International Festival Of Music Producers And Sound Designers

Nitzer Ebb


Immediately after the success of the tenth anniversary edition, Soundedit Festival announces its first star! It will be the British band Nitzer Ebb. The band returns in their original line-up for their only show in Poland.

It was founded in 1982 by three schoolmates. They were: Douglas McCarthy (vocals, synthesizer), Vaughan “Bon” Harris (synthesizers and drums) and David Gooday (drums). They started like all young, ambitious bands. The group released a demo, but only after two years was it noticed by producer Phil Harding. He produced their debut single in 1985 “Is not It Funny How Your Body Works?” and helped them set up their own label, Power Of Voice Communications. In their early days, Nitzer Ebb were inspired by the post-punk scene.

Before they signed a contract with Mute Records (1986), they released three singles on their own label: “Warsaw Ghetto”, “Warsaw Ghetto Remixes” and “Let Your Body Learn”. The desired success came in 1987, when Mute released their debut album “That Total Age”, and their long-time friends from Depeche Mode invited them to open on the successful European part of their “Music For The Masses” tour.

In 1989 David Gooday left the band and the album “Belief” was recorded as a duo. During this period, the band was produced by Mark “Flood” Ellis – winner of the “Man with the Golden Ear” award at the Soundedit Festival.

Also in 1989, Nitzer Ebb collaborated with Die Krupps to re-release their 1981 single “Wahre Arbeit – Wahrer Lohn” this time as “The Machineries Of Joy”. On their next album “Showtime” the musicians reached for less industrial sounds and their single “Fun To Be Had” remixed by George Clinton became a hit on the American dance list. During the work on their album “Ebbhead” Flood was joined as producer by Alan Wilder. The tour, which followed this album, covered almost all continents and reached even Siberia.

After recording the album “Big Hit” (1995) the band broke up. McCarthy was a regular contributor to the Alan Wilder project Recoil. Harris moved to Los Angeles. It was not until 2007 that the band started to work on new material, a documentary and concerts. It didn’t go without personnel changes. In 2010 Nitzer Ebb released their last album so far – “Industrial Complex”. The band again opened for Depeche Mode on the tour, also visiting Poland.

Nitzer Ebb will perform in Wytwórnia Club in Łódź on October 25th (Friday) as part of the 11th edition of the International Festival of Music Producers Soundedit. Tickets for this day are now available at PLN 111 and can be purchased at:, and Tickets can also be purchased at the Wytwórnia Club ticket office (ul. Łąkowa 29, tel.: +42 639 55 55, ( and in Empik, Media Markt, Saturn chains.

More shows of the Soundedit Festival will be announced soon. I Am The Sound! – I am the sound. I am a tone. I am the music. Welcome to the 11th Soundedit, welcome to Łódź!

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