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50K MUSIC Special - Krakow Music Scene (1): Two Red Triangles

Published on Jun 15 2012

  by Mario

If you're into indie rock and pop you should definitely have a look at Krakow's music scene. In the next few weeks I'm going to dig into this and introduce a couple of bands from Krakow to you. First in line are Two Red Triangles who fund their upcoming album on SellaBand.

50K MUSIC: For all those who haven't heard of Two Red Triangles yet, please tell us something about the band … where do you come from, what are your roots?
TRT: We’re three students from different parts of Poland, who being attracted by the cultural and educational aspects of Krakow decided to move there.

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Fleur Jack: Not Only "Tales From The Dodge" Is On The Way

It's been a long time since we heard of Fleur Jack. Reason enough to talk to her about what happened since then and her current plans. Thanks Fleur for answering. Published July 26 2013.

  by Mario

50K MUSIC: It's been a while since we've talked. What happened since then?
Fleur: I think last time we were speaking, I had just put out my debut album "Ghosts of Cimarron" and was about to embark on my first big international solo tour of the USA and Canada. WELL, on that trip, I met a man called Wesley. A very long story short; He chased me around the country, we fell in love and I moved over to the USA to be with him last June. We got married this February and we are waiting patiently for the arrival of our first son who is due August 14th (three weeks from today).

50K MUSIC: Any upcoming projects?
Fleur: Yes, my brand new CD; 'Tales from the Dodge' and a whole new band; The W Lovers! Wesley is a great musician and we started playing live together a few months ago. Wesley sings harmonies and plays along on the mandolin. It has taken us a little while to get the hang of writing together but we're getting there.

It started off as him playing along to my sets and we realised that it would be much more fun to start something brand new.

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Oskar Schuster - Music Out Of The Subconscious Mind

Thanks to Oskar for the chance to meet him in Berlin in early September ... really enjoyed it. Published October 06 2013.

  by Mario

A while ago Oskar Schuster successfully funded his upcoming album with the support of 145 believers on Sellaband. I talked to him about his music and the crowdfunding experience ...

50K MUSIC: Who is Oskar Schuster? Please tell us something about you. Where do you come from? What are your musical roots?
Oskar: I'm a composer from Berlin. Two years ago I released my debute album, "Dear Utopia". Right now I'm finishing my second album which will be out in a few months. My musical roots are quite diverse. I grew up with pop/rock music, listening a lot to bands like the Beatles, Nirvana and Radiohead. Later I discovered Sigur Rós and Beirut, two bands that influence me very much. On the other hand I always played classical music on the piano, mostly Chopin and Schumann. I also have been interested in electronic music from an early age on. Actually I took my first steps in composition by messing around with sequencer software on my Commodore 64 when I was about ten years old. I think my music combines all those different influences. It is purely instrumental with the piano as main element, often accompanied by glockenspiel and a programmable music box. To create beats, I record the sounds of old typewriters and cameras and sample them.

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Hannes Grossmann: "It's More Direct This Way"

Obscura's drummer Hannes Grossmann talks to 50K MUSIC MAG's Jonathan Keane about crowd funding his upcoming solo album on Indiegogo ... and more. Published November 02 2013.

  by Jonathan

It’s not exactly uncommon to find a musician with multiple itches that need scratching, where the full-time band, or “day-job” if you will, isn’t hitting the all the spots. Take the case of drummer Hannes Grossmann of Germany’s progressive death metal maestros Obscura. He also sits behind the kit of tech metal super-group Blotted Science alongside one Ron Jarzombek and Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster. Add in Hannes’ time with Necrophagist and you have one busy guy. It is however not quite enough and the stickman is looking to bring his solo compositions, in The Radial Covenant, to life.

The new material, written entirely by Hannes, was originally intended for a future Obscura record. “I had written these songs, which is like of 40 minutes of material,” says Hannes, “and we were discussing this earlier in the band that we want to go back to writing songs as four-piece, like everybody puts stuff into it.”

He continues: “I had the songs and I really liked them and I didn’t want to have them ripped apart. If you come up with 40 minutes of material, it is a record. It would not be a real band thing anymore so I decided to do it as a solo record.”

The writing process for Obscura appears very democratic and the songs that are making up The Radial Covenant were in fact finished compositions that were totally Hannes’ and he intended to keep them that way – “I just like the songs as they are. I didn’t want to make a compromise this time so I thought that this is a typical situation to put out a solo record instead of a band release.”

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N.I.K.O.: "Freu mich schon wahnsinnig auf das nächste Mal!"

Danke an Niko fürs Beantworten der Fragen. Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2015.

  by Mario

Ende März haben N.I.K.O. auf wemakeit erfolgreich ihre Tour durch Österreich einschließlich zweier Abstecher nach St. Gallen und München finanziert. Ich habe mit Niko, dem Frontmann und offensichtlich Namensgeber der Band über das Crowdfunding, die Tour und die sonstigen Pläne der Band gesprochen ...

50K MUSIC: Erzähl uns erst mal etwas über N.I.K.O. Wo kommt ihr (musikalisch) her, was ist eure Mission?
Niko: Grundsätzlich bin ich vor einigen Jahren den Weg als Rapper unter dem Namen N.I.K.O. angetreten, hab bei Freestylebattles mitgemacht, Songs geschrieben und zwei Alben rausgebracht. Seit Herbst sind wir eine Band, die N.I.K.O. heißt in der Formation wie wir jetzt sind. Drums, Kontrabass, Keys, Gitarre und 3 Backgroundsängerinnen und ich.

50K MUSIC: Ende März habt ihr auf wemakeit euer Crowdfunding für die gerade abgeschlossene Tour erfolgreich beendet. War das eure erste Berührung mit Crowdfunding? Wie habt ihr die Kampagne erlebt?

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Willie Stratton: "Great Feeling To Get Feedback From All Around The World"

Thanks to Willie Stratton for taking the time to answer ... I know he's touring a lot at the moment. And a big thank you to Ma Stratton for putting us in touch with Willie. :-) Published July 25 2014.

  by Mario

A little more than a month ago Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party have completed the funding for their just released album Deserter on Pledgemusic. I talked to Willie about the Pledgemusic experience, the new album and their plans for the next months ...

50K MUSIC: For a start, who is Willie Stratton? What is The Boarding Party?
Willie: I am Willie Stratton! I'm a 22 year old singer/songwriter, and the Boarding Party is a group of mean string pluckers that I play with. We've got Dave Fultz on guitar and baritone guitar, Grace Stratton on bass and occasionally smacking the floor tom, and Patrick Murphy on the drum kit.

50K MUSIC: Where do you come from? What are your (musical) roots?
Willie: I come from Bedford, which is a Nova Scotian town in Canada. It's nothing too special, just a suburban area, but it's nicely located on the harbour. My musical roots come mainly from American folk music. When I was younger I was strongly influenced by my Grandfather, who played piano and basically anything else he could get his hands on. I was also a huge fan of Woody Guthrie, and basically anything I could find that Alan Lomax recorded. I try to do what those old songsters did with a bit of a Canadian twist.

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