Grown up in East Germany (GDR), Steve Crock initially came into touch with music
through American radio stations and RIAS at an early age. He listened to the
music and taped it up on audio cassettes. Soon after he cut his teeth in DJ'ing
(House, Acid, Funk). After the fall of the Berlin Wall he went to his first
club-music party in Munich.
He visited the Love Parade and gradually came in contact with Berlin's
underground club scene. Later on he interested himself in Goa and Psytrance,
appeared as a DJ in that scene and was desirous to produce
his own music of that style. So he got the essential equipment and "learning by
doing"; produced his own tracks. Crock graduated as a sound engineer (SAE
Berlin). On the Internet Steve Crock made contact with Ben Barks in 2007.
Unlike Crock, Ben Barks was born and raised in Western Germany and gained an
early musical education by his father's rock 'n' roll records as well as by the
British Forces Radio's 80's music. As a teenager he learned to play the guitar
and fell in love with blues music. As a prisoner of his Western German wasteland
circumstances, Ben was primarily influenced by Metal, Punk and Britpop (Oasis,
Blur) before he focused on 'the classics' (Beatles, Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi
Hendrix, The Doors).
He acquired his first expieriences as the leader of a band which was oriented
towards Hardrock (Hellacopter, Motörhead etc), but for Barks pure guitar music
always seemed to be too single-edged, until some day he booted the computer and
added electronic drums and keyboards. For a long time he absented himself from
rock 'n' roll and the stage and along the way exclusively produced electronic
music. He moved to Berlin and was fascinated by the electronic music scene. As
mentioned before he met Steve Crock on the Internet and since then they've been
working together as producers.
They started their collaboration as 'Long Trigger', an electro-and-guitar-band
with a female voice. Long Trigger appeared live in clubs and festivals until the
female singer left the band. After that 'Long Trigger' was born, with Ben Barks
as leader plus an additional guitarist. Long Trigger played a mixture of
electronic music with strong guitar riffs. At that time the artist duo did a
quick side-trip and produced tracks and remixes for a soundtrack (Angel's Call).
But since 2010, Barks and Crock have exclusively been focused on producing and
occasional collaborations with featured artists of Berlin's electronic music
Let It Turn