Well, if you live in Berlin then today either you are the kind of person that can´t wait to be in the middle of all the demos going on, or you stick to the relaxed version of the day and you hole up back home. Anyhow, for either of those types tomorrow night be a good time to have a blast time going out. So what´s going on? I anyway got an invitation to go to the opening performance of FORSS “ECCLESIA” at the Berghain, where the creator, founder and CTO of SoundCloud and electronica artist Eric Wahlforss will give us a preview of his album Ecclesia coming out on the 12th of June and I am pretty curious about this. Not only has there been a timeframe of nine years from his last album, but it is also an audio-visual album which means it is a combination of electronic music and an app for the iPad. In his press release I read that the reason for making an app, was that when he initially wanted to release the album the iPad had been released as well, so he took this as a kind of sign to create something different. Talking about signs – maybe it was also because of a sign given to him that he has created an album sounding like you are in the middle of an awesome Holy-Mass-electronic-music-event. The idea of this album was “to recreate the essence of what a church is via the medium of electronic music”. Also very interesting is how he actually made the music- he basically “used recordings of strings, choirs, organs and ambient noise from church concerts which have been cut up into fragments and rearranged into a new mosaic of music, and recordings of wooden, stone and metal objects which make up the beats and percussion.” For the app he used the skills of Leo Lass, of the Viennese audio-visual team Depart and CGI artist of app developer team Untouch.FM, Marcel Schobel, and those two will also be responsible for the audio-visual performance ( that is a translation of the app) at the Berghain tomorrow. And I have to say great choice of location for something like that. So let´s see if I feel blessed and enlightened after tomorrow´s event…
“A photograph turned out well when it leaves a trace on the viewer´s mind or conveys a mood or a feeling – like music” he once said. And there is no doubt that the work of Viennese photographer Michael Dürrleaves us with an enchanted impression. We adore the special lighting and sensual mood in all of his pictures.
He studied at the school for graphic arts in Vienna and since 1994 he has been working independent and internationally within fashion photography, portraits of artists and emotional advertising photography. If you are in Vienna right now – here is the chance to enjoy cinema photographique contemporary at kunsthalle am karlsplatz , project space 04.05.-06.05.2012. The second day will be btw hosted by Austrianfashion.net. The focus of the photo series is on: artistic positions between art and commerce – every day life and glamour - transience and beauty - light and shadows. See you there!
Photography: Michael Dürr Styling: Weiwei Xu / CRL / Claudia Ho Model: Jana Wieland @ WIENER MODELS Make-up & Haare: Anna Maria Posch
„This year it’s all about Rock N´Roll.“ Only a few a Dj’s are a soundtrack to our lives, with us through the ups and downs and creating a backdrop to our unforgettable wild nights. Pan-Pot can! The Producer and Dj’s Pan-Pot a.k.a. Tassilo and Thomas are certainly one of Berlin’s most successful duos spinning the wheels of steel since 2005 .
Just recently the sixth episode of “Back to Back” compilation series has been published in the Pan-Pot stable by the Berlin based club label Mobilee. In addition to that “Pan-Pot The Documentary” has been released which is a tour diary and furthermore showing an inside portrait of the artists dipping into their past. Great news for all who are in Vienna right now: The whole thing “Mobilee Showcase & exclusive Vienna Movie Premiere ” with Pan-Pot, Anja Schneider and Sebo K is being screened at Grelle Forelle tomorrow. So C-Heads readers we will see you there – let´s rock!
„This year it’s all about Rock N´Roll.“ Es gibt für mich nicht viele Dj´s die einen sozusagen über Jahre hinweg begleiten. Über die Höhen und Tiefen des Lebens; den Soundtrack schreiben für unvergessliche wilde Party Nächte. Pan-Pot können das! Die beiden Producer und Deejays Tassilo und Thomas sind sicher eines der erfolgreichsten Duos die Berlin zu bieten hat und bringen seit 2005 unermüdlich beeindruckende „Club-Bomben“ an den Start.Gerade ist die sechste Folge der „back to back“ Compilation-Serie des Berliner Club-Labels mobilee erschienen und steht voll und ganz im Zeichen von Pan-Pot. Parallel dazu ist auch ihre DVD „Pan-Pot The Documentary“ erschienen, eine Art Tourtagebuch welches zugleich aber auch ein tieferes Portrait der beiden Künstler zeigt und dafür auch in ihre Kindheit und Jugend abtaucht. Und Yeah – die tolle Nachricht für alle die zur Zeit in Wien sind: Das Ganze gibt’s am 27.04. – also schon morgen – in der Grellen Forelle zu sehen wenn es heisst: „Mobilee Showcase & Movie Premiere“ mit Pan-Pot, Anja Schneider und Sebo-K. We are so ready for this – let´s rock!
Hi guys and thanks a lot for your time. How are you and what are you currently up to? Thomas: We are in the middle of the “Back To Back” tour. It’s all good. Some of the promoters managed make a film screening possible in addition to the club. The rest of our time we spent mostly in the studio working on new tracks.
On “Back to Back Vol 6″ there is also a version with a over 16 censorship – I am curious – why is this? Tassilo: Good question! Probably because Thomas drops his trousers.
Thomas: Tassilo is smoking too much.
Tassilo: To be honest, there are different colors for the censorship. I think green, red and blue. And since our cover is mainly black and blue, to fit only the FSK 16 badges …. for that is blue.
I see! Your personal favorite scene from “Pan-Pot The Documentary”? Thomas: Oh, there are too many to mention. However I like the out-takes at the end.
Tassilo: For me I could look at the pictures of the Awakenings forever. That was such a cool event.
Hallo ihr Beiden! Vielen Dank dass ihr kurz Zeit findet! Wie geht´s euch und wo seid ihr gerade? Thomas: Im Moment befinden wir uns mitten in der Tour für das “Back To Back” Album. Es ist schön zu sehen, dass diese Idee bisher sehr gut angenommen wurde und einige Veranstalter zusätzlich zum Club Gig eine Filmvorführung auf die Beine stellen konnten. Unsere übrige Zeit verbringen wir hauptsächlich im Studio, wo wir gerade an neuen Tracks arbeiten.
Auf “Back To Back Vol. 6″ gibt es auch eine Version mit FSK 16. Neugierigerweise – warum? Tassilo: Gute Frage! Wahrscheinlich nicht ganz jugendfrei, weil Thomas seine Hose runter lässt. :) Thomas: Und Tassilo zu viel raucht. :)) Tassilo: Um ehrlich zu sein, es gibt ja unterschiedliche Farben bei den FSKs. Ich glaube Grün, Rot und Blau. Und da unser Cover nunmal hauptsächlich Schwarz und Blau enthält, passte dazu nur das FSK 16 Abzeichen….das ist nämlich Blau :)
Verstehe.:) Eure persönliche Lieblingsszene aus “Pan-Pot The Documentary!”? Thomas: Oje da gibt es zu viele als dass man wirklich eine Lieblingsszene haben könnte. Mit gefallen die Out-Takes am Schluss mit am besten. Tassilo: Und die Bilder vom Awakenings könnte ich mir immer anschauen. Das war ein Wahnsinns-Event.
2008 you replied us to the question “5 things you can not live without” the following: internet, airplane, laptop, decks & becks. Are there still the same things or has it changed?
Tassilo: Well, today I would say more like: family and friends, good food, sports and the chance to make a bunch of technical stuff.
Thomas: X-Box, friends, parties, finally some sun, and of course music.
What makes a really good event for you?
Thomas: the right crowd, good sound-system and all of our friends.
Tassilo: I think most important is that the organizers of the parties are doing it because of passion for making music and not just because he only wants to make cash. Of course everyone should earn their money, but it’s best when there is ambition behind it.
You have given so many interviews already, which question would you like to get asked of me? And what would be the answer?
Thomas: Would be cool to interview each other, so me Tassilo and Tassilo me.
Tassilo: We have never given the question of the perfect woman? So here you go: “What should be your perfect girlfriend?” Once I have the answer, you are the first to know.
2008 habt ihr uns auf die Frage “5 Dinge ohne die ihr nicht leben könnt” folgendes geantwortet: Internet, Flugzeug, Laptop, decks & becks. Sind es heute noch immer die gleichen Dinge oder hat sich doch was geändert? Tassilo: Naja ich würde es heute eher so ausdrücken: Familie und Freunde, leckeres Essen, die Möglichkeit Sport zu machen und einen Haufen Technik Kram :) Thomas: X-Box, Freunde, Partys, endlich mal wieder Sonne und natürlich Musik.
Was macht für euch eine richtig gute Veranstaltung aus? Thomas: die richtige Crowd, gute Anlage und möglichst viele unserer Freunde mit dabei. Tassilo: Ich finde am wichtigsten ist, dass der Veranstalter seine Partys aus Leidenschaft zur Musik macht und nicht nur weil er Kohle scheffeln will. Natürlich soll jeder sein Geld verdienen, aber am besten ist das immer noch wenn Ambition dahinter steckt.
Ihr habt schon so zahlreiche Interviews gegeben- welche Frage würdet ihr gerne von mir gestellt bekommen? Und was wäre die Antwort darauf? Thomas: Wir könnten uns ja mal gegenseitig interviewen, also Tassilo mich und ich Tassilo. Tassilo: Wir haben noch nie die Frage nach der perfekten Frau bekommen? Also here you go: “Wie muss eure perfekte Freundin / Frau sein?” Sobald ich die Antwort habe, seid ihr die ersten, die das erfahren :)
Ok :) You have been already few times to Vienna, and you are coming back to perform a gig the 27thApril at “Grelle Forelle”. What do you actually like about Vienna people? Thomas: The Vienna people who we know are very open hearted and like to make a big party.
Tassilo: Vienna is an incredibly beautiful city with a very special flair. I am a native of Chiemsee and studied in Austria for a while and I was very often in Vienna. I’ve always felt comfortable there. The people are very special and likeable. And as Thomas has already said: They can party hard:)
Is there anything in peticular you are looking forward to this time ? Tassilo: We haven´t been to Vienna for a while and we are looking forward to this. This time we are excited to check out “Grelle Forelle” for the first time. We have many friends, we can hang out and eat delicious Wiener Schnitzel
Thomas: And if you turn up too, we look forward to seeing you!
Thank you! So what can visitors can expect from your set on 27.04? Tassilo: I think the question is always difficult. What do YOU expect?
Thomas: It will be banging and be “pan and pottig”!
Any last words for our readers? Tassilo: Life is less stressfull if you don’t take yourself too seriously.
Thomas: Hell Yeah!
Thank you so much – nice talking to you! And I’m very much looking forward to seeing you live!
Ihr wart ja schon etliche Male hier bei uns in Wien und beehrt am 27.04 mit einem Gig die Grelle Forelle. Was mögt ihr an den Wienern eigentlich besonders? Thomas: die Wiener, die wir kennen, sind sehr offenherzig und ganz große Feierer. Tassilo: Wien ist eine unglaublich schöne Stadt mit einem sehr besonderen Flair. Ich bin ja gebürtiger Chiemsee und habe in Österreich eine Weile studiert und war unter anderem auch schon sehr oft in Wien. Ich hab mich dort immer wohl gefühlt. Der Wiener an sich ist sehr speziell und eigen, was irgendwie sympathisch ist. Und wie Thomas schon gesagt hat: Der Wiener feiert gscheid :)
Und gibt es irgendetwas worauf ihr euch diesmal schon besonders freut? Tassilo: Wir waren schon lange nicht mehr in Wien und freuen uns immer darauf. Dieses Mal vor allem einen neuen Club kennen zu lernen denn in der Grellen Forelle waren wir noch nicht. Ausserdem gibt’s so viele Freunde und Bekannte dort mit denen man ein lecker Wiener Schnitzerl essen gehen kann :) Thomas: Und wenn du auch kommst freuen wir uns auf dich! :)
Oh danke!:) Was können sich Besucher am 27.04 diesmal von eurem Set erwarten? Tassilo: Ich find die Frage immer schwierig. Was erwartet IHR denn? :) Thomas: Es wird banging und pan und pottig!
Any last words für unsere Leser? Tassilo: Life more easy if you don’t take yourself too serious :) Thomas: Aber Hallo!
Vielen Dank für das nette Interview und freu mich schon richtig euch live zu sehen!
MOBILEE SHOWCASE / & / MOVIE PREMIER BACK TO BACK / The Documentary celebrating PAN-POT exclusive Vienna Movie Premiere !
from 21:00 to 23:00 ! Filmstart 21:30 www.grelleforelle.com/program
One month after the audiovisual exhibition of Lunchmeat festival the team is back to bring another exceptional experience to the Czech audience from the electronic music field. Prague is going to be one of the few stops on tour of the legendary music experimentator Daedelus (USA). And it won’t be an ordinary show – Daedelus will introduce a very special visual show by using mirrors to react on music called Archimedes!
Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus is a very skilled musician, who can’t lose in the field of any genre. His musical journey started with listening to classic and jazz music and he ended up listening to rave music. Darlington’s music is an expression of -thanks to this long musical trip -sophisticated details and interesting elements. No wonder that he released on labels such as Ninja Tune, Plug Research or Mush. And yeah – Dadeleus’s show is not only about really quality music, he is also well-known for being a charming gentleman who is always decently dressed-up.
Apart from Daedelus the audience will also be able to listen to two great projects from Czech (Forma) and Slovakia (The Global Optimistic).
line up: 21:30 The Global Optimistic – live (GLGN + Jimmy Pe) /SK/
22:40 DAEDELUS – Archimedes A/V show /US/
00:00 Forma in DJ set /CZ/
venue: MeetFactory, Ke Sklarne 15, 15000 Prague, Czech republic /tram 12, 20 from Andel/
tickets: pre-sale 390 CZk + fee // 490 CZk from 8pm on place - pre-sale here
Sound:frame festival is halfway through now, but we have another big party weekend ahead. So, it`s time to introduce the last artist in this series of interviews. Thristian Richards aka bPM, who established with his friend Blaise Bellville one of the most exciting live-podcasts of our times. So far, you could stream from your comfortable home artists like James Blake, Four Tet or even Thom Yorke. So how did they come up with the idea of Boiler room, what´s planned for the future and how to “get in”… all these things you can find out in this interview with Mr. Thristian. Enjoy and see ya at the Boiler room session on Sound:frame!
Hello Thristian, thank you for your time, I can imagine how busy you are… So, how are you?
Hey, yeah this year’s been extremely busy. It’s healthy though…
If you don`t mind let`s go straight to the thing which is associated with you the most – Boiler room. How did you come up with the idea of Boiler room? I`ve read that it all started as a simple streaming from the office where you worked… but when did you decide to make it bigger?
Yeah, Blaise invited myself and Femi (founder of NTS) to come into the Platform Magazine offices and compile a mixtape. We chatted about it a little and decided to do it live using UStream. The first session (Office Jam) was really fun and the next day we met and decided to invite mates to come down and play records, hang out and drink some rum. That was it really, we never made a conscious decision to make it “big”. We continued with what we were doing, and made additions as we went along and it’s popularity grew.
Boiler room has its residency in London, Berlin and Los Angeles. If you compare those cities, what are the differences? What about the crowd for instance or the technical background?
Erm…. It’s quite hard to put my finger on any specific differences. It’s all about local scenes getting together and representing themselves online by creating a good party. The energy is great wherever we go, and the response that everyone has seems to be one of love. The essence and energy surrounding underground music is universal.
Recently the whole Boiler room thing became like “on the road”. Last stop was Texas, right? How was that?
Yeah, it’s great. The session in Texas was unbelievable. It’s weird to think that we can go somewhere as far removed from where we’re from and the appreciation for creativity is so recognizable. When creating something in a small room in London, it’s hard to imagine that other people are getting down to it in their own environments wherever in the world they are. We’ve now been to places like Madrid, Barcelona, Krakow, New York, Amsterdam and now Vienna. The whole idea is to explore whats going on with underground independent music in these places.
I think you mentioned on Twitter that you have turned into a Vegetarian in Texas. Could you tell us what happened? :)
Too much meat. The cows in Texas must be huge. The servings were unbelievably big. I’m the kind of person that loves meat with my meal, I very rarely have a vegetarian meal. However, in Texas I was relieved to not not have a huge slab of meat in my plate at times.
Which cities are on the list for the next BR session? Are you planning to stream some festivals for instance?
Yeah, we’ve got loads of plans… but due to the way in which it works it’s hard to confirm anything. There’s been chat about doing sessions places like Moscow, Stockholm, Tokyo, New York, South Africa, New York and loads of festivals including Bloc, Sonar, Melt… and a bunch of others that I can’t remember… none of this 100% confirmed as far as I’m concerned until we’re live and broadcasting. It’s all about finding people that understand what Boiler Room is all about and creating a good session.
How are the parties in Berlin? I know German party people… they can`t leave their home before 2 or 3 am and ending on 11pm can be pretty tough for them, right? :)
We haven’t had any complaints. If anything, they’re thankful that they can be in bed by 1am.
And what about after parties? Still not on the plan?
Nah, not really into it. The sessions turn out to be pretty hectic most of the time. There’s usually something popping, whether that’s a house party or a club. It’s nice to have the choice of whether to go to bed or continue the party. Boiler Room is usually in the middle of the week, and so it’s usually quite important to have some kind of present and correctness in the morning.
How does the party work exactly? You have “to know” people who can get you in there or…?
Yeah… anyone that really wants to find a way to be there will get in…. but you do have to be on the list. The spaces we do it in are usually quite small, and it’s more about the broadcast that getting 1,000 people in. We never charge on the door, so we’re not in it to make money from the door take.
How do you choose artists? Is this like they contact you by themselves or do you know exactly who will be invited and you approach them?
We listen to a lot of music and just ask people to send through and keep us in the loop with their activity. We approach people, they approach us. We just figure it out somehow…
I noticed that the broadcasting is not only about DJs but also about bands (like Little Dragon f.e.). How do you handle their technical requirements?
Somehow… it’s quite stressful. But we get there somehow. We’ve just brought in a sound engineer that can translate all the specs for us.
Boiler room is getting more and more fans. Which can bring some technical issues with streaming. How do you handle that? I noticed a couple of blackouts during streaming…
Yeah, it’s something we’re continuosly working on. It’s a new platform which is changing weekly. We’re about to start working with the guys at Hellicar & Lweis. They’re helping us to build our own broadcaster. However, sometimes there’s nothing we can do. For example we were in Berlin a couple of months ago during the Boyz Noize, Joey Beltram show and the Internet Service Provider went out, which is similar to a full power cut in internet terms. There was no Internet.
You will appear on sound:frame festival as a DJ. So, for those who don`t know you as a DJ, could you introduce yourself a little bit? And another important thing – will there be a sound:frame stream of your set?
Erm…! Hello. I play other peoples music. I’m not sure how else to introduce myself. I love music, listen to loads and know how to have a good party. Nope, don’t think we’ll be streaming my set. Jus gonna have a straightforward party.
Do you think that Boiler room can be the symbol of the future, something like a “clubbing at home”? Partying with friends, drinking and dancing around the screen with streaming…?
Maybe, we’ll see what happens suppose.
Thank you very much Thristian! Be well and good luck with your future Boiler room sessions!
Sound:frame Festival is approaching fast and we continue our warm-up conversations. This time we present you a short interview with another very interesting producer from the UK - David Hilali aka Dauwd. David can be proud of being supported by such big artists like Dark Sky or Gilles Peterson. His colorful music can catch you immediately! So, be ready for the 13th of April when he comes to Vienna and he will show you what`s UK bass music like. But in the meantime, please enjoy our small-talk with him…
Hello David, thank you very much for your time. How have you been?
I`m good thanks, pretty tired; just got back from Italy last night, it was a long weekend.
You are pretty new at the scene. Is this difficult for brand new artist to catch on theUK scene?
Maybe, there seems to be an influx of artist going for a similar sound at the moment so its kinda hard to stand out.
You released two great records on Pictures label. How did the coopeartion start? You have known guys from the label or you simply sent them a demo?
It was mainly through friends of friends knowing the guys at Pictures. There were a couple of labels that were interested at the start but I think that Pictures really shone through.
Any plans for releases on Pictures Music for this year?
I`ve got lots of work coming through the pipeline; I’ve been playing with new sounds and ideas but in terms of label we’ll see what happens.
You are Welsh native, but currently living in Brighton. What led you to this city andhow is the club scene like?
Club scene is pretty good in Brighton, and its also a very short train ride to London, so you get best of both. I moved here after finishing Uni as my brothers live here and I thought I’d give Brighton a go.
What track/artist blow your mind right now?
I have been really enjoying Kris Wadsworth at the moment, really gritty deep sounds that have so much groove. John Talabot’s So Will Be Now from his fIN album is pretty brilliant too, anything by Floating Points gets me, off the top of my head.
What can people expect from you at Sound:frame? :)
Some good music to dance to! I think I’m playing pretty late too, so maybe something different?
You only play DJ sets or do you have any plans for live acts in the future?
Iv been working on a live set for some time, but I’m waiting to come across the right sound before I start to play it out.
When you are DJing, do you prepare tracks before the gig or do you just go on stageand play according to your current mood?
I try not to prepare too much for gigs, I think its best to leave it to what feels right at the time. I sometimes use Ableton to DJ, which is often frowned upon by other DJs but with Ableton I can have a combination of a live set and DJ set, where I can bring in stems from my own work into my set, plus samples and FX.
Do you have any “composing rituals” or do you just sit down and make a track?
I take an hour long cold shower.
What makes you happy besides music?
Thank you very much and looking forward to your set in Vienna!
Musician Maya Arulpragasam MIA Maya Takes to the Streets Published May 30 2010 C Ryan McGinley courtesy Team Gallery New York
For over thirty years, the New York Times Magazine has presented the myriad possibilities and applications of photography. The New York Times Magazine Photographs is an exhibition that reflects upon and interrogates the very nature of both photography and print magazines at this pivotal moment in their history and evolution.
The exhibition is cocurated by Kathy Ryan, longtime Photo Editor of the Magazine, and Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of Aperture Books. The Aperture-produced exhibition is comprised of eleven individual modules, each of which focuses on a notable project or series of projects that have been presented in the pages of the Magazine. A must see when you are around!
Exhibition: 23 March – 30 May 2012 at Foam.
Open daily 10 am – 6 pm, Thurs/Fri 10 am – 9 pm.
Tickets: € 8,50.
Outside the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street 109 pm C Mary Ellen Mark
We have 2 exciting party tips for you if you are near Czech city Brno! Don`t miss!
MUAH! SPRiNG @ Stadion, Brno (7th April)
You maybe remember our last year`s party recommendation for MUAH party at beautiful place Medlanky in Brno. MUAH had three very succesful editions and now people around vinyl shop MUAH are back and bring spring edition of MUAH! Now, for you the team is going to build a real club night with everything in a pleasant club/theater/café Stadion at Kounicova street.
MUAH parties are definitely not just the usual ones, it`s different view of clubbing (esp. in Czech!). It`s all about dancing till the morning comes, good coffee and Club-Maté and of course – the good sound.
It will all happen on Saturday, 7th April with Stadion as well. Great Hall of stadium will be reduced to a smaller dance floor, MUAH bar and decorations. Bar will be in good hands in adjoining cafe, there is a sitting available too.
The party itself starts at 9 o’clock in the evening and continues to midnight and apparatus will play under the baton of MUAH residents. First, FIN and FLPPSJ will play their sets. After them a Brno discovery of last months TOM HOLIC will demostrate his creative songs. The rest of the night belongs to guests. This time the choice fell on the German label showcase Rose Records. You can definitely trust to MUAH people, this party will be full of love and smiles again, as all three German Djs can play a set full of disco, house and edits. M.ONO, LUVLESS and MARTIN HAYES are gift from MUAH people for incoming spring, a gift to all the beloved visitors, without which MUAH! would have never beeen such as you’ll all remember from last year.
Tom Holic live
Tickets are sold for 150 CZK at Café Sklenick bar every day from 6pm to 2am. For general satisfaction the capacity is reduced to 200 tickets (hurry up, tickets are almost sold out!)
Line up: Rose Records showcase (DE) M.ono & LUVLESS & Martin Hayes
Muah! showcase : Tom Holic live, Fin & FLPPSJ
The second party tip is MusikFarben at friendly & cool place – Café Sklenick. Party has quite a tradition and for this time, guest which have been chosen is pretty amazing. Perhaps you remember our interview from last year with Sevensol from Leipzing, well let`s meet his mate and colleague from Manamana project – Map.ache,
MAP.ACHE (Kann, Conne Island / Leipzig)
His passion for DJing came about rather accidentally. Musically socialized with punk and indie, he soon discovered his love for clubbing. Aftervisiting loud concerts he often ended up at techno and house parties in the different underground clubs which were typical for Leipzig in the post-communist 90s. His enthusiasm continued and with electronica and headz he found electronic music genres he could tangibly relate to. Butsoon he got convinced by 4-to-the-floor beats, pumping bass drums and the never-wanting-to-end aesthetic of house and techno loops. MAP.ACHE is always searching for the big moments in music and the appropriate situations in a club. This search can also be heard in his rare livesets, where he tries to live out his idea of house and techno even more consequently and in a very personal kind of way.
As we informed you couple days ago, like every year Vienna will become a venue for one of the most exiting festivals in Austria – Sound:frame festival. The festival program is very colorful and we decided to bring you a few interviews with involved artists.
The first one will be bass producer Stephen Gomberg aka Fantastic Mr. Fox, coming from Manchester. When Stephen has showed up on the scene, he quickly became very respected by names such as Pariah or James Blake. What does he think about current dubstep sound or what blows his mind now? That`s all (and little bit more) you can read in our small-talk with him…
Hello Stephen, thank you for your time. How have you been?
I’ve been good thanks.
It has been a while since your last release came out. On your Soundcloud page there are plenty of quality DJ sets but few new tracks. Do you have any releases (tracks or remixes) planned for this year?
I spent a year or so after my last release not really enjoying making music, but got back into it the last few months so will put out much more this year. They’ll be an EP out mid-may, then another 12“ soon after that
What do you think about the current dubstep/bass sound? Do you like it or are you trying to retreat to other genres (like Scuba for instance)?
I think the bass music scene has stagnated a little bit. There was such a ridiculous amount of really talented new artists emerging that it had to die down at some point. There’s still loads of good bass orientated music coming out, but not to the level it was at a year or two ago. I’ve been listening to much more song-based music and also listening to a lot more slowly developing music like house etc.
And what about hip hop sounds, do you still like them?
Yeah, I’ll always be a fan of hip-hop drums sounds. I don’t listen to as much hip-hop as I used to, but really enjoyed Clams Casino, Asap Rocky etc. recently.
What are you up to for the sound:frame festival? What can we expect from your live performance?
A mixture of different genres, my sets have mostly been orientated around a 4×4 drum pattern recently
I`ve read you are DJing with Ableton. Do you also use it for composing your music?
I use it occasionally for a couple of synths on there but mainly use cubase sx3 to produce. Abletons pretty good for pitch shifting too.
Are you still in touch and work with Jamie Smith from The xx?
Yeah, I see him whenever I’m in London or he’s in Manchester. We’re not collaborating on anything though.
Who is your current biggest musical inspiration at the moment?
Really been enjoying Drake & Clams Casino over the last year or so
You studied History & Sociology at University. Are you planning to stick with these fields or do you only see yourself working with music?
I’m concentrating completely on music at the moment. Not really sure what job I’d be able to get with a History and Sociology degree so pretty lucky to be able to make money from music
I have to ask – did you like Fantastic Mr. Fox in the movie? :)
Ha, yeah I really enjoyed it.
Thank you again! Be well and looking forward to see you in Vienna!
Between the 8th and the 11th March, (a great deal of) Lisboners forgot the crisis and presented beauty at Lisbon Fashion Week, Moda Lisboa’s 38th edition, with prospects for the next autumn/winter collection. Under the theme “Freedom”, the designers have presented their creativity in collections that promise a lot of cheerfulness and sensuality.
The second day of Lisbon Fashion Week revealed a host of new trends and the creativity of designers surprised the audience.
Katty Xiomara, Portuguese-Venezuelan designer with a very coherent 16 years long career presented her collection on the second day of Lisbon Fashion Week in an unexpected space: a bank. Despite the lightning, the space itself is interesting because of its oddness and the transformation of a quotidian non-space into a catwalk. She feasted originality with a very unusual entrance. Starting with what the audience would expect to be the end (models entered and left together on the catwalk, the music stopped and the lights went out) the designer managed to surprise with glamour, sweetness and bits and pieces of magic. After the initial moments, the models returned one by one dressed in the enchanting collection by Katty Xiomara. In addition to basic black and gray, blue, pale pink, nude and purple tones made all the difference in the collection, giving lightness and femininity to the look. The colorful details in the collars, bars, printed and flowered laces, shoulders and wrists gave extra charm to spare. With the exception of glasses painted on the models faces, the makeup was very light, just eyeliner, long lashes, coral lipstick and peach blush.
After Katty Xiomara, we entered another space of Moda Lisboa, a bigger space, which would have been more appropriate for Xiomara. The grand entrance of Dino Alves with projections creating patterns (or should I say creating stories instead?) was only the prelude to his enthusiastic collection. The beginning was the best part by far: one model stepped a big plinth wearing a white dress. Slowly, birds projected onto it inhabited the dress creating a multiplicity of possible stories. The goal of the designer was to play with shadows and what they can reveal more than hiding. The contrast between stamped or saturated colored parts and the simple and neutral colors was the major point of his collection. Besides the many prints, gigantic pieces mixed with fitted ones, asymmetry and many cuts helped to compose a lengthened silhouette, creating severe and smooth pieces in the collection. Another highlight was the use of color: red, gold, blue gray, gradients and prints. The use of transparent fabric and overlaps as well as the oriental inspiration remain in this collection.
As a non-fashion designer what stroke my attention, above all, was the audience. People dressed up for the event in a very non-Lisbon way, almost as if London had came to (a small part of the) town for a couple of days. Despite my opinion on what is or isn’t coherent with the times we live, I have to say it’s truly fun and inspiring to see how an event can change people – even if a very small amount of people for a short time.
So what did the ModaLisboa offer to us this year? We introduce you to one of the brands today: Saymyname. It is a Portuguese brand created by the fashion designer Catarina Sequeira. Her Autumn / Winter 2012-13 collection was inspired by Samurai- the noble warriors from the Japanese aristocracy. In our opinion this is a great source of inspiration and Saymyname has done an amazing job with the realization of it. Very strong show!
Remember we presented you the gorgeous music and an interview with the lovely guys from Listen to Polo? Well great news- from the 3rd – 16th of April they are presenting their acoustic living room and coffee-bar tour throughout Germany. So here we have a little pretaste for you of their marvellous acoustic qualities and can´t wait to see them at the Berlin concert! See you there!
Erinnert Ihr euch noch an die wunderschöne Musik und unser Interview mit Listen to Polo? Yeah- great news- die Jungs beglücken uns vom 3-16 April mit ihrer akustische Wohnzimmer- und Café-Tour. Und hier gibt´s für euch schon mal einen kleinen Vorgeschmack ihrer herrlichen Akustik Qualitäten und wir können es kaum erwarten diese beim Berlin Konzert live zu erleben. See you there!
As we already informed you in our event sectionLunchmeat festival is back! Prague will be -for the 3rd time- a place where you can taste a quality mix of audio and visual art. Like every March, also this year´s festival takes place in 3 different venues – MeetFactory, Bio OKO and NoD. The festival´s has got something special to offer – a so called ” artist`s residence” which is a platform for creating and experimenting with stage design. This year´s Lunchmeat hosts 2 artists for 14 weeks is artist Florence To and for one week Hecq. Hecq`s residence will be actually very special because the result will not only be visuals, but also music. Lovers of quality sound will also be happy this year – the dubstep stage will provide a high-quality sound system “Sonic Spa”, which means no lights and massive sound only.
„Laborator tmy“ teaser video
The festival´s program includes a number of high quality musical artists, let`s introduce the major ones:
Steve Goodman aka Kode9, the head of Hyperdub label, will appear even twice! For the first time it´s going to be a performance of the project Her Ghost with duo MFO. This performance was also on Unsound festival by the way. Goodman is a very respectable artist, theoretic and author of Sonic Warfare book. For many people Kode9 is seen as the father of real dubstep.
Ben Lukas Boysen aka Hecq from Hymen records is already on the scene since 2003. His combination of dark and deep IDM with broken beats and ambient sounds has immediately enchanted people from Hymen records, which is still Hecq`s second home. Ben doesn`t do live shows often, so it is definitely very special for Prague!
Dubstep duo Author who is quite a new project of Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin (who is also a part of Submotion Orchestra) is another impressive name on the line-up. The duo released their debut album on Tectonic label last year which was quite a decent mix of downtempo and trip hop with jazz influences. One can say it`s not a typical sound of Pinch`s label but that`s the beauty. Their new album should be on its way so we may listen to some new pieces in MeetFactory!
One of the most significant faces of Rephlex label, Ed Upton aka DMX krew will be another exclusive live act in the program. So far he released more than 30 albums/EPs (also on his own label Breakin Records) and he is a technofunk legend.
Also worth to mention a series of Lunchmeat Warm up`s…
For those ones who are into visual art, there are Wall Art Battles (started on 8th March), which includes 7 projections on public spaces. visit facebook event for details of locations!
Two more warm ups will take a place at NoD, one on 19th March (which present “Laborator tmy” – a special A/V set) and 21st March (which present project Onomatopoeia).
Personally, I really can recommend this festival. Its concept is quite similar to the significant European festivals (like Unsound, Sound:frame or Transmedialle) and because SPERM festival has a short break for this year, Lunchmeat is the only choice :-) See you there!
So, dear party friends, do you already know how you will celebrate the arrival of spring? What about on a boat while great deep house music is being played all night long? Like it? I thought so. Let`s see some details :-)
Co-owner of Mild Pitch label, a member of Ribn project and long-time succesfull producer Manuel Tur is going to be the next special guest of one of Prague finest deep house parties – Just Like That. Support artists will be as usual Lukas Micka (Visky recordings) and Pat Heart. As a regular attendee of Just Like That parties, I can promise you won`t regret if you join us :-) Magic atmosphere of Bukanyr houseboat in combination with nice deep house beats… and I think that´s enough. Just come.
M a n u e l T u r
Born and raised in the German city of Essen, Tur released his first house record at the age of 16 on UK label Mada Music. Since then he’s appeared on labels like Delusions of Grandeur and Jimpster’s Freerange records, who will be releasing Swans Reflecting Elephants (his upcoming album!). He also runs his own imprint, Mild Pitch, together with Dplay and Langenberg, his partner in the duo Ribn. While Tur’s debut album from 2009 was decidedly downtempo, Swans Reflecting Elephants is more dance floor-oriented, albeit with lots of atmosphere and occasional ambient passages. Vocal appearances come from Blakkat, AKA Mark Bell (not to be confused with Mark Bell of LFO).
venue: houseboat U Bukanyra (nabrezi L. Svobody – close to botel Albatros, Prague 1)
date: 23rd March, start 10pm
entry: free! (come early, capacity of boat is limited!)
line up: Manuel Tur (Freerange, Mild Pitch, RIBN / DE) support: Pat Heart & Lukas Micka
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