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.
A few years ago the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen showed the Video for James Blake’s Limit to your Love in their showcase of selected music videos. When I watched this year’s selection I began wondering if Blake may have also produced a new video? And luckily along with his new album, he also produced a new little visualization of the piece „Overgrown“.
Photo: Andrey Dallmann
It took so long, but Spring finally arrived in Berlin. And this means that the season of open air parties has started as well. Stil vor Talent are celebrating their party early this year on May 12 in Rummelsburg. We are giving away two guest list places after the jump.
Soukie & Windish come from the North of Germany. Their hometown Bremen was not exactly known for its outstanding club culture, so a new DIY generation of promoters, producers and DJs started organizing parties at off-locations. Soukie & Windish were part of that scene and also started their DJing activities at thesetypes of parties.
Together they moved to Hamburg and in 2008 their first EP was published. Further releases followed and soon after they started performing at Fusion, the Bachstelzen parties and at the Salon zur Wilden Renate on a regular basis. In 2011 Soukie & Windish founded the label URSL together with Sebo and Madmotormiquel. Here they also published their debut A Forest.
In our Interview with Soukie & Windish we talked about music by Huey Lewis, Faith no more, Cro, Daft Punk, DJ Koze and Rihanna. More after the jump.
photos: Holger Talinski
Next week on Friday, the Radialsystem hosts an extraordinary event. At the Radiale Night on May 3, musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra play several concerts on different levels throughout the building. The program features, among others, a performance with dancers from Sasha Waltz & Guests. We are giving away 2 tickets after the jump.
This week all of our hearts bloomed thanks to the warm temperature and the early Spring sun. Some music releases came just in the right moment to become the soundtracks of these first sunny days, the most prominent one probably being the awesome new Daft Punk single Get Lucky featuring Pharrel Williams that was making the rounds on Facebook on Twitter since Monday. Another one that might be a bit more of an underdog is the new video by Frank Ocean, everyone’s favorite cool kid in r’n'b and hip hop. The release comes a bit out of the blue as it’s not a new song, but one from his last album Channel Orange. Lost was one of my favorite tracks so I enjoy it pretty much and the low-fi video is really beautiful. Enjoy it after the jump.
Mate played one of his first public gigs as a DJ at the legendary Bar 25, since than he has been performing in various clubs, mainly in Berlin, at open airs and festivals like Plötzlich am Bodden. Additionally, he is a resident at Rummels Bucht where he plays on a regular basis.
“My music isn’t meant to make people think, it’s meant to make them dance,” says Mate. In our interview, we have done some thinking as well, not about his music, but about songs by Michael Jackson, Die Ärzte, The Kills, Pachanga Boys and Freundeskreis. More after the jump.
When I wake up in the mornings it’s usually one song before the news on my radio alarm. I time it that way because I like hearing what state the world is in first thing in the morning.
But sometimes that one song playing before the news distracts me. This was the case a couple of weeks ago and so I pulled my computer into bed and did some lyric research to find out what this song I instantly adored was. It was Open by the familiar and fabulous Rhye. But my search didn’t end there…