Born in Melbourne, Andrez Bergen is an expatriate Australian author, journalist, DJ, photographer and musician who has been based in Tokyo, Japan, over the past 11 years.
Aside from specializing as a journalist in Japanese culture, anime, movies, and electronic music’s various tangents, Bergen makes music and performs under aliases Little Nobody, Slam-Dunk Ninja and Funk Gadget amongst other names.
Having kick started pioneering Melbourne electronic/techno label IF? at the beginning of 1995, Bergen ran a series of infamous warehouse parties and live electronic music gigs that featured the likes of Voiteck, Zen Paradox, Sub Bass Snarl and Krang, as well as his own Little Nobody persona, and released his first LP Pop Tart in 1998.
“If the pharmaceutical journeying of writer Hunter S. Thompson seems allied, somehow, to the rituals of club culture and its music,” mused Rolling Stone magazine at the time, “then look up this grab-bag of sounds and postures by Little Nobody, aka Melbourne producer/DJ Andrez Bergen… A deluded, entertaining quest, in this case through the electronic music of the ’90s. There’s a bit of everything here, all fighting for control.”
Bergen relocated to Tokyo in 2001.
Since then he has worked with internationally acclaimed artists such as Aux 88, Blake Baxter, Bas Mooy, James Ruskin, Ade Fenton, Dasha Rush, Si Begg, DJ T-1000 and Mijk van Dijk, and played live support to Jeff Mills, Squarepusher, Coldcut, Ian Pooley, Stacey Pullen, Scanner, Cari Lekebusch, Adam Beyer and Mike Patton. He has performed in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Europe, and North America and Australia.
Over the past two years, Little Nobody and Funk Gadget have released a dozen vinyl 12-inch records via IF?, Gynoid Audio, TTAK, and Slidebar, acclaimed for the way in which they pervert existing stylistic perimetres and create challenging new sound directions—always while maintaining the groove.
On the side, Bergen has also written two novels, Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat (2011) and One Hundred Years of Vicissitude (2012).
RELEASES ON CLAN ANALOGUE RECORDINGS:
CA041: Headspace | Various Artists