McQ explores the German performance artist and musician Blixa Bargeld


Who: Blixa Bargeld.


Real name: Christian Emmerich.


Born: 12th Jan 1959.


From: West Berlin, Germany.


Lives in: San Francisco, Berlin and Beijing.


Occupation: Musician, performance artist, actor, poet.


Genres: Dark ambient, experimental rock, industrial, gothic.


Best known for: Live performances with groups including Einstürzende Neubauten , Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and ANBB.


Did you know? His name ‘Blixa’ comes from a famous German brand of felt-tip pen. While his surname ‘Bargeld’ is German for ‘cash.’


Education: Blixa was self-taught.


First album owned: Pink Floyd.


Previous bands: Blixa was a guitarist a backing vocalist for band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.


On seeing Blixa perform for the first time, Nick Cave commented: “a sound you would expect to hear from strangled cats or dying children.”


Guitars of choice: Fender Jaguar and Fender Mustang.


Relationship status: Married to Erin Zhu.