Activ8te is a producer of electronic music for Silicon Valley techies. He is originally from Northern Germany but moved to the US for a PhD in Computer Science. He has lived in California for the last twenty years where he worked for companies such as Google and Stripe. During the day, he is a security expert with decades of experience in building security infrastructure that protects against sophisticated adversaries. During the night, he produces electronic dance tracks in many different styles as a creative outlet and to provide balance in his life. Inspired by artists such as Tiësto and Zedd, he combines his passion for music and security expertise into energetic tracks that are not only creating an emotional connection with the audience but also aiming to get listeners interested in cybersecurity. He loves the idea of creating something that resonates with his audience on a personal level while also inspiring them to learn more about the challenging security topics that have started to impact everyone’s life more and more. To make this idea real, he is collaborating with world renown security researchers and musicians across the US to produce a series of tracks that each touch on different security topics. While this collaboration is still in its early phases, it is starting to show a lot of promise. With a severe shortage of security talent, Activ8te believes the security community will be excited about the increased interest in this industry and that it might entice younger listeners to consider an education in the security field.
AENDZI is a vocalist, artist, and producer currently based on the East Coast of the US. She enjoys writing and producing tracks of many genres including house, synthpop, and dubstep. She is thrilled to be a part of this project and has enjoyed learning about DDoS attacks while lending her voice to the track “I Am Tracking You.”
Activ8te, a member of the Cyber-House Collective, has collaborated with security researchers and indie artists like AENDZI to release “I Am Tracking You,” a song about the dangers of spyware and the threat to our privacy. The track, which features EDM-influenced dance vibes and inspiring vocals, is part of a series of songs about cybersecurity and aims to stimulate interest in learning more about these topics. The first track in the series, “Teardrop Falling,” received positive reviews in many different outlets. The message of “I Am Tracking You” is particularly relevant in today’s world, where our devices can potentially turn against us and compromise our privacy. One example of spyware that can lead to stalking of individuals by their own phones is NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. This spyware has been used by governments and other organizations to track and monitor individuals through their smartphones, without their knowledge or consent.
“Electronic, this word defines the hit, a feeling of playing a futuristic racing game, where you have to follow colored lines of light, to reach the end, and reach the goal, which is freedom, to be able to breathe at the top of your lungs. […] “Teardrop Falling” is pleasant and lively, a fluid beat that can draw attention to the lyric’s message and still have fun.” – Roadie Music
“Deep house sounds and motivational vocals discuss how the Internet is being banned in many nations but, more significantly, how DDoS attacks are also increasingly being used as a method of Internet censorship.” – Plastic Magazine
“My dream is to bring a new generation into the field of security and have our music inspire a more secure Internet for everyone,” says Activ8te.
Activ8te is a producer of electronic music for Silicon Valley techies. Inspired by artists such as Tiësto and Zedd, he combines his passion for music and security expertise into energetic tracks that are not only creating an emotional connection with the audience but also aiming to get listeners interested in cybersecurity. Under the umbrella of the Cyber-House Collective, Activ8te has brought together a group of security researchers and indie artists like AENDZI to release “Patch Your Network,” a song about the arms race between sophisticated adversaries and network defenders. Its EDM-influenced dance vibes and inspiring vocals talk about how it’s important to be prepared for attacks at all times and the emotional journey of the people who work to keep networks secure.
Producer: Jake Lizzio, Activ8te
Lyrics: Elie Burzstein, Jake Lizzio, Activ8te
Vocals: AENDZI, Jake Lizzio