One of the original Members of the popular German Electronic Group Kraftwerk, passed away last night (Wednesday 6th May). Florian Schneider is not believed to have contracted Coronavirus, with the following statement being released shortly after the time of his passing: “”Florian passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday”.
Alongside Co-founder Ralf Hütter in 1970, Kraftwerk quickly established themselves as one of the most genre-defining and influential bands of the 70s and 80s. Popular songs such as The Model, and Autobahn, would go on to influence a wide range of artists from Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, New Order, Depeche Mode, Rammstein and Enter Shikari to name but a few. As you can see, the band had a huge influence over a range of artists spanning 5 decades. Both Coldplay and Jay-Z have sampled their work, and the band reportedly turned down Michael Jackson’s advances to collaborate on a number of occasions.
Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter from a number of popular musicians.
The full statement from The Rolling Stone is as follows:
“Kraftwerk co-founder and electro pioneer Ralf Hütter has sent us the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades,” the full statement reads. “Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday.
“In the year 1968 Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider started their artistic and musical collaboration. In 1970 they founded their electronic Kling Klang studio in Düsseldorf and started the multi-media project Kraftwerk. All the Kraftwerk catalogue albums were conceived and produced there.”
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Mr. Schneider at this difficult time.