Midnight screamers on love, life and death ... the most important topics in the universe. Marie: Tell me more about how did you start out as an artist - how and when did it begin?
Nicole Johänntgen is an artist of exceptional talent and energy that flow so effortlessly and genuinely when she plays, she transcends jazz and reaches all hearts within range of hearing her music. Born 1981 in Fischbach, Southern Germany, she has turned her skills on the saxophone into such passion that it is hard to list all her impressive achievements without asking more about the source of her creativity.
I decided to record a visual live album because I wanted to take things into my own hands; to showcase what we love and do as a trio - which is playing live!
I'm running the London Marathon this year in aid of an amazing charity Drake Music whose work enables more people living with disability the opportunity to make and perform music. I’m really excited for it. Marie: Joel, can you share your journey to music?
"I'll pretend that happiness is getting closer" says Mac Mai Suong Recently, DiscovrTV recorded the singer songwriter Mac Mai Suong in Hanoi, Vietnam. We asked her a few questions about her passion for music, her songwriting process and the song she performed. We hope you like it!
Mainly we were taking an honest look around at who and where we are in this day and age and how that effects our fans, friends and family through the music. Reality is key and if you jump on a trend you are either in the middle or the end but never the beginning. Marie: How did King Zebra start out - how and when did it begin?
Acoustic Duo Black Cat's Smoking are musical strays, sometimes quiet and hidden, sometimes going full throttle like a power steam train through dry fields and rainy streets. No frills, just pure sound!
I think music constantly changes and develops as we expose ourselves to more ideas and the world, but for the time being - let’s call it the above. Soulful Jazzy Folk Stuff. That’s a genre yes? Emma Exton is a 23-year-old musician. She performs extensively across Hanoi and Vietnam. Emma is known for her sensitive yet technical approach to songwriting and performing. Watching Emma play live is nice, it takes you to landscapes that feel open to interpretation. Her music is a well-crafted fusion between more modern and some of the more nostalgic song writing masters. I guess that being the reason why one could describe it as timeless. We met Emma at a local coffee shop and asked her a few questions.
Penelope Athena is our tip for after you watched a horror movie. It's just who she is ..
With this song, the writing process was a bit different from my usual way of doing things. I am usually a stream of consciousness writer, but with this one I was with a collaborator and we were trying a different writing exercise.
On falling in love, and poetry, with Denisa and Simona Katzer
Hanoi is not blowing in the wind, it’s knocking on heaven’s door. Hanoi, Vietnam. What does that make you think about? I guess it depends on where you are from. The first thing that probably comes to mind is the heavily publicized Vietnam war, or as it is called here, The American War.
When I make music it’s very important to capture that moment in time cause it can’t be re done, and I’m super impulsive so things are rarely planned out in the studio.
"The DIY musician has more tools at their fingertips than ever before, and that's really exciting. The energy from performing live provides a lot of clarity, and leads us to ideas that we won't have had otherwise." Hanoi, Vietnam seems like a strange place for a very active, growing and creative music scene. Or does it? Hanoi, in many ways is a multi-cultural city with people all over the world. It boasts some amazing live music venues and several bands consist of people from just as many countries as band members. This of course suggests a wide variety of music styles, stories and type of artists, some of them more unique than other. TOVA qualifies as the latter and they have a good story to tell. One that almost feels like a coming-of-age movie at times and one that keeps evolving, very much like their does.
When we have shooting days I am always very excited. The days are very tough but it gives me so much positive energy because I always feel the thankfulness from the artists and that they enjoy our format so much which gives me a good feeling as well. It gives me a lot of confidence staying in front of the camera and I guess I grew as a person as well while doing the hosting.
DiscovrTV taught me a lot. I did not only have the chance to meet talented and inspiring people from all over the world, but as well, I recognised how much I love music and moderating.
I’ve been involved in the music industry for the past 19 years and was really excited to create content and shoot interviews and artist performances in awesome locations and in turn create a platform for the incredible artists that surround us as well as creating a space where the public and fellow music lovers can access new music, follow some of their favourites and see what happens backstage, in recording studios etc!
DiscovrTV South Africa recently were invited to the about to be launched Abbey Road Institute in Johannesburg South Africa. What is Abbey Road Institute you might ask well check out the interview below as we chat to owner and MD Johan van Der Colff. Johan tells us about bring Abbey Road Institute to South Africa and why he did it and what his ambitions are for the institute as it heads into its first year.
DiscovrTV South Africa sat with down with Cape Town artist Majozi to chat about his life, music and 2019.
Full interview with Grandmother Corn, Finnish funky garage rock band, including live session at Near & Far Camden
Interview with Katerina Becherova Marie: Kateřina, how did you start out as an artist and how did Bechy & Fee come around?
Interview with Alex Bayly
Interview with Logan J Parker (UK)
An interview with Dashi (CZ)