Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:46pm
The beautiful swiss singer-songwriter Mya Audrey is touring and playing all over Berlin this week, and we had the pleasure to ask her a few questions about her wandering life and playing music. We hope you like it, and don’t miss the chance to win free tickets to her final show in Berlin on Saturday at FluxBau!
Hello Mya! Tell us in a few sentences who you are and what you’re doing with your life?

I’m a swiss singer/songwriter with english roots, grown up close to the lovely city of Zürich. I’m playing the piano since I’m 8 years old and writing my own music since teenage years. My life is all based on music: writing music, playing music, teaching music and also booking&supporting other’s music on my own founded songwriter stage „Songcircle Berlin“.
I love travelling the world and playing from small stages like a bar to large stages like big festivals to special stages like on a boat in the caribbean sea.
I would consider myself as a quite well organised music gipsy. 

What is your favorite thing about performing and playing music live?
Live-music is the most emotional way to open up and  create a special connection to your audience. It also allows you to be much more dynamic as on a recording.


If you could give the younger you one single advice, that you’ve learned by building your career, playing music and going after your passion, what would that be?

Never try to please everyone, cause you will never achieve to have a personal profile. Allow yourself to be edgy. 

And then on to the standard section we call ’Tastemaker of The Week’


First live music show of your life? 
My piano-class performances, I was 8 years old and played some Boogie-Woogie.

What about the last one?
Last Friday, with a wonderful Songwriter from Nashville named Landon Pigg on a private party here in Berlin. 
Best music event attended?
Difficult question! MIDI Festival in Shanghai was on of the most impressive stages and it’s amazing to play in front of a hugh audience of a total different culture and language. 

Track of the week? If it’s a live track, we’ll love it even more.
SOHN: Veto, live on BBC 6.

What band would you recommend Berliners to go and see live if they get the chance?
SEA & AIR: amazing duo, playing all instruments, wonderful songs, great live-show, very likeable persons.
Thank you so much for taking the time Mya, and don’t miss her shows across Berlin this week!

The beautiful swiss singer-songwriter Mya Audrey is touring and playing all over Berlin this week, and we had the pleasure to ask her a few questions about her wandering life and playing music. We hope you like it, and don’t miss the chance to win free tickets to her final show in Berlin on Saturday at FluxBau!

Hello Mya! Tell us in a few sentences who you are and what you’re doing with your life?


I’m a swiss singer/songwriter with english roots, grown up close to the lovely city of Zürich. I’m playing the piano since I’m 8 years old and writing my own music since teenage years. My life is all based on music: writing music, playing music, teaching music and also booking&supporting other’s music on my own founded songwriter stage „Songcircle Berlin“.

I love travelling the world and playing from small stages like a bar to large stages like big festivals to special stages like on a boat in the caribbean sea.

I would consider myself as a quite well organised music gipsy. 

What is your favorite thing about performing and playing music live?

Live-music is the most emotional way to open up and  create a special connection to your audience. It also allows you to be much more dynamic as on a recording.



If you could give the younger you one single advice, that you’ve learned by building your career, playing music and going after your passion, what would that be?


Never try to please everyone, cause you will never achieve to have a personal profile. Allow yourself to be edgy. 


And then on to the standard section we call ’Tastemaker of The Week’



First live music show of your life? 

My piano-class performances, I was 8 years old and played some Boogie-Woogie.

What about the last one?

Last Friday, with a wonderful Songwriter from Nashville named Landon Pigg on a private party here in Berlin. 

Best music event attended?

Difficult question! MIDI Festival in Shanghai was on of the most impressive stages and it’s amazing to play in front of a hugh audience of a total different culture and language. 


Track of the week? If it’s a live track, we’ll love it even more.

SOHN: Veto, live on BBC 6.


What band would you recommend Berliners to go and see live if they get the chance?

SEA & AIR: amazing duo, playing all instruments, wonderful songs, great live-show, very likeable persons.

Thank you so much for taking the time Mya, and don’t miss her shows across Berlin this week!

May. 21, 2014 at 2:32pm

Our Tastemaker of The Week is German hiphop artist Flowin IMMO, and because it’s almost summer and the sun is out, we’re giving away FREE tickets to his record release party at SO36 on Friday! We hope you enjoy the interview and we’ll see you in the crowd!


Aloha! Tell us in a few sentences who you are and what you’re doing with your life?
My real name is Immo, but I put Flowin before that because I am a musician/rapper/singer/entertainer. And things better be flowin, when you create music, especially rap. I was born in Bremen in the wild funky 70ies and I moved to Berlin in 2002 to explore a new cultural playground.
I started out as a singing drummer, but I got hooked rapping and producing beats in the early 90ies. My first record came out in 1994 and I have not been able to stop the flow.
 
You’ve been producing and playing music for a long time, all over the world, what is your favorite thing about doing what you do? The writing, playing live or something else?
It is the mixture of those activities. Creating new music in the studio is great to get in touch with your inner self, but performing live, especially freestyling, is a direct connection with other human beings in that very moment. And then you get to meet interesting people, I do have the freedom to choose, what I want to do, as long as I manage to find an audience, which is willing to invest their precious time (and some money) into what I have to offer.
 
May 23rd you’re having your album release party at SO36 in Berlin. Tell us a bit about your new album! Are you excited?
I am very excited, as this is my first album since 2009 and the first one, where I played almost all of the instruments myself. Lyrically it is a very personal adventure through the highs and lows of what is known as Manic Depression. I have experienced these extreme states of mind and wanted to open up this Pandoras box for other people too. Our society gets their fair share of criticism and of course I am trying to save the world here… come on! Stylistically it is quite diverse, although I have been part of the german HipHop Scene over the past 20 years, I have always kept an open mind and ear for other styles of music. So you best find out for yourself, which styles I incorporated in this new Album called: Geschlossene Gesellschaft
 
If you could give the younger you one single advice, that you’ve learned by building your career, playing music and going after your passion, what would that be?
Do your own thing. Do not worry about what others are doing, even if they are commercially more successful. Follow your own drum and pave your way. Focus your joy on the process of creation, not on the appreciation of others.
 
And then on to the standard section we call ’Tastemaker of The Week’

First live music show of your life?
My parents took me and my sister to a Pink Floyd Open Air in Hamburg. The air smelled funny. 
 
What about the last one?
I was just on tour, but the last two nights I saw Foreign Beggars @ Cassiopeia and Afrob @ Ritter Butzke
 
Best music event attended?
1993: House of Pain @ Gothic Theatre Denver support act: Rage against the Machine!!
2003: Zion Train @ Kesselhaus Berlin
2012: Flomega & the Ruffcats @ Schlachthof Bremen
 
Track of the week? If it’s a live track, we’ll love it even more.
As we might be living on the brink of the next world war, there is but one choice: Bomben im Paradies live @ Blue Shell @ Köln
 
What band would you recommend Berliners to go and see live if they get the chance?
The Ruffcats this Thursday @ Lovelite, funky raw shit being played by great people. But of course The Hoo, Silberrücken, Micky Rose and Woody @ SO36 on friday. From fragile to “knock you out heavyness”, the music will blow you away.
Thank you so much for your time and congratz to the new album!
Our Tastemaker of The Week is German hiphop artist Flowin IMMO, and because it’s almost summer and the sun is out, we’re giving away FREE tickets to his record release party at SO36 on Friday! We hope you enjoy the interview and we’ll see you in the crowd!
Aloha! Tell us in a few sentences who you are and what you’re doing with your life?
My real name is Immo, but I put Flowin before that because I am a musician/rapper/singer/entertainer. And things better be flowin, when you create music, especially rap. I was born in Bremen in the wild funky 70ies and I moved to Berlin in 2002 to explore a new cultural playground.
I started out as a singing drummer, but I got hooked rapping and producing beats in the early 90ies. My first record came out in 1994 and I have not been able to stop the flow.
 
You’ve been producing and playing music for a long time, all over the world, what is your favorite thing about doing what you do? The writing, playing live or something else?
It is the mixture of those activities. Creating new music in the studio is great to get in touch with your inner self, but performing live, especially freestyling, is a direct connection with other human beings in that very moment. And then you get to meet interesting people, I do have the freedom to choose, what I want to do, as long as I manage to find an audience, which is willing to invest their precious time (and some money) into what I have to offer.
 
May 23rd you’re having your album release party at SO36 in Berlin. Tell us a bit about your new album! Are you excited?
I am very excited, as this is my first album since 2009 and the first one, where I played almost all of the instruments myself. Lyrically it is a very personal adventure through the highs and lows of what is known as Manic Depression. I have experienced these extreme states of mind and wanted to open up this Pandoras box for other people too. Our society gets their fair share of criticism and of course I am trying to save the world here… come on! Stylistically it is quite diverse, although I have been part of the german HipHop Scene over the past 20 years, I have always kept an open mind and ear for other styles of music. So you best find out for yourself, which styles I incorporated in this new Album called: Geschlossene Gesellschaft
 
If you could give the younger you one single advice, that you’ve learned by building your career, playing music and going after your passion, what would that be?
Do your own thing. Do not worry about what others are doing, even if they are commercially more successful. Follow your own drum and pave your way. Focus your joy on the process of creation, not on the appreciation of others.
 
And then on to the standard section we call ’Tastemaker of The Week’
First live music show of your life?
My parents took me and my sister to a Pink Floyd Open Air in Hamburg. The air smelled funny. 
 
What about the last one?
I was just on tour, but the last two nights I saw Foreign Beggars @ Cassiopeia and Afrob @ Ritter Butzke
 
Best music event attended?
1993: House of Pain @ Gothic Theatre Denver support act: Rage against the Machine!!
2003: Zion Train @ Kesselhaus Berlin
2012: Flomega & the Ruffcats @ Schlachthof Bremen
 
Track of the week? If it’s a live track, we’ll love it even more.
As we might be living on the brink of the next world war, there is but one choice: Bomben im Paradies live @ Blue Shell @ Köln
 
What band would you recommend Berliners to go and see live if they get the chance?
The Ruffcats this Thursday @ Lovelite, funky raw shit being played by great people. But of course The Hoo, Silberrücken, Micky Rose and Woody @ SO36 on friday. From fragile to “knock you out heavyness”, the music will blow you away.

Thank you so much for your time and congratz to the new album!

May. 13, 2014 at 11:30am
This week’s frestyl Tastemaker is the very talented audiovisual artist, DJ and creative producer Sinéad Meaney from Ireland, but now living in Berlin. She’s got some pretty cool stuff going on, so check out her sites, give her some love and we hope you enjoy our chat!
1. Hello Sinéad! I know you’ve been doing tons of stuff around music and tech, but give us the hyper short introduction to who you are and what you’re doing?
Hey! I’m from Dublin, Ireland, with a diverse musical background, ranging from classical to electronic music, creating audiovisual art and managing events. At the moment, I’m working for a new media and audiovisual performance space called FEED at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. In terms of my own work - I’m creating music and visuals for a live audiovisual show I’m currently developing, and enjoying getting back into DJing, after a 6-year hiatus. 
2. You’re from Dublin in Ireland, but are now based in Berlin. What are the biggest differences you’ve noticed about doing what you do within music in Ireland and in Berlin?
Berlin is the epicenter of all that I love in terms of electronic music, with a superb selection of sound systems, venues and innovative concert programming. There is an international dimension here, like nowhere else in Europe, and people’s ears are wide open to all the eclecticism on offer. Ireland’s music scene is vibrant and collaborative, but on a smaller scale naturally. I feel lucky that I’m not too far away from home, so I get to experience the best of both worlds!  
3. If you could give the younger you one single advice, that you’ve learned by moving from your home and building your career here in Berlin, what would that be?
Well, I’m only in the early stages of building my career here in Berlin, but that being said, I’ve learnt a few lessons since arriving! The main one would be to stay true to yourself, and remain open, no matter what challenges you’re faced with along the way.  
And then on to the standard section we call ’Tastemaker of The Week’
First live music show of your life? 
The Rolling Stones with my parents, not long after I was born.  
What about the last one? Mika Vainio @ FEED Berlin - low frequency sonic massage at it’s ultimate best!
Best music event attended? Oo….that’s a very difficult question! Peter Gabriel @ O2 Berlin was a recent special one. I’m not going to lie; there may’ve been tears. 
Track of the week? If it’s a live track, we’ll love it even more.
Electronic music-wise, I love the production and sounds on the new Kyoka album, which was released yesterday on German electronic music label Raster-Noton, this track especially.
In terms of a live performance, I always come back to this track by The Low Anthem, they are an incredible band live.
What band would you recommend Berliners to go and see live if they get the chance?
Not exactly a band – but for a unique live experience, I’d recommend Mika Vainio at Berghain on 16 May, and The Low Anthem as mentioned above. 
Thank you so much for taking the time Sinéad! 
Pleasure…thanks for asking 

(photo by ANTICRAUS)

This week’s frestyl Tastemaker is the very talented audiovisual artist, DJ and creative producer Sinéad Meaney from Ireland, but now living in Berlin. She’s got some pretty cool stuff going on, so check out her sites, give her some love and we hope you enjoy our chat!

1. Hello Sinéad! I know you’ve been doing tons of stuff around music and tech, but give us the hyper short introduction to who you are and what you’re doing?

Hey! I’m from Dublin, Ireland, with a diverse musical background, ranging from classical to electronic music, creating audiovisual art and managing events. At the moment, I’m working for a new media and audiovisual performance space called FEED at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. In terms of my own work - I’m creating music and visuals for a live audiovisual show I’m currently developing, and enjoying getting back into DJing, after a 6-year hiatus. 

2. You’re from Dublin in Ireland, but are now based in Berlin. What are the biggest differences you’ve noticed about doing what you do within music in Ireland and in Berlin?

Berlin is the epicenter of all that I love in terms of electronic music, with a superb selection of sound systems, venues and innovative concert programming. There is an international dimension here, like nowhere else in Europe, and people’s ears are wide open to all the eclecticism on offer. Ireland’s music scene is vibrant and collaborative, but on a smaller scale naturally. I feel lucky that I’m not too far away from home, so I get to experience the best of both worlds!  

3. If you could give the younger you one single advice, that you’ve learned by moving from your home and building your career here in Berlin, what would that be?

Well, I’m only in the early stages of building my career here in Berlin, but that being said, I’ve learnt a few lessons since arriving! The main one would be to stay true to yourself, and remain open, no matter what challenges you’re faced with along the way.  

And then on to the standard section we call ’Tastemaker of The Week’

First live music show of your life? 

The Rolling Stones with my parents, not long after I was born.  

What about the last one? Mika Vainio @ FEED Berlin - low frequency sonic massage at it’s ultimate best!

Best music event attended? Oo….that’s a very difficult question! Peter Gabriel @ O2 Berlin was a recent special one. I’m not going to lie; there may’ve been tears. 

Track of the week? If it’s a live track, we’ll love it even more.

Electronic music-wise, I love the production and sounds on the new Kyoka album, which was released yesterday on German electronic music label Raster-Noton, this track especially.

In terms of a live performance, I always come back to this track by The Low Anthem, they are an incredible band live.

What band would you recommend Berliners to go and see live if they get the chance?

Not exactly a band – but for a unique live experience, I’d recommend Mika Vainio at Berghain on 16 May, and The Low Anthem as mentioned above. 

Thank you so much for taking the time Sinéad! 

Pleasure…thanks for asking

(photo by ANTICRAUS)

Apr. 29, 2014 at 2:41pm with 1 note
Aloha music friends! I’m so excited to introduce this week’s tastemaker; the colourful DJ & drummer Annie O! If you get the chance to see her live in full action, you should definitely do it.
You seem to do so many cool and fun things with your life. Tell us in a few sentences who you are and what you’re doing. 
Hello! Well, I’m just a young curly woman of little virtue that somehow got into DJing. On the weekends I usually get lost in Berlin’s or London’s nightlife, and during the week I’m leading a fairly healthy and balanced life. 
You’re both a DJ and a drummer, and all round musician really, how did you get into all this and what made you fall in love with it in the first place?
I played the piano from the age of 5 (Mozart, Bach and the like) which probably laid the tracks – then I got distracted with boring things like studying business and thinking I want to follow a professional career in banking – which I quickly gave up on :) Then once I had moved to London and started regularly going to small gigs I caught myself always watching the drummer – so I was like: alright! I’m gonna learn drums! Which I did, and 5 months later I found myself playing my first gig; then I played in a band for 5 years and now I’m DJing. 
You’re currently switching between London and Berlin, is there any difference you have noticed between playing music in these places? Which one do you prefer? (hint hint, Berlin, hint!)
The music I play is the same (electro and electro swing), but the parties and people are very different! The nights I play at in London are very flamboyant and creative, people dress up like crazy and the events offer a lot more interactive entertainment than just music. In Berlin it’s more about the music, people here are very particular about it, and it’s a little more about being seen and being part of a certain scene. In turn, Berliners have more stamina when it comes to partying :)
I love it both and wouldn’t want to miss either! London makes me feel crazy and colourful, Berlin makes me feel cool and uninhibited. 
You’re also one half of the electro duo Rotkäppchen. Tell us about this project and how it all came about. 
Ha – that’s a long story. One night in 2006 I met a lovely guy named Ian in a pub in London – I had just started playing drums and he played in a band, so I joined his band. We became a couple, the other band members quit (not because of that!), so we reorganized ourselves and started doing an electronic White Stripes-esque two-piece with me on drums and him on laptop, keyboard, and vocals. We played the East London electro scene for about 5 years, but at the moment we’re taking a break. 
If you could give the younger you one single advice, that you’ve learned by building your career, playing music and going after your passion?
Don’t worry too much about what others think. Be yourself, be original, have faith and have fun. 
And then on to our standard ’Tastemaker of The Week’ questions:
First live music show of your life?
Oh dear. I think it was Take That in my hometown Dortmund in the late nineties. (If you can call that ‘live’ anyway.)
What about the last one?
That was an amazing surprise: a couple of weeks back I went to the China Drifting Festival in Berlin and saw a Chinese live electro band called Pet Conspiracy. They were amazing!!
Best music event attended?
I think this has to be Burning Man Festival in the US.
Track of the week? If it’s a live track, we’ll love it even more.
Hm, with regards to electronic music I’ve recently been listening to Opiuo’s new album ‘Meraki’ – bloody awesome! Regarding a live track: I’ve recently discovered the band ‘Best Youth’ and have been listening to their song ‘Hang Out’ – it’s not new though!
What band would you recommend Berliners to go and see live if they get the chance?
The Electronic Swing Orchestra!
Thank you so much for your time Annie O!

Aloha music friends! I’m so excited to introduce this week’s tastemaker; the colourful DJ & drummer Annie O! If you get the chance to see her live in full action, you should definitely do it.

You seem to do so many cool and fun things with your life. Tell us in a few sentences who you are and what you’re doing. 

Hello! Well, I’m just a young curly woman of little virtue that somehow got into DJing. On the weekends I usually get lost in Berlin’s or London’s nightlife, and during the week I’m leading a fairly healthy and balanced life. 

You’re both a DJ and a drummer, and all round musician really, how did you get into all this and what made you fall in love with it in the first place?

I played the piano from the age of 5 (Mozart, Bach and the like) which probably laid the tracks – then I got distracted with boring things like studying business and thinking I want to follow a professional career in banking – which I quickly gave up on :) Then once I had moved to London and started regularly going to small gigs I caught myself always watching the drummer – so I was like: alright! I’m gonna learn drums! Which I did, and 5 months later I found myself playing my first gig; then I played in a band for 5 years and now I’m DJing. 

You’re currently switching between London and Berlin, is there any difference you have noticed between playing music in these places? Which one do you prefer? (hint hint, Berlin, hint!)

The music I play is the same (electro and electro swing), but the parties and people are very different! The nights I play at in London are very flamboyant and creative, people dress up like crazy and the events offer a lot more interactive entertainment than just music. In Berlin it’s more about the music, people here are very particular about it, and it’s a little more about being seen and being part of a certain scene. In turn, Berliners have more stamina when it comes to partying :)

I love it both and wouldn’t want to miss either! London makes me feel crazy and colourful, Berlin makes me feel cool and uninhibited. 

You’re also one half of the electro duo Rotkäppchen. Tell us about this project and how it all came about. 

Ha – that’s a long story. One night in 2006 I met a lovely guy named Ian in a pub in London – I had just started playing drums and he played in a band, so I joined his band. We became a couple, the other band members quit (not because of that!), so we reorganized ourselves and started doing an electronic White Stripes-esque two-piece with me on drums and him on laptop, keyboard, and vocals. We played the East London electro scene for about 5 years, but at the moment we’re taking a break. 

If you could give the younger you one single advice, that you’ve learned by building your career, playing music and going after your passion?

Don’t worry too much about what others think. Be yourself, be original, have faith and have fun. 

And then on to our standard ’Tastemaker of The Week’ questions:

First live music show of your life?

Oh dear. I think it was Take That in my hometown Dortmund in the late nineties. (If you can call that ‘live’ anyway.)

What about the last one?

That was an amazing surprise: a couple of weeks back I went to the China Drifting Festival in Berlin and saw a Chinese live electro band called Pet Conspiracy. They were amazing!!

Best music event attended?

I think this has to be Burning Man Festival in the US.

Track of the week? If it’s a live track, we’ll love it even more.

Hm, with regards to electronic music I’ve recently been listening to Opiuo’s new album ‘Meraki’ – bloody awesome! Regarding a live track: I’ve recently discovered the band ‘Best Youth’ and have been listening to their song ‘Hang Out’ – it’s not new though!

What band would you recommend Berliners to go and see live if they get the chance?

The Electronic Swing Orchestra!

Thank you so much for your time Annie O!

Apr. 15, 2014 at 10:23am
Want to join our kick ass super team at frestyl? We’re hiring!

Sales & Customer Outreach at frestyl
Are you a hands-on, sales-minded person who would be psyched to represent a B2B2C product in the live music market? Team frestyl wants you!

frestyl is a live music event discovery startup working to connect music event organizers (venues, promoters, booking agencies, record labels) directly with fans. We launched our product in Berlin in September 2013 and every day we work on making it more awesome. Our team joined the first class of Startupbootcamp in 2012 and went on to secure investment from  Deutsche Telekom - so we now sit in the ultra-modern hub:raum incubator. If you’d like to work with 9 talented, music-savvy ladies and one gent - send us your application!

Your job will include:
• Executing and developing our sales & customer activation strategy.
• Acquiring and onboarding new customers.
• Reaching out to and supporting our existing customers.
• Analyzing the live music market to identify new strategic opportunities.
• Assisting the product team to discover promising avenues for future development.
• Collaborating with our partnerships manager on work with enterprise level customers.

More about you:
• You’re a Sales/Customer Relations Manager who would be excited to represent a fast-growing product.
• You have excellent written & verbal communication skills in both German & English. 
• You are extroverted and sociable but also a great listener.
• You take a hands-on, solution-based approach to problems because you love to close deals.
• BONUS: You’re well-connected in the Berlin music scene or know your way around the live music market.

The Perks:
• Fixed salary commensurate with your experience.
• Performance-based monthly bonus (our wins are your wins!).
• Monthly budget for attending live music shows & meeting with customers.
• Fun environment with a team of 10 music lovers/nerds.

Contact: emanuela@frestyl.com
 

Want to join our kick ass super team at frestyl? We’re hiring!

Sales & Customer Outreach at frestyl

Are you a hands-on, sales-minded person who would be psyched to represent a B2B2C product in the live music market? Team frestyl wants you!

frestyl is a live music event discovery startup working to connect music event organizers (venues, promoters, booking agencies, record labels) directly with fans. We launched our product in Berlin in September 2013 and every day we work on making it more awesome. Our team joined the first class of Startupbootcamp in 2012 and went on to secure investment from  Deutsche Telekom - so we now sit in the ultra-modern hub:raum incubator. If you’d like to work with 9 talented, music-savvy ladies and one gent - send us your application!

Your job will include:

• Executing and developing our sales & customer activation strategy.

• Acquiring and onboarding new customers.

• Reaching out to and supporting our existing customers.

• Analyzing the live music market to identify new strategic opportunities.

• Assisting the product team to discover promising avenues for future development.

• Collaborating with our partnerships manager on work with enterprise level customers.

More about you:

• You’re a Sales/Customer Relations Manager who would be excited to represent a fast-growing product.

• You have excellent written & verbal communication skills in both German & English.

• You are extroverted and sociable but also a great listener.

• You take a hands-on, solution-based approach to problems because you love to close deals.

• BONUS: You’re well-connected in the Berlin music scene or know your way around the live music market.

The Perks:

• Fixed salary commensurate with your experience.

• Performance-based monthly bonus (our wins are your wins!).

• Monthly budget for attending live music shows & meeting with customers.

• Fun environment with a team of 10 music lovers/nerds.

Contact: emanuela@frestyl.com