...is the artist name of Peter Duggal - a musician and producer based in Hebden Bridge, UK.
Peter had his first release in 1990 on the RHAM! Records label (Liverpool, UK) under the artist name ‘Doggy’. This was the acid house track ‘Psyche’ (B-Side ‘Dog Food’) which achieved success in the UK dance and indie charts, with positive reviews in the UK mainstream and independent press.
A follow-up release later in the same year titled ‘Labyrinthe’ (B-Side ‘Veda/Frenzy’) under the artist name ‘Demonik’ achieved bigger success, and entered the UK singles charts, peaking at 72. The track was sampled by a number of artists, including Altern8 for their UK Top 10 single ‘Infiltrate’.
Continuing under the name ‘Demonik’ a collaboration with Apache Indian resulted in the track ‘Strange Sensation’ in 1991, which received exposure on national TV in the UK.
Through the 1990s Peter produced songs for Nintendo (‘Take The Challenge’) and completed remixes for a number of artists under the ‘Doggy’ name. The most successful of these remixes was ‘Cokane In My Brain (Raggarave Mix)’ by Dilinger for Island Records (UK chart position 54). Other notable remixes included ‘I Got It (Aquatronic Mix)’ by Raise (featuring Veba) which was a significant club hit in Florida, USA.
In 2000, he co-wrote and performed (as guitarist) on the song ‘I Pray’ with Apache Indian (Sunset Records).
Alongside music, during this time Peter worked as a computer programmer, developing music education software (notably Charanga’s GuitarCoach and MusicCoach series and for Cambridge University Press) as well as completing an MSc course in Music Technology in London.
Subsequently, he produced and performed in a number of songs, including for a project called ‘The Hollow’.
Since 2013, he has used the artist name ‘Moonraider’ to produce new material including original songs/compositions, soundtrack work, and mixes/remixes for other artists.
In February 2014 the track ‘Machine Code’ was featured in the Sony Playstation game ‘TxK’ (Llamasoft).
In August 2014 A.M.A. (Moonraider Remix) by MAPS was released as a bonus track on the album ‘Vicissitude’ (Mute Records)
In November 2013 he remixed ‘Wordy’ for Chapel Club. the second single from the album ‘Good Together’ (Ignition Records)
Over summer 2014 Peter mixed and mastered the debut E.P. release from Manchester based synthpop/indietronica band ‘U.V.’ (released on 29th September 2014 as U.V./E.P.)
Through 2014 he has composed and produced 27 original pieces for the film ‘The Last Hit’ (TrueBuzz Media) due for release in early 2015 as well as working with local arts organisations to produce the sound for various performances, including ‘Alice In Wonderland’ (North of Watford/Role With It).
Additionally in 2014 he remixed the single ‘Do It Again’ for the band Swami and his music was used for the ‘Wings Of Life’ exhibition at The Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital in Australia. Moonraider also performed as a DJ, including support for the bands Heaven 17 and Marnie (Ladytron).
In September 2015 he began a collaboration with Wolfgang Flur (ex-Kraftwerk and Yamo), resulting in the track 'Beat Perfecto'. The moonraider live show supported Wolfgang for his Musik Soldat performance in London in the same month (with a radio interview earlier in the day) and also in Manchester. In February 2016 he opened for Ulrich Schnauss live in Hebden Bridge, and in March 2016 shortlisted for the B-Side Project awards at Metropolis Studios.
He continues to review Pro Audio hardware and software for the acclaimed Pro Audio Web Blog and is also mixing/mastering the forthcoming album release from the band ‘U.V.’
In 2014 his 1990 release ‘Labyrinthe’ was recognised as ‘One of the Top 10 best warehouse rave tracks of all time' in Dummy Magazine. Labyrinthe was remastered and re-released in 2016.
In April 2016, VICE magazine in the UK published an article on Labyrinthe, including an interview.