tributes to Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider – OMD, Thomas Dolby, Mogwai, Moog, Duran Duran, more
Today brought the awful news that Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider passed away at age 73 after a battle with cancer. Schneider's influence spans far and wide, and tributes have been pouring in to him from fellow musicians and other members of the music community. Here are tributes from Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Duran Duran, Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire), Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak>), filmmakers Edgar Wright and the Safdie Brothers, Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey), Future Islands, Thomas Dolby, Midge Ure (Visage, Ultravox), Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Matty Healy (The 1975), Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets), Lloyd Cole, Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice), Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, The Gun Club, The Bad Seeds), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), HEALTH, Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Saint Etienne, Joe Seiders (The New Pornographers), Kelly Lee Owens, Nina Kraviz, Junior Boys, JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN), JG Thirlwell (Foetus), Robin Rimbaud (Scanner), Cadence Weapon, Mr. Twin Sister, Becka Diamond, Mark Farina, Zoe Keating, Nigel Godrich, Holly Herndon, Pictureplane, Martyn Ware (The Human League, Heaven 17), American Football, El-P, and more...
From Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes:
“I just heard the very sad news that Florian Schneider, the co-founder of one of my favourite bands, Kraftwerk, has died.
When I first heard their song Autobahn, I was struck by how radically different it sounded from everything else on the radio. It became a surprise hit in the UK and sparked my lifelong admiration for their innovation and creativity.
Kraftwerk’s influence on contemporary music is deeply woven into the fabric of our pop culture. Their albums Trans-Europe Express and The Man Machine will forever remain classics of the genre they invented.
Thanks for the music, dark humour and inspiration. Long live Kraftwerk!