Artists


  • CHRISTIAN LOEFFLER
    ROSTOCK
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    • Mon
      03/13/2017
      10:00 pm
      Swan Dive Patio

    Christian Löffler‘s modern dance music conjoins apparent opposites, such as melancholy and euphoria. Listening, you might just seem to be able to hear where the music was created – Löffler lives and produces in a small village nestled in the coastal forests on the German Baltic, not the expected cultural metropolises. When he started making electronic music at the age of fourteen, he had to teach himself the ropes – his remote home town contained barely any musical life to speak of. And so, the young techno producer developed his very own cinematic, meditative sound, whereby many pieces come into existence as piano vignettes which are then meticulously translated into electronica.

    Label: Ki Records

    Current release: Mare

    Contact / Management: Paul Kadow, paul@ki-records.com

    Website: www.christian-loeffler.net

     

  • CONNIE & LIZZIE
    BERLIN
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    • Mon
      03/13/2017
      12:30 pm
      Barracuda

    Conny Opper is a Berlin nightlife legend, having thrown some of the wildest parties over the past 15 years. Heís partnered with Lizzie Paige, a classically trained musician who hails from the New York club and fashion scene. She is a regular contributor to several international music projects in Berlin, London, and New York as a writer and multi-instrumentalist. Together they founded a pop-up art club in Berlin Mitte and work closely with the international art and music scenes to host a wide variety of events. The two share an eclectic, unique, and diverse musical background which is reflected in their sets.

    Label: Musique Couture

    Current release: Munk & Lizzie Paige EP

    Contact / Management: Elizabeth Gordon

    Website: www.musique-couture.com/en/conny-lizzie

     

  • DESERT MOUNTAIN TRIBE
    COLOGNE/LONDON
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    • Tue
      03/14/2017
      11:00 pm
      Mohawk Indoor

    Desert Mountain Tribe enjoyed a great start when standout track ‘Coming Down’ was featured on Reverb Conspiracy Volume 2, a release double-headed by highly respected and underground imprints Fuzz Club Records and Austin Psych Fest.
    Debut album Either That Or The Moon was released in the spring of 2016 to a wealth of positive notices including respected platforms Drowned In Sound, Louder Than War and Classic Rock. Select cuts from the album soon found heavy rotation across college radio in North America, most notably KEXP where the band were invited to perform a live session. Currently, the band have been picking up support from within BBC 6 Music including Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne and Chris Hawkins.
    The band have recently completed their second European tour in support of debut album Either That Or The Moon, and is looking forward to the continued release of new material throughout Autumn/Winter 2016, and will again tour Europe and the U.S in the spring of 2017.

    Label: Membran Entertainment Group (Europe/UK), Metropolis Records (America)

    Current release: Either That Or The Moon

    Contact / Management: AP Childs, apchilds1969@gmail.com

    Website: www.facebook.com/desertmountaintribe

     

  • DIE HEITERKEIT
    HAMBURG/COLOGNE/BERLIN
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    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      11:00 pm
      Esther's Follies

    When Die Heiterkeit (loosely translated: the exhilaration or the cheerfulness) first surfaced on the Hamburg music scene in 2010, people either loved or hated their stoic, indie strumming-guitar rock and German lyrics, played by three glum-looking women. Their logo: a skeptical emoticon of a face with a straight line for a mouth. Excepting frontwoman Stella Sommer, all the other band members have been replaced meanwhile and Die Heiterkeit has raised listlessness to an art form. Their current, third album, “Pop & Tod I + II” (pop & death), is widely regarded as a smashing success, and a double album to boot! It contains savvy slowcore glam pop, easy-going minimalism, melodies, harmonies, choruses and, taking center stage, Sommer’s deep, dark voice singing lyrics of gloom and doom.

    Label: Buback

    Current release: Pop & Tod I+II

    Contact / Management: dieheiterkeit@dieheiterkeit.de

    Website: www.dieheiterkeit.de

     

  • FEDERICO ALBANESE
    BERLIN
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    • Mon
      03/13/2017
      8:00 pm
      Barracuda (DJ)
    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      9:00 pm
      St David's Historic Sanctuary

    Italian-born composer Federico Albanese, who currently lives in Berlin, combines piano, cello, electronic and other instruments in his modern classic compositions. While strongly influenced by his classical training on piano and clarinet in his childhood, Albanese also played guitar in various rock bands in the Milan underground scene, all of which helped hone his skills as a composer. With his solo piano project, he more strongly focused on quiet tones this time around. A British music magazine fittingly described his current album, “The Blue Hour”, as “crepuscular piano pieces for a quiet night in”.

    Label: Neue Meister / Edel

    Current release: The Blue Hour

    Contact / Management: Matthias Schneider, matthias@schneiderplus.com

    Website: www.federicoalbanese.com

     

  • GURR
    BERLIN
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    • Mon
      03/13/2017
      12:10 am
      Barracuda Backyard
    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      1:00 am
      Esther's Follies
    • Sat
      03/18/2017
      8:00 pm
      Swan Dive

    It’s certainly not happenstance that you have to wrench your jaw a bit when speaking this band’s name out loud, and then your thoughts naturally turn to riot grrrls. Despite this, Gurr’s roaring music is equal parts breezy and entertaining. Andreya Casablanca and Laura Lee Jenkins met at university in Berlin, spent time together in the United States, and quickly became best friends. After a few flat-share recordings and rare releases on cassette, now everyone’s talking about their debut album “In My Head”. They confidently describe their lo-fi pop as “First Wave Gurrlcore”, and fuse garage rock basics with wave, psychedelic, pop and an infectious nonchalance and coolness.

    Label: Duchess Box Records

    Current release: In My Head

    Contact / Management: Grant Box, grant.box@snowhitepr.com

    Website: www.facebook.com/Gurrband

     

  • HELEN FRY
    BERLIN
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    • Thu
      03/16/2017
      6:00 pm
      Holiday Inn Express
    • Fri
      03/17/2017
      11:00 pm
      CU29
    • Sat
      03/18/2017
      7:00 pm
      Indigo Hotel

    Sure, okay, flip us the bird, Sarah! Sarah Dudda aka Helen Fry, a Pole living in Berlin, is just at the start of her career, yet can already look back onto a remarkable history of collaboration with notable Berlin artists including Touchy Mob and Slow Steve. Now she’s taking center stage herself. On her first EP, “Future Light Cone”, succulent hammering bass lines accentuate plaintive synths to weave vestments from harmonies and Fry’s angelic voice.

    Label: Mansions and Millions

    Current release: Future Light Cone

    Contact / Management: anton@mansionsandmillions.com

    Website: www.soundcloud.com/helen-fry-2

     

  • LAURA CARBONE
    MANNHEIM
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    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      11:00 pm
      Swan Dive
    • Fri
      03/17/2017
      11:30 am
      Flatstock Stage

    The title of her debut album, "Sirens", epitomizes the beauty of mythology and a dangerous feminine nature. Girl power is a central focus for Laura Carbone, so she remained firmly in the driver's seat for her debut album. An all-round talent and former frontwoman of the electro-punk band Deine Jugend, thi DIY solo project marked a coming of age of sorts for Carbone, and crowdfunding allowed her to produce her debut album. This dark-wave pop, takes its inspiration from riot grrrls, PJ Jarvey and even Chris Isaak.

    Label / Publisher: Duchess Box Records

    Current release: Sirens

    Contact / Management: Grant Box, Grant.Box@snowhitepr.com

    Website: www.facebook.com/lauracarboneofficial

     

  • LILLY AMONG CLOUDS
    WUERZBURG
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    • Sun
      03/12/2017
      8:00 pm
      Barracuda Backyard
    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      12:00 am
      Speakeasy Kabaret

    Lilly Brüchner, alias Lilly Among Clouds, writes great pop songs at the piano. With a certain dash of self-doubt and self-awareness, Brüchner’s expressive voice soars over these multilayered, moving songs. She’s very well known in her hometown of Würzburg in Bavaria. After her first self-titled EP, she’s just released the first single, “The Only One”. It doesn’t sound at all like the German provinces, and easily draws comparisons to artists such as Norah Jones, Rihanna and Alanis Morissette.

    Label: PIAS Recordings (Europe)

    Current release: lilly among clouds EP

    Contact / Management: Mario Cetti, mario@kumpelsandfriends.com

    Website: www.lillyamongclouds.com/de/

     

  • MAGIC ISLAND
    BERLIN
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    • Mon
      03/13/2017
      10:50 pm
      Barracuda Backyard
    • Fri
      03/17/2017
      12:00 am
      CU29

    Magic Island came to be from a suffocated abyss of ecstasy and torture, like any relationship of give and take. There are no lies, and there is no in between. This is the ethos and emotion of the music and the woman-- when the pain is strong, the love proves stronger, something to be noted in our day and time. This is the feeling that the saccharine melodies and raw vocals intonate through the works of Intoxicated Sunset and Wasted Dawn EPs, soon showing redeveloped through debut LP Like Water. Initialised by the finding of a Casio keyboard of the streets of Neukölln in Berlin, Magic Island developed her signature synth melodies and unexpected harmonies through this innocence and naiveté, providing a sanctuary between digital and analog production.

    Magic's first EP, Intoxicated Sunset, was an experimental daze between realms of dream and reality. The second EP followed, bringing a bittersweet, more existential realisation of being and the struggles to remain intact through all of the processes, exemplified by hook and rhythm tracks like 'Baby Blu' and 'So Tender'.

    This simple, eloquent, and fearless charm has captured the hearts and souls of many, through consuming performances at SXSW, Torstraßenfestival, Fusion Festival, C/O Pop and openings for Tune-yards (4AD), Soft Metals (Captured Tracks), Hundred Waters (OWSLA), Ballet School (Bella Union), James K (UNO), and many more.

    Her Debut LP ‘Like Water’ will be out early 2017.

    Label: Mansions and Millions

    Current release: Like Water

    Contact / Management: anton@mansionsandmillions.com

    Website: www.soundcloud.com/magicsparkle

     

  • MARTIN KOHLSTEDT
    WEIMAR
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    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      8:00 pm
      St David's Bethel Hall

    Often described as the new Nils Frahm, the young musician and producer Martin Kohlstedt is constantly experimenting with his minimalistic, modern compositions. He could play to sold-out crowds in large locales in his home country, but he prefers more intimate venues. During his concerts – performing on solo piano or with an amalgamation of electronics – Kohlstedt engages in a dialogue with himself, the music and his audience. Beyond fraught classic or artificial pathos, he feels his way, downplaying the personal, with his modular compositions.

    Label: Edition Kohlstedt

    Current release: Nacht

    Contact / Management: Thomas Richter, t.richter@martinkohlstedt.com
    Martin Pleiss, m.pleiss@martinkohlstedt.com

    Website: www.martinkohlstedt.com

     

  • OUM SHATT
    BERLIN
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    • Mon
      03/13/2017
      11:30 pm
      Barracuda
    • Tue
      03/14/2017
      8:00 pm
      BD Riley's

    Formed from a loose collective of prominent characters from Berlin’s lo-fi scene, this band sounds a lot like its name is pronounced: a sort of danceable, hypnotic nexus of rock’n’roll and Arabic harmonies, surf, new wave and psychedelic. It’s all topped off by Jonas Poppe’s cool vocals, which are just screaming to be spray-painted as graffiti somewhere: “Power to the women of the morning shift!” The songs on Oum Shatt’s debut album have already attracted international interest, and they’ve played at prestigious festivals, including Transmusicales in France.

    Label: Snowhite.Records

    Current release: Oum Shatt

    Contact / Management: Patrick Daniel, patrick.daniel@snowhite.de

    Website: www.boxar.rocks/oum-shatt-2

     

  • PERERA ELSEWHERE
    BERLIN
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    • Fri
      03/17/2017
      8:00 pm
      Barcelona

    A fixture between many disparate music scenes as an experienced yet self-taught producer, Perera Elsewhere was an original member of Jahcoozi. She has participated in various collaboratory cultural music projects in far-flung parts of the world. Anthropology, feminism, community, DIY and empowerment through music are all thrown together to try and make sense of the things that surround us. Building off the sultry electronic art-pop of her acclaimed debut, Perera returns with her second album ìAll Of Thisî, which pays more attention to folding hypnotic atmospheres into compelling song-craft traversing trip-hop, avant R&B, and experimental folk. 

    Label: Friends of Friends

    Current release: "Somethings up" EP

    Contact / Management: jenn@fofmusic.net

    Website: www.fofmusic.net

     

  • PXP ALLSTARS BAND
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    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      12:25 am
      Victorian Room at the Driskill
    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      4:00 pm
      Barracuda

    Experience the “Peace x Peace” Allstars-Band, initiated by the musician Fetsum, with amazing artists like Patrice, Y’Akoto & Frank Dellé. Setting a signal for global solidarity. It represents the multiplication factor “POP“ in the sense that popular artists help building a humanitarian bridge between a politically unpopular issue and the increasing number of concerned global citizens.

    DELLÉ

    Born in Berlin, son of a Ghanaian doctor and a German nurse, Dellé grew up in both Ghana and Germany, before moving back to his birth city, where he completed his degree as a Dipl. Film Sound Engineer. Being one of Seeed’s front vocalists since founding days, he has played the biggest stages around the world. After ten years the band decides to take a break, which Dellé uses to kick off his solo career. His recent album, “Neo”, is a snap-shot of an artist who has grown more than just musically over the last years. With “Neo”, Dellé redefines urban reggae and audibly shows us that not everything has to be revived – there is plenty of room for new, dynamic, urban, modern, strong and durable music.

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    FETSUM

    Looked at it that way it’s not a surprise that the son of an Eritrean refugee family wrote a book together with the vice president of the German Parliament, Claudia Roth about the current political situation. You could almost believe there’s no time left for music. But Fetsum’s latest EP “Light In A Dark Place” turns its title into substantial action. Just as with the PxP festival, UNICEF children aid projects in Syria, South Sudan, in the Ukraine and in Iraq are supported with the net revenues. For the EP’s six songs Fetsum visited the recording studios of several top shot producers in Great Britain and the US. He manages to make music that exactly reflects the Zeitgeist and invites the listeners to play one’s part in making this world a little bit better.

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    PATRICE

    Patrice writes and performs music that creates movement – in both senses of the word: It inspires listeners to move, onto the dancefloor and out of comfort zones. Son of a legendary African writer and a German mother, Patrice lives in Paris, NYC and Cologne. His music combines political with artistic statements based on a rich musical history ranging from Nina Simone to Bob Marley. Recent Single “Burning Bridges” is a call to action (“We were born in an open war, can’t remember how it was before”), co-produced by Diplo (Major Lazer, Beyonce) and the Picard Brothers. A good introduction to the current album “Life’s Blood”.

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    Y'AKOTO

    Y’akoto’s urbane music is the kind that dares to galvanize, to wake up, to rub up things the wrong way. “Mermaid Blues” is the title of her new, third album. It is said that mermaids are utterly self-determined as much as they’re unpredictable – both characteristics that can be accredited to the 29-year-old, who was brought up in the Ghanaian harbour town Tema and nowadays commutes between Hamburg, Paris, Stockholm, LA and the African coastal centres Dakar, Accra and Lome, as well. With her dark, expressive voice she’s been compared to jazz icons such as Nina Simone and Billie Holiday and already played support shows for Erykah Badu.

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  • SLOW STEVE
    BERLIN
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    • Sun
      03/12/2017
      8:00 pm
      Sheraton
    • Mon
      03/13/2017
      9:30 pm
      Barracuda Backyard
    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      11:00 pm
      Speakeasy Kabaret

    Rémi Letournelle – the mind behind Slow Steve and also a former member of the SXSW-tested band Fenster – takes us on a weird, UFO-submarine trip through the history of alternative pop music. Slow Steve’s debut album, “Adventures”, was released last year on the prestigious Morr Music label and captivates with its idiosyncratic analog charm, synths and guitar pop. He wanted to create a sort of “Indiana Jones at the bottom of the sea” sound and go back in time to the quirky science fiction of the 1920s and 30s. Letournelle wrote almost all of the songs himself and played all the instruments, too. Playing live, though, Slow Steve is a proper band with the help of a friend on page 13, among others.

    Label: Morr Music

    Current release: Adventures

    Contact / Management: Amande Dagod, amande@julietippex.com

    Website: www.slowsteveamour.tumblr.com

     

  • STEFAN GOLDMANN
    BERLIN
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    • Fri
      03/17/2017
      10:00 pm
      Barcelona

    Techno has always been about imagining the future and feeling the excitement of change and discovery. If anyone can claim to have lived up to this aspiration in recent years, it must be Stefan Goldmann. With every release and project he has brought a new edge to the table, creating some extraordinarily memorable tracks along the way. The uninhibited dirt of ‘The Maze’, the melodic craze of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ or the free-floating choir samples dominating ‘Lunatic Fringe’ have provided genre-shifting role models for countless DJs and producers. Macro, the label Stefan Goldmann operates with Finn Johannsen, has been called “the leading avant-garde techno label” and has a roster including Elektro Guzzi, KiNK, Peter Kruder, KUF, Oliver Ho, Patrick Cowley and Vladimir Dubyshkin.

    From this position he has crossed over into art projects with an approach that remains essentially techno: investigating grid rhythm, sampling, vinyl culture or digitisation down to their cores. Commissioned works and one-off performances – ranging from intimate solo encounters at iconic venues such as Kyoto’s Honen-in Temple, Unesco World Heritage site Zollverein Essen or Los Angeles’s LACMA to large-scale compositions for music theatre, film, ensembles and dance – have become as much part of his presentation as DJing at clubs, festivals or at Macro label nights in Berlin, London, Paris, New York or Tokyo.

    A special relationship has formed between Stefan Goldmann and Berlin’s Berghain club since his debut at Panorama Bar in 2006. He conceived the Elektroakustischer Salon nights, opening up the club to experimental formats, and writes a column for its program flyer. He is also a co-author of Berghain’s 2015 book, “Art In The Club“. His own book “Presets” was published in 2015 and investigates automation and industry aesthetics in digital music production. While playing around with the boundaries of art and science, this techno renaissance man still feels most at home between two decks, communicating with the crowd through the beats he creates and mixes.

    Label: Macro

    Current release: A1

    Contact/Website: www.stefangoldmann.com

     

  • SUN AND THE WOLF
    BERLIN
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    • Mon
      03/13/2017
      10:10 pm
      Barracuda
    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      10:00 pm
      Javelina

    After Brodie White and Peter Mangan made a name for themselves in the rock’n’roll scene in their hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, with their former band, The Have, they moved far away to found a new one. Coming to Berlin and starting from scratch simply seemed like the more exciting thing to do. Now known as Sun And The Wolf, their previous garage rock sound has transitioned to a more organic one with groovy bass lines and psychedelic guitars. After two albums, and tours with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, their new album “Jungle Juice” is being released in 2017.

    Label: Duchess Box Records

    Current release: Percipice

    Contact Management: Grant Box, grant.box@snowhitepr.com

    Contact/Website: www.facebook.com/sunandthewolf

     

  • SVEN HELBIG
    DRESDEN
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    • Wed
      03/15/2017
      11:00 pm
      St David's Historic Sanctuary

    Sven Helbig, a studied musician, a composer, producer and director, enjoys blurring the boundaries between the world of classical orchestra, experimental art, and pop music. He is equally at home as co-founder of the Dresdner Sinfoniker – the first European orchestra exclusively dedicated to contemporary music – as composer and producer for great music acts including Rammstein, the Pet Shop Boys and Snoop Dogg, and also composing works for choir, orchestra and chamber music. On his solo tours with his electronic setup, Helbig radically deconstructs his orchestral compositions, distorting them so far until something new is created in electronic garb. After releasing his debut album on renowned label Deutsche Grammophon, he’s currently touring with his work “I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain”, released on the new Berlin label Neue Meister: delicate choral expanses alight upon pulsing, layered synthesizer.

    Label: Neue Meister / Edel

    Current release: I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain

    Contact Management: Christoph Becker, christoph.becker@artist-ahead.com

    Contact/Website: www.svenhelbig.com