We Are Modeselektor

Synopsis: "An odd duo that raises international mass hysteria and has been creating a credible sound for years now - Modeselektor seems to be a phenomenon in itself. The search for the origin of this phenomenon leads us into the depths of the biographies of two kids born and raised in East Germany, whose creativity, enthusiasm and idea of a collective brought them from the Berlin suburbs to the city itself and the stages of the world. To consistently retrace this path the documentary offers a rich variety of archive material, extensive behind the scenes tour footage and the travels to important places of the past and present. As a result there are very private insights into Sebastian Szary's and Gernot Bronsert's life as subversive artists who are - despite their broad success - authentic and who over the years stayed true to where they came from."
Genre: Documentary


We are probably the most popular

pop duo from Berlin.

This is Basti Szary

and this is Gernot Bronsert.

And we have known each other for

quite a long time, round about

Wait, let's do that again:

Do I actually look into the camera

or do I look at you?

For the first time I met

Szary was over there,

by the chimney.

That's where our first school was,

where we went together.

And I have seen one of his binders once

with his name written on it in graffiti.

It was on the table of

the teacher in the music class

and it said Sebastian Szary in

graffiti writing and I thought:

Woah. Cool dude.

We both grew up east of Berlin.

One town is called Woltersdorf,

that is where Gernot is from.

I, Szary, am from Rdersdorf.

Early childhood memories

are quite happy ones.

You biked around a lot,

and spend a lot of time on the water.

The entire region is crisscrossed

with canals and lakes

and there was a lot of forest.

Basically, you spend a lot

of time out in nature.

Until Techno arrived.

Woltersdorf is kind of a spa town,

you could say.

It's like a place of pilgrimage

for all the people from Berlin

who want to put their feet

in the water at the weekends.

Rdersdorf has always been quite industrial.

Here, where we are now,

used to be the limestone-open-pit mine,

the cement-chemical plant,

so this was kind of where the industry was.

Woltersdorf had no industry at all.

They maybe had an industry of gastronomy,

but not really.

That used to be the difference

between Rdersdorf and Woltersdorf.

That the world of electronic music

in which we work now,

that that works for us

is due first and foremost

to certain circumstances have led

to the possibilities that we had.

It was definitely an important period here.

When I got to know Gernot, know properly,

with hanging out afterwards...

With getting naked!

With getting naked was:

It sounds late,

it was 1996.

I was working in construction back then.

I was up on the roof and had to nail.

A friend passed by, I don't even

remember who else was there.

Anyways, Gernot stood there too and he said:

'Ey, Szary, when will you finish,

come down for a moment. '

And I said:
'Half an hour to go. '

And you guys waited

down there and I came down

with my chapped hands and a blue nail

from hitting it with the hammer.

And then we drove off.

I think we went to my place, my shed.

In any case, we chilled out

and listened to music.

- I had records with me.

- You brought records.

This is where it all started.

I can show you,

to trace out the dimensions

...a slightly ruinous attic.

Anyway this used to be my studio,

it was full of instruments.

Keyboards, drum machines, Atari.

Back then it was still pretty clean.

The shed was originally a workshop,

a storage for building materials

that his Dad put there and

at some point we started to use it,

rebuilt and insulated it,

took out some pillars,

put down a concrete floor

so we could have parties in it

and were able to sleep over.

It was like, at about 10, 11, 11.30

in the evening the party up there started

and music blared,

basses were turned up

and those basses permeated

through all the walls.

So I came out to the shed in

my nightgown at midnight and said:

'Turn off the bass,

we can't listen to it anymore,

we can't sleep!'

Well, that's how it was.

When it comes to music you

couldn't see it coming with Sebastian.

He was experimenting a lot,

had new ideas everyday,

but none of them was music.

He couldn't really sing either.

He got a "satisfactory'

I think in musical education.

And for being able to read sheet music,

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