Monika Kruse was born on July 23, 1971 in Berlin, Germany. She grew up in Munich and started her love affair with music at the age of seven with her first piano lesson. That lesson began a lifetime of love that she describes simply, saying, “Music just makes me happy,”.
Monika’s entire career, since leaving school, has never been far from music. She apprenticed at a music publishing company and worked at a promotions company. She spent all of her money on a growing vinyl collection. Then she took the leap and took a job as a product manager at Chrysalis Records.
She began DJing in 1991 at the Babalu Bar in Munich. Heavily influenced by hip hop and funk, she mixed them together into house beats and tracks. Her unique mixing style and sound got her a residency at Parkcafé Club. Then, in ’93, Monika joined the Ultraworld crew and became a part of organizing techno shows all over Munich and opening the club Ultraschall.
By 1995, she was putting out her first original release and playing way beyond Munich. She toured in Germany, the United Kingom, Sweden, and the United States.
Her career continued to grow at a phenomenal pace. Then, in 2000, she took a serious step forward for herself and her music. She decided that she and other electronic musicians needed to take a stand against violence and for diversity, launching a project called “No Historical Backspin”. She encouraged every producer, DJ, and MC in house music to speak out against violence, fascism, and racism, and NHB events all raised money for activism.
Though she’s had a number of releases over the years, it wasn’t until 2008 that she finally released her first full-length solo album “Changes of Perspective”. Monika continues to make awesome electronic music and tour the world.