Moderat’s formation began back in 2002 when Sascha Ring (aka Apparat) and Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary (aka Modeselektor) recorded an EP for the record label BPitch Control. The making of this release was incredibly exhausting for the three of them, and at the last minute they renamed the EP "Auf Kosten der Gesundheit" (which translates to "At The Cost Of Health"). When it came time to begin working on an album, Moderat suddenly broke up.
A short time later both Modeselektor and Apparat simultaneously worked on their own full-length albums -- Modeselektor’s debut, Hello Mom!, and Apparat’s collaboration with Ellen Allien, Orchestra of Bubbles. Each went on to become successful releases and were followed by two career-defining albums for the individual acts. Additionally, since their debut releases, both acts have performed over 1,000 shows at nearly every point of the globe.
Modeselektor’s sophomore album in 2007, Happy Birthday, set a milestone in German music history as they collaborated with musicians including Puppetmastaz, Maximo Park and Thom Yorke. Amongst a slew of remixes for the likes of Thom Yorke and Björk, Modeslektor also went on to tour with Radiohead across Japan in 2008.
Apparat, on the other hand moved forward with his album Walls in 2007, taking a musical path that was more band-oriented and kept him on tour for several years running.
It was a twist of fate that brought about Modeselektor and Apparat’s reunion in the spring of 2008. Szary and Bronsert, both proud fathers, were on their way to the "Stadtbad Mitte" (Berlin-Mitte City Pool) with their children for their regular Monday swimming lessons when they ran into Ring, a devout bachelor who happened to be accompanied by several dubious females. After a brief argument about whose most recent album was better and how one could have benefited from the other’s involvement and vice-versa, the three gentlemen quickly made peace and decided to get back to work on their collaborative album post haste. Thus, Moderat was reformed.