Vanessa Vassar was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in California. She worked as a journalist, creative writer at MTV and sang opera in New York City before moving to Berlin, Germany. There she directed and produced many music videos before forming phonoroid with Axel. She now resides in New Mexico where she recently directed her first feature documentary entitled "AMERICAN WAITRESS, new mexico." Soundtrack by phonoroid!

Axel Heilhecker studied with Don Cherry and played the German rock scene for years. He now plays in the only German "Late Night" show (The Harald Schmidt Show) band backing a wide range of artists such as James Belushi, Oletta Adams, Grace Jones, Eric Burden and Brian Ferry. In addition he plays on and produces a variety of projects in his home studio including phonoroid, Sunya Beat and Fishmoon (with Harald Grosskopf), and some crossover ethno/ambient instrumental music. He has just composed and produced the soundtrack for the documentary film "AMERICAN WAITRESS, new mexico."

Harald Grosskopf was one of the first musicians on the German techno and electronic scenes-playing world tours with several bands including the well-known Ash Ra (formerly Ash Ra Tempel) and Christian Schultze. He's played on more than 50 albums since he began his musical career in 1966. He and Axel have released their second instrumental CD with Sunya Beat entitled "Dehli Slide." They often perform together live in everywhere from large festivals to converted churches to techno dance clubs. >>