AS HALF OF PIONEERING POP DUO YELLO, CONCEPTUAL ARTIST DIETER MEIER’S INFLUENCE ON ELECTRO MUSIC IS ALMOST INCALCULABLE.
Yello are one of the most influential bands of the last four decades, with THE RACE, OH YEAH and BOSTICH impacting as both leftfield dance anthems and worldwide hits. The duo’s unique combination of music, video, art and humour has left a lasting impression on a generation of artists, with subsequent avant-pop purveyors Pet Shop Boys, Metronomy, Peaches, The Knife, Björk and the KLF particularly indebted. Meier and partner Boris Blank’s music has also made waves in the movies – most notably in John Hughes’ 1986 teen classic FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF.
In April this year – at the age of 69 – Meier released his debut solo album OUT OF CHAOS. He describes it as being informed by the idea of chaos as opportunity, and it combines deliciously idiosyncratic and esoteric oddities with sophisticated ballads, and acoustic elements with electronic perspectives. In this new edition of The Mouthcast Meier (speaking on the telephone from his office in Zürich, Switzerland) discusses both OUT OF CHAOS and Yello, in advance of a one-off London showcase in mid-September.