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.
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.
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.
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.
The fourth part of our interview serie The Berlin Experts puts the spotlights on the online magazine and event guide Don’t Panic Berlin represented by editor Indi Davies. Started off in 1999 as a free printed publication about arts and culture in the UK, Don’t Panic has hit the streets of Berlin a few years ago and since then it has been keeping us updated with all the latest arts, music, events, style and film news happening in our city and all around the world. Get an insight into Don’t Panic Berlin’s developments and its editor Indi Davies’ personal engagement with the city, 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.
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.
For the second part of our series The Berlin Experts we talked with gallery owner and curator Johann Haehling von Lanzenauer who co-founded the Circle Culture Gallery with Dirk Staudiger in 2001. Circle Culture is one of the leading galleries for contemporary art specialized in artists who draw their influences from street art, avant-garde design, pop-art, graffiti and other genres that go beyond traditional forms of art. For over 10 years Johann has maintained the urban attitude of the street in his gallery at Gipsstraße in Mitte, bringing his exceptional exhibitions also into a second location in Hamburg, several international art fairs worldwide and to recurring pop-up exhibitions in unusual spaces. Enjoy our interview with one of the most interesting personalities of our city about the art scene of Berlin after the jump.
I always enjoy it when I find something extraordinary in an artist biography. Ruede Hagelstein for instance is one of the co-founders of Restrealitaet, the “party forum” some of us spend way to much time with… His main job of course is being a producer (at Upon You and several other labels) and a DJ, as a resident at Watergate for example.
In our interview with Ruede Hagelstein, we have talked about music by Sisters of Mercy, Korn, KLF and Kate Bush. More after the jump.