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Here we offer you anything that transgresses the musical realm: Insides from the industry, cultural reflection pieces and the manifold ties of our favourite passion to everything from the art space.

All Eyes On The ESNS Exchange: A Stroll Through The New Generation Of Noteworthy Talents

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.

“Always Chasing The Next Thing“: An Evening At The Pitchfork Berlin Premiere

The renowned Pitchfork Festival series has at last reached our German capital (and NBHAP headquarter) so we took the opportunity to catch up with Bay Area’s ravishing indie outfit Fake Fruit and New York City-based synth-pop-trio Nation Of Language to talk about the euphoria of live music, post-pandemic music industry and their budding pop careers. Time for an introduction.

The Politics of Pop: How Pop Kultur Changes the Berlin Festival Landscape

The term Pop is slippery like water. Its wide range exceeds definition yet it is used ubiquitous. Shaped by a hegemonic discourse, what is considered pop often moves within a narrow realm. Berlin's alternative pop festival, Pop Kultur, questions the definition of pop and the tastemakers by curating an inclusive, diverse, and critical line up of artists and speakers at their eighth edition earlier this year.

The Future of Italy’s Indie Scene: La Festa at Reeperbahn

Get to know some of the most exciting new bands from Italy at the third edition of La Festa. The showcase takes place on 21st of September at Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival and features the bands Her Skin, Qlowski, and KOKO. Ahead of their show, each band shared ten songs from their home country with us. The La Festa playlist gives a little taste of the past, present, and future of Italy's versatile music scene.
Mansions & Millions

Label In Focus: Mansions & Millions Carving Out A Niche In Berlin

The Neukölln label has become a place where alternative pop artists from the German capital and beyond can bloom, and a symbol of a sound embedded in the city's music scene. We spoke to founder Anton Teichmann, and some of their artists, to talk the past, present and future of Mansions & Millions.

“Stop Fighting Artists”: Why You Should Know About The Union Of Musicians And Allied Workers

Rants about Spotify and their questionable practices as the top dog of the streaming industry have become an established tradition of pop-cultural criticism, but rarely do comments lead to action. Following up on the Joe Rogan conflict with the Swedish company, NBHAP co-head Andreas caught up with musician and activist Joel Jerome from the "Union Of Musicians And Allied Workers" to find out more on the organisation and how to get involved.

At Cultural Crossroads: Marina Satti On Her Debut Record “YENNA”

The Greek-Sudanese artist Marina Satti is driven to explores cultures and ways of exchange through her language: music. On her debut record "YENNA" she merges traditional Greek polyphony with influences from Turkey, the Balkans, and many more. We spoke to the artist to understand the deep tradition behind her songs and she updated our "Beyond Borders" playlist with her favorite songs from her home country. Listen to it on Spotify.

Tallinn Narva Music Week: Art and Music Between and Beyond Nations at War

Estonia borders Russia as well as Ukraine sharing close cultural ties with both countries - until the Russian invasion. Now, the music festival is at a cross-roads in the most literal sense. In resistance to the Russian aggression, Tallinn Music Week teamed up with Narva, the city that is connected to Russia by a bridge. Writer Dan Cole attended TMW and shares his impressions of a festival that aims to support and show solidarity through music, art, and exchange.