photographed by Alfred Härting
Monthly Archives : November 2011
Is it possible to find closure? There’s a saying that goes something like I need to stop in order to move on. That is true, I believe. But stop signs don’t come at each turn on the same road. So, when you see a stop sign, you do stop. Why would you stop after? Why would you go back? I’m not a good driver so I rather follow my path in one go than driving in circles just to make sure I took the right turn. I get lost plenty of times due to this way of driving. But how would I find all the unexpected beautiful things otherwise?
Text by Luisa Santos
Amazing news! Vienna will get a new club very soon! And so far they have done everything right. First – Grelle Forelle is a remarkable name. The house rules are promising. No admission under the age of 21 – strict “no Photo Policy ( Finally now unneccessary party pictures – just pure party and lasting memories in the head) – no pre-sale tickets and no guestlist. And already some good bookings like Damian Lazarus or Matthias Tanzmann. What more could one want? Get ready and be perpared for the Club Opening at 09.12.2011 hosted by Turbo Projects. (Their last party with one of our favourite DJ´s ever Dubfire was impressive and veryyy hot)
The US dubstep scene and producers are (except Skrillex of course) not often mentioned in musical media, which is quite a shame. Because frankly, there are also quite a lot of talents. They just need to raise and be explored at the right time – like Sepalcure, a two-member project of Praveen Sharma (aka Braille) and Travis Stewart (aka Machinedrum).
After two great EPs for Scuba`s Hotflush label, the US duo Sepalcure is now coming with their self-titled debut. Ten brand new tracks are a perfect mix of influences of UK house, dubstep or even house. If you know self-production of Braille or Machinedrum, you can definitely recognize footprints of each one on this album, which I think creates a perfect balance in their music.
Praveen and Travis met by accident in New York and became good friends. There wasn`t any idea to make music together till the moment when Praveen`s girlfriend Sougwen (who by the way is responsible for the fabulous artwork ) left for studies. The guys were hanging around and suddenly grabbed instruments and started to record it. And that was the beginning of the big Sepalcure thing. Composing became a little bit complicated after Travis moved to Berlin, but after almost a year they finally finished the whole album and released it on the 21st November.
Sepalcure promises a tour for 2012 with an exceptional visuals made by Soungwen. So, watch out!
Original video for the track Pencil Pimp
Review by Simona Hypsová
Fesch´wars! Der dritte Designer Fesch´Markt ist wieder äusserst gelungen über die Bühne (wir berichteten) – oder besser durch die Brauerei gegangen: Herrlich angenehme Stimmung, man konnte schön schmöckern, coole Background- Dj´s und viele Fundgruben an Einzel- und Designerstücken. Und: Ich bin nun endlich auch glückliche Besitzerin einer dieser wunderbaren Fesch´Markt Wundertüten. Hier unsere Impressionen – Enjoy!
photography by Ünal Karahan and Christine Guggenberger
Can anyone be creative? “Sure but creativity is a form of art. Some people are artist and some people aren’t. Some folks just do better watching and being a consumer than creating.” says Stevie Boi.
Well, he for sure is one of the people that are good in creating. Within a really short time he managed to make himself a name as the designer of the cool shades that have been seen on the ever so stylish Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, The Black Eyed Peas, B.o.B, The Editor of Vogue, Lola Monroe and many more. Not bad for a 22-year old with no design background but with a lot of ideas and the ability to put his imagination into reality – combined with hard work of course. But the need to create doesn´t just stop once you achieved something – so for sure we will hear and see more exciting things from Stevie Boi. We are very pleased to have been able to ask him a few questions about how he feels about his success, what his plans are and what the best things in life for him are…
First of all, Stevie how are you and where are you right now?
I am in Baltimore city in my Loft!
Your eyewear is all over the place at the moment with famous people such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce etc wearing them- how does that feel?
It feels really great aswell as well deserved.
I like it that you once said you don´t want to be just recognized as the eyewear designer of Lady Gaga & co though – it seems that you still have a lot of ideas and goals -what are your next steps?
I am currently filming a project, aswell as working on my next collection for MBFW.
What is the secret of your really fast success?
Hmmm, I would say just having an open mind and staying in people’s thoughts.
Can anyone be creative?
Sure but creativity is a form of art. Some people are artist and some people aren’t. Some folks just do better watching and being a consumer than creating.
I have just watched a lot of interviews with you- very inspirational and I am impressed of how focused and mature you are at such a young age! In one interview you said that by the age of 27 or so you don´t want to be that hard working anymore- what will you do then?:)
I imagine by the tender be of 27 I will be an already accomplished designer. I want to focus on being more than just a man behind he scenes. I am a personality and extremely fun to be around, I think it’s time for folks to see that.
left: Lady Gaga photographed by Wire image
Amber Rose photographe by Michael Antonio
Product shots by Michael Antonio
If not being a designer one of your choices would be to be a musician- what kind of music would you make?
A Vocalist/rapper. I would do lots of screaming, I love M.I.A
You were born in Georgia, but grew up in Europe- London, Paris, Germany and Italy, how come? Where was your favourite place and where do you feel at home now?
My parents were in the military that explains my travels. All were my fav but I really loved London. I feel at home in Europe more than I do here in the USA.
What other question should I really have asked you and what would you answer?
Hmm, how about. Stevie is it true your an alien? Ahhahhahha absolutely not! But I am from a different planet (dun dun dunnn) lol
5 things you cannot live without?
Hmm. My family, iPad, sunglasses, team ,and supporters.
What makes you happy- what makes you sad?
I get sad when I feel sad. I’m happy when everything is going the way I want it. I’m such a spoiled big baby haha.
The best things in life are…
Living! I just love to live and be happy. That’s my modo.
Many thanks for your time!
Interview by Sigrun Guggenberger
“Nothing reminds me more of the freedom of my childhood than the feeling of being able to create something through the scope of my camera.” says Christoph Schaller. And you can feel that in his images and fashion short films. You are enchanted like you have just come back from a journey.
As a matter of fact the native German, who has attended an English boarding school for a couple of years, has only been taking photographs for a short time, but it was time enough to spark of his passion for it. And in the meantime he already had publications in magazines and newspapers such as the Spook Magazine, the Süddeutschen Zeitung and the Berliner Zeitung. We are pleased to ask a few questions to the young photographer and show some of his expressive images to you…
„Nichts erinnert mich so an die Freiheit meiner Kindheit wie das Gefühl etwas durch den Sucher meiner Kamera zu erschaffen“ meint Christoph Schaller. Und das fühlt man in seinen Bilder und Fashion Kurzfilmen. Man ist ein bisschen wie verzaubert nach einer Reise. Eigentlich hat der gebürtige Deutsche, der einige Jahre eine englische Boarding Schule besuchte, erst vor kurzem mit dem Fotografieren begonnen, aber dies war Zeit genug um seine Leidenschaft dafür zu entfachen und mittlerweile waren seine Arbeiten schon in Publikationen wie Spook Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung und Berliner Zeitung zu sehen. Wir freuen uns dem jungen Photographen ein paar Fragen zu stellen und euch einige seiner aussdruckstarken Bildern zu zeigen…
Photography means to me…
Dreams, love, youth. Nothing reminds me more of the freedom of my childhood than the feeling of being able to create something through the scope of my camera. I love to let an image emerge in my mind and then be able to convert this into reality. I think that photography can communicate feelings like no other medium.
I am blogging because…
Because like this I am constantly improving. Thus I am posting almost all the images on my blog I am having a constant dialogue with my readers that I really enjoy.
Nothing inspires me more than…
Unconventional beauty and nature. I do look through a lot of books and magazines but my biggest inspiration is my surrounding and people. Furthermore I get inspired by feelings. With all the pressure and commitments onto social norms I have a strong desire for freedom, that has led to the creation of many of my photos.
Fotografie bedeutet für mich…
Traum, Liebe, Jugend. Nichts erinnert mich so an die Freiheit meiner Kindheit wie das Gefühl etwas durch den Sucher meiner Kamera zu erschaffen. Ich liebe es, ein Bild in meinem Kopf entstehen zu lassen und dieses dann in die Realität umzusetzen. Ich denke, Fotografie kann Gefühle vermitteln wie kein anderes Medium.
Ich blogge weil…
Ich mich dadurch konstant verbessert habe und es immer noch tue. Dadurch, dass ich beinahe alle Fotos, die ich mache auf dem Blog poste stehe ich in einem konstanten Dialog mit meiner Lesern, der mir sehr viel Spaß macht.
Nichts inspiriert mich so sehr wie…
Unkonventionelle Schönheit und Natur. Ich blättere zwar durch viele Bücher und Magazine, aber meine größte Inspirationsquelle ist meine Umwelt und die Menschen. Außerdem schöpfe ich Inspiration aus Gefühlen. Durch viel Druck und Gebundenheit an gesellschaftliche Normen empfinde ich einen wahnsinnigen Freiheitsdrang, der mich zu vielen meiner Fotos bewegt hat.
Most of the time I can be found…
Either hidden behind my iMac, where I am struggling through university documents, edit current images and plan new ones or in the kitchen of my flatshare. I live together with one of the guys that I brought the the film project “Wild Eyes” into being. We also spend hours with concocting new stuff ( or when nothing precedes we can be found in front of the playstation) Other than that I spend lots of time outside, the Munich Gärtnerplatz is my favourite.
In 5 years I see myself…
Hopefully not as a business administrator within the management area of a company (which is what I actually study) It is my dream to become a photographer and travel a lot, meet interesting people and experience other cultures. I would love to live in Australia, take an endless amount of pictures and live a life without worries and full of freedom and love.
Meistens trifft man mich…
Entweder versteckt hinter meinem iMac, wo ich mich durch Uni Unterlagen kämpfe, aktuelle Bilder bearbeite und neue Fotos plane oder in unserer WG Küche. Ich wohne mit einem der Jungs zusammen, mit denen ich das Film Projekt „Wild Eyes“ in’s Leben gerufen habe. Der Rest ist meistens auch nicht fern und wir verbringen Stunden damit, neues auszuhecken (oder wenn nichts vorangeht zockend vor der Playstation). Ansonsten bin ich ziemlich viel draußen unterwegs, der Münchner Gärtnerplatz ist mein Favorit.
In 5 Jahren seh ich mich…
Hoffentlich nicht als BWL’er im Management Bereich eines Unternehmens (wie das mein Studiengang ja eigentlich suggerieren würde). Es ist mein absoluter Traum, Fotograf zu werden und viel um die Welt zu kommen, außergewöhnliche Menschen kennenzulernen und Kulturen zu erleben. Am liebsten würde ich in Australien wohnen, unendlich viele Bilder machen und einen Lebensstil führen, der frei von Sorge und voller Freiheit und Liebe ist.
Interview by Christine & Sigrun Guggenberger all images © Christoph Schaller
“We were in this very decadent club once. Drugs, house music, girls shaking their asses, drunk people… In a lucid moment I thought ‘we’re fucked, we have no future’. I don’t know if that’s political. That’s not our intention….We are the suicide of the West as well as we are more concerned about what kind of beer we’ll find at our backstage. ” TSOWC- The Suicide of Western culture is a music duo from Spain and surely not only their name has caught our attention…
Hello guys, many thanks for your time :) How are you and where are you at the moment?
Very well, indeed. After releasing such a personal record we could never imagine we would be doing interviews for international media, touring in Europe and soon in the USA. It’s a good moment for our career.
The suicide of Western Culture, -let us know a bit about you guys behind this music project…who are you and how did you get together as a band?
TSOWC are two guys from the Barcelona outskirts. We come from an industrial town just 20 miles from Barcelona, with the 3rd highest unemployment rate in our country. Those who have interests different from the ordinary ones we know each other, ie video art, music, cinema, photography… Both of us felt the need of making music in some kind of underground style as early Warp or Replex artists did – just releasing demos without any specific aim. A record label heard one of them and they went for us. Then, here we are.
How did you come up with that band name and why? Is it a political message?
We were in this very decadent club once. Drugs, house music, girls shaking their asses, drunk people… In a lucid moment I thought ‘we’re fucked, we have no future’. I don’t know if that’s political. That’s not our intention. We just express the things we like as in ‘The End of Luxury’. Or how we loathe the current situation of the Spanish working class. We don’t provide solutions – we don’t have them. We are the suicide of the West as well as we are more concerned about what kind of beer we’ll find at our backstage.
I read that your debut album was created in a London youth hostel using a super limited roster of equipment including the kind of Casio keyboards- is that true? Did you rob all the sleep of your fellow room mates while playing the music?:)
Yeah, that’s true. We just had some Casio keyboards, a couple of drum machines, a bunch of effects units and a lousy sampler machine for sequences. In fact, that’s our working method. The next album is going to be recorded in a Berlin hostel. It will be a little bit different since we could afford some new samplers after touring that will make it easier. Our album was recorded with cheap home monitors and then was slightly mixed in Barcelona.
One of your songs is called ,Battersea Power Station,- it caught my attention as I lived really close to there in London for some years. What´s the story behind this title and song?
The song is just a walk around the place. Oddly enough, we found more interesting the Battersea Power Station than the Big Ben. When you suddenly come across that place you get immediately impressed. Most of the people may see it as a fucking old factory that should be demolished, though. Then we are also Pink Floyd fans.
Are you working on another album right now?
As said before, we’re just on the process of making sounds with our Casio keyboards, effects units and stuff. We recently bought some of outlet synths – DX100, Poly-800, Casio CZ-100. We like to work with real machines, we’re not too keen on software. It’s just an option. We love keys and knobs.
Who are your musical influences?
I don’t know. We might be influence by the early electronic music, krautrock, 90s post-rock, industrial music, shoegazing… We listen to any kind of music. Recently we’re into American folk.
Most of the time when performing or on pic you are wearing a hoody- why is that?
We do care about the visuals in our concerts and we prefer to distract attention from us. Like two shadows on the stage. Then we’re kind of ugly and it’s be preposterous pretending to be rock stars with our music style.
Barcelona, Berlin or London- what is the best party place?
We’d say Berlin. It’s nice to party in Barcelona, but you can get robbed if your drunk. Then in London you might get robbed and got beat up! Berlin is a fine place to play too. So it is Barcelona. Unfortunately, we’ve never played in London so far.
5 things you cannot live without?
Casio MY-64, Boss mMtalzone, TR-505 and Belgium beer
What makes you happy…?
I’d be very happy watching bankers and politicians in jail, but that hasn’t happened yet.
Interview by Sigrun Guggenberger
Patricia Gimenez (24) is a young and inspiring fashion designer from Sao Paulo. She worked in the creative team of Brazilian designer Cris Barros. Recently Patricia creates collections for luxury brands such as “LEFT” (Sao Paulo), and “So In Mell Swin” (California), and also create illustrations for the “more than fifty group” and “irresistible” (Miami).
Styling and Design: Patricia Gimenez – Photography: Marcelo Kahn – Hair and make-up: Mirella Cimelli - Model- Isabela abegalini
Text by Markus Gnong
I`m sure you know that feeling. It`s the middle of the week and you already thinking about what are you up to on friday. So, you open C-Heads and check our events :-)
Last week we recommended two concerts – Jamie Woon, Neon Indian + We Love at Meet Factory. (Jamie Woon was great, btw). You can still catch Neon Indian and We Love this friday! But if you are not in the mood for concert (or maybe you want an after party), this tip is for you – Just Like That party on popular houseboat on Vltava river! But this edition definitely won`t be ordinary because we are celebrating a big thing – a new Prague based label called Visky.
DJs: Boris Hotton (De), Albrecht Wassersleben (De), Awacs, Lukas Micka, Pat Heart
BORIS HOTTON (Feelharmonic, Visky / DE)
Hailing from Siegen City / Germany, Belgian-born Boris Hotton is best known promoting his club nights and DJing at legendary club Dee2, fusing the elements of deep disco, house and techno music for over a decade. The 32-year-old’s wide musical range is also reflected in his stunning production work for Metromusic, OM Records (as Headphonism), Meerestief, Stupendous, Dj Ino’s House Café Music, Liebe Detail, Kina, Prog City, Deep Explorer, Troubled Kids or most recently his EPs on Feelharmonic and Visky, which makes Boris another hot property in Germany’s current house movement.
ALBRECHT WASSERSLEBEN (Uncanny Valley / DE)
Next one on board we have the promoter and co-founder of Uncanny Valley label from Dresden, Germany - Albrecht Wassersleben. Uncanny Valley is more than just a record label. It serves as a communication platform for both up and coming and established artists of Dresden’s electronic music scene. Many of these artists crossed paths on nights out in local clubs such as Altes Wettbuero or Galerie Disko and whilst checking out the latest releases in Fat Fenders, regarded as Dresden’s best stocked record shop. Inevitably, this led to some exciting collaborations and the birth of the Uncanny Valley. In summer 2010 the first record was released and entered the scene with a bang. The even more successful follow-up was released in December 2010.
Venue: houseboat U Bukanyra (Nabrezi L. Svobody, Prague)
Date: 25th November 2011
C-Heads talked with the very simpatico Slovenian DJ Tomy DeClerque. His current Carl Cox remix Nexus went to 13th position on Beatport Techno Top100. And although it´s more important for him just to make a real good track instead of worrying about chart- positions – the young producer can be very proud! Enjoy the interview and Tomy´s favourite November Charts.
Hello Tomy, first of all thanks for your time! I hope you are well and first I want to congratulate you because your remix Nexus (Tomy DeClerque Remix) went to 13th position on Beatport Techno Top100 ? Are you very excited about that?
All good thanks! Well – I was very excited when my manager told me I was going to do a remix for Carl. It is like one of the biggest dreams coming true, doing a remix for such a legend is a big privilege. There is another remix of the same track – the full vocal remix ( I don’t know if I can even talk about ) :) but we are waiting for the right moment to put it out :) As for Beatport I’m happy that the track reached that position, but personally I’m not into positioning music or djs in charts. It seems that then all are just focusing on getting higher in the charts instead of making a good track. And I heard lot of great tracks that haven’t come even near the charts :)
That´s true! I am just listening to your track Leavin [gift for Carl Cox] ? it´s brilliant and I really love it! – you have been working on that track for a long time and you said that it was very special to you and is one of the best tracks that you made. Why is it so special to you?
Because I really took my time to make it! I think it was about 6 or 7 months. I didn’t mind to just make a track – I wanted to do it right and in an old school way. Recording things, trying different edits, leave it for couple of weeks , return to work on it when I had time. Change some things, record real instruments – it was not just “lets make a track and release it”. That´s why I give it to Carl and all his fans. And is still free for download on my soundcloud.
You started Djing when you were only 17 and later you also started producing- has it been your childhood dream to do that or you just somehow got into this?
As a child I loved playing with Lego. Builded things up, take them apart and build something else. “When I was a teenager I did the same thing but not with legos anymore. More like TV, amps, … That´s how I got interested in technology and how all this things work together. Almost it was more this that got me into DJing than music. :) And later on this all got me into production. But if you think – producing music is as legos :) You can use same things (samples, synths, …) and create different stuff all the time :)
What kind of electronic music or music in general were you listening to in your youth?
Well, the very first music that I was aware of – like …uuu … I like this … was … khm khm …well … country … but don’t tell anyone :) But I was like 8 or 9 and then when the electronic music started to come to Slovenian coast through Italian radio stations I was in. From the beginning.
I watched a video where you explained how you work- it really shows how complex the work of a DJ is, – one has to be totally focused and be able to multitask etc? have you ever had a situation where you completely lost track during a set-up?
Too many people just don’t understand and use new technology in a wrong (or easy ) way. All this new software and controllers are there do make some things easier. So you can be creative and concentrate on different stuff you can do . But I see too many DJs just buying top charted tracks, loading them in the software, press play and they call themselves DJs. But being a DJ is faaaaaaaar more than that! I spend a lot of time trying to discover new things and test different setups to get as much as possible from the new technology and to make it most interesting for the crowd in front of me. You need to be extremely focused, or you just lose it. And need again some time to see where you have left off, but in the meantime – the moment can already be gone and you could not do what you wanted to do. So you have to get a new idea and do it again. In a couple of seconds! With time this comes more natural – but at the beginning there were some moments I didn’t even know where I am. And I don’t mean with the music … hahahaha
I like it that you are very focused on watching the crowd when playing and then give them what they want rather than just playing a track list. Certainly that is what makes a good DJ. I guess you have to connect with your audience to be able to do that- does it ever happen that you don´t feel this connection to your crowd?
I must admit that there were few times that I was like …mmmm no , no , no … thats not good … during the set … but after they were all happy and amazed by the performance. So it was just my wrong feeling. This always depends on how the crowd is used to party. In some countries they are screaming with hands in the air so you get the feeling that all is good. But in some places they are just dancing (or better say stepping from one foot to another ), watching up in console and they do like this for 2 to 4 hours . So u get the personal impression that they are not having a good time. But this is how they have good time :)
Do you have role models- people from the music scene you really admire?
Yes … whoever does it with passion! And you can see it and feel it from their performance and mostly from their behaviour before and after the performance.
What or who inspires you?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. It is something you absorbe during all day long. It´s funny how some people in the business talk about pop music. That pop music doesn´t affect them. But this is absolutely impossible. If you are out and eating a pizza and listening to the radio there – and f.e. Lady Gaga is playing… it affects you. You are not aware of that but your subconscious is absorbing that.
You are from Slovenia ? How is the electronic music scene over there at the moment?
Like everywhere else in the world. Everybody is complaining there is nothing going on. But when something is going on here …then the same people don´t go … hahahahahaha
Now- what`s the story behind “My Chart” of November?
There is no particular story. Just 10 tracks that are the best in my promo inbox at the moment. Also the chart which I created in no classic order – like from the best down. Just 10 best tracks of the month! With of course my newest track in the 1st position like every month … hehe
Where can people see you live next?
This weekend I will play with Laurent Garnier in Ambasada Gavioli and after that I will play in a new club in Italy called “Cube”. But the best thing is just to follow me over social networks to know where and when. Things are changing fast. It feels like there is a period of “last minute “ bookings … hahahaha …
And last a few typcial C-Heads questions:
The perfect day starts with and ends with…?
Good coffee … yes … I’m coffee addicted … and ends with couple of good news that arrived during the day. And maybe a good track that has been finished or just started – just to have the satisfaction in my head before going to sleep.
5 things you cannot live without?
Coffee, phone, music, something to do (anything) and another Coffee
The most important thing in life is..?
Life itself … too many people are just dreaming about how they wanna see their life just instead of focusing on what they have already and enjoy it .
Many thanks for your time and music:)
Thank you :)
Interview by Christine & Sigrun Guggenberger