YouTube Sessions: Modeselektor

Very little introduction is needed for this week’s YouTube Selections participants. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary are Modeselektor, the Berlin duo whose contribution to techno and electronic music as a whole is hard to overstate. Active since 1996, they became an integral part of Ellen Alien’s BPitch Control stables in 2000 before going on to launch Monkeytown Records and 50Weapons, home to both their own output and the likes of Lazer Sword, Cosmin TRG, Shed, Marcel Dettmann and many more. Alongside fellow Berliner Apparat they launched the Moderat project in 2002, with news just announced of a new album titled “II”, due for release August 2nd with a string of live shows to follow.

Modeselektor touch down in the UK on May 17th with a full live show at London’s Roundhouse, support from Apparat, Siriusmo and Mouse on Mars, plus a screening of the ‘We Are Modeselektor’ documentary. Head here for full info and tickets.

Ahead of the event we caught up with Gernot and Sebastian to check out some of their YouTube favourites – get ready for Adamski, Jeff Mills, and Metallica, vintage Aphex Twin interview footage and Sesame Street on a heavy metal tip.

“To be honest – Modeselektor love cars, especially old ones. Would be great if you could transfer these fumes of garages and diesel via the internet.”

“First of all – the edit by Prince Language is the bomb. Even more so the video material of this totally well-behaved teenage garden party in the early 80’s. It’s really cute how the camera – without being noticed – catches the faces and the kids, after having realized that they are being filmed, get all embarrassed and don’t know how to behave anymore. So, just grab a coke…”

“It’s actually sad that one knows Adamski aka Adam Sky only within the “Killer” context… This is his legendary rave one man show – with 909 and MC.”

“Stuff like that was on MTV back then. And it’s a nice chat with Richard D. James and this nice journalist. Please note – there is also a short 3 minute part in the description.”

“In 1984 Section25 and Bernard Sumner (New Order & producer) knew how to use the unsuccessful plastic instrument TB303. This track still sounds really modern.”


JEFF MILLS 1993 – First dj set in Belgium (embedding disabled)

“It’s fascinating to see the coolness and speed with which Jeff Mills spins his records, even without headphones! It’s probably 30 seconds per record maximum. And his shirt is in a perfect shape.”

“The guy is actually okay, he just dances differently…”

“This trio shares kind of the same fate as Adamski – they were being reduced to “Da Da Da”. This is a very nice reduced setup for a maximum output. German TV 1982.”

“Awesome concert! You have waited for 30 years, let us play tomorrow! Let us fix the problems.”

“Ernie and Bert go BRUTAL”