Robotzen have stepped outside Trip Hop, Electro and other familliar forms of electronic music. A mixture of drum machine beats, noisy synths, psychedelic guitar and meditative vocals make up the sound Robotzen call Digital-Crash. While their work can be confusing, they are still highly listenable.


Robotzen formed in the bleak Boston winter of 2002. Sue Zen, vocalist and lyricist, is a native of Vienna, Austria, and has been performing on the Boston scene for several years in various Goth and Experimental bands. Steve Robot, who handles guitar, synthesizers and programming, hails mainly from the Providence, RI scene, and draws inspiration from artists like Parliament-Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield and Jimi Hendrix, as well as those like Aphex Twin, Atari Teenage Riot and Switchblade Symphony. Live, the duo is joined by DJ-1988 who mixes up Steve’s loops using the highly reliable software Ableton Live.

Even though the group can be identified as electronic, they are not quite Electronica or Synthpop. Their work is neither club music, nor pop, and while the beats and raps may tip the hat to the days of old-school hip hop, there is very little about the band’s music that references the 80’s. Winding guitar solos, intermixed with complex electronic harmonies layered over noise, create a sound that is tense, yet listenable. The music can also be considered organic, in a way, since every note on the album was played live in their studio—Robotzen neither sample the works of others nor utilize pre-packaged loop libraries. The band, records, mixes and masters all of their material on Mac G4 Powerbooks in Steve’s modest home studio, Secret Lab. “It actually just looks like a pile of books and junk. It really is a secret,” notes Steve. In addition to their studio skills, they have a strong live show, and have performed regularly in the Boston area since early 2003. Through these live performances, their sound has slowly evolved, moving from an almost Trip-Hop sound, to something harder to describe.


2005 - The Violence Factors In
2003 - Alice Meets the Caterpilliar

Set List

We do an average of 10 - 12 songs per set at 45 minutes, however we have up to 90 minutes of music available.