Hans Peter Geerdes, professionally known by his stage name H.P. Baxxter , is a German musician. He founded Scooter with his friend Rick J. Jordan in 1993.
Baxxter studied accountancy for one term in Munich, but he ultimately completed a scholarship in Birmingham, England, as a mechanic.
In 1985, Baxxter founded the band Celebrate the Nun, together with Rick J. Jordan and his sister Jane Esther. Their single "Will You Be There" from the album Meanwhile reached No. 2 on the autobahn Dance/Club Play chart on June 23, 1990, whereas the single "She's a Secretary"/"Strange" reached No. 12 on Dance/Club Play chart on December 8 of the same year.
In 1993, former Celebrate the Nun members joined Baxxter's cousin Orion, aka. Ferris Bueller to form a remix team known as The Loop. The Loop ceased in 1998.
In December 1993, Baxxter, along with Celebrate the Nun member Rick J. Jordan and Baxxter's cousin and The Loop member Ferris Bueller, formed the group Scooter.
Baxxter joined Guildo Horn, Jeanette Biedermann, Sylvia Kollek and Tobias Künzel on the German jury for Eurovision Song Contest 2009. In 2010, he was announced to be the official German representative for the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
Baxxter was one of the judges on the German version of the X Factor in season 3.
On 6 May 2006, he married his girlfriend Simone Mostert. Baxxter is also an automotive enthusiast. Many music videos for Scooter include old models, such as a 1961 Jaguar Mark 2 and a 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12. He owns and collects many old British cars. Baxxter has stated that he is a fan of the United Kingdom. In 2011, H.P. and Simone got divorced on the morning of The Stadium Techno Inferno. For now he is not married and has no children.