Volar's 5th Anniversary
Volar, tonight, midnight
It's not often you find rockers and electronic fiends on the same dance floor, but tonight electro-house DJ act Digitalism will merge both crowds when they hit the decks at Volar's anniversary party.
Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, the Daft Punk-obsessed duo of Jens Moelle (above right) and Ismail Tuefekci (left) produce dance-floor cuts of rock anthems from the likes of the Klaxons, the White Stripes, the Cure, Test Icicles and Cut Copy. In their first remix together, the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army, they replaced Meg White's baseline opener with several minutes of hypnotic beats. Another cult re-edit is 2006's remix of The Cure's Fire In Cairo.
According to Moelle, their inspiration comes from movies. In an interview he said, 'We think in movies or pictures always ... I think our music is a bit romantic, a bit melancholic, that's been missing before ... there's been so much club music around that's only functional stuff.'
After the White Stripes anthem, the duo became the first act signed on by budding French electronic label Kitsune, which has gone on to release songs by Simian Mobile Disco, Hot Chip and Fantastic Plastic Machine. Digitalism's first release with Kitsune was an original house track called Zdarlight (an intentional misspelling of starlight), which remains one of their most-played club tracks. They have since released a handful of original songs, as well as dozens of rock-dance remixes which are played around the world by club DJs including Soulwax, Justice and Boys Noize.
Outside of the dance clubs, you may recognise some of their singles from video games. Their single Pogo is on the soundtrack to Electronic Arts' Need For Speed: ProStreet and Fifa 08. Another single, Idealistic, was used in a trailer for Rockstar Games' title, Midnight Club: Los Angeles.
Moelle and Tuefekci met as employees in a small record store, and bonded over their shared love of dance and rock music. The store owner asked them to DJ at a party and they've been spinning together since. 'We were of the same generation,' says Tuefekci. 'We liked the same records, so we were put in one room together.' For the gig they bought an adaptor to plug in two sets of headphones into a single socket, allowing them to hear the same thing at once. Their set-up nowadays is equally scant. They produce in a windowless second world war bunker.
'We drink something, we have fun. We don't have any daylight, any distractions,' says Tuefekci. 'I think maybe our sound comes from the bunker atmosphere.'
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