Holzkopf is Western Canadian musician Jacob Hardy. While active under various names and in various projects since 1995 (STD, Distal Magg, Titanarum, others), the first Holzkopf album was recorded and released in 2001 on Canadian label Dainty Deathy Recordings. Since the first album, there have been many phases and styles of Holzkopf with very little firm lines between them: from microsound experiments, (almost) slapstick collage and deep ambient music to gospel influenced industrial electronics, harsh noise dub and fast paced, cut-up dance music. A decidedly non-traditional musician, they have mainly used tape recorders for cuts and scratches as opposed to turntables, mixing board feedback and raw circuits in place of synthesizers and the kind of budget bin samplers that never made it to vintage status due to their low bit rates and designs focused on "amateur" musicians. While junk is the main medium for Holzkopf, they also occasionally showcase keyboards, drums, guitars and some hi-fi soundscapes on releases and in live performances.
Since the first album (Only a Bad Harvest Can Save Us), Holzkopf has gone on to release another full-length CD with Dainty Deathy Recordings (This CD is an Apology), an LP with Eskaton Industries (Pure Bliss, No Earth) and has been featured on 7" and 12" split records put out by Red Gate Recordings. In addition, Holzkopf has countless limited edition recordings on labels throughout North America and Europe (such as Third Type Tapes in Paris, Attenuation Circuit in Bavaria, Wintage Records and Tapes in Toronto, and others). Holzkopf also self-releases work in an ongoing series named "Sober Materials." There have been 7 volumes to date on CD, DVD and cassette.
Holzkopf has shared bills with Merzbow, DJ Olive, William Hooker, Venetian Snares, John Oswald, Knurl, Alan Moore, Richard Bishop, Scanner, Chris Corsano, Keiji Haino, Emil Beaulieau, Botborg, Sam Shalabi, Foxdye and many others. They have performed at events and festivals such as the Boreal Electro-Acoustic Music Society concert series (Edmonton, Canada), the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Vancouver New Music Festival, Big Joy (Vancouver, Canada), SOTU (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 4D (Chichibu, Japan), DRMK Noise Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Blue Monday (Mexico City, DF), Body Machine Body (Tallinn, Estonia), Lab30 (Augsburg, Germany), Angura (Vancouver, Canada) among others. They have also performed at spaces such as the London Music Hackspace (London, England) and the Danish Institute for Electro-Acoustic Music (Aarhus, Denmark). Holzkopf has also done the touring grind, sometimes playing in a dozen countries over the course of a one month trip. They have played hundreds of concerts on farms, under bridges, and in squats, bars, galleries, and houses over several tours of Europe and Canada, and on select trips to the USA, Japan and Mexico.
In addition to solo music, Holzkopf often collaborates with percussionist John Brennan (aka Botfly) in the "Botfly & Holzkopf Duo," and with Trevor Rutley in "Italian Husbands." They have released collaborative albums with German drone artist, Emerge, and with fellow Canadian Eamon McGrath (as The Fawkes). Since 2013, they have been playing guitar and touring the USA in "Other Jesus," a three piece no-wave band. Holzkopf is also beginning work on a new improvised punk group called "White Mom."