Gerhard Behles grew up in Munich and developed an interest in electronic music as a teenager.
After a year at the Institute for Sonology in The Hague, he moved to Berlin to study computer science, where he also worked as a freelance electronic music writer, researcher, and computer music teacher. Behles later started the electronic music project Monolake with his fellow student Robert Henke. They also worked together with computer scientist Bernd Roggendorf on a new music software application, which eventually became Ableton Live. Behles and Roggendorf founded Ableton in 1999, and Live rapidly became one of the most popular sequencer programs for electronic musicians. Today, Behles continues his role as Ableton’s CEO and chief visionary, where he oversees the work of more than 200 employees as they develop the future of Live, Push, and more.