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PEOPLE festival hits Berlin’s Funkhaus next week, bringing artistic collaborations and brand new works

Next weekend sees PEOPLE festival at Berlin’s Funkhaus. The festival is unique for bringing artists from all over the world together for a week of experimentation and collaboration before performing new works for a live audience. 160 artists will take part, including Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, as well as Feist and Jenny Lewis. We spoke to festival organizers Tom and Nadine Michelberger, who […]

todayAugust 11, 2018


‘By complete chance’: How a search for an art studio turned into the Neukölln pub, gallery and performance space Das Gift

  Barry Burns of the post-rock band Mogwai, and his wife, Rachel, came upon the space that would eventually become their pub, Das Gift, completely by chance. Now, seven years later, Das Gift is a Glasgow-meets-Berlin mainstay in the neighborhood of Neukölln. This week on Amplified, we spoke to Barry about the bar’s beginnings and Berlin’s influence on it and the band. For Barry and Rachel, who moved to Berlin […]

todayAugust 4, 2018


From Auckland to Berlin: Musician Noah Slee on navigating techno, queerness and becoming a role model

  Noah Slee is a Tongan New Zealander whose music spans genres from traditional soul to mixed electronica and R&B. He moved to Berlin about three years ago and has seen his career flourish, especially on Spotify, where he boasts an audience of 400,000 monthly listeners. We caught up with him to talk about his unexpected love for Berlin’s techno scene, finding success in his adopted home and becoming a […]

todayJuly 28, 2018


A sojourn through the ‘Garden of Beasts’ with Irish musician Candice Gordon

    We caught up with musician Candice Gordon to talk about supporting likes of Nena, her 2017 album “Garden of Beasts,” and what else to expect from her this year. Gordon, who originally hails from Ireland, has been in Berlin for seven years, lured by history and literature. “I just loved it," she says. "I just felt I belonged." She hasn't shied away from incorporating her Irish roots into […]

todayJuly 21, 2018


Dancer and artist Isabelle Lewis on bringing ‘Immersive Spaces’ to Martin Gropius Bau

    Isabelle Lewis is a dancer and artist, and this month you can experience her work at Martin Gropius Bau as part of the “Welt Ohne Aussen” festival. The festival explores immersive spaces from architecture to performance, to rave culture and tea drinking. Lewis was invited by the organizers to curate workshops that bring members of the public into immersive moments whether through dance or music. We spoke to […]

todayJuly 14, 2018


Pop-Kultur curator on achieving a rare 50-50 gender balance in the festival’s lineup: ‘It was really easy’

  The Pop-Kultur festival is returning to Berlin next month, presenting over 100 events from Aug. 15 – 17 at the Kulturbrauerei. The festival gives musicians space to expand on the artistic currents underpinning much of pop culture and pop music today with a program of performances, new commissions, exhibitions, talks, and workshops. The festival's organizers have assembled a line-up of both international and Berlin-based artists. Finding balance was a […]

todayJuly 7, 2018


The un-residential resident: Berghain DJ Martyn unveils his new album

    We caught up with Berghain-resident DJ Martyn shortly after the launch of his latest album, "Voids." He tells us about his musical process and the lengthy commute between Berlin and his home in Washington, D.C. Martyn says he took a "back-to-basics approach" with his latest album, reconnecting with earlier work. "For me, it was a moment to sort of look back at the records that really inspired me […]

todayJune 23, 2018


There’ll be dancing in the Kiez: Fête de la Musique lands on June 21 bringing music to Berlin’s streets

    June 21 sees Fête de la Musique coming to the streets of Berlin. The imported French festival has been a staple of the city's event calendar since 1995 and brings music from over 800 musicians, bands, and choirs, performed in Spätis, Kitas, garden colonies and other unusual locations across the city.  We caught up with Björn Döring, the Curator and Director of the festival. One highlight of Fête de la Musique promises […]

todayJune 16, 2018


Confessions of a California goth: Bauhaus’ David J pines for the clouds

    This week, we caught up with musician David J, who was both the bassist in the goth rock sensation Bauhaus as well as bassist and vocalist of the '80s band, Love and Rockets. A Los Angeles resident, he admits that he feels uncomfortable with the current political situation in the United States, confessing, “it's in a sorry state, and I'm rather repulsed by it.” David J talks about […]

todayJune 9, 2018


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