Culture

  • Gramatik: The science of raves

    By on July 13, 2017

    He's probably one of the best music producers of our time, though not everybody really knows who Gramatik is. Maybe it's because, from his childhood in Slovenia to his U.S. exile, Denis Jašarević strayed from the conventional path to stardom. The artist's success is based on facts, not lucky stars.  Here's our well-calculated portrait.

  • [VIDEO] SKAMP x Nida 

    SKAMP is a Lithuanian pop band, they were the first official band to start after the downfall of the communist regime in Lithuania. They took part in the Eurovision Song Contest with their song “You Got Style”. Their singer, Victor Diawara, is also a musical producer who is reshaping festivals in Vilnius.

  • [VIDEO]: A-WA x Paris

    By on July 6, 2017

    A-WA is an Israeli band consisting of three sisters. In their first album, Habib Galbi, they merge traditional singing with electro and hip-hop beats. But in this melting pot of cultures, one particular European city stands out: Paris. The city influenced the girls' fashion, stole their heart through festivals, and greeted them with warmth.

  • [VIDEO] La Femme x Madrid

    By on June 29, 2017

    For seven years now, La Femme has brought their melancholic and new-wave sounds all across France's stages. But after having surfed the wave of success throughout the country, the band decided to flirt with Europe. So which city caught their attention? Madrid. The fiesta, the heat and the ridiculously delicious jamón became love at first sight. Here's to their heated encounter with the city.

  • Polo and Pan in wonderland

    By on June 28, 2017

    In troubled times, two French DJs got together to form Polo & Pan. They have now recorded their first album as a tribute to love and optimism. What did they find down the rabbit hole? An imaginary world of forest canopies, remote beaches and flying fish. 

  • [VIDEO] Sônge x Brussels

    She's 24, she's already released her first EP, and she sees colours when she hears music. Sônge is a beatmaker who knows what's up. We spoke to her about her favourite European city and, well, it ended up being the capital of the continent. 

  • Belarus' messed up punk scene

    By on June 19, 2017

    When speaking of Belarus, we don’t often address their punk rock scene. It’s a country that has been largely scrutinised across the continent, and sometimes even referred to as Europe’s last dictatorship. But the all-girl punk band Messed Up have been reshaping the country’s music scene since 2015.

  • Feeling at home with art, all around Europe

    By on June 8, 2017

    In the springtime, the network of artists at Hors Lits decided to tranform Parisian apartments into cosy performance spaces for the public. Established by dancers some 12 years ago, it has become a European phenomenon. Munich, Brussels, Barcelona and Lisbon have joined in on the dance. Here is our story of the Hors Lits from under the covers. 

  • Understanding Cannes through 7 movies

    By on May 29, 2017

    If Cannes is synonymous for a red carpet, short dresses and glitter, the films that are screened take on a different mood: sombre, long and sometimes extremely annoying. They embody a type of cinema that lies somewhere between artistic genius and intellectual masturbation. Here is our small subjective selection, sans Michael Haneke. 

  • No band is an island: a conversation with Ephemerals

    By on May 26, 2017

    Both as musicians and as people, Ephemerals defy convention. Their music is a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, a bit of soul, and they’re an eclectic mix of English, French and American. But they’re also, by their own admission, none of those things. Cafébabel caught up with them at the tail-end of their European tour.