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SLAM and HOWIE and the Reserve Men at LesAmis, Berne – Interview


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Lt. Slam is a professional musician based in Berne, Switzerland. He is constantly touring Europe wide and plays about 80 concerts a year in Swiss clubs. chrigu from starfrosch talked with him before a concert he gave at LesAmis, Berne.

starfrosch: when we started to include journalism, my first question usually was: how do you use the internet? – is it useful or rather an unfilling promise?

sandro: in general its a working progress i think. for the last years the most important tool for us was facebook.
it even replaced our hompage – exept for the organisation of concerts. with facebook the communication possibilities are quite the best.
the second important use of the internet for us is the CD market. physical selling is still more counting, but the virtual store takes more and more place within.

starfrosch: we originally offered free music tracks on our feeds. could you still imagine this for your band, or do you even offer free samples on your channels?

sandro: on our webpage we don’t offer any music. we have a webshop and the online buying runs on itunes.
in general we prefer working with Bandcamp, a much more independent web service for musicians.
there you can put the prices yourself, and you get more money per transaction. just the volume of the market is not as big as on itunes, of course. our ratio is now about 1:10 for online sellings.

starfrosch: your physically sold discs – are they put on market mostly by yourself?

sandro: we have our own labels. 80% of the CDs are sold at live concerts. also the merchandising takes its
part in the income.

starfrosch: is the cd market still decreasing in your perception?

sandro: we published our fifth disc last year. but we didn’t sell more CDs – although our reputation grows constantly. so i sould conclude that the CD market in our sector is still decreasing.

starfrosch: so the itunes flow increased on the other side?

sandro: yes, definately. but this is not so important for us because of the physical/virtual ratio in our output.
generally the changing CD-market is not a primary concern for us…

starfrosch: instead of complaining about these changes you just built up your own business that is working fine…

sandro: yes, but this did not happened fully consciently.
we just tried to move and let behind all the prejudices about the musical style with the big “C”. most of the people shut down when the word Country is spelled…

starfrosch: whithout being aware of the fact that in America the country scene is developing as always…

sandro: yes, but the difference is still big between Europe and the US – such as anywhere.
with a lot of work it is possible to let become more well known all the different variations of ‘country’ music.
it’s quite the same as with Blues music.

starfrosch: how would you describe your style of music now?

sandro: on the beginning it always was ‘bastard speed country’. now it’s more like Rock’n’Roll, Americana or Rockabilly.
the problem is the perception of the audience. in switzerland the use of the word Country is working well now. in other countries we sometimes change the names a bit to not let the cliché machine start in peoples minds…

starfrosch
: what about ‘kraut country?’…

sandro: there are many ways…

starfrosch: and, what about the possibility of living of your own music?

sandro: since 7 years i do! the liberty is f… great! you just have to modify your lifestyle, but most of that is even lifting your quality of life principally. ‘less tune, more life’ – in a way.

KJ Olafs – Kstream


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KJ Olafs from Berne, Switzerland are tape dj’s. They copy the tracks to ordinary tapes and mix it with analog gear on live parties. People are encouraged to bring their own tapes to the parties. This gives a wild stile mix with a lot of interaction with the audience. KJ Olafs are Olaf φ and Olaf ρ, they publish their Kstream mixes with an excellent selection of tracks to soundcloud.

Tapes, Mixtapes and Booze.


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Subversion above all or the question about form


Kutti MC describes himself as a musician since quite a while.

Cit. P.M.: “Then i have to be a bit scared about my professional stand.”

Poiesis and Aistesis are the oldest terms in occidental high culture.  (G.M.)

“‘Art is a term created during the renaissance. For me there is only  ‘poetry’!” (J.T.)

If now Jürg Halter speaks of himself as a musician,  then that means nothing but a poorly hidden “squint towards the audience”. (T.W.A)

His poetry is not to discuss. But his musical  output is still questionable after all. The band members and guest musicians are altogether highest level – perhaps exept their grade of reflection concerning the way they are included in Kutti MCs projects.

The session itself  is very intense and entertaining. But only if one manages it to forget all the chatting about liberty, improvisation and spontanity. In relation to this thematics in music artists like Kutti MC are no comparison to Jazz or Classical Music. (B.B.)

The  location belongs to the category AAA.

Club Helsinki, 01.01.2014.

P.M.: Patrizio Mazzola

G.M.: Guerino Mazzola, The Topos of Music

J.T.: Jean Tinguely

T.W.A.: Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno, Die Philosophie der neuen Musik

B.B.: Boris W. Beresowski, interview on the question of improvisation in Jazz and Classical Music, youtube

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Get published on a Netlabel


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Starquake is going to celebrate its second birthday with a giant compilation of its artists but they want to publish a “new name” too, so here is a contest.

“Would you like to have your music published on Starquake?

Well, submit your track(s) through the form you can find on their homepage no later than January 30th 2013 and you’ll get the chance to see it released on the birthday compilation.”

Free! Music! Sampler – Freedom & Free Beer


Under »Freedom & Free Beer« the Musikpiraten e.V. has launched his fourth Free! Music! Contest. Music from around the globe has been selected by a jury. The winning bands come from Argentine, Chile, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the U.S.A.

And guess what? starfrosch, Botany Bay, Kyoto Connection, Zoe.Leela and others are also on the sampler. Horray. You can order the double CD on Bandcamp or download the royalty free songs.

Lot’s of guitars are waiting for you.

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