Marike Kotze is a performing musician in Hanoi. She talked to us about her music, influences and creative writing process. Marike is currently in the process of recording and EP. She is also releasing a music video for the attached song. As an active member of the Hanoi music scene she looks forward to grow more as an artist. As an indie musician Marike is hard working and is currently in the process of rebranding her online presence to go with her above mentioned album release and music video. We are looking forward to it and will for sure share all of this with you.
What’s the basic concept? Push a button to start recording, then push it again to immediately start playing it back on a loop. Depending on the equipment more layers and effects can be added. From a little stomp box on the ground to multi-channel production stations, looping has become a crucial part of a many musician’s toolboxes. Several artists in the Hanoi music community, including myself, are using looping to expand their sound and create whole, layered soundscapes, needing only one or two musicians on stage. It of course also creates a bunch of new sounds for the ear to explore.
It’s the start of the world as we know it and we feel relatively fine. Logan J Parker on DiscovrTV live from London. Photo Piers Murray Hill
Global #HomeConcerts give musicians worldwide a platform to play live during lockdown – viewers can donate
We have launched a livestream concerts series called #HOMECONCERTS where artists will be streaming live from their homes.
“For me success means pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and connecting with people through music. It is frightening but thrilling to now be starting to do that on my own.” DiscovrTV recorded a wonderful song with Lauren Kirby. Lauren is no stranger to the Hanoi music scene and only recently started performing as a solo artist. We are very excited to have discovered her staring to perform on her own. We are even more excited to follow her journey as an artist. She has a wonderful voice and writes songs that capture one. We asked Lauren a few questions about herself, her music and her inspirations. Here is what she had to say.
SalaS is a hard-working musician who creates extremely diverse and unique music through trusting his own experiences and constant engagements with sound. He recently relocated from Hanoi to Berlin and hopes to carry on his ever developing and changing journey as an artist who defines his identity through sound. Kobus Kotze from DiscovrTV Hanoi recently asked him a few questions, read his inspiring answers here. SalaS is a hard-working musician who creates extremely diverse and unique music through trusting his own experiences and constant engagements with sound. He recently relocated from Hanoi to Berlin and hopes to carry on his ever developing and changing journey as an artist who defines his identity through sound. Kobus Kotze from DiscovrTV Hanoi recently asked him a few questions, read his inspiring answers here.
We reflect on different kind of boarders, may they be physical or psychological. We want to play with this boarders, find a way to make the audience part of the performance and change the classical stage-audience setting.
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?
"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!
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.
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.
DiscovrTV Zurich launch party Some impressions of DiscovrTV Zurich launch event in October 2019 at Studio 57. Thx to Iam_Ingeborg, Black Cat's Smoking, Cadavre Exquis and Shané for your lovely music!