Florian Schneider, a co-founder of the electronic and synth German band Kraftwerk died May 6 as a result of cancer less than a month after his 73rd birthday.

Schneider and fellow Remscheid Academy of Arts classmate Ralf Huetter began working together in 1968 with Organisation and formed the iconic band Kraftwerk in 1970.  Shying away from the spotlight individulally, Kraftwerk focused on their musical sound…a sound that would influence music artists for generations to come; including David Bowie, the Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, New Order and Daft Punk.

Kraftwerk broke through on the international scene in 1974 when they reached the top five on the U.S. and UK album charts with “Autobahn”.

Their influential music earned the band a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 2014.  Other accomplishments include a Grammy Award for the Best Dance or Electronic Album in 2017.  Though nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame six times, Kraftwerk has yet to make the cut.

Schneider was awarded a professorship at the Stuttgart Art Academy in 1998, but never arrived to fill the position.

Schneider left Kraftwerk in 2008.

In 2015, he joined forces with other electronic artists to create a musical campaign against plastic pollution of the oceans.

He was born Florian Schneider-Esleben the son of an architect in Duesseldorf on April 7, 1947.

No list of survivors were given.

The latest incarnation of Kraftwerk was set to tour America this year but like many other artists around the world were forced to cancel their plans due to the global pandemic.

feature photo credit: Floridan Schneider’s Facebook page