Interview: Listening to Music with Heathers

Interview: Listening to Music with Heathers

The band HEATHERS consists of twin sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara. In their home country Ireland the pop folk duo is already a star. Now, there album Kingdom was also released in Germany. In our interview with Ellie and Louise we have talked about music by Simon & Garfunkal, Florence and the machine, Elliot Smith and Leonard Cohen. More after the jump.

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Interview: Listening to Music with In The Valley Below

Interview: Listening to Music with In The Valley Below

photo: Eddie Chacone

The name “Los Angeles” evokes certain associations. Indie music is maybe not something you would think of first, even though there are a couple of great bands based in the Californian city – In The Valley Below for instance, which were a part of my personal summer soundtrack. In our interview talked about music by Phil Collins, Tokio Hotel, Robin Thicke, Depeche Mode, Guns N’ Roses and Chopin.

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Win Tickets for the Musikfest Berlin

Win Tickets for the Musikfest Berlin

photo: Schirmer

You can’t say it too often: Berlin is not only the capital of electronic music, it is also the capital of classical music. And just as there are several festivals celebrating Techno from Berlin, there are also festivals celebrating classical music in Berlin, like the Musikfest Berlin for instance, which started on Friday. For three weeks the best orchestras, soloists and conductors come to Berlin. We are giving away 2 tickets after the jump.

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Interview: Listening to Music with Kellerkind

Interview: Listening to Music with Kellerkind

photo: Micky Rosi-Richter

If people think of Switzerland, they think of green meadows, clear water, snow-covered mountains and fresh air. In the world of electronic music they think of soulful house music and a history of great parties and clubs. It is in both of these environments that Marco Biagini aka Kellerkind grew up. In the small town of Solothurn Kellerkind discovered the Chicago sound in the local clubs and got to know house music. 15 years later, Kellerkind has become an irreplaceable figure in the Swiss electronic music scene. Today he also is part of the Stil for Talent crew playing regularly in Berlin.

In our interview with Kellerkind, we have talked about music by George Clinton, Grandmaster Flash, Deichkind and Johnny Cash. More after the jump.

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Interview: Listening to Music with Animal Trainer

Interview: Listening to Music with Animal Trainer

It is not always easy to interview musicians. If you are a gifted musician, that does not necessarily mean that you are a gifted in doing interviews. Sometimes, you have to wait several weeks or even months for a reaction to your request; and when the artist finally replies, his answers consists of one or two words. On the other hand, there are musician that reply within one day with a perfect interview – like Animal Trainer for instance, the producer and DJ duo from Switzerland that belongs to the Stil vor Talent crew. In our interview, we have talked about music by Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Andhim, Jackson 5, Althea & Donna and Bonaparte. More after the jump.

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Save Catuma!

Save Catuma!

If you like to party at Bachstelzen, Kater Holzig or Sisyphos, you might already be familiar with Catuma: a Brazilian “Vine Cocktail” that contains Guarana and other herbs. Just a good alternative to beer and vodka long drinks…

Catuma is distributed by a Berlin company which is struggling with an absurd lawsuit since last year. The wine and champagne manufacturer Louis Roederer has pressed charges against Catuma because they used the word “cristal” in their communication; apparently, the rights to use this term are protected by Louis Roederer. An international luxury brand against a small Berlin company that distributes to small clubs – the whole thing is quite ridiculous, as both brands have almost nothing in common, they are not even competitors. The cristal that Louis Roederer sells costs about 170 Euros, which is not exactly the kind of drink you would order at the Fusion at 5am in the morning….

Now Catuma’s existence is threatened by the lawsuit. To help Catuma out, the Bachstelzen are hosting a support party at Wilde Renate in September. Get more information after the jump.

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Interview: Listening to Music with Gentleman

Interview: Listening to Music with Gentleman

photo: Patrick Buenning

There is no real need to introduce Gentleman – the maybe only white Reggae musician who is known all over the world; who even is even a much respected and successful artist in Jamaica. A few weeks ago, the sixth studio album New Day Dawn by the Cologne-based artist was published. On the album, Gentleman continues what he is known and loved for.

In our interview with Gentleman we have talked about music by 2Pac, David Bowie, Syl Johnson and Bad Brains. More after the jump.

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Interview: Listening to music with The Elwins

Interview: Listening to music with The Elwins

Now that summer has reached its climax, all we need is a good soundtrack – the debut album And I Thank You by the Canadian band The Elwins for instance. It consists of ten wonderful songs that are just perfect for swimming in a lake and making out in the sunset.

In our interview with drummer Travis Stokl we have talked about music by The Shins, The Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend, Kylie Minogue and Daft Punk. More after the jump.

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Haruki Murakami, retranslated

Haruki Murakami, retranslated

In Germany, Haruki Murakami’s novel South of the Border, West of the Sun was only available in a bad translation from the English version, not from the Japanese original. If you only know a little bit about translating, you know how absurd that is. Now, finally, the book was translated from Japanese – and it was definitely worth waiting for. More in the German version of this article after the jump.

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