In 1998, Musicom, (a three piece from Brussels consisting of Pierre
Mussche, Ernst Meinrath and Renaud Charlier), began crafting tracks of
cool electronic ambience mixed with orchestral hip-hop, as soundtracks
for adverts and underground films. Scottish born Esra Tasasiz was
working in Brussels at that time writing and composing songs with
various Brussels based artists. She joined Musicom and the four decided
to work together on recording a short piece of music.
It was during these sessions that it soon became obvious that their creative output worked outside the confines of cinematography and Airlock were formed.
The production of their first album ‘Drystar’ stretched over a period of two-and-a-half-years. During this time Airlock met with cult film director Oliver Van Hoofstadt and wrote some tracks in conjunction with the making of three of his films - Keo, Snuff Movie, and Parabellum. ‘Face Down’ the composition that appeared on Parabellum, finally made its way via European radio stations to the desks of British record labels as part of a demo. After being spoilt for choice, they signed up with One Little Indian on which ‘Drystar’ was released in 2001.
The connection between Airlock and films was kept alive with their work on Roman Coppola’s the “Making of” of CQ. Furthermore, many tracks from ‘Drystar’ were used in films and series such as “CSI”, “CSI Miami”, “As If”, “Model Behaviour”, “5 go dating”, and more.
Airlock began work on their second album.