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Facts about BIMM Berlin’s Patrons: Modeselektor

30th July 2019

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We’re so proud to have recently announced the launch of two brand new scholarships here in BIMM Berlin, exclusively for music production students and courtesy of artistic pioneers Modeselektor. Having shaped the electronic music scene for the best part of two decades, their eyebrow-raisingly successful career has resulted in four studio albums, as well as their very own imprint Monkeytown Records.

In order to get to know BIMM’s new patrons – aka Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary – we’ve compiled a list of interesting facts you might not know about the boundary-breaking duo.

  • The name Modeselektor is derived from a function on the Roland RE-201 space echo analog delay effects unit.
  • The formation of Modeselektor coincided with the fall of the Berlin wall – something they credit to influencing and inspiring their revolutionary sound.
  • Although they didn’t drop their first full-length album until 2001, their roots date back to the mid 90ies where they already produced music and performed live in Berlin’s subculture.
  • The famous monkey logo now synonymous with the pair was originally designed by Berlin institution-slash-multimedia collective Pfadfinerei. They continue to shape their visual identity to this day, be it through live shows or record sleeves.
  • They’ve been and are still running sub-labels: 50Weapons (limited to 50 releases, was shut down in 2016, having released works by artists including but not limited to Addison Groove, Bambounou, Cosmin TRG, Shed, Marcel Dettmann, FJAAK, Phon.o, Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka) and Seilscheibenpfeiler Schallplatten Berlin seit 1994 (opened shop in 2018 with – among others – releases by Kasper Marott, Solid Blake, Lory D, Fadi Mohem, Nautiluss.)
  • Latest release is their forth album „Who Else“ (February 2019), following up on their last album release in 2011 („Monkeytown“).
  • A favourite of Thom Yorke, they’ve been invited to tour with Radiohead countless times – and the renowned musician has appeared on a number of their tracks.
  • The duo aren’t just pumping out brilliant records – they’ve lectured at the Merz Academie in Stuttgart, and have presented sound installations at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
  • Just because they’ve achieved international success doesn’t mean that they’ve forgotten their roots. Their latest record Who Else is something of a homage to the German capital and, for several years now,have curated the lineup for the MeltSelektor stage at MELT! Festival.

To find out more about this exciting scholarship and how to apply, click here. Want to learn more about studying music at BIMM Berlin? Order a prospectus, book to attend one of our Open Days, or contact our Admissions Team on +49 30 311 99 186 or by email at [email protected]

We wish you all the best with your application and hope to see you in October!

Photo Credit: Birgit Kaulfuss

Author

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen is a Berlin based writer, translator, and BIMM Bristol graduate currently acting as music editor for indieBerlin. She has an MA in Musicology from Oxford Brookes University and is studying for a PgCert in Translation.