Features: ROMARE

romare1Romare is coming to Berlin again to play at Gretchen Saturday, December 3. This time he won’t be alone, when presenting his new album “Love Songs: Part Two” which was recently released. Let’s put the spotlight on the british talent and his previous output.

Back when Archie Fairhurst has studied African American Visual Culture he stumbled across the work of Romare Bearden, who was known for his cartoons and oils but mainly for his collages. Fascinated by his work he chose the artist name Romare and started approaching music production somehow the same way as making a collage.

After university Romare moved to Paris, bought some turntables and started mixing, experimenting and sampling from second hand records. This is when things has gotten more and more serious.

In 2012 the indie label Black Acre signed him and released his EP “Meditations on Afrocentrism”. With the very positive feedback that came with his first record also came the opportunity to play more live shows. Financially independent he decided to move to London. Continue reading “ROMARE”

Interviews: THE BUG

blog_the-bug_byfabricebourgelleThe Ninja Tune ambassador Kevin Martin, better known as The Bug, is about to put the pressure on us. On Thursday, November 17, he will launch his regular night at Gretchen called, don’t be surprised, “Pressure”! Also on board for the first one he invited the Japanese Goth-Trad, reggae singer Miss Red from Israel and Terror Danjah, Flowdan and Lady Chann from the UK. Bringing his own sound system to Gretchen will guarantee a bass that will move you automatically. This night is definitely something for the sound nerds. We thought it was about time to sit down and talk.

Jamie: So you have moved from the UK to Berlin and brought your monstrous sound system with you, which we can’t deny we are very happy about. What made you choose Berlin as your new residence?

The Bug: I had always loved getting lost in Berlin’s atmosphere. It had always been first and foremost a music city, offering 24 hour convenience, artistic dissidence and political awareness. So it was a no brainer. London is now only affordable to the rich and, like Manhattan or Tokyo, it has become a playground for the rich, and it’s artistic heart and soul has been ripped out.

Jamie: You have had countless projects, collabs and groups that you have formed with many other great acts and artists. During the last years one of them seemed to stand out of the rest, your King Midas Sound project with poet Roger Robinson and singer Kiki Hitomi. Where have you met and what made you want to work with them?

The Bug: I had known Roger for maybe 20 years. We were introduced by a mutual friend (A-Cydes), and at that time, I had only recently discovered Roger’s incredible Poetry, voice, tone and delivery via his work with Chocolate Art Project, so it was a sweet coincidence to meet him at that time. We clicked instantly and I invited him to guest with Techno Animal on a 12” and for some live shows with techno Animal. To be honest, I could listen to Roger recite the alphabet and still be captivated by his incredible presence. I had first heard Kiki and my now soundman Goh’s own band Dokebbi Q by chance on a visit to Tokyo and then again coincidently they played at Plastic People (my second London home…LOL) the day I returned from that japanese trip. So I went to check their show and was impressed by Kiki’s mutant approach and versatile vocals. So I guess the question is, is coincidence really coincidence or that fate you make? Continue reading “THE BUG”

Record Tips: Delfonic picks in November

1) Henry Wu & Tito Wun “27 Karat Years” // Tartelet

2) Nas1 “Money $ex 09” // Money $ex

3) Miguel de Deus “Black Soul Brothers” // Groovie

4) Fela Kuti “Shakara(180g)” // Knitting Factory

5) Poor Righteous Teachers “Pure Poverty” // Profile Records

6) Flume & Chet Faker “Lockjaw” // Future Classic

7) K15 / Lismore / Fyi Chris / Ben Houghton “CDR X Dimensions: Dimension Sounds” // CDR Collaborations

8) Marcel Vogel “Human Beings” // Intimate Friends

9) DJ Dogg & Furious Frank “Space Call / Flamen Galah (DJ Fett Burger rmx)” // Butter Sessions

10) Various Artists “Beauty: A Journey Through Jeremy Underground’s Collection” // Spacetalk

Interviews: BRANDT BRAUER FRICK

bbf_blogDaniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick – Brandt Brauer Frick – have made a name for themselves with their unorthodox style and outstanding live performances. For their new album “Joy” the trio has brought the Canadian singer and songwriter Beaver Sheppard on board to produce an entire vocal-focused LP. On the Thursday, November 10 Gretchen presents the Album Release *LIVE*. We take this opportunity to ask some questions about the latest release, producing, playing live, success and much more.

Jamie: Already in early 2016 we have heard Beaver Sheppard on your EP “Holy Night” / “Poor Magic”, now he’s on the entire Album. Please tell us about how you guys met and what made you want to produce this album with him?

B.B.F.: We met Beaver in 2013 in Montreal through a good friend. He instantly intrigued us as a person while hanging out, someone with a unique and almost constant output of ideas and associations. When we found out about all the things he does, whether it’s singing, writing, story-telling, painting or cooking, we wanted to try and make music with him. A few months later we got booked for a special event series in Switzerland and they asked if we could bring a singer. So we thought of him, and used the opportunity to record with him for weeks. As we loved it, we invited him to Berlin more times and it became this album.

Jamie: Are there more projects with him planned for the near future, will it be Brandt Brauer Frick Sheppard from now on?

B.B.F.: For now, it’s for this album, but we’ll definitely do more things together, too early to think in which way. Continue reading “BRANDT BRAUER FRICK”

Features: NEOSIGNAL

neosignalNeosignal Night: 12.11.2016 @ Gretchen

In 2008 the duo and indie label Neosignal, based in Hamburg, left their footprints for the very first time in the electronic music universe, and made their way up ever since. The two main heads of operations Florian Harres (Phace) and Michael Bräuninger (Misanthrop) are claiming for themselves to be “against a more and more solely capitalistic and marketing driven trend of the main stream industry”, but to “break through the borders of stereotypical conventions and to set the standard for cutting edge music”, they say.

In other words: They do it for the love! Besides the music that they produce for Neosignal and Neodigital recordings they both have a quite impressive resume. With releases on labels like Virus, Renegade Hardware, Critical, RAM, Shogun Audio (and the list goes on) these guys are far from being new to main stage. Phace and Misanthrop are playing all over the world and regulary in the motherland of Drum’n’Bass, the UK.

And also the label went international. Nowadays Neosignal recordings has such a standing that names such as Alix Perez, Rockwell, Mefjus, Spor or Noisia are on its card as well. “When we started Neosignal at the end of 2008 we wanted to create our own outlet for our musical and visual visions,” Phace mentions. “Having an own label means you are in full control. For us personally this is quite an important aspect, as we can fully decide on the way but also on the channels our art will be presented in. We also wanted the label to grow organically; for example at the beginning we did not have concrete plans to release much music by other acts. This actually happened naturally. We now are really happy to have created a home also for other artists and for us to release any music we feel.” Continue reading “NEOSIGNAL”