vol. III (Album) Carpe Sonum Records SEIZE-III US 2013 Sell This Version
SEIZE-XII Thomas P. Heckmann - The Lost Tales Vol. IV album art Thomas P. Heckmann The Lost Tales Vol. IV (Album) Carpe Sonum Records SEIZE-XII US 2014 Sell This Version
NOVUM-II Thomas P. Heckmann - Ghosts album art Thomas P. Heckmann Ghosts (Album) Carpe Sonum Novum NOVUM-II US 2015 Sell This Version
SEIZE-XXVII Thomas P. Heckmann - The Lost Tales Vol. V album art Thomas P. Heckmann The Lost Tales Vol. V (Album) Carpe Sonum Records SEIZE-XXVII US 2016 Sell This Version
MONNOM BLACK 013, MONNOM013, MONNOM 013 Thomas P. Heckmann - Body Music album art Thomas P. Heckmann Body Music (Album) Monnom Black, Monnom Black, Monnom Black MONNOM BLACK 013, MONNOM013, MONNOM 013 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
SEIZE-LVI Thomas P. Heckmann - The Lost Tales Vol. VI album art Thomas P. Heckmann The Lost Tales Vol. VI (Album) Carpe Sonum Records SEIZE-LVI US 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

JJ006 Thomas P. Heckmann - Acid-Pin-Ups-II album art T.P.H.* Acid-Pin-Ups-II(12", Promo, W/Lbl) JJ JJ006 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
JJ005 Thomas P. Heckmann - Acid-Pin-Ups-1 album art T.P.H.* Acid-Pin-Ups-1(12", Promo, W/Lbl) JJ JJ005 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
DJAX-UP-228 Thomas P. Heckmann - Kobol Tracks № 1 album art Thomas P Heckmann* Kobol Tracks № 1(12") Djax-Up-Beats DJAX-UP-228 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
BLAK 013 Thomas P. Heckmann - The Choice E.P. album art T.P.H.* The Choice E.P. (EP) Thee Blak Label BLAK 013 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
ef22-12 Thomas P. Heckmann - Titty Twister album art Thomas P. Heckmann Titty Twister Electric Music Foundation ef22-12 US 1997 Sell This Version
A.F.U. 017 Thomas P. Heckmann - Mechanisms album art Thomas P. Heckmann Mechanisms A.F.U. A.F.U. 017 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
ws 1201 Thomas P. Heckmann - Backlash  album art Heckmann* Backlash Wavescape ws 1201 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
A.F.U. 022 Thomas P. Heckmann - Metropolis album art Thomas P. Heckmann Metropolis A.F.U. A.F.U. 022 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
ef26-12 Thomas P. Heckmann - Titty Twisters Two album art Thomas P. Heckmann Titty Twisters Two(12") Electric Music Foundation ef26-12 US 1998 Sell This Version
WS1208 Thomas P. Heckmann - Satan & Deibel album art Heckmann* Satan & Deibel Wavescape WS1208 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
ws 1209 Thomas P. Heckmann - Kopfgeister album art Heckmann* Kopfgeister Wavescape ws 1209 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
PDJ192DS Thomas P. Heckmann - Ultra Vixens EP album art Thomas P. Heckman* Vs Marc Romboy Thomas P. Heckman* Vs Marc Romboy - Ultra Vixens EP (EP, Single) Le Petit Prince PDJ192DS Australia 1999 Sell This Version
ws 1203 Thomas P. Heckmann - Rache Ist Süß album art Heckmann* Rache Ist Süß(12") Wavescape ws 1203 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
sw 2001 Thomas P. Heckmann - Sundance album art T.P.Heckmann* Sundance Sub~Wave sw 2001 Germany 2000 Sell This Version

Add Review



July 18, 2022
Working under many labels and twice as many pseudonyms, Thomas P.
Heckmann has kept true to traditional techno methods and resources.
Heckmann was one of the first in his native land of Germany to explore a
style of techno that is comparable with early Underground Resistance and +8
recordings. Thomas’ tracks are strong with sounds that originate from the
303 and use of the four/four rhythm. His most well known contributions
come from working with, his own label, Trope Records, Force Inc. and his re­
leases under the names Drax and Age. He has also recorded under the names
Exit 100, Skydiver, Spectral Emotions and Purple Piejade—to name a few.
Heckmann started tinkering with techno when he was 11 years old, find­
ing a niche with the second generation acid techno style. He was lead there by
his fondness for early KLF and 808 State. Heckmann’s first recording. Liquid
came some years later and was under the name Exit 100 and for a new Frank­
furt label named Force Inc. The 1992 release brought a lot of attention to the
still young Heckmann, landing him a deal to have Liquid licensed to Daniel
Miller’s English label, Mute Records. It gained him high marks from Melody
Maker Magazine and reached No. 20 on the 1992 French independent charts.
Shortly thereafter, using the name Age, Heckmann released Trope. The song
was a hit, and is considered a staple in the trance techno fan diet.
In the early ’90s Heckmann left Force Inc. and ventured over to Labworks
Records in Germany under the name Spectral Emotions. There he collabo­
rated with label mate Hoschi to do a release for the Holland based label,
Djax-Up Beats, under the name Purple Piejade. The same year, a collection of
his releases as Age were pulled together for 1993’s Early Sessions and Out­
takes. In 1993 Heckmann also released his last single as Exit 100, entitled Cir­
cuits. With the death of Exit 100, came the birth of Heckmann’s label, Trope Records
and another music personality, Drax. Its with his own label that
Heckmann would release his applauded Amphetamine, which put Heck­
mann back on the 1994 French charts at number 20, under the Drax moniker.
That year, Heckmann started another label, Acid Fucker Unite (AFU), which
was more focused on the die hard acid techno sound. On AFU, Thomas
recorded as Silent Breed and Electro Nation. He put on the Age mask again
in 1994 for The Orion Years. Going into the late nineties Heckmann further
proved his dislike for crediting his own name by adding the alias’s, TPH, 8-bit
Science, Stromkland, and Metric System, to his recording roster.
After a four year separation, Heckmann returned to Force Inc. as Age for
the appropriately titled 1997 single, Return to the Force and the album Iso­
lation (1998). In 1998 Heckmann started a series called Welt In Scherben
(World in Fragments). A year later, he released the third installment in the se­
ries, a 12”, that combined Thomas’ traditional use of far out space sounds, the
303 and hard, German dancefloor rhythms. In 1999 Heckmann took a break
from the aliases and used his real name for two full-length CDs, Raum, and
the fifth volume of the obscure Welt in Scherben, in May and October, re­
spectively. —Diana Potts


December 31, 2020
The man is a true legend!! A pioneer in electronic music, carving his own path and creating some of the finest electronic music ever! I have followed his music most of my life and will always treasure his early recordings. The Drax and AGE projects being my favourites. Brilliant!!


October 3, 2020
Brilliant little interview with Thomas here:

Really comes across about as genuine as they get...



August 18, 2018
djs, produces, manages his own label, does audio mastering, collects and restores there anything he cant do?


July 1, 2018
Relentless producer, big vinyl collector and all-round good guy who is a great ambassador and should be regarded as a living legend of the scene.


October 12, 2017
edited over 5 years ago
Thomas P. Heckmann, it's a name you know. When you went looking for records back in the 90's-00's (in real record stores), if you saw Drax or his name on a release you'd instantly want to hear it.

His own work (amongst which Amphetamine is the most well-known), or his remixes.

You were simply guaranteed a great piece of work.

And, listening to his remix of Programmed, I am happy to say that the master is still in full effect.

Quite simply, a legend.


March 29, 2015
Heckman is the pinnacle of German techno beginnings. Hard, abrasive, melodic and climatic. He can do different styles as well. And in his later years has now fully delved into full ambient albums. His name might be more famous if he followed trends like trance. You won't find much more dance floor destruction then on his Drax releases. So aggressive and mind melting that you don't need any mind altering influences. Just turn off the lights and watch the vinyl spin. Still underrated after all these years...


June 3, 2005
edited about 1 year ago
Heckmann's techno is at its peak when he gives us his take on EBM. He's the master at peak-time stormers, with sawtooth basslines and excellent use of sounds and percussion underpinning them, usually accompanied by an excellent denouement i.e. EBM 1 and Sundancer. Further, his remixes tend to rework the original track completely, into something that's usually a big improvement on the original.......

Videos (121)