Here’s another pick from our AVANT/GARDE Diaries series:
Say hello to Modeselektor!
German electronic music duo Modeselektor featuring Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary are currently playing a tight schedule of gigs throughout Europe and are as energetic as their mind-blowing shows. Pinning these guys down is no easy task. Between their arrival to London and soundcheck, our friends at the AVANT/GARDE Diaries managed to sit them down and get a few minutes of their attention in order to ask them about their view on the avant-garde.
“Today, avant-garde is a very blurred term,” Sebastian says “this is due to the mischief that was done to it in the 20th Century. The term’s current connotation probably reflects something completely different.”
“Music, art and creativity in general are often born out of necessity. Some are born geniuses who can just stand there and do it like for example Berlin based musician Siriusmo. Everything he creates is just amazing – he has a really nice way of using his brain and creativity”
On the other hand there are musicians that make music just in order to make a living. Not so Modeselektor: They would go mad if they didn’t create music. It gives them a chance to come to terms, with the things they experience in their daily life.
Avant-garde or not, the show that night at the London HMV Forum was packed – just like pretty much every venue they play. The two Berliners, who, are said to be Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s favorite band, have been performing music since 1996 and have been involved in several super successfull collaborations such as Moderat (Modeselektor together with Apparat) and Pfadselektor (Pfadfinderei and Modeselektor).