The story of Pitchtuner starts with a mix tape. When Japanese traveler Miki Yoshimura on her stop by in Germany saw a show of Johannes Marx’s former band Planet 9 and asked him for a tape afterwards. Planet 9 had only released on vinyl, so they had to make an appointment to make things happen. And things did happen! Shortly after, they formed Pitchtuner and since then toured through Europe, Asia and the US, releasing three albums to date, and ruining several cars and tour buses.
Pitchtuner builts its style around a great combination of indie DIY spirit + 100% dance floor compatibility. Music critics love their sound describing them as “Rocking Pop on electronic basics: smart and naive at the same time, exotic by nature, freshly grooving”.
Since the beginning, Pitchtuner is searching for the perfect way to bring band music together with sequencers & drum machines, explore the infinite sound-scapes of the electronic music universe and combine it with the liveliness of guitars, unexpected changes and intuitive twists. To forward their idea of high-tech DIY and machine human interaction (an idea first pioneered by Kraftwerk), Marx started building his own instruments, controllers and music software. With one-of-akind instruments, they get closer and closer to this concept, unique sound and a very special live experience
Pitchtuner’s third album ‘Riding The Fire’ partly produced by Germany's indie sound guru Moses Schneider (Beatsteaks, Tocotronic, Mediengruppe Telekommander etc.) presents Pitchtuner’s increasing sharp sound design and composition.
With pounding disco tracks like Supersonic Ride, they refined their more rock oriented grooves in the past for strong dance beats coloured with space filling distortion and super catchy hooks. Other tracks echoed everything from Japanese Pop, to funk grooves, to prog-electro, all pulled together in a package of dizzying new sounds.
Right now, Pitchtuner is working on their fourth album which further goes into experiments with self-designed instruments. They are happy to work together with producer Norman Nitsche (Whitest Boy Alive, Mina, Contriva etc.). The new tracks are translated from their live shows that play like an interactive, hyperactive DJ set with live instruments. With kudos from contemporaries and friends like Go Chic / Das Pop / Jeans Team / Nova Heart from all over the world, their upcoming album promises to be a true break out for Pitchtuner.