What is the worth of a good recording studio? After a meet-up with its founder in the luminous oasis of “The Famous Gold Watch” some weeks back, these standards might have to be set anew. Follow editor Andreas around, as he reconstructs the origins and visions of a real Berlin underground tale.
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.
Every year, the Berliner Pop-Kultur Festival funds fifteen projects by artists from all genres and backgrounds. These pieces are conceptualized and premiered exclusively at the festival but resonate beyond. We spoke to creative producer Pamela Schlewinski, and the artists Anika and Portrait XO about the experience and opportunities this program creates.
One of the most distinguished singer-songwriter sessions in Berlin, Kreuzberg’s ‘Space Sessions' is a noteworthy institution when it comes to making new voices of the city heard. NBHAP editor Andreas met up with founder James Michael Rodgers to discuss the beginnings of the format, the art of curation and its surrounding politics – also introducing the perspective of two notable newcomers of the scene, Thala and Mone.
In Katowice, Poland, OFF Festival 2023 gathered international talent from all genres including namely artists like Pusha T, Slowdive, Nation Of Language, and Haru Nemuri. Reporting from the event, concert and music photographer Paulina Leśna shares her favourite moments in fifteen images. Take a look below to experience the beauty of concert photography.
As festivals navigate economic uncertainties and changing audience dynamics, we question the future of these cultural spaces and their potential for fostering inclusivity and artistic exploration. NBHAP author Anna Grubauer reflects on the changing landscape of festivals, based on her experience at MELT festival. To get more insight, she spoke to bookers and organizers behind three major festivals in Germany.
The Katowice-based music event OFF Festival gathers international talent from a diverse range of genres. This year, photographer Paulina Leśna will attend to report from the festival grounds in August 2023. Ahead of the festival, Paulina shares recommendations and insights into the line-up's acts to look out for.
Berlin-based sound artist and singer Dumama has a special relationship to XJAZZ!. Following the event in May, Dumama now shares a live video of their performances. Working with the body and voice as modes of tapping into ancestral vibrations, Dumama collaborates with many artists across Berlin's boundary-pushing music scene. Read her personal reflections on the festival below.