Berlin-born electronic producer Robert Koch (aka Robot Koch) switches between driving dancefloor-oriented tracks and expansive cinematic pieces. His earlier work found him operating on the fringes of dubstep, of the glitchy or moody variety as opposed to the more overt maximalism. However, by the time of his 2015 album, Hypermoment, he had transitioned to a broader sound while retaining his bright but mellow approach to production.
Born in 1977, Koch picked up a few different instruments in his younger years, including piano at six and drums at 13. His early musical inclination came to fruition when he became a member of Jahcoozi in the mid-2000s, being responsible for crafting the beats. He released his debut solo album, Death Star Droid, and quickly followed it with 2010's Songs for Trees and Cyborgs. His newfound solo recognition prompted his exit from Jahcoozi along with his relocation to Los Angeles; his third full-length for Project Mooncircle, 2011's The Other Side, sought to process the emotions that go with moving somewhere completely new. The next few years saw him make some changes to his sound as developed a more cinematic style; this shift helped to net Koch a win at the German Music Composers Awards for Best Composer Electronic Music. Hypermoment, his fourth album, saw release in 2015 via Monkeytown. He founded his own label, Trees & Cyborgs, the following year, which served as a platform for a string of releases, including his 2018 album The Sphere; the record was originally conceived as a soundtrack to an audiovisual installation in collaboration with Mickael le Goff. Koch's sixth studio album, 2020's The Next Billion Years, saw release through Modern Recordings. ~ Liam Martin