Florian Schneider Biography
Florian Schneider-Esleben, born at Lake Constance on April 7, 1947, was a German musician and composer who died on May 6, 2020. He co-founded the highly influential Kraftwerk Band in 1970.
Quoting Florian Schneider would be a disservice to his legacy and the intent of his work. The music says it all. Every single note. pic.twitter.com/s2Bs1lmepy— Ghostly (@ghostly) May 6, 2020
Florian Schneider Career
Florian Schneider-Esleben was born in Öhningen on April 7, 1947 by Lake Constance, the son of the architect Paul Schneider-Esleben, and was thus originally called Schneider-Esleben, but only in 1972 started to name himself Schneider. It was Eva Maria's modern name. The family had moved to Düsseldorf when Florian was three years old. Since the very beginning his main instrument was the flute on which he is classically educated, among others, at several schools in Düsseldorf and Remscheid. He also plays guitar and violin. He went to Cologne to study musicology. He was a guest musicianKlaus Doldinger during his early career.
He met Ralf Hütter in 1967 on an improvisation course for the music conservatory at Düsseldorf. They released the album Tone Float in 1970 alongside other musicians. In an interview, Alfred Mönicks, one of the band's founders, clarified that the band had already named themselves Kraftwerk before the recording of the LP Tone Float, that is, 1969, but that the record company RCA felt that the German name would not fit internationally. He also notes in the same interview that Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider wanted the band to go on a tour to the U.S. and England but instead the other members decided to finish their studies and dropped out of the band as a result.
In 1998 at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, Florian Schneider was named professor of media art and performance. He possibly quit the band on November 21, 2008 but the band's then fan site, Technopop, only announced it on January 5, 2009. Today it remains unknown why he quit Kraftwerk. At the end of his life Florian Schneider lived with his daughter Lisa Schneider, who was born in 1992, in Meerbusch-Büderich, just outside Düsseldorf.
Florian Schneider Cause Of Death
His longtime band partner Ralph Hütter and record label Sony announce that Florian Schneider has died of cancer for German Attention. For The Guardian, Sony says it's been a week since the retired musician's funeral was held.
Such an important influence upon so much of the music we know, from Bowie, to electronica, much of the 80s and beyond into modern techno and rap, Florian Schneider was forging a new Metropolis of music for us all to live in. RIP #FlorianSchneider #Kraftwerk pic.twitter.com/y2nXuAY66e— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) May 6, 2020
Florian Schneider Album
In the 1970s Kraftwerk released seven albums, including the "Kraftwerk" debut and the 1974 repetitive and revolutionary "Autobahn." "The mix" came in 1991 after two albums in the 1980s, then it was until 2003 before "Tour de France soundtracks" were released by the band. Joakim Åhlund mourns a musician in the bands Teddybears and Les Big Byrds who has meant a lot to him.
Joakim Åhlund says
Incredibly boring! Kraftwerk is one of the cornerstones for me. A large and important part of the foundation itself. Their work is the foundation of everything I have come and made to try my little vanity. Strangely, given that they entered the history of music so late, relatively speaking. But they're Coltrane, they're Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Ramones. Up there among the true giants and innovators. When you make a family tree over the history of music, they have their own branch. Almost a tree of its own,
Kraftwerk was a legendary hermit and covered media-and when DN's Nils Hansson talked to Schneider's couple horse Ralf Hütter for the "Tour de France" album in 2003, he said the pair had been working on a lack of reception, mailbox, fax and telephone in his Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf.
Ralf Hütter said, "There is always plenty of activity around Kraftwerk,"
In 2008, Florian Schneider left Kraftwerk but the band went on touring. As part of an environmental effort Schneider released the song "Stop plastic pollution" in 2015.