Zen Mechanics is the project of Wouter Thomassen, undoubtedly the biggest and most diverse Psytrance talent to come out of the Dutch scene in later years. Coming from a very musical family, Wouter has always been curious for new sounds, and he started DJ'ing different forms of electronic music in 1994, but eventually, after being turned on by the psychedelic squat parties happening in Amsterdam in the mid-nineties, ended up as a loyal follower of the goa trance/psychedelic trance scene.
After years of being an active and creative member of the scene, organising parties, DJ-ing, graphic design for flyers and album covers, he took up music-production in 2002, and already in the beginning of 2004 he got his first track, "Have a good one" released on Beats & Pieces Records. Since then his career has progressed lightning-fast, and his clever and funky, yet powerful high-tech Trance sound has led to releases on labels like Neurobiotic, Mindfunk, Proton, Sphere/Ajuca, Sirius, Beats & Pieces and ODD Records.
The groovier side of the scene also has a very strong impact on Zen Mechanics' sound though. In 2005 he got noticed by the progressive scene with the release of his track "Ground Control" on the "Set:4" compilation, released by the Danish powerhouse label Iboga Records, which became a big festival hit. He's been appearing on several of their releases since then - both on his own, but also collaborating with and remixing artists like Perfect Stranger, Ace Ventura and Behind Blue Eyes.
Recently he also started a new side project called Spanner dedicated to Housier grooves, but still with pumping dance floor appeal. The first Spanner-track, "Pagan Pulse" was signed up by the Portuguese label Flow for their "Globalize" compilation, and the track has also caused very positive reactions from outside the psychedelic progressive scene.
To make the circle complete, Zen Mechanics is also making chillout music, and so far one track has been released - "A New Phillosophy", released on Aleph Zero. Next year he will start working on a full-length chill/freestyle album.
Zen Mechanics' debut album "Mecha-1" is now under construction and will be released later in 2006 on Neurobiotic records.