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  • Shaggy and Sting: My half hour with a baffling duo

    By on April 20, 2018

    Good things come to those who wait. While none of us were particularly waiting for it, Shaggy and Sting have just released an album together. In anticipation of this newfound and slightly puzzling bromance, one of our journalists interviewed the duo for what ended up being a very surreal half hour. 

  • C.O.W. 牛: A pixelated patchwork of DJs coming to Europe

    By on Dec. 8, 2017

    Pixelated cows, Gameboys and a lot of nostalgic memorabilia. This is what makes C.O.W. stick out like a sore thumb. That, and the fact that this collective of DJs from China and Germany have amplified the mystery they’ve built up around their 8-bit characters with the release of their second EP. We sat down with one of the four producers to see what really happens behind the scenes. 

  • Valaire: Holes, plums, zombies and Bozouls

    Plums, the ‘Café de la Mairie’ and zombies. These are the three main reasons why Valaire, the electro-pop band from Quebec, have chosen Bozouls in France as their favourite European city. Located in the Aveyron region, Bozouls is a village that runs 100 metres deep. Here’s our hole-y interview.

  • "La Bombe" or how to overturn rape stereotypes

    By on Sept. 9, 2017

    Written with a rush of blood to the head, ZOU's song "La Bombe" (The Bomb) is a rare artistic testimonial about rape. Four years later, the French singer who lives between Paris and Berlin chose to illustrate it with a 6-minute music video. But what can you show when you're talking about rape? An explosive interview. 

  • Harmonica Creams: When Japan meets Celtic blues

    By on Sept. 4, 2017

    From bodhráns to bagpipes, a Japanese band has dedicated themselves body and soul to Irish music. With four albums that settled down comfortably in the Japanese charts, Harmonica Creams has become something of a reference in the land of the rising sun. We sat down with the band’s leader in Paris to find out why. 

  • [VIDEO] Shame: Hamburg, festivals and canapés

    By on Aug. 10, 2017

    "My favourite city is Hamburg, because you can smoke cigarettes inside." There is no better quote to sum up Shame, the alt-rock band from South London. Hamburg's dark side, its red light district and bustling streets made them fall in love with the city. But it's a shame they put on such wild shows, because Tony Visconti and canapés don't really do much for them. Neither does the Beatles effect.

  • [VIDEO] Pale Grey x Hamburg

    Digging deep into the discography of Pale Grey, it's clear to see that their name doesn't fit their sound. Inspired by port towns, large open spaces and some German bands–their music is definitely not 50 shades of grey. We sat down with Gilles to talk about his favourite European town: Hamburg. 

  • [VIDEO] Isaac Delusion x Warsaw

    By on Aug. 3, 2017

    Large open spaces, people dancing and incredible stories. It's no wonder the French pop band Isaac Delusion have chosen Warsaw as their favourite European city. They have recently released their latest album Rust and Gold, so we sat down with them to talk about Poland. 

  • 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.