El Deux | NDW / Minimal / Switzerland
EL DEUX is the Swiss NDW, SYNTHY-WAVE-POP Duo of Gutze Gautschi (guitar, vocals), and Martin Kraft (vocals, drum machine). Formed circa 1981 by Gutze Gautschi who played in punk/New Wave band Fresh Color aka Frische Farbe featuring a pre-Yello Dieter Meier. Gutze's minimal electronic/wave compositions did not fit the concept of Frische Farbe, so they formed a new project with their live mixer, Martin Kraft, on vocals. Between April/September 1982 they recorded and mixed their debut album 'Nur für Mädchen' in 15 days at Powerplay Studios, Zurich. The LP was released later that year on Gold Records. Influences at that time were of course the NDW 'Neue Deutsche Welle' movement. Their step up for recording was a Moog Prodigy, Korg Rhythm 55 (KR-55), Simmons Drums, Casiotone 202, Guitar and Bass. The group was quite successful with many concerts, mainly in southern Germany and various TV appearances in Germany and abroad.