Sascha Ring is a Berlin based producer, DJ, and musician. Sure, that goes for roughly half of Berlin’s young population, but hear us out. Under the alias Apparat, he’s been releasing electronic music for a last decade now, music that goes way beyond the standards of Berlin’s technorazzi. Point is, it’s more than just some four-on-the-floor, plugin-enhanced background noise for your next three-day-long MDMA-descent.
For several years, Ring co-owned Shitkatapult records, Berlin’s institution for border crossing electronic music. As much as the early glitch, IDM, and Ambient-oriented Apparat-sound refused to obey genre-codes, Apparat’s impact has always been founded on exchange with other artists, best documented within the highly successful album-cooperations with Ellen Allien and Modeselektor.
With this in mind Ring formed a live band in 2007. Taking this step, he went from soundexploration to songwriting, from digital to an analog, much warmer and closer to his own pulse. This metamorphosis finds its temporary peak in the September 2011 release of fourth studio-album “The Devil’s Walk” on the renowned Mute label. A cycle of ambient-arrangements, subtly-euphoric pop, and a well tempered Shoegaze-melancholy, they recorded in the winter of 2010 in Mexico. But it also finds repeating peaks in their stage-performances, just as in the show they played recently at our party taking place at IFA-tradeshow.