Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Baby Woodrose - Third Eye Surgery

Story and interview by Chris Koppers

Lorenzo Woodrose knows how to thrill my loudspeakers. Psychedelic trips, based on the 1960’s fuzz, which is like a never-ending dream – The press release proclaimed it is the latest endeavor, creating a different vibe. The statement is impeccable – pure sounds, solid tracks – what else do you need?

Interview with Lorenzo Woodrose:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Leica M3 in the vibe

Story and photos by Victor Anthony

My dad always advised me to use “the right tool for the job”. Your father probably said that, too. And I have found that the “right tool” for photographing acoustic musicians in an intimate venue is a Leica rangefinder. Why? For starters, it is easy to focus precisely in low light. But its greatest virtue is the whisper-quiet shutter. Mine is an M3 made in 1960. I have it serviced every five years or so and there’s no doubt that it will outlast me by decades. I have just one lens for it, a 50mm f2 Summicron and, like the camera, it is just right for the job.   

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Raphael Wressnig - Playin' like a Rock star.

Story, interview and photo by Chris Koppers
Raphael Wressnig is a self-made organ player from Austria. He earned the British Columbia Music Award - best Blues album of the year 2009. Moreover, he also earned best critics from Concerto (Austrian magazine for Jazz/Blues). His sturdy organ, built in the 1970's, enables him to transmit his vision of music. Rapheal joined Larry Garner Blues band for several gigs worldwide.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thomas Stelzer Trio feat. Katie Daniels - the ultimate combo

Story and photos by Chris Koppers

Thomas Stelzer has been playing music for over 30 years and he runs several projects like his Bloody Rhythm Fingers, The Gospel Passengers, The Burnes, and he Farmer's Breakfast Counrty Band. He combines the jaunty Southern Blues with the distinctive vibe of New Orleans. Born in Dresden, Germany, Thomas Stelzer's musical legacy traces back when he was about 12 years old. He worked with artists like Eddie Bo, Marcia Ball, Charlie Miller, Marc Adams and many, many others.

Glasperlenspiel - Aspiring band from Germany

Story and interview by Chris Koppers

From time to time, I pick some auspicious bands for a closer look. Let us face an aspiring group from Germany – Glasperlenspiel.  Glasperlenspiel (glass bead game) was named after a novel of the German author Hermann Hesse and the band earns tremendous popularity on German soil.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Teitur Lassen - Let the dog drive home

Story by Chris Koppers/Simon B. - photos by Simon B.

Teitur, a Faroese singer/songwriter from Denmark, appeared at MTV's you heard it first program and some of his songs can be heard on several motion picture soundtracks, such as "Aquamarine" and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" - just to name a few.

Teitur's latest release "Let the Dog drive home" was composed with other top notch musicians like drummer Derek Murphy and bass player Mikael Blak.

The story behind the pictures. Courtesy of Simon B.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Wandering in Leica land: upcoming gigs

I plan to come along with my Leica and somewhat special you will not see that often: a big, bad, and handsome lens - the Elmarit 135mm f2.8. It is sharp, and surprisingly, it does not a hefty number on its price tag.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Anna Partué & the Soul Age Band - Soul/Pop with Funk

Story, interview, and photos by Chris Koppers

Anna Partué's schedule is pretty clogged, but despite of it, she takes some minutes for providing this interview for you.  

Where do you emphasize your content of your music? Who determines the content?

- We try to do the whole thing with taking care of the current happenings. Mostly, it is about emotions, political statements or things that bother us, but also about things we like.
Anna writes most of the lyrics. Currently, Rick is writing some German lyrics.

Does online social networking sustainably change your kind of communication with your fans? If so, what effect do you encounter? Is there a band member, who maintains/is in charge of these websites?