Digitalism on EDM in America: "Las Vegas Is Getting Bigger Than Ibiza, It's Supercool"

Before David Guetta had everyone singing "Sexy Bitch" and Swedish House Mafia soothed with "Don't You Worry Child," there was Digitalism. Circa 2006 and '07, this German duo of Jens "Jence" Moelle and İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi rode a wave of progressive dance music that took over indie dance nights across America.

Digitalism was the perfect blend of indie rock and electronic sounds, capturing dance floors with cuts like "Pogo" and "Zdarlight." That led to appearances at music festivals and venues across the globe, including Ultra Music Festival.

This Saturday, Digitalism returns to Miami for a live show at Bardot. So we here at Crossfade spoke with Jence about why go on tour without a new album worth of material, how they are influenced by indie rock, and the pressures to keep innovating.

UPDATE Check out Crossfade's concert review "Digitalism Got Hella Kraftwerk-ian, Brought 2007 Back at Bardot Miami."

See also:

-Fred Falke on Daft Punk's Return: "An Adrenaline Shot Into Mainstream EDM"

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