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Moderat

Moderat are Apparat and Modeselektor.

Both represent the warmer, more human side of Berlin´s electronic music scene, beyond the monotonous grooves of techno and house. Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary) are all about thrust and action. Having club crowds go ballistic over their deep basslines and thrashing beats, they are grandmasters of modern breakbeat music. Apparat (Sascha Ring), meanwhile, is a sensitive spirit. He manages to transform shoe-gaze electronics and atmospheric textures into dreamlike pop music.

The passion to move beyond already existing sounds and styles united Sascha, Gernot and Szary into a lasting artistic friendship and the supergroup of Moderat. Having turned out to be an indispensable part of Europe´s festival scene, they have been collaborating since 2002. It took them until 2009 to develop the unique sound of Moderat. Walloping bass lines and twitching beats on one side of the sonic spectrum, Apparat´s delicate voice on the other: precisely the harsh contrast allows both acts to collaborate. With the very special visuals of Pfadfinderei, Moderat toured three continents.

In 2013 Modeselektor and Apparat meet again. The emotional and stylistic spectrum of their music grew wider: Moderat throw highly energetic breakbeats, powerful basslines, subtle hip-hop grooves, organic tribal sounds and emotional festival anthems in their musical fusion reactor. Being crowned by “Bad Kingdom” as their biggest hit so far, the album charted in the Top10 of the annual best-of-the-year-lists of most major online and offline music magazines. "II" charted in the Top 100 of all major European territories.

Recovering from the craze of the world tour which kept them on the road for almost a year, Moderat started working on their third album in 2015. Being their most mature work to date, it deals with the global breakbeat continuum to a lesser extent. They direct their gaze inward, wondering: Where do we stand as humans, as men, as artists, as dads? In the lyrics, Apparat gives an unfiltered insight into his personal take on the journey we call life. Modeselektor reach another level, developing an intoxicating energy with their unique rhythmical textures. Movie people say that contradictions create believable characters, and you will find a lot of contradictions in the music of Moderat: fun and profoundness, ecstasy and melancholy. Within the frenzy of the strobe lights, Moderat do not only make you sweat. They might make you shed a tear as well.

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