Auf Der Maur Biography
Melissa Auf Der Maur was born on March 17, 1972 in Montreal, Quebec CANADA; her father, Nick Auf Der Maur who died in 1998 was a politician and her mother, Linda Gaborieau, became a well-known translator and Montreal's first female Rock DJ.
Melissa attended Concordia University in Montreal, where she was majoring
in photography. At the time she was a DJ at a local bar, where she hooked
up with a lot of musicians. After the bar would close, they would go to
their practising space and jam. Melissa wanted to pursue her musical interests
and decided on playing the bass.
In 1994 she left her home in Montreal to join Hole after the tragic death of previous bassist Kristen M. Pfaff. Five years later she joined The Smashing Pumpkins to support their last album.
Auf Der Maur started recording her first solo album not with one regular band in 2001, big names on the full-length disc are The Smashing Pumpkins's James Iha, Queens Of The Stone Age main men Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, Twiggy Ramirez, Atom Willard and many others. "Auf Der Maur" was released by Capitol Records in Europe in February 2004, the album created quite a stir among fans and music critics; it debuted within the U.K. Top 40 Albums chart on the back of hit singles such as "Followed The Waves", "Real A Lie" and "Taste You". In America the CD reached the #187 on The Billboard 200 and the first single, "Followed The Waves" peaked at #32 on The Modern Rock chart.
Melissa Auf Der Maur is preparing the release up of her new multimedia project "Out Of Our Minds", featuring her next album, film and comic book.