Kraftwerk's Wolfgang Flur on life at the cutting edge of modern music
He provided the beats for Kraftwerk’s classic albums and is a renowned DJ and electronic composer. Wolfgang Flür looks back on a life of experimentation
As their percussionist from 1973 to 1986, Wolfgang Flür was a key member of the classic Kraftwerk line-up that redefined the language of electronic music. It was a period that spanned Autobahn and Electric Café and saw the introduction of the first electric drum pads board, a device that gave the band their distinctive rhythmic pulse. Flür detailed his time with Kraftwerk – or “the electric boys” as he sometimes calls them – in his 2000 memoir I Was A Robot.
Having begun in the 60s as the drummer with Düsseldorf outfit The Spirits Of Sound, whose ranks included guitarist Michael Rother, later of Neu!, Flür continues to create music on his own terms. Eloquence: Complete Works gathers the best of his electronic pieces from 2002 onwards, a restless fusion of house, techno, dance and industrial pop that embraces compositions like the self-referencing I Was A Robot and Cover Girl, a sequel of sorts to Kraftwerk’s The Model. Eloquence also features a number of collaborations with the likes of Mexican electro-head Ramón Amezcua (aka Bostich), Nitzer Ebb’s ‘Bon’ Harris and Maki Nomiya of Japanese collective Pizzicato Five.
Since 2004, Flür has been DJ’ing internationally, in clubs and festivals, under the moniker Musik Soldat. It’s an immersive audiovisual experience that showcases his unique personality. Prog finds out more…