Jonny DJ Acid Gold Tiernan is the founder of LOLA Magazine from Berlin. Having started as an independent radio DJ back in Belfast, Jonny has transformed his radio show Alternative Ulster into a top-quality British and Irish magazine. Tiernan moved to Berlin in 2014, launched LOLA in 2016, and started promoting Berliner culture in its myriad forms.
From club events, festivals and movie screenings, to managing the dub legend Scientist, Rory Taylor is a good example of a music business professional. Based in Liverpool, his passion for sound system culture and Caribbean music is hard to match. Rory is also the co-founder of the Positive Vibration agency, a structure that holds all his musical activities.
.When you think music-wise about Benjamin Stanford aka Dub FX, you get transported into another world. As an independent artist, his lyrics pinpoint his undeniable message the most:…
Lukasz is a multidisciplinary artist and my conversation with him took a nice detour touching all kinds of subjects related to arts - the local visual art and the history of the Polish poster, the legacy of Polish art cinema, music, Paprika Korps albums, and the Karrot Kommando record house.
Sasha Bandi Robert is a hardcore punk and poet that uses various techniques of art to express his stream of consciousness and surrounding environment. There is something raw about the reality that he sings, paints, sculpts + cut and pastes about.
The last days of summer have become more and more a trend in the festival world. There are some festivals that brag with entertaining you in this time frame. Electric Picnic in Ireland has become a good example of such a festival. But hey, the Romanian festival market is beginning a counterpart with the first edition of Fall in Love festival.
There are always many sides to an artist and music performer, this is what this chatattack with Miss Red is meant to enlighten. If you will ever witness her perform, she will for sure leave a deep mark on you. Her aggressive style, mashed with a strong attitude and energy, an approach that on top of The Bug’s distorted heavy bass and beats, define the meaning of sound pressure.
Sergé "Jojo" Mayer is one of the names you can't have it confused. He stands out not only as a virtuous drummer, but also as a musical philosopher. His style of drumming, combining elements from jazz, rock and drum and bass, creates a powerful rhythm who takes the listener into a magical journey.
Chrysta Bell Zucht is one of the most interesting singer-songwriter in the American indie scene. With a musical studio experience dating since childhood, Chrysta's musical career was full of surprising experiences: she was a vocalist and composer in the 8½ Souvenirs swing jazz band, with albums released on the prestigious RCA Victor label.
Algiers is an experimental American band from Atlanta, Georgia, that labels it’s sound as dystopian soul. This is a transcontinental affair as the project’s members met and played together in the United States but the band was officially formed in London. Their African country name evokes the anti-colonial struggle, symbolizing a contested space where violence, racism, resistance and religion commingle.
The militant lyrics and the attitude towards the Big Brother oppression have formed a strong connection between punk and reggae. From the UK punk attitude of rejecting the establishment, to the squats of Berlin and the rasta hooligans in the Netherlands, the punk and reggae have formed an alliance in fighting the extreme right groups and promoting the...
I had the pleasure to meet and talk with the Norwegian trumpet player Nils Petter Molvaer at the 22nd edition of Garana Jazz Festival, where he performed alongside the reggae legends Sly & Robbie, and his Scandinavian collaborators Eivind Aarset & Vladislav Delay.
The sextet has a dreamy trance-like sound and focuses on translating into sound the social aspects of life in China. With a full length album released in 2015 and a new EP made in Berlin in 2017 with producer Mark Reeder, they have just finished their international debut album and plan for its release.
Oana Pop is not only a truly talented musician, but she is also a great person with whom I had the pleasure to talk about music, creativity and new projects. She is one of the drummers I always liked to watch performing.
Alexei Turcan is one of those people you could describe as a music man. He writes and produce music, he orchestrates and he plays several instruments, and he is doing all these with a great passion.
Most people know Mala from Digital Mystikz, Deep Medi and the DMZ clubbing nights he puts on. The whole scene and community around him is organic, profound and honest. As a builder he always took risks but the results never disappointed, they always stun.
Ștefan Panea is a man that vibrates around music. He started his activity as a musician and he gradually evolved in being one of the most acclaimed front of house engineers in Romania.
Iordache is first and foremost a jazz music lover. His passion for jazz drove him in becoming a musician in the 80s, playing saxophone. He gradually started to compose, produce and in 2009 he founded a label.
Costin Chioreanu is bridging music and visual arts with a finesse worthy of the ”artist” title. A combination of high level of ambition, productivity and heavy discipline.
Annette Henry a.k.a. Warrior Queen is a Jamaican dancehall, reggae and dub performer, a strong voice bridging the reggae and electronic genre. You can find her on LP’s and recordings from established producers and artists like The Bug, Skream, Vex’d, Mungo’s and many others.
Valentin Toma (Toma Carnagiu, formerly known as Qewza) and Felix Petrescu (Waka X) are Makunouchi Bento, an experimental electronic music duo from Timisoara with a vast perspective on music.
Sound wise, I believe the best way to describe Noua ani lumina's sound is by saying it is a space rock journey. Imagine yourself being in a space shuttle and travelling through the vast infinity of the cosmic space.
Baba Dochia is a Cluj based electronic-rock four piece band with it’s origins in the medieval city of Sighișoara. The band have released one critically praised conceptual studio album called XII Lambskins a bridge between electronic, post-rock, film score and eclectic sampling.
Alexandru Das is an artist. From music to graphic design his work has an atmosphere that induces emotion above anything else. It is nice when you find people that are both musicians and graphic artists, because in this way, as a listener or viewer, you can better understand his or her philosophy.
Drum N Bass is a hybrid genre with deep roots in acid house and breakbeat, all combined within the amazing culture of sampling. This style of music has revealed along the years a lot of talented artists who became world wide producers and evangelist of electronic music.
Rider Shafique is an unique artist and spoken word musician from Bristol, living and performing between the UK and New York. Music and lyrics are always at their best when used as tools and this man proves it the most.
Beautiful noise, chemistry and texture, intensity and reflection, both sonically and visually, these are some of the assets of The KVB’s music. Kat and Nick are an electronic shoegaze couple from UK, now based in Berlin.
Kuedo is a producer and musician, label owner at Knives, affiliated to the respectable Planet Mu label. Imagine the sci-fi soundtracks of the ‘80s: Vangelis’s Blade Runner, Giorgio Moroder’s Metropolis and the atmospheric John Carpenter OST’s clashing with industrial hip-hop.
Sumach Valentine aka Gonjasufi is a universal traveller. He trips through the universe chanting his eclectic mélange of hip-hop, psycheledia, punk and dark humms. Having realeased 4 EP’s and five albums for Warp Records.
There is a strong feeling of family values and a spider web community around this musician who produces as The Bug since ’97.
Radu is active in four different projects: BRUM, Helen, Sebastian Spanache Trio and Alexandrina, playing either jazz or electronic music.
My discussion with Kiki Hitomi, the Japan born musician and visual artist who fell in love with reggae and dub, is like a tsunami of sincerity and hope.