Eight live electronic acts killing it right now
Damian Vandesande, Clement Zemstov and Jonathan Illel, AKA Parisian act dOp, are one of the few true live electronic music bands. Starting life as a rock’n’roll cover band almost 20 years ago, they journeyed through nearly every genre you can imagine before diving headfirst into electronic music under the dOp moniker seven years ago – and that whole melange of influences goes into making their distinctive warm, down-tempo brand of live house music. They hit Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal for a stunning set during Vivid this year – for a taste of the drunken, loose madness that constitutes a dOp show, check out the below live set recorded earlier this year at the Boiler Room.
The combined powers of futuristic speaker-troublers Modeselektor and electronic composer Sascha Ring, AKA Apparat, have had fans of off-kilter electronic sounds foaming at the mouth for years – and live they’re an aural and visual extravaganza. They toured heavily throughout 2009 and 2010, earning the number one spot in Resident Advisor’s poll for Live Act of the Year, but the past two years saw the trio disappear off the radar as a live force, until their second album Moderat II dropped last month (with an awesome animated clip created by Berlin design gurus and Modeselektor bros Pfadfinderei for new single Bad Kingdom). Moderat are now back on the road with a vengeance, working closely with Pfadfinderei on the visual and artistic elements of their live show, and as Modeselektor member Sebastian Szary told The Line of Best Fit in July, they’re trying to “change the idea of what a live performance is. Usually the best place to be at a gig is at the front, near the centre – we want to make it so different interesting things happen at different parts of the venue.” Fingers crossed their tour schedule will bring them to the Southern Hemisphere soon.
“We’ve actually got about seven of us on stage,” Rudimental’s Amir Amor told inthemix earlier this year. “Myself, DJ Locksmith, Piers and Kesi are the four members of Rudimental and we kind of run the live show, but we bring a lot of our ‘extended family’ – a lot of friends that we grew up with in London – on the road with us… there’s Mark Crown the trumpet player, Ella Eyre our singer who’s also on the new single Waiting All Night, and Tom Jules. We just have a lot of fun on stage! It’s kind of a carnival vibe: we play the music, jump around, take our tops off, and sometimes forget that the crowd is even there.” That pretty much sums up how the chart-topping Hackney lads tackle their shows. It’s full-throttle, high-energy, euphoric stuff – we challenge you not to get a bit emotional when they close with Feel The Love.
Todd Terje & Lindstrom
Putting these two Norwegians together is a match made in nu-disco heaven. After collaborating on Lindstrom’s album Smallhans they put out a single together, Lanzarote, the perfect soundtrack to cruising around a desert island in a convertible, preferably while inside a pixelated video game (it scored a spot in our list of the top 45 tracks of the year…so far). Then they hit the road for a few select dates at European festivals and in the US, telling Resident Advisor that “both of us wanted to try something new after many years of travelling alone.” The hardware-heavy show will hit Brooklyn, Unknown Festival in Croatia, Marsatac in France and Xoyoloves at the Coronet in London over the next few months – if you can’t make it to any of those shows, best hope for a repeat of Lindstrom’s Australian shows in January this year (this time with Todd Terje in tow). As the man told inthemix, “I really like Australia, although it takes 30 hours to get there for me. But when I’m there I totally enjoy it!”