For followers of evolving acts in electronic music, an aural treat is just around the corner. Often described as the missing link between Steve Reich and Radiohead, and following the wide success of the 2011 album "The Devil's Walk", Apparat (Sascha Ring) will be on a concert tour across various cities in India between - the 24th to the 31st of August 2012 in the cities of Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi.
Under the aegis of the on-going year of Germany in India titled "Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities", this tour is set to be ripe with richly textured, emotional electronica and heavy sci-fi soul. It has been said about Apparat's sound, that its "euphoric melancholy" impels you to punch the air with joy while tears stream down your cheeks. Having furnished tracks with guitars, drums, keyboards and whatever else was lying around the studio, the natural progression is for Sascha to perform new Apparat songs (and some older ones) with a live band. No longer a solo act, the band will comprise of six members on its Indian tour.
"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," said Apparat.
Apparat has been a prominent figure in contemporary electronic music for a decade. Better known as a member of the popular gonzo electro collective Moderat, the recent album is his first recording for the label Mute. His earlier work, mostly for cult electronics label Shitkatapult, has spawned fans around the world, with the new track "Ash/Black Veil" notching up 90,000 plays on Soundcloud.
"The Devil's Walk", with its cool, contemplative dream-pop and bruise-tender Sigur Rós texture, makes Apparat's move away from the dance floor a little more explicit. Sacha has always been on the hunt for interesting electronic sounds, but at some point, when everything got computerised and there was a plug-in for every sound, the method started to seem a little redundant and not new enough to experience. This is when he started getting more interested in the old-school 'songs'. Over time, Apparat's sounds have evolved with inclusions of 'real' instruments, lending the music a more traditional and warm feeling. In recent times, he has been more interested in designing sounds than beats.
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!
The ensemble performing in Delhi includes Sascha Ring (vocals, guitar, noises), Nackt (piano, guitar, bass), Ben Lauber (rhodes, keyboards), Jörg Wähner (drums & percussion) and Christoph Hamann (violin).
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'.