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Modeselektor in Berlin
Modeselektor in Berlin
Background information
OriginBerlin, Germany
Years active1996–present
  • Gernot Bronsert
  • Sebastian Szary Edit this at Wikidata

Modeselektor is a German electronic music duo consisting of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary.


The group members met in 1992 in Berlin with group member Szary performing live acid house music at illegal underground parties, under the moniker Fundamental Knowledge.[1] The group says, "After the Wall came down, everywhere in Germany and especially East Germany there was a lot of chaos, anarchy."[2] Both soon joined forces and began creating music as Modeselektor, a name taken from a function on the Roland Space Echo analog delay effects unit.[3]

In 1999 Modeselektor signed its first remix contract and began working with Pfadfinderei, a Berlin-based VJ and design collective.[4] In 2000 Modeselektor met Ellen Allien, making BPitch Control their home label.[2] Modeselektor has also been involved in collaborative efforts; Moderat - a musical collaboration between Modeselektor and Apparat, Pfadselektor - a music/visual collaboration between Modeselektor and Pfadfinderei, and with Rhythm & Sound's Paul St. Hillaire. They have produced sound installations at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and lectured at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart.

Modeselektor is a favourite group of Thom Yorke (frontman of Radiohead),[5] who has recommended their albums in interviews and included the song "Silikon" (from their 2005 LP Hello Mom! and featuring vocalist Sasha Perera) in a publicly available iTunes playlist. Moderat (the collaboration between Modeselektor and Apparat) has also supported Radiohead on the band's concerts in Poznań, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic, in August 2009.

The follow-up to Hello Mom! was Happy Birthday!, which was released in 2007 with Paul St. Hilaire, TTC, Puppetmastaz, Thom Yorke and Maxïmo Park as guest vocalists.[2] Other collaborators included Otto von Schirach, Siriusmo, and Apparat. In an interview that same year, the group said regarding their sound: "Happy metal, hard rap, country-ambient, Russian crunk. We don’t like it if people tag us as being a certain style or school or scene or whatever. We don’t really care about all that."[6]

In March 2009, they released an album with Apparat under the name Moderat. They have collaborated previously on an EP named Auf Kosten der Gesundheit which was released as a limited 12" on BPitch Control in 2002.

Modeselektor also appeared as the main characters in Amy Grill's 2009 electronic music documentary, Speaking in Code.[7]

Modeselektor are said to be good friends with Siriusmo, and regularly remix and promote his material.

In September 2011 Modeselektor released their third LP, Monkeytown, in which various artists including Thom Yorke collaborated on.[8]

In August 2013, Modeselektor released their second album in collaboration with Apparat under the name Moderat, entitled II.[9]

In 2013, Modeselektor's label Monkeytown Records and Telekom Electronic Beats produced the documentary "We Are Modeselektor".[10]

In March 2016, Modeselektor released their third album in collaboration with Apparat under the name Moderat, entitled III.

In April 2021, Modeselektor released their fourth LP, Extended.

In February 2022, a book on Modeselektor's album Happy Birthday! was published by Sean Nye for the 33 1/3 Europe series.[11][12]

In May 2022, Modeselektor released their fourth album in collaboration with Apparat under the name Moderat, entitled More D4ta.

Monkeytown Records[edit]

Monkeytown Records is a Berlin-based electronic music record label, owned by Sebastian Szary and Gernot Bronsert of Modeselektor. The label has released music by Moderat, Modeselektor, WK7, Mouse on Mars, Otto von Schirach, Siriusmo, and Funkstörung, among others.


Studio albums[edit]


  • Modeselektion Vol. 01 (2010)
  • Modeselektion Vol. 02 (2012)
  • Modeselektion Vol. 03 (2014)
  • Modeselektion Vol. 04 (2018)

DJ mixes[edit]

  • Boogybytes Vol. 3 - Mixed by Modeselektor (BPitch Control, 2007)
  • Body Language Vol. 8 (Get Physical, 2009)


  • Labland (Dalbin, 2005) with Pfadfinderei, DVD
  • Mdslktr (BPitch Control, 2005), DVD + CD Box Set

Extended plays[edit]

  • Death Medley (BPitch Control, 2002)
  • In Loving Memory (BPitch Control, 2002)
  • Ganes De Frau Vol. 1 (BPitch Control, 2003)
  • Turn Deaf! (BPitch Control, 2004)
  • Hello Mom! The Remixes (BPitch Control, 2006)
  • Happy Birthday! Remixes #1 (BPitch Control, 2008)
  • Happy Birthday! Remixes #2 (BPitch Control, 2008)
  • Happy Birthday! Remixes #3 (BPitch Control, 2009)


  • "Weed wid da Macka" (Shockout, 2006)
  • "The Dark Side of the Sun" (BPitch Control, 2007) with Puppetmastaz
  • "Evil Twin" featuring Otto von Schirach (Monkeytown Records, 2012)
  • "Silikon" featuring Sasha Perrera (FIFA 08 soundtrack)
  • "Kalif Storch" (2018)
  • "Wealth" featuring Flohio (Monkeytown Records, 2018)
  • "I Am Your God" / "Bronko" (Monkeytown Records, 2019)
  • "Who" featuring Tommy Cash (Monkeytown Records, 2019)



With Moderat[edit]

  • Auf Kosten der Gesundheit (EP, BPitch Control, 2003)
  • Moderat (BPitch Control, 2009)
  • II (Monkeytown Records, 2013)
  • III (Monkeytown Records, 2016)
  • More D4ta (Monkeytown Records. 2022)


  1. ^ Kolada, Brian (22 June 2018). "Modeselektor revive Seilscheibenpfeiler label after 24-year break". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b c McKibbin, Adam (14 September 2007). "The Mad Genius of Modeselektor". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  3. ^ Niimi, J. (October 2007). "Modeselektor: Knob-twiddlers get by with some help from their friends". SPIN. p. 108. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  4. ^ Joguet, Pascal. "Artists: Modeselektor". Jazz Mutant. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  5. ^ Nasrallah, Dimitri (20 August 2007). "Modeselektor Celebrate". Exclaim! Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 December 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Modeselektor Interview". Northernights. Archived from the original on 29 April 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ McAllister, Lulu (3 June 2009). "Q & A: Speaking in Code". XLR8R Magazine. Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ "Modeselektor – Monkeytown". Discogs. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  9. ^ Raymer, Miles (1 August 2013). "Moderat: II Album Review". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 4 August 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  10. ^ "We Are Modeselektor Documentary" (video). (in German). Electronic Beats. 28 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Sean Nye publishes new book". USC Thornton School of Music. 1 March 2022. Retrieved 18 May 2022. The book explores the histories of Berlin techno, European rave culture and electronic music through the lens of Modeselektor's 2007 album Happy Birthday!
  12. ^ Nye, Sean (2022). Modeselektor's Happy Birthday!. New York: Bloomsbury Academic & Professional. ISBN 978-1-5013-4627-9. OCLC 1288217534.

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