KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – Trentemøller

Trentemøller live at KEXP / photo by Laura Totten

Each week KEXP Documentaries bring you a musical subject in the time it takes to play just one song! For our current series we’ve teamed up with Seattle’s Decibel Festival to bring you profiles of 10 “Electronic Innovators”. Today at 3pm on Kevin Cole’s Afternoon Show it’s Danish artist Trentemøller. He started out as a DJ in 1997. As a composer his first single, the 12-inch “Physical Fraction,” dropped in 2005. The inventive production caught the attention of Danish club DJs and became a dance floor anthem that summer. In 2006, his first full-length album, The Last Resort, came out and made waves internationally with its cinematic feel and warm computer layers.

Trentemøller is also famous for his remixes, he’s redone songs by electronic acts like Moby, Royksopp and The Knife. He’s also remixed many indie rock and pop bands like Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand and a bunch of others. His 2nd record “The Great Wide Yonder came out in 2010 and on it he plays live instruments, giving it a warmer, earthier feel. The new album, and Trentemøller’s live show, has live vocalists bring in memorable melodies and give the music more of a human identity. Changing his innovation style from production and composition to the integration of organic music and computerized.

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Trentemøller plays Showbox at the Market here in Seattle on November 1st. For more info on the internationally-acclaimed Decibel Festival, coming to multiple venues here in Seattle on September 28 through October 2, visit

KEXP Documentaries are created by Michele Myers. This series was co-produced by Decibel Festival‘s Sean Horton. Assistant Producers are John Felthous and Mary Janisch. Lesson Plans are created by Tiffany Grobelski and Michele Myers. Executive Producer is Kevin Cole. If you would like to follow along more closely in the creation of these radio stories, we post research materials, songs and videos on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

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