Berlin is supposed to be the capital of electronic music. However, some of the most interesting German DJs and producers are actually not based in Berlin, but in Hamburg. I am of course talking about the Diynamic crew, about artists such as Solomun, H.O.S.H., Stimming, Kollektiv Turmstrasse and David August. All of them will be playing at the Watergate Open Air next Saturday. If you have ever seen Solomon or Kollektiv Turmstrasse live, you know that this is a party not to be missed. We are giving away two tickets after the jump.
photo: Malia James
Music that evokes carefree, endless Californian summer days – what more can you wish for? That is exactly what the band Big Deal sounds like. After their critically acclaimed debut album Lights Out back in 2011, they now released a new album: June Gloom not only marks a sonic step forward, the duo also broadens the lyrical themes of their previous work
In our interview with Big Deal, we have talked to Kacey Underwood about music by Sonic Youth, The Smiths, Arcade Fire, Beach Boys and The Black Lips. More after the jump.
Photo: Nico Woehrle
ABBY is a 4-piece band from Berlin that bridges the divide between Rock bands and Electronic Dance music. between Rock bands and Electronic Dance music. Their name as nothing to do with ABBA, it should rather stand for a musical concept whereby the songs form a „Narrative story mosaic“. If you, like me, have no idea what that means, check out their brillant new song Evelyn after the jump.
BRIAN DUFFY, DAVID BOWIE »ALADDIN SANE«, 1973
On 8 June, the gallery Camera Work opens an exhibition with portraits of the some of the world’s most famous bands and musicians. Camera Work rocks features pictures of artists such as Johnny Cash, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, created by photographers that are equally famous in their metier, such as Richard Avedon, Anton Corbijn, Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz. In total the exhibition shows more than 100 photographs of more than 30 musicians and bands. Check out a preview after the jump.
Francis International Airport are one of Austria’s finest indie bands. Just recently, they released a new album called Cache. While their previous album In the Woods was dominated by guitar sounds, the new one combines both analogue and programmed beats. You can now hear some distinct influences from the 80s and there is this particular attention to detail the band is known for.
In our interview with Francis International Airport, we have talked about music by The Cure, Mark OH, Francoise Hardy and Echo & The Bunnymen. More after the jump.
Farsad Zoroofchi a.k.a. FAYZEN composed his first songs with the age of nine. Later, he discovered Hip-Hop and started busking in Hamburg; it was there on the streets where he also sold his mixtapes more than 20.000 times. Now, FAYZEN took the next step and recorded his album Meer which was published at Universal earlier this year. On this debut he presents Hip Hop in a way that is quite unique in Germany: FAYZEN’s music is intelligent and sophisticated and his lyrics are always honest and very personal.
In our interview with FAYZEN we talked about music by The Kills, Common, Florence & The Machine and Lou Rawls. More after the jump.
Anish Kapoor – “Symphony for a Beloved Sun”, 2013. photo: Jens Ziehe
On Friday, the Martin-Gropius-Bau opened a solo exhibition of Anish Kapoor, who is one of the most important sculpture artist of our time. The show, comprising about 70 works, provides a survey of Anish Kapoor’s abstract poetic work from 1988 to the present. Many of the works have been specially designed for this venue. A particular highlight of the exhibition is the installation Symphony for a beloved Sun, which is set up in the atrium of Martin-Gropius-Bau. Check out a preview after the jump.
There a many ways to do a concept album. Burak Sar aka SIS has chosen one of the most unusual ways. His new album Confidence, published in April on Cocolino, charts his journey training as a horse whisperer. Sounds odd, right? Well, the reason is: SIS actually began being a horse whisperer as an outlet to draw him away from this intense lifestyle and the secluded passion of music making. His experiences in this trade have now inspired his music. On his new album each track is named after horses from international breeds and the title of the album Confidence also refers to horse whispering as well: “The most important thing with working with horses is confidence. We grow together and learn from each other, you need patience and to develop trust.”
In our interview with SIS, we have talked about music by Ricardo Villalobos, Eko Fresh, Anita Ward, Michael Jackson, Apparat and Lady Gaga. More after the jump.
At this point, the American Indie band In The Valley Below are completely unknown in Germany. It is easy to predict that this will change in the near future, as there is a huge potential in their dreamy and melancholic music. Next Tuesday (21 May), the duo from Los Angeles plays a concert at Fluxbau, and we are giving away 2×2 tickets after the jump.
When it comes to sound there are no boundaries for Stimming. Sources in his productions have included a Coke can, a coffee machine, children’s toys, keys, marbles, a rubbish bin, loose change and an Ikea pizza cutter. His intricate beats and rhythm are testament to his long-running drumming skills, and his productions are rooted in his classical training. Born in Giessen in 1983, Stimming became accomplished at the violin, piano and drums by the age of 10, giving him a solid musical education and ability. In the beginning of June, he will release a new album called Stimming at DIYnamic.
In our interview with Stimming we talked about music by Solomun, Cypress Hill, Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave, Florence and the Machine and Mark OH. More after the jump.