XPQ-21 are a German electronic body music band, led by Jeyênne. They are best known for their single "White And Alive", a hit on the Deutsche Alternative Charts in 2002, and "Rockin' Silver Night" and "Dead Body", DAC hits in 2006.
Jeyênne started in the German dance music scene as a hiphop DJ in 1987, later moving to techno. He started recording under his own name in 1992.
In 1995 he met former member Nicque and formed XPQ-21 as a duo. They released their first single "A Gothic Novel" in 1998 and their album Destroy To Create in 1999.
Nicque left in 2003 and the band since then has been Jeyênne with backing members. Live members have included Annelie Bertilsson (Cat Rapes Dog, And One) who first replaced Nicque, Martin Hillebrand, Moritz Zielke and Alex Gsell.
Jeyênne combines analogue synthesizers (Korg Monopoly, Roland 909, Roland 303) with digital sequencing on Apple Macintosh, typically working in Logic Pro, now Ableton Live.
Jeyênne has run EMS (Electronic Music School) in Cologne since 2010 and Berlin since 2011.
The name "XPQ-21" was originally the title of a song, as "a combination of letters that mean a lot to me ... it was the first hit/club hit, and later we thought: 'Okay, let's make it a band name.'"
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