Florian Schneider dies – Founding member of Kraftwerk dies at 73

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Florian Schneider has died at the age of 73, confirmed Billboard.

The German musician was best known for being one of the founding members of the electronic music group Kraftwerk.

Florian, whose full last name was Schneider-Esleben, founded the group alongside Ralf Hutter in 1970, two years after they met at the Academy of Arts in Remscheid, Germany.

Florian, whose main instrument was the flute, was cited as one of David Bowie’s influences.

Bowie titled an instrumental track on his album Heroes, V-2 Schneider, after the musician.

Bowie was strongly influenced by the sound of Kraftwerk during the “Berlin” period in the late 1970s.



Florian died at the age of 73


He was a founding member of Kraftwerk

A multi-talented artist, Florian played the synthesizer, vocoder, flute and saxophone.

Kraftwerk has released 10 studio albums, including Autobahn from 1974, which reached number four on the British charts.

He left the group in 2008 after four decades.



Fans paid tribute to Florian

Before Florian’s death, Kraftwerk had announced that the group would begin a 50th anniversary tour of North America, but the concerts were canceled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Producer Robert Goerl first announced the death of Florian on Facebook, writing in German: “Oh no, Florian Schneider, have a nice trip. “

Mark Reeder, who owned the German electronic dance music labels MFS and Flesh, followed: “Bye Florian, you have had an indelible impact on my life, let the neon lights shine for you. “



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After learning of his death, fans went to Twitter to pay tribute.

A fan wrote: “Sad news of the death of this legend Florian Schneider, RIP”

Another posted: “RIP Florian Schneider, essential pioneer of electronic music and asparagus buyer. “

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