Markus Nikolai

Real Name:
Markus Nikolai
Markus Nikolai is a German electronic music producer, deejay and performer, co-founder of labels Perlon and More Down Than Out.

Born in Frankfurt, Markus learned several musical instruments from his grandfather, a conductor – incl. piano, guitar, drums, percussions and, most prominently, accordion. In 1983, Nikolai gave up this instrument and found his first EBM/industrial band Whetzon Churchill. The group performed regularly in Frankfurt area, and played a concert at a small venue No Name, where a legendary weekly Techno Club party was held. Nikolai also started DJ'ing in 1986-87.

In 1992, Thomas Franzmann (mostly known as Zip) joined one of Markus' bands Bigod 20 (which also included Front 242 vocalist Jean-Luc De Meyer), and their collaboration ends up being of the most resourceful and symbiotic for the artist. In the mid-nineties, along with graphic artist Chris Rehberger, the trio founded audio-visual project Pile, an experiment in melding music, graphic design, philosophy, film and architecture. In 1997, they released Modern album on Sony/Epic and 2 years later the group toured in Europe as part of Daimler Chrysler futuristic art exhibition Lab 0.1. Later that year, Markus and Zip launched their own label, Perlon.

Markus also contributes to countless other projects, including Florida (14) with Thomas Brinkmann, Darren (8) with Chris Rehberger, Pico Rocco with Max Loderbauer from Sun Electric. He also started the band Morane with acoustic musician Theo Krieger and Annika Müller de Vries. From 1998 through 2000, Markus hosted the Peak Club on Sundays in Frankfurt.

Apart from his musical activities, Nikolai is also an optometrist, owner of MarkusNikolaiOptic stores and his own design company MarkusNikolaiEyewear.
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perl 18 Markus Nikolai - Back album art Markus Nikolai Back (Album) Perlon perl 18 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Oral CDr06 Markus Nikolai - . album art Thomas Brinkmann & Markus Nikolai & Dominique Petitgand Thomas Brinkmann & Markus Nikolai & Dominique Petitgand - . (Album) Oral Oral CDr06 Canada 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PERL 01 Markus Nikolai - Rood / Say One / Just Wanna album art Markus Nikolai Rood / Say One / Just Wanna Perlon PERL 01 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
PERL 05 Markus Nikolai - Shake! album art Markus Nikolai Shake! Perlon PERL 05 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
PERL 12 Markus Nikolai - Passion / Bushes album art Markus Nikolai Passion / Bushes Perlon PERL 12 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
FRK12005LTD Markus Nikolai - Passion album art Markus Nikolai Passion Music For Freaks FRK12005LTD UK 2000 Sell This Version
CMC73CDS Markus Nikolai - Bushes album art Markus Nikolai Bushes (Single, Maxi) Classic CMC73CDS UK 2000 Sell This Version
COW 002 Markus Nikolai - Untitled album art Markus Nikolai / Hawkeye Markus Nikolai / Hawkeye - Untitled Cow (US) COW 002 US 2004 Sell This Version
HHR-009 Markus Nikolai - Mr. Big Star album art Markus Nikolai & Nina (3) Markus Nikolai & Nina (3) - Mr. Big Star Headinghome Recordings HHR-009 US 2005 Sell This Version
PERL77 Markus Nikolai - Kiss Your Mind album art Markus Nikolai Kiss Your Mind Perlon PERL77 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
PERL 115 Markus Nikolai - Mykita + album art Markus Nikolai Feat. Lupiti Markus Nikolai Feat. Lupiti - Mykita +(7", S/Sided, Ltd) Perlon PERL 115 Germany 2018 Sell This Version