The notable showcase festival ESNS gives upcoming artists the opportunity to display their talents in the Dutch city Groningen and if in luck, be booked for festival giants like Rock am Ring, Glastonbury, Primavera or The Great Escape. Ahead of the new edition, Anna Stich selected eight female(-fronting) acts who have made the most out of their performance at ESNS.
The Australian singer and songwriter Indigo Sparke releases her sophomore record "Hysteria" following the minimalist debut "Echo". Writer Anna Stich meets the artist for the second time and talks about grieving, breathing, and the history of pathological sexism entangled with hysteria.
LA-resident Keeley Bumford is constantly shaping her artistic expression. With her solo project Dresage she taps into new territory and explores various sonic textures between organic and synthesized. We caught up with her to chat about the latest single 'Dancing On My Grave', struggles and changes of working as a female producer.
The Danish pianist Eik Octobre, born Emil Skovsgaard Christensen, has been navigating the precipice of his sentimentality for several years now, and it is intimately linked to his creations. His pieces are steeped in melancholia but their mellow piano melodies often get them demoted to background music. Anna Stich spoke to the artist about his relationship to emotions and his musical genre.
Over the course of this pandemic lot of us felt the urge to rearrange our lives, reflect on the way we live, and make room for new experiences. For beloved composer Nils Frahm his new album "Old Friends, New Friends" was a beautiful opportunity to do exactly that in musical form. Just in time for its release, he sat down with NBHAP author Anna Stich to talk about immortality, melancholy, friendship, and a few other things.
Australian songwriter Indigo Sparke released her wonderful debut album "Echo" in February 2021 and to celebrate its vinyl issue, NBHAP author Anna Stich got a chance to talk to her about what informs her music and how she translates her perception of the world into sound. The result is a detailed and insightful account of the present moment.
Norwegian songwriter Marie Ulven seems to be the indie pop sensation of the hour now that her long awaited debut album "If I Could Make It Go Quiet" finally arrived. The hype is real but is Girl In Red really ready to be queer role model, songwriter and global superstar yet? NBHAP author Anna Stich got the chance for a brief exchange with the buzzing musician.
Dawn Richard has experienced all the different stages of being a recording artist. In her own words: “I went from severe mainstream pop culture to being in a rap group with my boss worth 800 million to then being poor, living on a sofa to then being an indie artist to then sign to an indie rock label so like the levels of that – no one could’ve helped me there.” Her latest record "Second Line: An Electro Revival" is gracing the world this week and NBHAP author Anna Stich got the chance to talk to the unique artist in advance.