In the last of four RBMA lectures at Red Bull Studios Berlin, legendary techno-primitivists Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft or DAF will speak with Red Bull's Hanna Bächer.
Formed in 1978, DAF consists of Gabriel "Gabi" Delgado-López on vocals and Robert Görl on percussion & electronics. With a stripped-down mix of aggressive militant beats, minimal synth lines, and expressive vocals, they created a style that is as cold, calculated, and uncompromising as it is corporeal, arousing, and hedonistic. Little did they know this would end up providing a new blueprint for electronic dance music for generations to follow. They will perform later this same day at the Red Bull Music x CTM closing concert.
Provocation, taboos, and the subverting of expectations have always been at the core of DAF’s campy enactment of totalitarian manoeuvres, lustrous hard-bodied sex, arty abstractions, and politically-charged mockery. In their own words, “We make music for the booty and for the brain. Music that is rhythmic and intelligent at the same time. The main thing is that it makes you move.”
Hanna Bächer is a London-based writer and producer of radio-documentaries with a focus on aural storytelling.