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In Conversation

Find an overview of all interviews NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION has done with bands, artists and more right here.

So Here We Are … Again: How Bloc Party Got Their Fire Back On “Alpha Games”

After six years without a new full-length, British indie rock heroes Bloc Party resurface with a record that is both – acknowledgment of their own past and beginning of a new era. But does their furious sound still have a place in this world and can reconnect with old and potential new fans? Departing NBHAP head Norman Fleischer is a die-hard fan of the group and spoke with mastermind Kele Okereke about the difficult path to make “Alpha Games” happen in the first place.
Kurt Vile

Moments of Zen and Adult Life: Kurt Vile Reflecting On ‘(watch my moves)’

Nine albums into his career, Kurt Vile shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, his most recent work titled (watch my moves) suggests the contrary with a certain cheekiness hovering over the fifteen carefully crafted, nonchalant songs. NBHAP author Annett caught up with the Philadelphia multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer on his recent stop in Berlin. In a conversation revolving around his adult life and occasional moments of zen, Kurt Vile talks about the benefits of having a healthy routine, the comfort of working in a home studio and the bliss of spacing out.

On the Cultural Front: Tember Blanche Living and Recording in Wartime

More than a month after the beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine on February 24th, the strikes of the aggressor continue to devastate the country. To raise awareness and continue to support the country - financially and culturally - we update our "With Ukraine" playlist in collaboration with local artists. This time with folk duo Tember Blanche.

The Earth I Walk On: Xavier Rudd On His Tenth Record “Jan Juc Moon”

The Australian troubadour Xavier Rudd has been in the business for decades releasing his tenth studio album this year. Known for his lyrics advocating peace and a spiritual connectedness with nature, the artist is closely in touch with the Aboriginal communities of the country. Between admiration for the culture, questioning of the own roots, and uplifting the culture, the artist formed is own musical style using the Didgeridoo alongside his other instruments.