Pedro Peñas y Robles, known as HIV+ (Harsh Industrial Virus Positive), a franco-spanish experimental artist, DJ, musician and singer born in Lorca, Spain (1968).
Pedro’s musical path to frozen and somber sound began in France. He has been exploring wider regions of Dark, Industrial & Electronic Body Music music since the late 1980s. For over than a decade Pedro was DJing in various underground Dark Electro/Gothic events in southern France and consolidated his career at Trolleybus (famous club of Marseille) in 1993 with the fetish-industrial festivals titled "Armageddon".
Pedro’s first old school industrial rhythmic noise record “Hypnoise Movement” was released on independent label Divine Comedy Records (France) in the early 2000s.
In 2004 HIV+ finished his first ever north American gigs called "Industrial Virus Tour" in USA, Mexico & Canada organised by Nein records. After having played live in various industrial festivals in 2008 HIV+ produced his last official album "We Are All Haunted Houses" (Caustic / Divine Comedy rec) and maked a cover version of The Normal's classic "Warm Leatherette" on a vinyl picture disc (OPN records).
He has performed live as a musician in various industrial festivals (l'Usine / Switzerland, Infest / England, Nocturna / Spain, Noxious Art Festival/ France...) and many countries (Spain, Belgium, UK, Mexico, USA & Canada, Chile ..). Moreover, Pedro has organized and co-organized over 100 electro dark events and concerts in the 90's featuring performances by Dive, Das Ich, LtNo, Mlada Fronta, Mimetic, Empusae, Sulphuric Saliva, Stefan Alt, Manu Le Malin, The Hacker, and many more.
Later on he has produced numerous of industrial, dark and penetrating records for such labels as Divine Comedy Rec. (France), Black Flames Records (Poland), Caustic Records (Spain) or Signifier (USA) Moreover, from 2000 to 2011 he has remixed music by such legendary musicians as Nitzer Ebb, Hocico, Sonar, Morbid Angel and HIV+ had remixed also by Sonar, Mlada Fronta, Mimetic, Saverio Evangelista (member of Esplendor Geometrico), Növö, Millimetric, Absolute Body Control, Radical G and more.
Pedro also is part of Fluxus (Unknown Pleasures Records - 2012), a collaborative project between him and Mauri (featuring Arturo Lanz from Esplendor Geometrico), and is also participating in Adan & Ilse synth wave project together with Michel Lecamp from Norma Loy and Black Egg. Pedro was recently involved into a new noise project H.U.H. too with Marc Hurtado & Ushersan.
In 2013 he has founded Unknown Pleasures Records and that is “the answer to the lifelessness and mediocrity of the current music scene”, dedicated to various synth wave, cold wave and dark electro music.
With numerous minimal electronics compilations (Electronic Manifesto from I to IV) made in the past, Pedro to offer here his selected free compilation of this remastered HIV+ early harsh noises.
We spit from a great height on the idea of a system that reduces music to a minor role. Music is an art-
form, and its independence is essential in order to be able to offer up authentic artists, who operate from beyond the scope of any business propositions and sclerotic production lines. Unknown Pleasures Records is the answer to the lifelessness and mediocrity of the current music scene....more