Pretz is the electronica project name of Neil Cowley who is a writer, producer and musician. Past projects he has been involved in include keyboard player for Zero 7. He toured with them for their first album and recorded with them on their second album. At the same time as playing for Zero 7 he was involved in Fragile State. The Fragile State project became 'all-consuming' and Neil made the decision to concentrate on Fragile State.