Throwback Interview: Digitalism

As seen in DJ Mag

Wax Lyrical: Digitalism

Hamburg duo Jens ‘Jence’ Moelle and İsmail ‘Isi’ Tüfekçi aka Digitalism introduce us to their world…

When asked to describe their sound, Jence eloquently compares their tracks to “simple chapters in a complex novel about social interaction and attraction, with distorted baselines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation.” Their latest single ‘Second Chance’ certainly falls in line, with its punchy, building instrumental laced with falsetto, futuristic vocals that preach seizing the moment.

‘Second Chance’ follows last year’s dancefloor smash ‘Wolves,’ which featured Californian indie singer Youngblood Hawke. ‘Wolves’ served as an ode to all the insomniacs, who take inspiration from the twilight hours. Both tracks boast their own remix EP and represent the pair’s growth since their debut offering ‘Idealism’ in May 2007, which saw the pair more restricted when trying to find their voice in the midst of two equally strong genres, rock and EDM.

Their new sound has matured into something more fluid, reminiscent of the colourful glam rock era in the 1980s, but with a modern electronic twist. Since their formation in 2004, they have left their mark on remixes with everyone from Daft Punk to the White Stripes and it has just been announced that they will be bringing the same je ne sais quoi to Lollapalooza’s first European edition in Berlin on September 12th 2015.

First ever rave experience?

Both: “2006’s I Love Techno festival in Belgium and a few big parties like Bugged Out or The Warehouse Project in Manchester.”

What is the most crucial dance record of all time?

Isi: “Too many good ones…”

Jence: “Hard to pick, but for me really crucial and important is ‘Together’ by Thomas Bangalter & DJ Falcon.”

Name three tunes that never leave your bag?

Isi: “Daft Punk – Homework, Digitallism – Zdarlight and Soulwax – Miserable Girl.”

Jence: “Vitalic’s ‘Pony EP’, ‘Zdarlight’ too of course, Felix Da Housecat & Miss Kittin – ‘Silver Screen Shower Scene and the Thin White Duke Remix’.”

What is your lights-up, end-of-the-night tune?

Both: “We trust our musical backgrounds… Nothing [is] planned.”

If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be?

Isi: “It changes daily.”

Jence: “Meeting up with Ennio Morricone would be great.”

Imagine the world is going to end tomorrow. What are you going to do tonight?

Jence: “Fly some friends in, go to my local bar.”

Isi: “Spend time with my inner circle.”

Please give us three words to describe your life.

Isi: “Urbanism, Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill documentaries.”

Jence: “Music, travel and tasting.

Like this interview? Check out my chats with Jimi Raine and Johnny Dean.


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