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Digitalism performing at Melt! 2007
|Genres||Electro house, electronic rock, dance-punk, indie dance, indietronica, complextro|
|Labels||Virgin, Kitsuné, Astralwerks, V2|
|Members||Jens "Jence" Moelle
İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi
Digitalism are a German electronic music duo formed in Hamburg in 2004, consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi. The duo are signed to French label Kitsuné, as well as Virgin Records and Astralwerks in other parts of the world.
Digitalism have remixed tracks for The Presets, Tom Vek, The Futureheads, Daft Punk, Tiga, Klaxons, White Stripes, Monk, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and many others, including a re-edit of "Fire in Cairo" by The Cure (entitled "Digitalism in Cairo"). Their tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, Soulwax, Boys Noize and Justice.
Moelle has two solo releases on Kitsuné; "I Ragazzi Del 1982" as Palermo Disko Machine and "Wired" as Jence. He has since released "Vesuvia/Theme of Palermo Disko Machine" as Palermo Disko Machine on Vulture Music.
Moelle and Tüfekçi met at a record store in Hamburg and became friends. Later, the store's owner asked them to DJ a party, and they then began mixing and recording. According to Moelle, they record their music in a World War II bunker they own in Hamburg.
Digitalism's debut album, Idealism, was released in Japan on 9 May 2007 by Toshiba EMI, in France on 21 May 2007 by Kitsuné, in North America by Astralwerks, and in Australia and New Zealand by etcetc and Virgin Records. The album includes re-edits of the previously released singles "Jupiter Room" and "Zdarlight" as well as their "Digitalism in Cairo" original re-edit of a track by The Cure.
The Pogo EP was released as a single in support of the album in May, with two alternate versions of the track.
Digitalism released their EP Blitz under Kitsuné on November 8, 2010.
Digitalism cite Daft Punk and film soundtracks as influences. The song "Zdarlight" is not named after Philippe Zdar of Cassius, as commonly thought. Rather, it is named after the word "starlight", but with a slightly different spelling.
The duo performs live using a MacBook Pro laptop as the heart of the act, along with a Behringer BCR2000 and BCF2000 MIDI controller, a KORG microKORG, a KORG KP3, a Roland MC-202, a set of Roland V-Drums, along with some other synthesizers (such as the KORG MS-20), and various drum machines (such as the KORG Electribe ESX-1 and EMX-1). Moelle (and occasionally Isi) performs live vocals over the top.
In popular culture
The single "Pogo" is featured in the official soundtracks of Electronic Arts video games Need for Speed: ProStreet and FIFA 08. It was featured as the soundtrack for a Canadian Virgin Mobile advertisement, both in French and English, during December 2007. For a while it was also used on Sky Sports live football coverage as the pre-halftime-break highlight clip backing music. A remix of this song was also used in a Pontiac ad in 2007. it appears lately in the first episode of the 5th season of the British TV series Misfits on 23 October 2013. The track "Idealistic" is used in the first trailer for Rockstar Games' title Midnight Club: Los Angeles; it has also been used in THQ's Saints Row: The Third as a radio track in the in-game radio channel K12. "Zdarlight" was used in a commercial for BMW X1, while an uncredited remix of "Zdarlight" was also used in the trailer for Nadeo's TrackMania Nations Forever released in early 2008. The Flemish TV station Canvas used a slightly edited version of the track "Magnets" in their introduction trailer "The New Canvas". "Idealistic" was used in Just Dance 2 for the Wii. The British television program MasterChef featured various Digitalism songs in the semi finals. The song "Blitz" is featured in SSX, released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in early 2012. The song "Circles" is part of FIFA 12 's soundtrack. The song "Encore" is part of "Forza Horizon"'s soundtrack. The song Miami Showdown is featured in Person of Interest season 3 episode 10 "The Devil's Share." The RAC remix of the song "Wolves (featuring Youngblood Hawke) is a part of the Forza Horizon 2 soundtrack.
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