If you’ve placed a finger on the pulse of electronic music at any point over the last five years, it’s safe to say you’ll have encountered "Apparat" in one form or another. Sascha Ring, the Berlin artist who records under that name, has been a restless force in contemporary electronic music for a decade. In that time he has released three acclaimed "Apparat" albums – the fourth, 'The Devil’s Walk', arrives in the autumn of 2011 – and performed his intense live show in front of thousands at clubs and festivals around the world. "Apparat" inspires a passionate following, to say the least: in just a few weeks, Sascha’s new track 'Ash/Black Veil' has notched up 90,000 plays on 'Soundcloud'.
Broadly speaking, Sascha, a tousle-haired, slightly dandyish figure and an expert programmer, produces richly textured, emotional electronica and heavy sci-fi soul. The missing link between Steve Reich and Radiohead, "Apparat" brings the kind of euphoric melancholy that impels you to punch the air with joy while tears stream down your cheeks. "The only thing you can do with the records I make is to try to somehow move people, to make them feel something," says Sascha.
Having furnished the tracks with guitars, drums, keyboards and whatever else was lying around the studio, the natural progression is for Sascha to perform these new "Apparat" songs (and some older ones) with a live band. No longer a solo affair, "Apparat" is now a six-piece. "It’s hard to transform a computer record for the stage and that’s why I’m happy. Finally I have a new project and everything is new. With a band, things are different – it doesn’t feel like a step backwards."
In any case, all you could want to know about Sascha Ring and "Apparat" is in this tremendous record. The devil isn’t just in the details, he’s locked into every groove. And with Sascha at the controls, he’s certainly got all the best tunes.
Presenting "Apparat" is part of the ongoing effort of the Goethe-Institut to promote intercultural music exchange. The need for Electronic Music in Chennai is manifested by a soaring public interest for some upcoming festivals (examples in this context are the "Go:Madras – Electronic Music Festival 2012" or the "Saarang Festival", both in Chennai) and local trendy DJs (for instance Shiva Moon, Ajmal or Tanseer), mainly creating their own songs. Psyche yourselves to the vibes of "Apparat". They´ll get under your skin – promised!
Information on the artist:
Born in 1978, Apparat is the stage name for Sascha Ring, a German electronic musician living in Berlin who was previously a co-owner of Shitkatapult records.
Active since 1996, he started out with dance floor-oriented techno, he later started to create ambient music and more recently became "more interested in designing sounds than beats".
He released his album "Multifunktionsebene" in 2001 and "Duplex" in 2004.
In 2004, he appeared at a John Peel session. The tracks from this session were rerecorded and reworked in the studio and released as Silizium EP in 2005, as a tribute.
He collaborated with Ellen Allien in 2003 on the album "Berlinette", and again in 2006 on the album "Orchestra of Bubbles".
In 2007, he formed his own band to play the album "Walls" live. Raz Ohara joined him playing the stage piano and Jörg Waehner on drums. Next to playing these live shows, he continued to play his solo live sets, touring with Transforma Visuals.
In May 2009, he released the self-titled album with Modeselektor under the name "Moderat" on BPitch Control. They have collaborated previously on an EP named Auf Kosten Der Gesundheit which was released as a limited 12" in 2002.
In April 2009, he received the Qwartz Dancefloor (Electronic Music Award).
Apparat's single "Holdon" features in the trailer for the 2010 Teton Gravity Research ski film "Light the Wick".
In 2011, he signed with the British Mute Records label, where he released his new record "The Devil's Walk", named after a political poem by romantic English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, in September.
His track "Goodbye", featuring Soap&Skin, was featured in a climactic scene in the Season 4 finale of Breaking Bad.
His track "Black Water" was featured in episode 2 in series 6 of Skins (TV series).
Another track: "Ash/Black Veil", also featured on the 2011 snowboard documentary 'The Art of Flight'.