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ARTISTS’ AREA

We talked to some of our artists and asked them a few questions about themselves and their upcoming visit to Berlin. This is what we got  from them……

FILM (Greece)

FILM (Greece)

For anyone who hasn’t heard you yet, give three reasons why they should?: Because we are currently at our best!

Tell us a little about where you’re from and how your surroundings affect the music that you create: Athens, Greece. It’s a very noisy city… A patch of multiple-styled surroundings (ancient monuments and ruins, classical architecture, 70′s blocks, and modern buildings) and in recent years it’s getting more and more multi-cultural.  Athens is subliminally affecting our music especially in the way we mix different kinds of sounds and styles.

What has been your most memorable experience of being in the band?: Touring around Europe! We love touring. We’ve been to Spain, UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and more recently at SPOT Festival in Denmark.

If you could organize your own dream festival which three acts would you choose to headline and why? Radiohead. Because it’s Radiohead; The Smashing Pumpkins with a complete “Adore” setlist, because we didn’t get to see them when they played in Athens; Daft Punk because we can’t imagine Superheroes on a big loud PA.

What are your current plans and what are your main ambitions for the future? We recently recorded in  a single in Icelandic with Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir from Rökkurró. It is going to be released later in September on Kimi Records/Inner Ear. We are currently working on new material and we are playing at Iceland Airwaves in October. We’d like to evolve and develop as musicians and always try out new things, as well as getting more attention from outside our country.

We want to know what your 3 favourite things are about Berlin . Obviously, one of them is Popkomm so tell us, what are the other two?: It has a very creative mood, atmosphere, people and surroundings. It’s less noisy than Athens.

Are there any other artists on the Popkomm line-up that you would like to see?: Murmansk, Familjien, I Got You On Tape, and Moto Boy.

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FILEWILE (Switzerland)

FILEWILE (Switzerland)

For anyone who hasn’t heard you yet, give three reasons why they should? Discovering new Music. Because we have a Spacedrum on Stage. We’re all good looking.

Tell us a little about where you’re from and how your surroundings affect the music that you create. The Beats and Basslines are based in Bern Switzerland, the Vocals are based in Berlin. Inspiration we take from our tours around the World.

What has been your most memorable experience of  being in the band? Mexico Tour and the Africa Tour, as example we played on a Sunday Afternoon a Kidz concert in the Nyanga Township / Capetown together with local MC Rattex.

If you could organize your own dream festival which three acts would you choose to headline and why? Little Dragon, Gablé and, of course, Filewile! Little Dragon is our favored Live Band right now, loving how they perform live. We played same Festival with Gablé this Summer, they are amazing live!

What are your current plans and what are your main ambitions for the future? Keep on doing what we do…. and trying to find the unique «Filewile Sound». Think we’re pretty close already….

We want to know what your 3 favourite things are about Berlin. Obviously, one of them is Popkomm so tell us, what are the other two? Dense Recordstore. The People we know in Berlin.

Are there any other artists on the Popkomm line-up that you would like to see? Budam, Pintandwefall, I Got You On Tape.

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VINNIE WHO (Denmark)

VINNIE WHO (Denmark)

For anyone who hasn’t heard you yet, give three reasons why they should? Everytime we play concerts outside of our home territory, people always start out by just standing there not knowing what to expect. A lot of them come because they have seen the poster with a big picture of Niels and they think he is hot. Some of them just heard that we play dancemusic and they want to move because they’re drunk.
But it doesn’t matter if we are playing under a freeway-bridge in a small Norwegian skatepark, or on a big festivalstage in front of thousands of people that are able to just move on, whenever they feel like it – we always manage to get peoples attention, get them to dance and get a party started! So I guess that’s the first reason. Second reason actually reffers to the first one. But we don’t play concerts to show people how it is to play Vinne Who’s songs live.  We play to, hopefully, help people to have a good time. We are all very good friends in the band, and we all love to have fun. So for just 1 hour or so, we would like to invite everyone to join the vinnie party with us. We love people :-) . Third reason is that we would like to make a lot of new friends in Berlin.. So we hope to meet a lot of interesting people after the concert.

Tell us a little about where you’re from and how your surroundings affect the music that you create. We all live in Copenhagen, Denmark but grew up in the suburbs and in the countryside . A lot of us go way back and have been friends for many years. We all played postrock in this other band and we used to rehearse in the basements of our parents houses (we switched once in a while). We usually dragged the rehearsals out into the very early hours so we couldn’t tell the differens between day and night. I guess we really liked that dark mellancollic atmosphere where you hadn’t slept for ages and you really had the time to think sensitive. Moving to Copenhagen gave us that urban point of view. The club scene where very interesting and disco music just seemed to appeal to us all. Niels where allready introduced to bands like The Rapture etc. and he started to make music with his laptop and a synthesizer. I guess the best from the two worlds – the dark mellancolly in postrock and the uptempo dance vibe in disco, really is the essence of Vinnie Who.. Mellancolic disco-pop :-)

What has been your most memorable experience of being an artist/being in the band? We talk a lot about this in the band. And we love being at this point where we are right now, beacuse everything is a new high for us. When we get to play bigger and bigger venues, with better and better slots. And the small things such as getting to visit another country, getting recognized in the street or making that new hit, because we just got better at playing. That is very nice and I don’t hope that it will ever just be “another day at the office”. But coming from Denmark the most memorable experience have to be playing at Roskilde festival in 2009. We had all been dreaming about doing that since we where kids and the tent was packed and everybody went crazy. I like to supprise people that don’t know us and afterwards they just go “OMFG!! that was awesome!! You guys rocked my world” :-)

If you could organize your own dream festival which three acts would you choose to headline and why? That is a very good question…. hmm.. David Bowie, because he had to cancel at Roskilde a few years ago. Michael Jackson and R. Kelly (We have a thing for him). And, BTW: Free strawberry Daiquiris for everyone.. :-)

What are your current plans and what are your main ambitions for the future? The debut album entitled “Then I Met You” is out in Denmark august 30th. After that, we are playing a fall-tour around Denmark and Norway. We are just exited to put the album out there and see how everyone likes it.

We want to know what your 3 favourite things are about Berlin. Obviously, one of them is Popkomm so tell us, what are the other two? I don’t think you can find a young person in Copenhagen who dosn’t love Berlin. It has all the interesting stuff, it’s cool and has a very unique history. But if you have to pick two: Tacheles: I always go there to hang out, have a chat and a cheap beer; Hamburger Bahnhoff and the Helmuth Newton museum : I can’t choose between these two museums. Hamburger Bahnhoff is so huge and has a lot of interesting stuff. We spend nearly 5 hours when i was there the first time. Helmuth Newton is just the best :-)

Are there any other artists on the Popkomm line-up that you would like to see? Fallulah and her band are friends of ours. They make awesome music!! We know Frederik who plays the drums in The Megaphonic Thrift from when we went to Bergen. I think that is a very interesting band and i would love to see them play!

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TANZ, BABY! (Austria)

TANZ, BABY! (Austria)

For anyone who hasn’t heard you yet, give three reasons why they should? Weil es wieder Zeit für das große Melodram ist. Weil wir durch die Verwendung unserer alten Orgeln einen unerhört eigenen Sound erzeugen. Wegen unserer Texte.

Tell us a little about where you’re from and how your surroundings affect the music that you create. Wir kommen aus einer ländlichen Gegend ca. 50 Km südlich von Österreichs Hauptstadt Wien aus dem Burgenland. Dort wuchsen wir in der Nähe eines der größten Steppenseen Europas auf. Die weite Landschaft und die Sonnenuntergänge in Cinemascope haben es uns angetan (siehe dazu unser Video zu “Ich Bin Traurig”: http://www.youtube.com/tanzbaby#p/u/5/-QwFAI7kR4E). In der Kindheit und frühen Jugend hatte uns neben der üblichen medialen Popsozialisation die Jukebox des legendären Cafe Paradiso in unserer Heimatstadt mit Schlagern der 1950er und 1960er Jahre versorgt und die traurigen Melodien der lokalen kroatischen Volksgruppen-Musik hatte  uns den Rest gegeben. Ansonsten ziehen wir in Wien durch alle Bars dieser Stadt und lassen uns auch gerne mal von einer Pferdekutsche nach Hause bringen, wie zum Beispiel in unserem Song “Nur Du” http://www.youtube.com/tanzbaby#p/a/u/1/PqpwTFUsPpg

What has been your most memorable experience of being an artist/being in the band? Da gibt es viele! Große und kleine Gigs – in Galerien oder Bars, in Clubs oder auf großen Open Air Bühnen Was mir spontan einfällt, war als wir einen Club in Sankt Petersburg eröffneten und das Publikum ab dem ersten Ton sofort abgegangen ist, ohne nur ein Wort von unseren Songs zu verstehen. Manche Refrains hatten wir dann sogar auf Russisch einstudiert. Die Meute war begeistert und dankte es uns mit nicht enden wollenden Rufen nach Zugaben.

If you could organize your own dream festival which three acts would you choose to headline and why? The Drums zum Beispiel. Ich (David) habe sie erst kürzlich und auch nur ganz zufällig bei einem Festival live gesehen. Die Performance von Frontman Jonathan Pierce hat mich sofort begeistert. Beirut. Mit allem Drum und Dran. Ich steh total auf diese schwermütigen hymnischen Gesänge und den Sound der Bläser der an eine “Trauermarschkapelle” erinnert. Und dann vielleicht noch den österreichischen Singer/Songwriter Martin Klein. Seine Songs laufen im Moment bei uns im Player.

What are your current plans and what are your main ambitions for the future? Das neue Album produzieren. Dieses im Frühjahr 2011 veröffentlichen und dann damit auf Welttournee gehen.

We want to know what your 3 favourite things are about Berlin. Obviously, one of them is Popkomm so tell us, what are the other two? Das gute orientalische Essen in den wunderbaren Lokalen in Friedrichshain oder Kreuzberg. Die ungewöhnliche Atmosphäre – wo sonst spielen Kinder am Straßenrand und das Mitten in einer großen Stadt? Die vielschichtige Subkultur, die eben nicht nur in der eigenen Stadt hängen bleibt – vor allem im Musikbereich.

Are there any other artists on the Popkomm line-up that you would like to see? Yes! Die Movits! Aus Schweden!

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LAURA JANSEN (Netherlands/USA)

LAURA JANSEN (USA/NETHERLANDS)

For anyone who hasn’t heard you yet, give three reasons why they should? Well. I suppose if you’re looking for honest, introspective music with a touch of humor in it you can come to my show. Also, if you like girls with bangs (fringe, pony, frange), you should come.

Tell us a little about where you’re from and how your surroundings affect the music that you create. I am half American and half Dutch and was raised living in both cultures and moving a lot over the course of my life. I believe that homesickness is in my DNA and fueled many of the impulses that turned into songs. There has always been  a sense that I never fully belonged anywhere but also a sense that I could become a part of any place I lived. My songs tend to be about my search for that place and where I belong in the bigger scheme of things. The constant movement and uprooting has served to create a sense of self reliance and self exploration that I think is the root of my music. I tend to look at the world as a giant classroom where by observation I can learn more about myself. The lack of stability in geography has really taught me to search quickly and deeply for the things that tie us together and the universal truths about the human condition. Its a comforting thought really, to know that beyond our supposed differences beat very similar hearts.

What has been your most memorable experience of being an artist? Every time I get to play music for an audience that comes to appreciate it there is moment within that experience where the hairs on my neck stand up and I get goosebumps. That single moment is really the most memorable part of the experience for me. Its a reminder that I am finally getting the opportunity to do the thing I love most in the world and it means that some little sliver of magic has descended upon the moment. Its the same feeling I get when a song starts to take form and just starts to build itself. No matter how much awareness or control I think I have, its that moment that proves that magic still happens.

If you could organize your own dream festival which three acts would you choose to headline and why? I haven’t really had a chance to see a lot of live music in the past two years because of the traveling schedules so I’m going to build my dream festival based on bands I would LOVE to see live and never have: Radiohead – because I still haven’t seen them live and probably listen to their music at least once a day. I’ve watched hours of live footage but would really love to stand in front of a stage and see them play; Muse – never seen these guys live but I rock their music loudly when I travel. There is something so over the top and big and ambitious and brave about their songs. I’d love to see it live; Bjork – this woman blows my mind with the freedom she channels into her music. She seems to have a limitless sense of melody and energy that pushes the boundaries often. I’d love to see her sing and shout and jump around live.

What are your current plans and what are your main ambitions for the future? I’ve been touring and promoting my record for a year now and dividing my time between Los Angeles and Amsterdam. Slowly, we’ve been expanding that area to Germany and the UK as well so I’m really looking forward to playing much more in Europe and to new audiences. I hope to do that for the next few months and then dive into the writing process again for the next record.

We want to know what your 3 favourite things are about Berlin. Obviously, one of them is Popkomm so tell us, what are the other two? Berlin! I have a crush on Berlin. Obviously, Popkomm is my number one favorite thing about Berlin. When I get to spend a few hours in Berlin I instantly feel energized and inspired by the general vibe of the city.  I don’t know it very well but I have spent some time in Kreuzberg and that is a really great neighborhood to wander around in.  My third favorite thing about Berlin is how extremely fashionable you all are. I love people-watching so looking at the pretty boys and girls of Berlin is a lot of fun. You are a fancy bunch of people.

Are there any other artists on the Popkomm line-up that you would like to see? I’m excited to see I Got You On Tape because I like what I’ve heard so far and I’m happy to see that Moss (my fellow dutchies) are also playing. I think they’re great. I’m looking forward to being surprised by the Popkomm artists.

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