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What’s the intention behind the music? Our ‘Stories’ section brings you interviews, features, personal opinions and columns about your favourite passion in the world.

The Sudden Turns Of Life: Caribou On Dealing With The Unexpected

The past few years have not exactly been easy for Caribou’s Dan Snaith. Despite piling up hundreds of song ideas and working tirelessly on his new album 'Suddenly', personal challenges and unexpected turns shaped the musical outcome to a large degree. An album that has been inspired by a very personal view on life more than anything forcing Snaith to step out of his own fears and taking on new roles. NBHAP editor Annett Bonkowski caught up with the acclaimed artist.
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Between Space And Time: Jan Wagner and Tobias Preisig Reflect On Their ‘SPHEREA’ Concert

The Berlin-based musicians Jan Wagner and Tobias Preisig took their classical, ambient compositions to another level. In collaboration with the Spatial Media Lab and Zeiss Planetarium, they created a three-dimensional space for music in a very special first edition of SPHEREA. Our editor Liv attended the event and talked with the artists and we're also exclusively debuting a brand new piece from Mr. Wagner.
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Very Unconditional, Actually: Growing Up And Growing Old With The Pet Shop Boys

The world has surely changed a lot in the 35 years after "West End Girls" topped the charts but somehow Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are still here as one of the few remaining constants in the ever-changing in the world of pop. For the majority of his life NBHAP head Norman has been following the path of the British duo, creating a life-long love relationship that started in his early childhood. In the wake of the band's new album "Hotspot" he shares this personal reflection on these past four decades.
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Neo-Classic, What Now? A Conversation With Martin Kohlstedt and Ólafur Arnalds

It seems like the term Neo-Classic is on everyones lips today. Altough many people have heard of this special genre, most of them only regard it as background music without bothering about what's really hidden behind. To show the world that this beautiful music is much more than only a background soundtrack, NBHAP editor Miriam Wallbaum decided to talk to two Neo-Classic pioneers about the scene: Germany's Martin Kohlstedt and Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds.
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Label In Focus: The Borderless World Of Japan’s FLAU

Based in Japan but with fans and artists from all over, FLAU finds and releases music from artists who craft their own special worlds. NBHAP editor Austin caught up with some of the label's protagonists to shed some light on their work by talking to label boss Yasuhiko Fukuzono as well as artists Rayons, Machinone, Sparrows and Rima Kato.
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