When Modeselektor and Apparat met for the first time, it wasn’t because they had a masterplan to take the techno world by storm, they just wanted to hangout as a group of like minded musical tech-heads. The inevitable jam sessions that followed were purely ‘just for fun’, initially at least, but since then we’ve been blessed with three studio albums plus the 2016 ‘Live’ album, which offered everyone the chance to experience the magic of a Moderat show.

In 2017 the band announced that they were taking a much needed hiatus from working together under the Moderat brand, something which was never meant to be a brand, and something which grew so big it ended up taking over their lives. With success comes pressure, and with the spotlight on you, under the scrutiny of the media, something which was once fun can turn into a laboured and stressful exhaustion.

Every band lives for touring though, and after taking their show all the way to Coachella and back, the trio played their final homecoming gig in September 2017, to a sold out crowd under the night sky of Berlin.

While Moderat may be out of sight for the foreseeable future, their sound lives on as this week we show you how to make the bass and pad sounds from their track ‘Out Of Sight’ with DRC.

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