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28 - Mar
(Nearby Event: Concerts & Music)
Where:U Street Music Hall, 1115 U Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20001
The story of Digitalism is about the things that change, and the things that dont. It was around 2004 that Jens Moelle and Ismail Isi Tuefeki met at a Hamburg record store. Isi was a shopper at Underground Solution, a haven for specialist electronica, and Jens worked there in the afternoons. Before an in-store party, a DJ was taken ill. The owner asked Isi to pair up with Jens to play. He didnt know it, but the friends had already begun producing their own material.Originally, it was just about fun. They made songs to fill holes in their sets - if they couldnt find the right track, theyd make it. The duos ambitions were humble. So when their edit of The White Stripes Seven Nation Army was released as a limited run, it was a big moment. It sold out instantly. Thats when they moved into the bunker studio in Hamburg they still work in today. The waves they were creating were soon being felt outside Hamburgs dance scene. Specifically, catching the attention of Parisian label Kitsun, run by Gildas Loac and Masaya Kuroki. Isi remembers, a colleague received a text from Gildas. All the people in Paris right now, theyre on the tables going crazy, it said. I want this record! He was talking about Digitalism.Soon they joined the Kitsun family - a label responsible for so much of that eras defining electronic music, blurring lines between garage-rock and electro. This was a new sound thrilling festival crowds and mutating the traditional indie-disco dance-floor playlists.Digitalism summed up this eclecticism, this energy. But they werent alone. Klaxons, Simian Mobile Disco, Justice and LCD Soundsystem - these artists were live bands, DJs, they released compilations, albums, mixes. The rules of the traditional linear band didnt apply. There was something sizzling there, says Jens. It was a very united moment.At the centre of this all was Pogo, Digitalisms anthemic breakout single, and just after that, Idealism their debut album in 2007 (It sounded very ambitious and pretty raw,
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