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Guest Articles

This is the space where we hand over the pen to artists, bands and others to share their personal story on a much-loved record, the state of the industry or other cultural issues at large.

Musical Memories: Joesef on Growing up on Al Green’s Greatest Hits

"It was a CD I think, the first time I seen the cover. A dark, burnt orange background with a shirtless Al in the middle, half smiling staring straight through the barrel of the camera. Al Green’s Greatest Hits." Self-taught musician and singer Joesef sat down to muse on one of his favorite records. Following the release of his latest single "East End Coast" his love for Al Green explains the soulful touches on the single dedicated to the sense of belonging he experiences in his hometown Glasgow.

In The Spaces Between: Will Samson On Finding Belonging And Identity

Just a few weeks back, ambient folk artist Will Samson released "Active Imagination", a beacon of calming and meditative bliss. Reflecting on the surrounding themes of the record, the musician opens up on the matter of national identity, belonging and the feeling of being in between in this very personal guest article.

Unlearn Being the Man You’re Not: Soft Drug on Masculinity

Soft Drug are the litte red pill that invites listeners on an eye-opening trip - not just musically. Targeting topics like depression, accepting weakness, and toxic masculinity the RnB/Pop trio uses music as a tool to dissect gender-based discrimination in society and the music industry. Ahead of the release of their debut EP "Easy", band member Sascha reflects on his experiences with expectations of masculinity and the track "Man Up" released in April.

A Temporary Delight: NBHAP Is Curating The Ten-Day-Album Experiment “Syntax” By Like Lovers

The fast-paced music industry has brought about many trends, but an album only available for a period of ten days should be something quite surprising, even under the still-tormenting impact of the Corona pandemic. To accompany the short life of the sophomore release of Jan Kerscher alias Like Lovers, we asked the artist to gather his thoughts on each track, followed by a final reflection on day 11. Read the continuing diary right here.

Alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton Gets Real About His Admiration For “Aha Shake Heartbreak” By Kings Of Leon

As the beloved Brit-Pop trio is about to finally release their fourth LP "The Dream", we invited Alt-J keyboarder Gus Unger-Hamilton to share some reflections on his favourite record yet. Celebrating the Kings Of Leon shortly before they went stadium-rock superstars, the musician strongly roots for the 2004 sophomore record "Aha Shake Heartbreak" and kindly shares the advice of giving records more than one superficial listen.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel: Trentemøller Gives His Gloomy Trademark Sound A Hopeful Twist On “Memoria”

After almost two decades in the scene, long lasting Danish multi-instrumentalist Anders Trentemøller returns with his sixth studio album that feels like a refreshing take on the music we've fell in love with many years ago. NBHAP head Norman once again encounters the beloved artist for an exchange about the new shoegaze-infected sound, recording during the pandemic and whatever is next for the man whose music is way too complex to being put into the 'gloomy goth' category.

Meditation For An Internet Generation: A Guest Article By Will Samson

Musician and world citizen Will Samson is a longtime friend of NBHAP and a true expert when it comes to meditative and calming sounds that ease your mind and help to set the world in perspective. Especially in accelerated times like these we find it harder and harder to be "with ourselves" and find true inner piece. Back in 2014 the musician wrote a guest article about that for us ... and now he decided to revisit it because its message remains quite important.

Back To Normal: Lydmor Shares A Fragmented Personal Account Of How It Is To Be A Musician Right Now

Danish future pop dynamite Lydmor has been a longtime favourite of NBHAP and her immersive state show never fails to amaze us. Like many other artists from the indie section she's been suffering from the ongoing pandemic and the fact that it forbids her to do what she does best- sharing her uniting vision with other people... in the same room. The world's not fully recovered yet but the damage is done when it comes to the creative music scene. We asked Lydmor to share her personal thoughts on the current state of indecisiveness in this exclusive and honest guest article.