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12 Minutes with… Moderat’s Sascha Ring: “Labeling is a waste of time”
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12 Minutes with… Moderat’s Sascha Ring: “Labeling is a waste of time”

Moderat, the collaborative effort of Apparat (Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gernot Gronsert and Sebastian Szary) keeps reshaping the club sound of their generation Over the phone with Sascha Ring on East-German, old cars, and new friends…

What’s your real answer when people ask you why and how Moderat has formed?

– Making a music is not an easy job. It’s not that kind of a job where you sit at the office and accomplish things. It’s more about hard work. You really don’t know what you are doing. And sometimes, you just need to refresh your relationship with the music, and to create different music forms. The main reason we came together was not Moderat. We were just enjoying our company. Somehow, we found ourselves recording some cool stuff together.

Moderat Live. Photo Credit: Birgit Kaulfuss

Moderat Live. Photo Credit: Birgit Kaulfuss

Critics call Moderat as “the Berlin techno supergroup”.  It sounds fancy.

– Labeling is a waste of time. We don’t give a f*ck what they call our music as. Categorizing a music is not important anymore. Genre shift is more common than ever. What matters most is the music itself. I don’t think audiences care how a music band is labeled.

I read that you all play in separate rooms when recording the album. Why?

– Making music is a very intense process. During the recording sessions, you put your heart out here. We have very different personalities, and different points of view… almost about everything! This becomes a huge problem when you come together and record an album. We also have used different tools when producing music. So, sometimes recording in separate rooms is a technical requirement.

Sascha Ring, Sebastian Szary, and Gernot Bronsert have the casual but deep connection of men who've spent time together. Photo Credit: Birgit Kaulfuss

Sascha Ring, Sebastian Szary, and Gernot Bronsert have the casual but deep connection of men who’ve spent time together. Photo Credit: Birgit Kaulfuss

You say you guys don’t agree on anything. So, what brings you together?

– Old cars! We all like refurbishing old cars. We could talk about cars all day all night. I have this old German car, 60-year-old Jeep; and an old-style Fiat from the 1950s. We love hanging out at garages and get our hands dirty. It also creates a nice environment to discuss things we need to discuss like booking and recording decisions.also creates a nice environment to discuss things we need to discuss like booking and recording decisions.

Being close to Eastern countries makes Berlin rich and unique. It is a pretty lucky city.

How does Berlin take place in your music?

– I’m born and raised here. I love the city. This is my home. The city itself has created a unique art form. I wouldn’t say Berlin is still the reason why we make music. Berlin is a pretty lucky city. All the foreigners come from all around the world has changed the scene. Being close to Eastern countries makes Berlin rich and unique.

Is there any other work of art that you are interested?

– Not really. I started doing music scores. Making music for films is challenging; a very interesting work. I also started making music for a modern dance studio in Los Angeles. We will see how it goes. – [Revised, and re-edited from an interview by Ali Tufan Koc]

Cover Photo Credit: Courtesy of Moderat


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