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In Full Bloom: Maria Basel Talks About the Therapeutic Power of Songwriting

The singer and pianist from Wuppertal, Maria Basel released her debut record "Bloom", on which she blends classical influences with pop, electronic and RnB. In this week's Introducing feature, she talks about how her classical background shaped her understanding of music and the therapeutic aspect of songwriting. Check out the playlist update with quiet indie folk and pop gems linked below.

All About Love: Teachings of Surrender With Jamila Woods On “Water Made Us”

The Chicago-based singer and poet Jamila Woods released her third LP "Water Made Us". Jamila Woods examines love and surrender documenting her process of learning and unlearning, musically and lyrically. Inspired by spirituality and backed by the legacy of Black artists, the new album is the most intimate so far.

The Miracle Of “Madres”: Sofia Kourtesis On Finding Hope and Her Voice

On her search for hope in times of despair, Peruvian artist Sofia Kourtesis found it in the work of a famous neurosurgeon and her Berlin community. Her first full-length album "Madres" tells the story of her mother's recovery, of finding and nurturing family, and of fighting against homophobia. Norman Fleischer met with Sofia to discuss some of these topics.

An Introduction to the Parallel Universes of Alt-Pop Singer hemlocke springs

The singer hemlocke springs released her first single "gimme all ur luv" in 2022 via TikTok and it went viral. Now, the alternative pop artist with a unique DIY sound is releasing her debut EP "going...going...GONE!" and speaks to NBHAP about her approach to making music and how life is very much not going as planned. Tune into the collaborative playlist linked below the interview.

In Motion: Indie Soul Artist Anna Hauss on Her Solo Debut “how long is now”

The Berlin-based singer Anna Hauss released her first solo album "how long is now". In an extended conversation with NBHAP, she talks about the struggles of being a female solo artist, the process of writing the record and her thoughts on the question that the record poses. Alongside the interview, we updated our Introducing Playlist in collaboration with Anna Hauss.

Artistic Exchange At Eye Level: Musicboard’s Co-Creation Residency Programs

The Berliner institution Musicboard Berlin funds a broad range of musical residency programs each year. The Co-Creation Residency encourages creative exchange, collaboration and community building by pairing two artists from different cities. We spoke to project manager Maureen Noe about the structures of the program as well as four artists who participated this year.

Boards and Strings: How ADHD Gave Pat Burgener Energy to Pursue Sports and Music

Pat Burgener started snowboarding at the age of 5, on the slopes of Crans-Montana. In the years that followed, he was diagnosed with ADHD, cemented his position on the Swiss national team, earning high finishes at Olympic events, and launched a music career. NBHAP author, Elana Shapiro sits down with him to discuss how he found ways to create his own structures through music and sport, and how the two are intrinsically interlinked within his world.

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