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ESTEFANÍA, SEVREN NI-ARB (FLTR)
OFFICIAL 2015

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SEVREN NI-ARB, ESTEFANÍA (FLTR)
OFFICIAL 2012

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ESTEFANÍA, SEVREN NI-ARB, RAIVE YARX (FLTR)
OFFICIAL 2010

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SEVREN NI-ARB (LEFT), REGAN ERACS (RIGHT)
OFFICIAL 1990

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SEVREN NI-ARB (LEFT), REGAN ERACS (RIGHT)
SCARECROW PROMO 1988

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PHOTO COLLECTION
1990 – 2010

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100% PURE ELECTRONIC

IN 1988 THE GERMAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC PROJECT X-MARKS THE PEDWALK (XMTP) WAS FOUNDED BY SEVREN NI-ARB. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF SEVREN NI-ARB´S MUSIC CAREER THERE WAS NO DOUBT, THAT HIS AIM WAS TO CREATE PURE ELECTRONIC MUSIC WORLDS.


Starting With Piano Lessons
As a 9 year old boy Sevren Ni-arb started with piano lessons. As time went by he was more and more fascinated by synthesizers. But electronic instruments were very expensive and Sevren´s parents were not very excited about his interest in synthesizers because they fear he could stop playing piano. The compromise: Sevren started to play an electronic organ - a very big one and even expensive. But when he was 16 he reached his aim and bought his first synthesizer - it was the famous KORG MS20.
 
From this point it was a really fast and creative evolution. Sevren started out as keyboarder in a rock-band, he founded a first synthie-pop-band called "Zymotic" together with a friend of him and they won a talent contest. At this time a music style called "Neue Deutsche Welle" came up in Germany with some very interesting and exceptional bands. Sevren was fascinated in bands like FEHLFARBEN, D.A.F. and KRAFTWERK while also the famous DEPECHE MODE started their big career in Germany. Sevren very liked monotonic sequences, industrial sounds and atmospheric soundscapes. So bands like á;Grumh, FRONT242 and SKINNY PUPPY were his favourite bands for a long time.
 
From Scarecrow to Zoth Ommog
In 1987 Sevren decided to found his first personal music-project. First tracks were produced by using
three synthesizers, a sampling-machine, a drum-machine and the steinberg pro 16 sequencer-program on a Commodore C64 computer system. Sevren asked a school-friend to take part of this project - SCARECROW was born.
 

From the very first beginning SCARECROW decided to create a special idea or concept around their musical ideas. Both guys were influenced by their work at a psychatric ward and so they decided to thematize the human psyche with the lyrics - especially the dark sides of the human psyche. Also esoteric and spiritual ideas were integrated in their songs. Incorrectly you can read in some reports that both guys of scarecrow studied psychology - but they never did!
 
 
SCARECROW produced a first demo-tape and they sent the demos to almost  three record companies. After only a few days two of the companies wanted to sign a contract with SCARECROW. There is one special telephone call Sevren will always remember - it was a call by label manager, musician, producer and dj at the famous DORIAN GRAY club in Frankurt - TALLA2XLC! The guys were invited to come to Frankfurt and to sign a contract at the well-known TECHNODROME INTERNATIONAL Label.
 
 
So in 1988 the first single BLACK DOOR was released. It was a big success in Germany and also in Benelux. But only a short time after releasing the debut-single of SCARECROW Talla2XLC decided to found a new record company - ZOTH OMMOG - and SCARECROW were offered to sign to it. That caused some legal effects and SCARECROW had to change the band name. The guys found a new name in an interesting book by Stephen King called "Dance Macabre", where Stephen King mentioned
a horror-story by the science-fiction Fritz Leiber: X-MARKS THE PEDWALK (a satirical story that describes the beginnings of a war between pedestrians and motorists). As it was a strange and exceptional bandname the band decided to adopt pseudonyms for the real names: SEVREN NI-ARB (backwards for brain nerves) and REGAN ERACS (Regan has been taken from the movie "the exorcist" and eracs is backwards for scare).
 

X-MARKS THE PEDWALK released the single ARBITRARY EXECUTION followed by the second single and first club hit DANGER. With ABATTOIR (12" and 5" CD) X-MARKS THE PEDWALK released their alltime smash-hit and most famous song of all time in their band career. The first full length album FREAKS was supported by the band´s first tour and a special release to support this tour: CENOTAPH
(12" and 5" CD).
 

Changes

X-Marks the Pedwalk’s and especially Sevren´s influence in the industrial and electronic music scenes was considerable and Sevren decided to focus on music as a career.  He ended his studies at the university of Münster and built T.G.I.F. Studios (an acronym for "Thank God It´s Friday"!). Sevren and Regan had different opinions and plans for X-MARKS THE PEDWALK and so Sevren decided to go his own way - Regan left the band. Sevren enlisted his brother as new second member of X-MARKS THE PEDWALK. His pseudonym is RAIVE YARX (Raive is fictive name and Yarx is backwards for X-Ray.).
 

Further releases were: the singles THE TRAP
and PARANOID ILLUSIONS both taken from the album HUMAN DESOLATION. After the third full length CD THE KILLING HAD BEGUN a first Best-Of-Compilation called AIRBACKTRAX was released by ZOTH OMMOG. In this time first tracks were featured by a new female voice: Estefanía. She is an early girlfriend of Sevren Ni-Arb and they know each other since they are 14. Estefanía and Sevren got married in 1998.
 
With the single FACER X-MARKS THE PEDWALK changed their music style very radically in 1995. Sevren Ni-Arb combined Techno-Dance and Crossover-Industrial with EBM-elements - today this single and the the fourth album MESHWORK is marked as the beginning of a new music style called FUTURE POP. FACER was a big Club-Hit (e.g. Position 4 in the german alternative charts)
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The Beginng of the End...
...of Sevren´s music carreer was the xmtp-album DRAWBACK. Even Sevren expanded the T.G.I.F.-Studios his plans for a new profession became more important. Sevren changed his profession and ended his music career in 1997/1998 and
sold the T.G.I.F.-studios completely in 1999. The 2CD EXPERIENCES - an ultimate retrospective compiled by Sevren Ni-Arb and Torben Schmidt - was a first musical sign in 2004 since a lot of years...

A New Future...
started in 2009, when the Twitter-Account of Sevren displayed "XMTP IS BACK!". 15 years after their last album X-MARKS THE PEDWALK released a new single SEVENTEEN followed by the album INNER ZONE JOURNEY in 2010 and a Re-Union show at Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2010 in Leipzig, Germany. 2012 saw the release of the album THE SUN, THE COLD AND MY UNDERWATER FEAR and Sevren also started his new project SN-A. And the story continues 2015 with the album THE HOUSE OF RAIN... and again it´s 100% pure electronic!