Collision - cause of chapter 3

~ Wet Cookies - Earthling ~
When the Wet Cookies played their first live sessions in 1999, their music was raw, untreated and loud. It was pure improvisation, inspired by 70's free-funk and albums like 'On The Corner' by Miles Davis.
This not only applied to individual solos, but the music itself was created spontaneously. All they needed was a basic guideline to really 'get the thing goin'. Although based on traditional jazz instrumentation, their sound was clearly influenced by electronic music and artificial, psychedelic soundscapes. As the band experimented with numerous sound processors, electronic drums and mallets, the engineering gradually became an integral part of their live performances.

In order to maintain this energy on CD, their debut album, 'Earthling' was entirely composed and recorded live at two studio sessions in Vienna. Rooted in tradition but also heading into the future 'Earthling' recalls not only styles from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker or Gerry Mulligan but also elements of today's music like Groove Armada or St. Germain. Founders Axel Hirn (also known for his work with the Dub combo Noiseshaper) and Bjoern Klein set out to make not just another nu-jazz album with some jazzy flavours over contemporary dance music, but to create an original piece of music that is entirely based on improvisation. This was made possible thanks to an oustanding group of musicians who participated in the project, some already established figures in the international jazz scene who have collaborated with artists like Natalie Cole and Joe Zawinul, amongst others. Finally, after recording the album, Axel Hirn added his own brand of dub-inspired madness, to give the Cookies a unique and distinctive jazz/dub vibe.


Daniel Nösig (trumpet)
Lives in Vienna, studied trumpet in Austria and at the Royal Conservatory Den Haag (NL), worked with Joe Zawinul, John Ruocco, Ben Monder, Jonathan Blake… Winner of the "Dutch Jazz competition 2000". Several solo projects.

Jürgen Mitterlehner (sax)
Worked with Endrigo Bettega, Lee Harper, Heinz von Hermann, Izabel Padovani…

Michael Steindl (flute)
Studied flute in Vienna, worked with Shanti Roots, Madrid de los Austrios, Bela Butono…

Flip Philipp (vibes)
Solo Percussionist of the Vienna Symphonical Orchestra, studied symphonic percussion in Vienna, worked with Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Richard Dorfmeister, Wayne Horvitz, Idris Muhamed… Solo project "Flip Philipp Quintet".

Thomas Uhegbu (piano, rhodes, moog)
Studied piano in Vienna, worked with the International Gospel Singers, Edi Köhldorfer, Doretta Carter…

Gustavo Dantas (guitar)
Born in Brasil, lives in New York, worked with John Sass, Angus Thomas, Ari Brown, Eddie Cole, Curtis Fowlkes, Cyro Baptista, Choro Ensemble of New York…

Roman Weihs (e-bass)
Worked with Evolution, BandX, Funknation, Above and Beyond… Solo project " RomAzulBase".

Herfried Knapp (double bass)
Studied bass in Vienna, worked with Gisele Jackson, Karl Ratzer, Chuck Le Monds, Mojo Blues Band…

Alee Telfa (percussion)
Born on the island of Grenada, lives in Vienna since 1981, worked with Chaka Kahn, Lionel Richie, Zuccero… Solo project "reALEETband".

Björn Klein (drums, band leader, producer)
Studied drums in Vienna, worked with Lighthouse Poets, 2PigsNoMercy, Prince Zeka, Dubble Standdard…

Axel Hirn (additional edits & synths, producer)
Studied guitar in Vienna, lives in London. Released four albums with the downbeat/dub formation "Noiseshaper", worked with Adrian Sherwood, remixes for Sly & Robbie and Outkast.

  • One More Stop
  • Weirdoz of Bop
  • Gotcha
  • Lucky We Were
  • You Somehow
  • Slutmachine
  • Sundazed
  • Chickin Lickin
  • Reset
  • You Somehow (Dub)
  • Lucky We Were (Dub)
  • Earthling