Florian Schneider Leaves Kraftwerk

Florian Schneider, co-founder of German electronica band Kraftwerk, has officially quit the band, leaving Ralf Hütter as the only remaining original member.

The announcement was made on Kraftwerk’s fan site:

Florian Schneider leaves Kraftwerk…

Florian Schneider leaves Kraftwerk after a 40 years partnership with Ralf Hütter.

This partnership has generated an incredible music and huge advances in music technology.

Florian is a great musician, always seeking the perfect sound through technology. Refined and perfected sounds and vocoders to impossible levels of perfection.

Our thanks for the state of art that led to Kraftwerk’s music all these years.

And our wishes for success Florian’s new projects as well as to this new Kraftwerk.

Schneider’s departure makes you wonder: how long until the entire band is replaced by robots?

Schneider did participate in Kraftwerk’s most recent tour. Kraftwerk plans to keep touring, and is scheduled to open for Radiohead on the group’s tour of Latin America, starting March 15 in Mexico City.

Kraftwerk was founded in 1970 by Florian Schneider (flutes, synthesizers, electro-violin) and Ralf Hütter (electronic organ, synthesizers). The two had met as students at the Düsseldorf Conservatory in the late 1960s.

23 thoughts on “Florian Schneider Leaves Kraftwerk

  1. Perhaps Florian Schneider is just disgruntled because he feels neglected, now that no one uses the flute in contemporary music anymore.

    It would be incredible to get to see Kraftwerk, even without Schneider, on the same bill as Radiohead.

  2. Florian should team up with Edgar Froese, since the latter is the only remaining original member of Tangerine Dream and they have more in common now than they ever realized before.

  3. Heino !!! oh man, could you imagine.

    Heino, with Señor Coconut would be more likely. But i’d take that with Florian on the vocoder any day.

  4. Yes – sad news and end of an era. But hey, we’re still listening to Bach centuries after he stopped performing. In the end it’s his musical legacy that matters. I’ve no doubt that this will be everlasting.

  5. Kraftwerk have been coasting for close to 20 years, since Bartos left the group.

    He played on all their great tracks, with the exception of AutoBahn.

  6. This is terrible news. I actually secretly hoped they were working on a new album. They have been more prolific of late. TDF Soundtracks in 03′ (I believe) Minimum Maximum in 05′. Touring quite a bit (a ton by Kraftwerk standards). Their mixes were constantly changing in very subtle ways. Yeah, I was hoping for a new album, but now, maybe not.

    “He played on all their great tracks, with the exception of AutoBahn.”

    Mostly true. He was nowhere to be found on Tour De France Soundtracks which was a brilliant album.

  7. Founded the year of my birth, I have loved them since I understood what they do and will always love them, I am now passing that love of Kraftwerk on to my young nephews.

    Sorry to hear he has left Kraftwerk.

  8. “Sometimes he saw his real face, now there is a stranger at his place.”
    Who could replace Florian? with Ralf he was the nucleus of the original lineup.

  9. I first heard Kraftwerk at the age of 13 in Milwaukee, 1975. I loved them instantly. I hope they never end. If Ralf Hutter should ever decide to retire, I hope they replace him too, even if there are no original members! Make the Kraftwerk concept bigger than the founding members…like a corporation.

  10. I hope he concentrates on putiing out his own music.
    I’ve been listening to Karftwerk since the 70’s and have been lucky to see them 6 times from the Computer World era onwards.
    Their shows had gotten to be more fancy over the years but, I have to say, in all honesty, the music has not been AMAZING as it once was in the first two decades of their career.
    So, from that point of view, I don’t think this news is bad.

    They should’ve quit whilst they were ahead and, left people wondering… what if? More mystery! More intrigue!

  11. seems sad, especially after being together for such a long period. Hopefully they will both aspire to doing some new projects on their own.

  12. sad day for music
    sad day for electronic music

    and radiohead should get on their knees and beg kfatwerk to OPEN for them. right? pardon me, but it’s like Diane ross & the supremes opening for rihanna – utter insanity

  13. I think he has just stopped touring, and for his new adventure, i bet he will be still working out of the klingklang studio!

  14. I managed to see kraftwerk twice! Once in edinburgh the original band line up and the last time in bergen norway.

    I was sad to learn about the departure of florian from kraftwerk! I dont think the band will ever be the same.

    It puzzles me? Why he actualy did leave.


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