A source of energy

Famous Berlin duo Modeselektor will dominate all dancefloor charts this month with the new album - "Hello Mum!". Where is the secret of their power and wisdom? Check our interview!




- Your the first album - "Hello Mum!" - was released after 8 years of your musical activity on club scene. The new album -"Happy Birthday!" - you prepared very fast during some months. What did you give such energy to work?

- That's right, we had been active in the club scene for almost 8 years when we released our first album. During this time we've released several EPs and a DVD album with the VJs from Pfadfinderei though. But it's true - this time we've been much faster. The reason for that might be our excessive touring last year. We've played about 120 gigs around the globe and had reached a point where we just couldn't listen our old tracks any more. So we needed new songs badly!

- Did these live experiences have any influence on music from that album? 

- Actually the gigs haven't influenced our music as much as I thought they would. But we've put some songs on the album that only existed as live versions before.

- You performed in clubs from Sydney to Mexico during 2006. Which concerts do you remember as the most exciting?

- I would say the Mutek festival in Montreal! That was really awesome.



- The title and the cover of the new album suggest that "Happy Birthday!" is the concept album about forthcoming parenthood. How important were your personal life experiences for your new music? 

- Well, "Happy Birthday" represents both: the birth of a new album and the fact that we're both becoming fathers soon. I don't think the soon expected two little Modeselektors haven't influenced the music too much. It sure was a source of energy for us.

- How did you share your work in studio during "Happy Birthday!" session?

- The album was produced at my apartment since our studio was being renovated at the time. We started every morning at 10 o'clock sharp and finished work around 6 or 7 in the afternoon with a lunch break at 1 o'clock every day! We've never produced a record during daytime before. The division of work varied from track to track, of course?

- There are a lot of guest singers and rappers on that album. What was the key in choosing these artists? 

- Every song has its own little story, with or without a singer. It's always been like that with our music.

- The most famous guest on the album is Thom Yorke. Was it difficult to induce him to sing in "White Flash"? 

- We've made a remix for him in 2006 and just asked him if he could imagine to do something together with us. That's how things got started?

- "Eclecticism" - is the best word to describe your music on "Happy Birthday!".  Why did you love so much to experiment with such different styles and sounds? 

- There's nothing worse than making standardized music!



- From one side you are fascinated with street sounds - hip hop, breakbeat, electro, grime. From the other side - you produce also home listening music - IDM and ambient. What these genres have in common for you? 

- We never really liked genres! The music we're doing is comes out naturally. It's like we're only using our heart not the head.

- There is always a lot of fun with Modeselektor records. Do you think that humor is proper to electronic music? 

- Why not? Isn't this world sad and unjust enough? Why should we confine us to seriousness when we make something as beautiful as music?

- You cooperate with BPitch Control for many years. What special is in your relation with that label that you are still together? 

- Our studio is next door to the BPitch Control office. What's better than being able to look over their shoulders every once in a while?

AUTHOR: PAWEL GZYL
PHOTO: BPITCH CONTROL

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RECENZJE

+ Quio - Phiu
+ Vs_Price - Song06.txt.
+ Gebrüder Teichmann - The Number Of The Beat
+ Swod - Sekunden
+ Rework - Pleasure Is Pretty
+ Various Punks Vol_A
+ Modeselektor - Happy Birthday!
+ Genaro La Fosse - Focus Factor
+ Bunny Lake - The Church Of Bunny Lake
+ bpmf - Parousia Fallacy
+ Basteroid - Upsets Ducks
+ Louie Austen - Summer Love EP
+ Anthill - Love

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+ EDDY MEETS YANNAH - Once in a While
+ DON CHERRY QUINTET - Live at Café Montmartre 1966
+ F.S. BLUMM MEETS LUCA FADDA - F.S. Blumm meets Luca Fadda
+ GOSTA RUNDQVIST / ANDREAZ HEDEN - If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Motel Lovers
+ GRAND NATIONAL - A Drink & A Quick Decision
+ DIMENSION X - Dimension X
+ FOR BARRY RAY - New Days
+ EYES LIKE SAUCERS - Still Living in the Desert (and mostly inside my own head)
+ WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Heartcore
+ COLD BLEAK HEAT - Simitu
+ THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC - Musicamorosa
+ WILLIAM BASINSKI - El Camino Real
+ HANS KENNEL MYTHA - How It All Started
+ SIX TWILIGHTS - Six Twilights CD/DVD
+ PAOLO ANGELI - Tessuti
+ NELS CLINE, ANDREA PARKINS, TOM RAINEY - Downpour
+ BLOSSOM TOES - We Are Ever So Clean - If Only for a Moment
+ SINEAD O'CONNOR - Theology
+ CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO - Chronicle CD/DVD / TIGERSMILK - Android Love Cry
+ SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INFINITY ARKESTRA - Strange Strings / SUN RA & HIS INTERGALACTIC-INFINITY ARKESTRA - The Night of the Purple Moon
+ PJUSK - Sart / JODI CAVE - For Myria
+ MARCUS SCHMICKLER / HAYDEN CHISHOLM - Amazing Daze / ASMUS TIETCHENS / RICHARD CHARTIER - Fabrication / RAFAEL TORAL - Space Solo 1 / BRION GYSIN - Live in London 1982 / SUPERMAYER - Supermayer Save the World / VALGEIR SIGURDSSON - Ekvilibrium
+ WOLFMANGLER - Cooking with Wolves
+ BORBETOMAGUS & HIJOKAIDAN - Both Noises End Burning / PETER BROTZMANN OCTET - The Complete Machine Gun Sessions / KEVIN DRUMM & DANIEL MENCHE - Gauntlet
+ TIMELESS PULSE - Quintet
+ SKALLANDER - Skallander
+ THE OSCILLATION - Out of Phase
+ MATT McCORMICK - Very Stereo
+ PUMICE - Pebbles
+ MICHIO KURIHARA - Sunset Notes
+ BLAINE L. REININGER - Glossolalia
+ VOLUME - Aeter

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ A source of energy - rozmowa z duo Modeselektor
+ A mixture of things - rozmowa z Quio