In Musical Mode

This is not a congress for dentists, and there is no reason any of you should be sitting," said IDM artiste Sebastian Szary right before taking to the music console at LAP in Chankyapuri on Friday night. One half of the Berlin-based electronic music duo Modeselektor, Szary's words made the audience, a bored lot almost till midnight, straighten up, and turn towards him.

As sounds of night creatures, complete with a wolf-like howl, set the ambience for the night, the screen behind Szary and the act's other half, Gernot Bronsert, lit up with bright clouds sailing across a dark sky. The clouds glided by, revealing the earth which had dawned a celestial, moon-like appearance. As they warmed up and started belting hits from their latest album "Monkeytown", the nightclub turned into a dance floor swarming with fans, a considerable number of them being German.

Dissolving the lines between different genres of music, Modeselektor, drawing influences from IDM, glitch, electro-house or funk is not a new thing, and that's what they do best. "We hate being asked what kind of music we play," shared Szary, adding, "Bronsert and I met met each other in primary school in the '80s; we met again in the early '90s and a few years later realised that we share a common love for beats and were fed up of plain techno music. We then decided to play together, and it just clicked."

Brought to Delhi and Mumbai before that by the Red Bull Music Academy, Modeselektor spent the last week hopping from one live act to another, playing at locations in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. "Both of us love performing live. Going through security checks, taking a cab from the airport, moving from hotel to hotel, it all becomes worth it when we are on stage, and are encouraged by the audience," said Szary.

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