King Electric

King Electric

King Electric is Chris Isepp and Peter Hartwig.

They took their first musical attempts at beginning 1990s and first met each other at the upcoming and flourishing Viennese electronic music scene. While Peter was touring with the well known noise-pop band the Basket Boys, Chris made first attentions as Electro DJ & Producer.

Due to the new influences the Basket Boys soon split and Peter founded BASK with his old band mate Manny Montana; which within a few years opened the way from an Underground live act to an official recording contract. At least since the albums Dark Monkey Moods (1997) and World Slow Down (1999), the band finally is counted as pioneers of the Vienna Downtempo School. At the same time, Chris stopped his own musical career and started as editor the "trailblazing graphic arts / technology magazine" (MTV, 1994) ENVELOPE. The magazine reached cult status and still is regarded as the first German-language print media, which united electronic music, graphic design and multimedia with each other.

In summer 2000, after several studio sessions together, the pair decided to join forces and founded Sultans of Swing. The first single Summerbreeze was surprisingly successful, received reviews in the press (UK, Germany, Japan) and was due to his "charming 70s MFSB Phillysound" worldwide in club & radio charts represented. It was followed by further releases and various remixes / 2008 they decided a radical change of musical style, thus renaming the band King Electric.

2009: release of the first King Electric single Da King. The Radio Mix was also available on the FM4 Sound Selection 20 (feat. MGMT, Animal Collective, Franz Ferdinand, Placebo, etc.) and reached Nr. 5 at the official Austrian Compilation Charts....The official video clip with the two clowns was even presented as part of the Diagonale 2010 (Festival of Austrian Film).

2011: release of 4track EP Commit Yourself, peaked #12 @ Austrian Indie Charts.

2012: release of 4track EP Out Of Reach, peaked # 9 German Indie Charts

2012: release of selftitled debut Album (incl Singles Da King, Commit Yourself and Out Of Reach), Album of the Week on various national and international Radio Station

2013: release of 6track EP Remixology Vol 1


King Electric Discography Tracks


King Electric King Electric (Album) Top 10 Records Austria 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

topmcd05 King Electric Commit Yourself(CD, EP, plu) Top 10 Records topmcd05 Austria 2011 Sell This Version
topmcd06 King Electric Out Of Reach(CD, EP, plu) Top 10 Records topmcd06 Austria 2012 Sell This Version
topmax04 King Electric Remixology Vol 1(12") Top 10 Records topmax04 Austria 2013 Sell This Version


topmcd04 King Electric Da King(CD, Enh, plu) Top 10 Records topmcd04 Austria 2009 Sell This Version


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March 24, 2009
edited over 6 years ago
Rowdy killer beats with a hint of Karl Malden electro-funk meet disturbing brass and pop hedonism [You FM, Frankfurt/Germany]

Great stuff from King Electric! It kinda has a Streets of San Francisco style - makes it all sound like a 70’s b-movie theme. [Radio FM4, Vienna/Austria]

King Electric Club Mix is top groove…very cool 8/10! More dub-ed out groove like this…make the world a better place…!! [Kiss FM, Melbourne/Australia]

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