Profile - Digitalism
- Camilla Pia
- 13 November 2008
Also known as Jens ‘Jence’ Moelle and Ismail ‘Isi’ Tüfekçi.
Occupation German purveyors of funky and discordant dancefloor filth.
Where are they from? Moelle and Tüfekçi founded Digitalism in 2004 after meeting at a record shop in Hamburg where they both worked. The two – sickened by the generic and formulaic house and techno records falling into their laps each week – soon bonded over 70s funk, Daft Punk tunes, disco, film soundtracks and electronica. They began mixing and recording (allegedly in a World War II bunker) after the store’s owner asked them to DJ at a party.
What next? Digitalism went on to wow clubbers around Europe, gaining many famous fans including highly respected and influential types like Erol Alkan, Soulwax and Justice, leading to a deal with trendy Parisian label Kitsune. Storming debut Idealism was released to critical acclaim last year and the duo have also remixed tracks by everyone from The Presets, Daft Punk, Tiga, Cut Copy and Klaxons to White Stripes, Tom Vek, The Futureheads, The Cure, Depeche Mode and – gulp – Lisa Stansfield.
What might I have heard? Any number of their stunning remixes or album tracks, but the biggest hitters so far have been the relentless basslines, crispy beats, brooding melodies and squelchy synths of ‘Pogo’, ‘Idealistic’ and ‘Zdarlight’. Drop any of these in a club and even the most austere fashpackers will crack a smile.
Any other business? Naturally. Digitalism are so bloody brilliant that legendary Glasgow sweatfest Death Disco have invited them to celebrate their sixth birthday this month. The pair play a hugely anticipated DJ set alongside a stellar line-up which includes live onstage antics from Franz ‘n’ Shape and The Golden Filter, and DJ sets by Andy Blake, Nadia Ksaiba, Den Haan, the TRAMP! chaps and Death Disco residents.
Digitalism plays Death Disco at The Arches, Glasgow, Sat 22 Nov.