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Introducing One Spark Berlin Music Creators (4): JYLDA

Published September 07 2014.

  by Mario

Here is our 4th post about One Spark Start: Berlin music creators. Today we have focussed on Berlin based three-piece band JYLDA. I talked to Gianna about their One Spark project and what they expect from taking part next week ...

50K MUSIC: Who are JYLDA? Please tell us a bit about the band.
Gianna: JYLDA consists of the three producers Gianna, Martin and Floris. Gianna writes the songs, sings and plays keys, Martin plays funky riffs and either elegiac or powerful melodies with his electric guitar and Floris triggers effects and creates crazy and atmospheric synth sounds.

50K MUSIC: Where do you come from (musically)?
Gianna: PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, Patti Smith, Billie Holiday, New Order, Maria Callas, Mazzy Star and Verdi. Also, everything that’s Pop without being annoying or boringly reproductive.

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Introducing One Spark Berlin Music Creators (3): DOS Voice & Bass

Published September 04 2014.

  by Mario

This is introduction #3 of One Spark Start: Berlin music creators. I talked to Laura Corallini of DOS Voice & Bass about what they expect from taking part and how they prepare for showcasing their project at Europe's first crowdfunding festival ...

50K MUSIC: Who are DOS? Please tell us a bit about you.
Laura: DOS is a duo formed by Laura Corallini on vocals and Marcel Krömker on double bass. Meaning "two" in Spanish, DOS is the meeting point of the highest and lowest sounds in a band. Marcel and I are the core of my band, Laura Corallini Quartet, where we play own arrangements of South American tunes plus some compositions, and Mr Eart, the experimental pop band of Marcel. DOS simplifies these bigger ensembles to something very rudimentary, a little archaic and absolutely honest. With only 2 lines you cannot hide behind chords and other instruments, you have to give and show everything you have.

50K MUSIC: Where do you come from (musically)?
Laura: I´m from Buenos Aires, my father is a Tango composer, so I was surrounded by music and recordings since my early childhood. I always sang South American music, focusing a lot in Brazilian music. As I started playing with European musicians I widened my interests to jazz and experimental music, which are nowadays very present in my music. Marcel started playing classical guitar as a kid, then he became very interested in blues and through the double bass he explored Jazz, which became his main interest and the genre he played the most for the past 15 years. These 2 educations and traditions come together in DOS.

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Introducing One Spark Berlin Music Creators (2): Berlin Soundpainting Orchestra

Published September 03 2014.

  by Mario

Here comes part 2 of our One Spark Start Berlin music creator introduction. I talked to Hada Benedito, who created the Berlin Soundpainting Orchestra about their One Spark project ...

50K MUSIC: What is the Berlin Soundpainting Orchestra. Please tell us a bit about the band.
Hada: The Berlin Soundpainting Orchestra consists of a dozen of experimental musicians, improvisers and composers, all coming from very different backgrounds and countries. As a result of this creative mixture, our music could be described as a trip of obscure and colorful images, an expansive way of traveling among improvisation and contemporary music beyond free jazz.

50K MUSIC: Where do you all come from (musically)?
Hada: Mainly from contemporary and classical music, jazz and free jazz music, and free improvisation.

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Introducing One Spark Berlin Music Creators: Nature In The City

Published August 14 2014. Photo by Doro Luise Zinn.

  by Mario

If you have checked out the music creator section at One Spark Berlin website yet you couldn't have missed these guys from Berlin. Nature In The City are one of my favourites among the 10 music projects that will showcase at the festival at Platoon Kunsthalle on September 13. I talked to NITC, who have just returned from their street gig tour through the far North of Germany...

50K MUSIC: Who are Nature in the City? Please tell us a bit about the band.
NITC: We met for the first time in Boston, a couple of years back, where we studied music and played in a band together. Musically we were on the same page right away. And so it was no surprise that we hooked up again when we both ended up living in Berlin.

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Grandpa's Cough Medicine: "I Wouldn't Call It Luck. More Like Our Hard Work Paying Off"

Thanks to Brett Bass for taking the time to answer although the guys are touring like mad at the moment. Published August 03 2014.

  by Mario

Grandpa's Cough Medicine have been the music category winners at One Spark in Jacksonville this year. I talked to Brett Bass about their One Spark experience and what they'd recommend One Spark Berlin participators ...

50K MUSIC: Grandpa's Cough Medicine is a quite unusual name for a band? Who had the idea and where does it come from?
Brett: It was my idea, I started the band. My grandpa used to give me whiskey, honey and lemon if I got sick as a child before bed, wrapping me in blankets to make me "sweat it out". I thought it would make a good name for a hillbilly band.

50K MUSIC: And who are the guys behind Grandpa's Cough Medicine?
Brett: I'm Brett Bass and it is my brainchild, I play guitar, sing and write a large percentage of the material. We're completely independent, so I also manage and book the band. But I couldn't do it without Jon Murphy who plays bass, sings and also writes songs and Mike Coker who plays banjo.

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Dave Kerzner: "Once Music Is Written And Recorded It Lives On"

Thanks Dave for doing these Q&A. Published August 02 2014.

  by Mario

Dave Kerzner's "New World" album project is in the final spurt phase - still 3 days for you to back his upcoming Prog Rock album. I talked to him about the time after leaving Sound of Contact, the Kickstarter experience and his further plans ...

50K MUSIC: How have you been since you left Sound of Contact earlier this year? What have you been busy with?
Dave: Overall, I'd say I've been great. Thanks! As you might imagine, it wasn't easy seeing the band touring and performing those songs without me. It definitely felt weird. Songs are like your babies and some of them are very personal for me. Now, in a situation like this one can either be depressed or they can get off their ass and carry on doing what they love to do anyway. So, that's what I did and it's why I said overall it's been great! I felt so much creative momentum after co-creating Dimensionaut and was so thrilled and fired up from the response it got that I thought it was time to come out front and do my own solo album as my personal follow up material. I have no plans to break up with myself so I think it's safe to say this is the beginning of something great that I can carry on doing.

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Sidereal: "Find New Ways To Get Yourself, Your Music And Project In Front Of People"

Thanks to Sidereal for sharing their One Spark experience. Published July 29 2014.

  by Mario

Sidereal are the winners of The One Spark Music Jurors Award at the One Spark Festival held in Jacksonville, FL, this year. With their "Sidereal 2014 Takeover" project they've convinced the music category jury and have won $10,000 in prize money. I've talked to them about their One Spark participation, their project and what they would recommend One Spark Berlin candidates ...

50K MUSIC: First please tell us a bit about the band? Where do you come from? Who are the guys behind Sidereal? What are your (musical) roots?
Sidereal: The band consists of Lukas (Sax, Keys, Ukulele, Vocals) and Niko Costas (Drums), Colin Paterson (Vocals / Guitar), and Kevin Beaugrand (Bass). The four grew up in the little town of Fruit Cove, FL directly between Jacksonville and St. Augustine and are now based in the great city of Jacksonville Beach!

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