Digitalism (band)

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Digitalism performing at Melt! 2007
Background information
OriginHamburg, Germany
GenresElectro house, electronic rock, dance-punk, alternative dance, indietronica, complextro, Synthwave
Years active2004–present
LabelsVirgin, Kitsuné, Astralwerks, V2, PIAS Cooperative
MembersJens "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.[1] 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, The 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.

Digitalism have made appearances at festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, Rhythm and Vines, Electric Picnic and Ultra Music Festival as well as various clubs worldwide.

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.

Band history[edit]

Formation, Idealism and I Love You Dude (2004–11)[edit]

Jens Moelle and İsmail Tüfekçi in 2012

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.[2]

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 8 November 2010.

On 7 April 2011 they announced a new album, I Love You Dude, which was released on 20 June 2011. On 18 June, they played at the Hurricane Festival.

DJ-Kicks and singles (2012–13)[edit]

Over the course of almost two years—early 2012 to the end 2013—Digitalism released 13 original tracks on 5 separate international dance labels from America to England, Germany to the Netherlands with sub-releases of these singles in Japan, Australia and France. These releases also featured 3 Digitalism remixes of their peers and a mix album that released on International Record label Studio !K7 featuring all but a few of tracks. The DJ-Kicks album[3] debuted the band in the German and UK Albums sales charts. The majority of the music was written and recorded in Los Angeles during the Winter and early spring months from 2012 to 2013. During this time the band toured both as DJs and a live act, playing all of these dance-oriented releases as well as material from the first and second albums in Europe, Japan, Australia, America, Canada, South America and the United Kingdom.

"Fahrenheit 32" and "Wolves" (2014–15)[edit]

In January 2014, Digitalism released Fahrenheit 32[4] exclusively on their Soundcloud profile and announcement of a tour in the US and period of recording. The release of "Fahrenheit 32" was an immediate success for Digitalism, featuring on BBC Radio, KCRW and Sirius Radio in the US.

During the Winter of 2014, the band once more relocated from Hamburg, Germany to Los Angeles, United States to record new material. In May 2014, the band released "Wolves" featuring American indie band Youngblood Hawke,[5] debuting in Germany and receiving radio playlist support in the US on KCRW and Sirius XM. The release of "Wolves" was backed by the international telecommunications company Vodafone, who used the record in a national campaign for a period of eight months, employing Digitalism to front the campaign with DJ shows and interviews.

Mirage (2016–present)[edit]

On 4 March 2016, the duo announced their first album in five years entitled Mirage, released on 13 May, along with promotional singles "Utopia" and "Battlecry". On 7 March 2016, the band announced the Mirage world tour in support of the album, including dates in France, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, and more. The first official video for the Mirage campaign was for "Utopia", and it was premiered on KALTBLUT Magazine on 19 March 2016.[6]


Digitalism cite Daft Punk[7] and film soundtracks as influences, as well as computer game music, Ennio Morricone, The Strokes, Stewart Price and Roule Records. The song "Zdarlight" is not named after Philippe Zdar of Cassius, as commonly thought.[citation needed] Rather, it is named after the word "starlight", but with a slightly different spelling.[citation needed]

Live act[edit]

To mirror the influence of their second studio album I Love You Dude, the band rebuilt their live show and incorporated more modular synthesisers, which they would play live—this involved adding a live drummer. As a live act, they shared the stage with many acts including as Queens of the Stone Age, DJ Shadow, Moderat, and Justice. At the same time as DJs, they developed a following with house and techno sets.

Following the run of live shows, Digitalism started recording dance oriented records and releasing "singles" on labels that demanded fast turn-around for both recordings and release commitment. These stringent time constraints forced them to craft a more progressive musical sound, which furthered their status as musical pioneers of modern dance music.


In popular culture[edit]

Video games

The 2007 single "Pogo" was widely utilized in various forms of media, including in the official soundtracks of Electronic Arts video games Need for Speed: ProStreet and FIFA 08.

The track "Idealistic" was 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 well as Just Dance 2 for Nintendo Wii.

A remix of "Zdarlight" was also used in the trailer for Nadeo's TrackMania Nations Forever released in early 2008.[8]

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" was part of the soundtrack of Forza Horizon.

The RAC remix of the song "Wolves" featuring Youngblood Hawke is a part of the Forza Horizon 2 soundtrack.

The song "Go Time" is part of the Forza Horizon 3 soundtrack.

The song "Shangri-La" is part of FIFA 17, the video game by EA Sports.

The Song "Battlecry" is part of the Gran Turismo Sport soundtrack

Television and films

In addition to its significant placements in video games, "Pogo" was also featured on television in a Canadian Virgin Mobile advertisement and on Sky Sports live football coverage as the pre-halftime break highlight clip music. Additionally, it appeared in the first episode of the 5th season of the British TV series Misfits, and the Shinichi Osawa remix of the song was also used in a Pontiac advertisement in 2007.

The British television program MasterChef featured various Digitalism songs in the semi finals.

The song "Miami Showdown" was featured in episode 10 of season 3 of Person of Interest entitled "The Devil's Share" and in the final episode of season 1 of "The Grand Tour (TV series)"

"Zdarlight" was used in a commercial for BMW X1,[9]


"2 Hearts" was the official anthem of Melt! Festival 2011.


  1. ^ "Digitalism Bio, Music, News & Shows". Archived from the original on March 30, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Concert Preview: Digitalism @ DC9". DCist. 24 March 2008. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008.
  3. ^ Pitchfork, Pitchfork. "Pitchfork DJ Kicks". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  4. ^ Dancing Astronaut, Dancing Astronaut. "Dancing Astronaut Digitalism". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  5. ^ Clash Magazine, Clash Magazine. "Clash Magazine 'Wolves' feature". Clash Magazine. Clash Magazine. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Video Premiere: Digitalism - 'Utopia' | KALTBLUT Magazine". KALTBLUT Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  7. ^ "Digitalism Interview (Apr 2007)". 8 May 2007.
  8. ^ Trailer for TrackMania Nations Forever [1], contains remix of "Zdarlight"
  9. ^ MOTOR1 (11 August 2009). "BMW X1 Commercial" – via YouTube.

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