I’ve met Alina from Frida Gold so many times in different events and parties, but I never actually saw her perform live. The final event of the EcoSport Challenge that came to a close after 6 exciting weeks on the last weekend now finally gave me a chance. Now I totally understand why people are so enchanted with her as she is a great and charming live performer with a voice as soft as honey. In a small mini concert in a rooftop loft of the Nhow Hotel at the Spree she sang some of her famous songs for all the teams of the challenge making this a very sweet finale. Enjoy some of the impressions of the event after the jump.
Time flies! I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks that have gone by since I was at the launch event of the EcoSport Challenge in Düsseldorf. At the time 8 enthusiastic teams drove off into the sunset with their brand new red Ford EcoSports and since then they have competed against each other in 6 different challenges. The challenges had the guys do some pretty funny and awkward things. They had to dress up as gorillas and buy bananas, make a crazy photoshoot, become shepherds, dance their asses off and make a battle of heroes. Now there is only 2 teams left and for the sixth and final challenge they had to do some good deeds. Now it’s up to the people voting, liking and sharing all their Instagrams, Tweets and videos and of course the challenge masters Alina from Frida Gold and Jan from Viva to give their final points. Who’s gonna win the EcoSport Challenge? Check out the videos from both teams for the final challenge after the jump and give them some support.
photo: August Schram – MeTube
Listen up folks: The Berlin Music Video Awards goes down tonight and it’s going to be a tight race! After the huge success of the 2013 edition, Dailymotion has teamed up with one of Berlin’s experimental playground for artists, Platoon Kunsthalle, to put on again a networking spectacle that highlights filmmakers and the art behind music videos. More about it after the jump.
This is yet another shout-out to one of my favorite musicians of all time: Tori Amos. She is virtuosic piano player and incredible songwriter with a voice made of honey – although she herself describes it as the sound of a fairy on crack. Last week she published her 196th studio album (okay I exaggerated, it’s the 14th, but still!) and tomorrow she will be playing live here in Berlin at Tempodrom. I realize that probably many of you, especially the younger ones, are not familiar with her. But I’m telling you, if you like magical piano sounds and fairy voices, you will love Tori. Her concerts are always very moving and often strike a nerve and reduce me to tears, in a good way.
The new album titled Unrepentant Geraldines has chosen a quite poppy and easily approachable style compared to the previous two that were very classical in sound with orchestras and all that jazz. From all her records this could very well be the least confusing one with friendly melodies and gentle arragements. For me as a die-hard fan it’s actually a little bit to smooth, I like it more crazy. But I have some dear favorites on the record already such as Selkie which she already performed here in Berlin at a press preview a few weeks ago where I also had the chance to shake her hand, as well as Oysters which is a total Tori classic that could easily be on one of her early records, and the amazing duett Promise with her daughter Tash who has such a brilliant jazz voice with so much soul in it. Can’t wait for the concert tomorrow!
After the jump a few samples from the new album Unrepentant Geraldines, a photo of my meet and great with Tori as well as some interview snippets that I really liked. If you want to educate yourself a bit more about her music you have to check this older article of mine with some of her best music videos.
photo: Stephan Flad
This year’s Berlin Festival features once again the cream of international top acts such as Woodkid, Moderat, Editors and K.I.Z. Furthermore Sven Väth, Darkside, Jessi Ware and Zoot Woman, Chase and Status, Austra and many others will perform at the old aiport in Berlin Tempelhof. Watch the teaser video and some music videos after the jump.
It’s finally Spring and the exciting festival season has kicked-off with so many music highlights awaiting us in the next couple of months. One of the most anticipated events this year is the annual Berlin Festival at Tempelhof. With amazing acts such as Woodkid, Austra, Moderat, K.I.Z., Mount Kimbie and Editors, as well as another edition of the Artville, the big art exhibition at the festival grounds, there is so much to look forward to.
We’ve teamed up with mobile app mbrace to give you a chance to win 2 tickets for the Berlin Festival. Find out more about it after the jump!
Berlin is not only great for its vibrant local music scene, but benefits from touring bands from all over the world bringing inspiring new music styles to the capital. This week’s music recommendation from our side is Pooma. They are a Finnish band who specialised in putting a dark twist on pop music. Inspired by the movie director David Lynch who’s famous for The Elephant Man, Twin Peaks and Mullholland Drive and his surreal aesthetic they got some impressive visuals as well that you can enjoy after the jump.
On the Showcase Night of Nordic by Nature on Thursday you have the chance to see Pooma live in concert for free at Monarch. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity and put yourself on the guestlist just by emailing to email@example.com. Also check their Soundcloud channel to get in touch with their vibe before the concert. More pictures and some really disturbing gifs after the jump.
photo: Dizzy Moon
Polly & Bob became a synonym for neighborhood activism and urban creativity in the last year. The small project is now taking Berlin by storm with another one of their wonderful events. After the Night of the singing Balconies and the Running Dinner through Friedrichshain there will be a one-day-event with free concerts inside the living rooms of Berlin on April 26, 2014.
My first thought was that most concerts would probably be from music-loving amateurs. But yet again Berlin proved me wrong showing up a lot of amazing talent performing for free at this event. Check out the whole list of performers over here. You can visit up to 4 concerts in one day at the times of 14h, 16h, 18h, and 20h. Each concert takes 30 minutes and then you have time to socialize with your neighbors and walk to the next living room. The tickets are for free but you have to reserve them in advance. The whole event will finish with a final concert of all participants at the Zwingli-Church (all the details here). After the jump there are some music recommendations from us and more photos.
I’m working for the Short Film Festival Oberhausen in my fourth year now and think I’ve been rather timid with self-adulation. But now it’s time and I want to point your attention to the short art in the Ruhr Valley. Not without current news of course! Those are the pride and joy of my colleague Jessica Manstetten. Nobody can compete with this lady when it comes to music videos! Each year she scours through the world of clips, seeking, sighting and stacking the top of the pops of the underestimated genre. In a three-day steady stare she and a commission select the best German works for the MuVi Award from submissions and select the MuVi International program from what they loved over the year. The selection for 2014 has been made and you can watch all German Clips online and Vote for the audience award since last week. A trip to the festival at the beginning of May, where the price will be awarded and celebrated with one of the legendary parties at the festival bar, is raffled among the voters…
Berlin is the perfect meeting place for creative people. They come here from all over the world with many ideas, some they share and than they start projects together. Music producer Robar from Australia and vocalist and songwriter Dominique from the USA went through exactly that and have their own Berlin baby that was born sometime last year. Forsthays is its name and I like to describe it as “Future RnB” because it walks a unique path between RnB vocals and electro pop music. Last year a small series of singles and remixes for other artists where released that caught my attention and admiration. And even though the two of them went seperate paths – one of them staying here in Berlin and the other one going to the United States – they continued their work over the long-distance and created their first EP titled Begins With You that was released just a few days ago. You can listen to 3 of the 5 songs after the jump and if you like it, you should buy the EP over at their bandcamp.