Digitalism (band)

Digitalism

Digitalism live at Melt 2007
Background information
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres Electro house
Dance punk
Indietronica
Years active 2004-present
Labels Kitsuné Music
Astralwerks
Website Official website
Digitalism on Myspace
Members
Jens "Jence" Moelle
İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi

Digitalism is a German electro house duo founded in 2004 in Hamburg and consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi. They are signed to French label Kitsuné Music, and have released four singles to date: "Idealistic", "Zdarlight", "Jupiter Room", and "Pogo". Jens likens Digitalism's songs to simple chapters in a complex novel about social interaction and attraction, with distorted bass lines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation.

Digitalism has remixed tracks for The Presets, Tom Vek, The Futureheads, Daft Punk, Tiga, Klaxons, White Stripes, Monk, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and many others, including a re-edit of "Fire in Cairo" by The Cure (entitled "Digitalism in Cairo"). Their tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, Soulwax, Boys Noize and Justice.

Digitalism have made appearances at festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, Rhythm and Vines, and Ultra Music Festival as well as various clubs worldwide.

Jens Moelle has two solo releases on Kitsuné Music; "I Ragazzi Del 1982" as Palermo Disko Machine and Wired as Jence. He has since released "Vesuvia / Theme Of Palermo Disko Machine" as Palermo Disko Machine on Vulture Music.

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Band history

Moelle and Tüfekçi met at a record store in Hamburg and became friends. Later, the store's owner asked them to DJ a party, and they then began mixing and recording. According to Moelle, they record their music in a World War II bunker they own in Hamburg.[1]

Digitalism's debut album, Idealism, was released 9 May 2007 as Digitalism デジタル主義 (Dejitaru Shugi) on Toshiba EMI Records in Japan, on 21 May 2007 on Kitsuné Music in France, on Astralwerks in North America, and etcetc/Virgin Music in Australia and New Zealand. The album includes re-edits of the previously released singles "Jupiter Room" and "Zdarlight" as well as their "Digitalism in Cairo" original re-edit of a track by The Cure.

The Pogo EP was released as a single in support of the LP in May, with two alternate versions of the track.

Digitalism released their newest EP "Blitz" under Kitsuné Music on November 8, 2010.

On April 7, 2011 they announced a new album on their myspace, "I Love you Dude", will be released on June 20, 2011. On June 18, 2011 they played at the Hurricane Festival.

Influences

They claim Daft Punk[2] and movie soundtracks as influences.[1] It's often said that they named the song "Zdarlight" after Philippe Zdar from Cassius. Zdarlight, however is not a homage to Philippe Zdar, only a less conventional spelling of the word "starlight".[citation needed]

Live act

They perform live using a Macbook Pro laptop as the heart of the act, along with a Behringer BCR2000 and BCF2000 MIDI controller, a KORG microKORG, a KORG KP3, a Roland MC-202, a set of Roland V-Drums, along with some other synthesizers (such as the KORG MS-20), and various drum machines (such as the KORG Electribe ESX-1 and EMX-1).[citation needed] Moelle (and occasionally Isi) performs live vocals over the top.

Discography

Studio Albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[3]
BE (Vl)
[4]
BE (Wa)
[5]
FR
[6]
US Elect.
[7]
2007 Idealism - 20 88 84 6
2011 I Love You Dude 41 81 77 95 -

Singles, EPs and Remixes

Year Title Format Label
2004 "Idealistic" 12-inch single White label
2005 "Idealistic" 12-inch single Kitsuné Music
2005 "Zdarlight" 12-inch single Kitsuné Music
2006 "Zdarlight" (Edition Moonlight / Discodrome) 12-inch single Kitsuné Music
2006 "Jupiter Room" 12-inch single, CD single Kitsuné Music
2007 "Terrorlight" 12-inch single Kitsuné Music
2008 Moshi Moshi EP LP/CD EMI Japan Records
2008 Kitsuné Tabloid: Mixed by Digitalism CD Kitsuné Music
2010 Blitz EP CD Kitsuné Music
2011 2 Hearts Download V2 Records
2011 I Love You, Dude Download V2 Records

Moshi Moshi EP

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Moshi Moshi EP was released on 6 February 2008, through the Japanese EMI label. It contains 8 rare or live tracks. It has been released only in Japan to celebrate Digitalism's Japanese Tour. The title reflects the Japanese phrase used when answering the telephone.

Track listing
  1. "Pogo (Digitalism's Robotic Mix)"
  2. "ZDRLT (Rewind)"
  3. "The Pulse (Live)"
  4. "Idealistic (Extended Mix)"
  5. "Yes, I Don't Want This"
  6. "Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)"
  7. "Pogo (Shinichi Osawa Remix)"
  8. "Zdarlight/I Want I Want (Live @ The Bunker)"

Remixes

All remixes named Digitalism Remix, unless otherwise specified.

In popular culture

The single "Pogo" is featured in the official soundtracks of Electronic Arts popular video games Need for Speed: ProStreet and FIFA 08. It was also featured as the soundtrack for a Canadian Virgin Mobile advertisement, both in French and English, during December 2007. For a while it was also used on Sky Sports live football coverage as the pre-halftime-break highlight clip backing music. A remix of this song was also used in a Pontiac ad in 2007.

The track "Idealistic" is used in the first trailer for Rockstar Games' title Midnight Club: Los Angeles. An uncredited remix of "Zdarlight" was also used in the trailer[8] for Nadeo's TrackMania Nations Forever released in early 2008. The Flemish tv station "Canvas" used a slightly edited version of the track "Magnets" in their introduction trailer "The New Canvas". The trailer was intended to introduce the radical new look of "Canvas". This VRT tv station featured a more serious style in the past. "Idealistic" was also used in Just Dance 2 for the Wii.

The British television programme MasterChef featured various Digitalism songs in the semi finals.

The song "Zdarlight" was used in a commercial for BMW X1[9]

References

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