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Kraftwerk (formed 1970) are a German electronic music band from Düsseldorf and are widely considered pioneers of electronic music.

Formation: Kraftwerk formed when Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter met at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in the sixties, playing music that the British dubbed 'krautrock'. They first played together in a band called Organisation which released one album before splitting. Between 1970 and 1974 Kraftwerk had an ever-changing line-up including guitarist Michael Rother and drummer Klaus Dinger briefly. Hütter even left for six months in 1971 to pursue architecture.

Career: Kraftwerk played experimental rock on their first three albums; the self-titled 'Kraftwerk' in 1970, 'Kraftwerk 2' in 1972 and 'Ralf und Florian' in 1973. In 1973, they were joined by Wolfgang Flür who performed with them on the TV show 'Aspekte'. Their sound soon developed into more synth sounds and drum machines and the third album marked the first use of their trademark vocoder. Their work with Konrad Plank on their first four albums became massively significant in their early years and his studio near Cologne quickly became one of the most sought-after studios in the late 1970s. In 1974 they released 'Autobahn' which became their last album with Plank and saw them make technological advancements such as the use of the Minimoog and the EMS Synthi AKS. It remains to be their biggest commercial success. In 1975, they made their first multi-date world tour promoting 'Autobahn' with a line-up of Hütter, Schneider, Flür and Karl Bartos - a line-up that stuck until the late 80s. Their next album was 'Radio-Activity' which was less successful in the UK and America but did reasonably well in Europe and in 1976 they embarked on another tour after which they took a break from live shows. They released album Trans-Europe Express in 1977 at Kling Klang Studio where Hütter and Schneider met David Bowie. A collaboration was mentioned but never emerged. They followed it up with album 'The Man-Machine' in 1978 which they had sound engineer Leanard Jackson from Detroit to work on the final mix. Three years later they released the 'Computer World' on EMI records. Lead single 'Computer Love' was released with B-side 'The Model' but they soon switched sides with the growing interest of 'The Model'. It was a number one seller in the UK and they followed it with another world tour in 1981 on which they took their studio on the road. In 1982 they released album 'Techno Pop' which included the single 'Tour De France'. The single developed around the band's (in particular Hutter's) obsession for cycling. Hutter wanted the theme to carry through a whole album but the rest of the band did not agree. Hutter was in a coma for several days following a cycling accident during the track's recording. After their 1986 album 'Electric Café', Flur left the band to be replaced by Fritz Hilpert. Following some time away from touring, they started performing around Europe again in 1990 with some more intimated gigs. Karl Bartos soon left the band. Their next major tour was in 1991 for album 'The Mix' with Fernando Abrantes becoming a short-lived replacment for Bartos. In 1998, they hit the US and Japan for the first time in more than 15 years where they played new songs that are still as yet unreleased. The band felt they needed another break from touring after returning from overseas. In 1999, former member Flür released an autobiography entitled 'Ich war ein Roboter' (Kraftwerk: I Was a Robot). 2003 saw them reduce manual playing and change to laptops as they embarked on the Minimum-Maximum world tour though Hutter still sings live vocals and plays keyboard. Later in the same year, they released box set '12345678: The Catalogue' featuring their eight re-mastered albums. It was re-released in 2009. In 2005 they released their first live album 'Minimum-Maximum' and soon did another tour with dates in Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Turkey and Greece. In 2008, they co-headlined at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the second time since 2004. Some later dates were cancelled, however, after band member Fritz Hilpert fell ill with a heart condition. Later, their video technician, Stefan Pfaffe, became an official member while long time member Florian Schneider left for his other projects. Hütter has suggested that another box set of their first three albums could be a near-future release. They have also recently released an iOS app called Kraftwerk Kling Klang Machine. The band have always been famous for their rare interview appearances and photoshoots and generally private nature. They even kept the location of their Kling Klang Studio secret and when Coldplay singer Chris Martin requested to use the melody from their song 'Computer Love' for one of his own songs, they sent him a letter simply reading 'yes'.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Kraftwerk Lose Copyright Battle Over Hip Hop Sample


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On Tuesday (31May16) judges at Germany's Federal Constitutional Court ruled that German rapper and producer Moses Pelham had not infringed the band's intellectual property rights by sampling the band's 1977 track Metal On Metal in a song he produced.

The track, Nur Mir, by Sabrina Setlur used a two second drum beat sequence from Metal On Metal which was looped through large sections of the song.

The copyright case was initially brought in 2000 by Kraftwerk founder member Ralf Hutter, who claimed Pelham had infringed his copyright by using the clip without permission.

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Maybelline 100th Year Birthday Bash - After Party

Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana - Maybelline 100th Year Birthday Bash after party at Kraftwerk at Kraftwerk - Berlin, Germany - Friday 15th May 2015

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Kim Gloss - Maybelline 100th Year Birthday Bash at Kraftwerk - Berlin, Germany - Friday 15th May 2015

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Kraftwerk To Be Examined At University Conference


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Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will be the subject of a high-profile academic conference examining their influence and legacy later this month (Jan15).

Wolfgang Flur, a former member of the groundbreaking music collective, will attend the event at a university in Birmingham, England to read extracts from his memoir and take part in a question-and-answer session.

Delegates will also discuss various essays and writings by experts examining the history and origins of the band and its music.

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Moogfest 2014 Gets To The Heart Of Electronic Music With Shows From Kraftwerk And Pet Shop Boys


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MoogFest 2014

Named after America's main pioneer in the world of electronic music, Robert Moog, Moogfest is finally back after a brief sabbatical which saw them miss 2013 - to much disappointment from electronic lovers everywhere.

The much-adored Moog synthesizer is an incredible piece of equipment invented by a man who changed music for the better, so the fact that there's a weekend event named sharing the name is a thrilling prospect for musicians and fans alike. It began in 2004 and was eventually brought to Asheville, North Carolina in 2008 where it has stayed ever since. Not only have festival goers got a first-class music line-up to look forward to, Moogfest 2014 will also be hosting presentations during the day from both veteran music boffins to newcomers still experimenting with developing their sound. For all you synth-lovers out there, you will also be treated to various workshops which will no doubt give you an immersive experience into the heart of electronic music.

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Latitude Festival 2013 In Pictures - Suffolk's Finest Gathering Of The Arts Ends In Triumph Again [Photos]


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Within it's scenic woodland surroundings, Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, was once again the place to be this past weekend (19 - 21 July) as the worlds of music, arts, comedy, cabaret and more all mixed seamlessly together for a weekend to remember.

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Bloc Party rounded off the first day

Although it was Bloc Party who headlined the main-stage on the first night (Friday 19 July), revellers didn't have to wait around to get their first taste of the wonders of festival-life. With the Maccabees, Yo La Tengo and The Leisure Society coming before them, one of the most warmly received acts came from one of the smaller stages, the BBC Radio 6 stage. Texas were the headliners of the night and despite their more radio-friendly sound ging against the alternative grain most of the festival takes, their renditions of 'I Don’t Want a Lover,' 'Summer Son' and a host of new tracks had the audience eating out of singer Sharleen Spiteri's hands. Meanwhile Japandroids and DIIV were among the bigger names on the smaller stages, whilst Lee Nelson and Sean Lock were among those bringing the laughs to the Comedy Stage.

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Latitude Festival Closes It's Gates After Another Successful Year In Southwold [Pictures]


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Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk once again held the coming together of music, comedy, arts and more in it's scenic woodland surroundings to a rapturous reception from the many revellers who travelled to see the likes of Foals, Kraftwerk, Texas and Bobby Womack rub shoulders with the likes of Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran and Daniel Kitson. And that's just scratching the surface of what was on show.

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Kraftwerk have been touring their 3-D show across the globe

On the first day (Friday 19 July) Bloc Party lit up the main-stage, having seen the likes of the Maccabees, Yo La Tengo and The Leisure Society come before them. Elsewhere, on the smaller BBC Radio 6 stage, Texas were the headliners of the night, with Willy Mason, Villagers, Beth Orton and more coming before them, whilst Japandroids and DIIV were among the bigger names on the smaller stages. Meanwhile, bringing the laughs to the comedy stage was Lee Nelson and Sean Lock, to name but two.

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Jay-Z 'secretive' About New Album


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Pharrell Williams says Jay-Z is ''secretive'' about his music.

The 'Blurred Lines' hitmaker dispelled rumours the rapper is a member of the Illuminati - a secretive group whom conspiracy theorists believe have power and influence over significant goings on in the western world - insisting he just keeps his affairs private.

He told German Newspaper Bild: ''Everyone makes these jokes that Jay-Z is a member of the Illuminati. That's not true! He's just a very secretive person.''

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Kraftwerk Denied Chinese Work Visas


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Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have been denied visas necessary to perform in China because the group was billed to be part of a Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, D.C. 15 years ago.

Ironically, bad weather forced promoters to scrap the benefit gig and Kraftwerk never played, but Chinese Ministry of Culture officials are still upset the German act was among those set to hit the stage.

The ban means the Autobahn hitmakers cannot perform at this year's Strawberry Festival, scheduled for the end of April (13).

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Kraftwerk To Headline Latitude


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Kraftwerk will headline this year's Latitude festival.

The German electro pioneers will take to the Obelisk Main Stage in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, on the second night of the event, July 20, bringing a 3D show described as ''the best of what we saw at Tate Modern,'' in reference to their string of shows at the London gallery earlier this year.

Bloc Party will top the bill on July 19, while Foals will close the festival in their first headlining slot on July Melvin Benn, managing director of organisers Festival Republic, said: ''We're delighted to welcome the forefathers of electronic music, Kraftwerk, to Latitude with their 3-D show who, along with Bloc Party and Foals, will headline an incredibly strong music programme that already includes some of 2013's hottest acts.''

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Latitude Festival 2013 Announce Initial Line-Up

Posted on 19 March 2013

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Johnny Marr Learns To Love Guitar Again


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Johnny Marr has learnt ''if it sounds better on a guitar, just go with it.''

The musician played lots of synthesisers and keyboards after quitting as The Smiths' guitarist in 1987, but came back around to his first love when writing songs for his solo debut 'The Messenger'.

He said: ''Ten years ago I'd have been like, 'I'm going to make this sound like Kraftwerk.' Everyone around me would be telling me to play the guitar, and I'd be, 'Shut up, I've done all that!I'm not going to be put in a box!' But it's a good box. People like that box. But it's a good box. That's one thing I learned about myself on this album, when it sounds better on a guitar, just go with it.''

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Performing At Way Out West Festival

Kraftwerk Saturday 11th August 2012 performing at Way Out West Festival

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Perform At The Manchester Velodrome

Kraftwerk Thursday 2nd July 2009 perform at the Manchester Velodrome Manchester, England

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Coachella Music Festival 2008 - Day 2

Kraftwerk - Saturday 26th April 2008 at Coachella Indio, California

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