Since nearly two decades, Sascha Ring aka Apparat is one of the defining protagonists of electronic music in Germany. With tireless curiosity, he explores the possibilities of combining programmed sounds with analog instruments; he moves forth and back between avant-garde, club music and big anthemic pop moments; he composes music for listening, music for clubs and music for movies und theatre plays. Starting with his debut album „Multifunktionsebene“ from the year 2001, up to his forthcoming „LP5“, he has continuously expanded his musical palette and connected himself with all kinds of artists and arts.
Sascha Ring was born in 1978 in Quedlinburg in the Harz mountains, where in the mid-nineties he started his musical career as a techno DJ. His music still benefits from this early experiences, he says, but when he moved to Berlin in 1997, he sold his turntables to afford his first synthesizers. The music on his debut „Multifunktionsebene“ was solely produced with electronic devices; one might describe it as IDM (Intelligent Dance Music), but with an aura of melancholic warmth und humanity. On the second album „Duplex“ from the year 2003, Sascha Ring already started to include saxophone and vocals into his electronic compositions; on the third album „Walls“ from the year 2007, one can hear also smoothly buzzing and swishing strings over stuttering xylophone beats.
„I’ve used every new album to broaden my musical horizons and overcome my personal inner resistances,“ says Sascha Ring: „I’ve always had reservations about anything that came too close to conventional ‚pop‘-moments; so I consciously moved in this direction. With each album, I pushed the limit further.“ He also never liked the role of the solo-producing laptop nerd. „I always enjoyed working with other people. And I feel the need to do things that are beyond my reach. That’s why I use to choose new musical tasks that initially go way over my head and frustrate me.“