Born and living in the Wild West of Germany, close to Düsseldorf (the home of Kraftwerk) and Köln (the home of Can), Wolfgang Merx started to listen to classic bands of progressive rock – Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and many more – at an early age. This music has become his main influence. A few years later he began to play all kinds of keyboards and work on his own music under the name The Hard Drive (in 2007). In 2009 he went on to release his music on the internet, but since The Hard Drive became a band in 2011 he began to release his solo works under his own name.