Since their foundation in 1985, Deine Lakaien have been among the figureheads of the international electronic avant-garde and dark wave scene, but the duo consisting of Ernst Horn and Alexander Veljanov has always built bridges to completely different genres. Ultimately, it was the need of the classically trained composer, theatre pianist and bandmaster at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Ernst Horn, to initiate more modern things that made him look for an experimental singer by newspaper ad. The rest is history. Over the past thirty years, Deine Lakaien have been able to enthuse an audience with their unique symbiosis of classically composed melodies with earworm character, experimental arrangements on an electronic basis, multi-coloured dabs of partly extraordinary acoustic instruments and, of course, Alexander Veljanov’s dark velvety exceptional voice, which is by no means limited to the Gothic and Dark Wave scene alone - quite the contrary.
After their first two albums “Deine Lakaien” (1986) and“Dark Star” (1991), Deine Lakaien had their first chart success with their third album “Forest Enter Exit” and made the major labels sit up and take notice. After the massive upheavals in the music industry, Alexander and Ernst have returned to their origins in recent years. Both their last studio albums “Indicator” (2010) and “Crystal Palace” (2014) as well as the anniversary compilations “XXX. The 30 Years Retrospective” (2016) and “The 30 Years Retrospective: Live” (2018) were released on Chrom Records, the label where the minions’ musical journey once began.
35 years after their founding, Alexander and Ernst’s creative drive is unbroken. Out of their immanent self-image of always facing new challenges, they have initiated a particularly ambitious project since last year: Their upcoming album, whose release had to be postponed by a year due to the Corona pandemic, is titled “Dual” (release date: 16.04.2021).