Dillon | The older I get, the more I trust myself

Deeply personal, acoustic songs melted together with intelligent electronica: Dillon
Deeply personal, acoustic songs melted together with intelligent electronica: Dillon

Young, attractive, active in the bustling Berlin electro scene, signed to the always interesting Bpitch Control: Dillon, born Dominique Dillon de Byington sounds like Lykke Li lost in the shadows of Fever Ray’s haunted house or Hanne Hukkelberg pained by a heart crumbling to dust. Before her first Hungarian performance on November 2, we sat down for a chat with her.

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Moddi | Forbidden songs

Intimate and emotional, acoustic and minimal songs: Moddi
Intimate and emotional, acoustic and minimal songs: Moddi

Pål Moddi Knutsen, or simply Moddi as an artist, hail from the island of Senja in the north of Norway. Moddi plays several instruments such as guitar, accordion, piano and trumpet, and he started composing his own songs in the mid 00’s. On September 16, he will release Unsongs, a collection of songs that have, at one stage, been banned, censored or silenced. Which he will present to the Hungarian audience on September 26 at Gozsdu Manó Klub, organised by the A38 Ship. But before his concert, we sat down for a chat with him about globalisation, entertainment, cultures and much more.

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Marinah & Chicuelo | Biodiversity in music

When creativity breaks loose: Marinah & Chicuelo
When creativity breaks loose: Marinah & Chicuelo

Almost the complete line up of the Latin Grammy-award winner Ojos de Brujo band, the “urban flamenco” duo from Barcelona featuring a fantastic guitar virtuoso: this is Marinah & Chicuelo who released their fantastic album only a few weeks ago which they will present at the A38 for the Hungarian audience. Interview with singer Marina Abad!

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Blue Foundation | Feelings and dreams

They don't sound like anyone else: Blue Foundation
They don’t sound like anyone else: Blue Foundation

Blue Foundation have always felt that forward is the only way. A Brooklyn-Copenhagen collective, the project hinges on the imaginations of Tobias Wilner and Bo Rande, who recruit guests as and when they’re needed. Their latest dream-like electronic pop offering, titled Blood Moon is due to be released in September, but before it, they’ll present it to the Hungarian audience on August 22. But what can expect from the show and from the record? Founder Tobias Wilner told us about it.

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The Static Age | Open spaces, sharp edges and bright colors

Quietly political: The Static Age
Quietly political: The Static Age

Emerging from the idealistic side of punk rock and inspired by the last thirty years of alternative music, The Static Age have evolved their own sound — one that infuses melody, atmosphere, and a pulsating back beat to bring forth an unmistakable urgency and honesty in their songs. The unique weave of beautifully weathered vocals, textured guitars, and elegant keyboard melodies all sitting atop the backdrop of punchy, chorus-drenched bass and a layer of tempered drums is resulting in an emotionally resonant and danceable collection of songs that sounds like nothing else before it. You can make sure about it on July 8, when they’ll be playing with Grand Mexican Warlock at the A38 Ship. Which is why we sat down with guitarist-vocalist-founder Andrew Paley for a chat.

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Allah-Las | Melancholy and grittiness

Sands, the seas, the streets and cities of the golden state: Allah-Las
Sands, the seas, the streets and cities of the golden state: Allah-Las

Allah-Las is a Californian rock group formed in 2008 by former employees of the renowned music shop Amoeba Music. They are deserving successors to the Beach Boys, Byrds and Seeds. This quintet led by Miles Michaud exudes cool. They have a talent for taking inspiration from the sounds of the past and using them to produce hot new music, somewhere between rapid psychedelia and charming melody. And they all have great taste. After their eponymous first album released in 2012, the product of their escapades in the clubs of Los Angeles, they released the superb Worship The Sun in 2014, a selection of more experimental compositions. Allah-Las’s luminous, thoughtful surf-rock will take us on a musical journey to the ‘60s, bathed in sun with a sound that will have us dreaming of West Coast adventures. On June 29, they’ll be performing in Hungary for the first time at the A38 Ship, so we sat down for a chat with lead guitarist-vocalist Pedrum Siadatian.

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Boysetsfire | We aren’t getting any younger

Post-hardcore veterans: Boysetsfire
Post-hardcore veterans: Boysetsfire

Boysetsfire is not just any band, and its fans are not just any fans. Boysetsfire is perhaps the most successful example of how an uncompromising heartcore sound, an irrepressible will and unbeatable stamina can move mountains and mobilize the masses. Their sound is characterized by the anger and intensity of post-hardcore, combined with catchy hooks, making them unique in their native hardcore-punk scene. After two decades of going strong, the members recently announced that after the current Boysetsfire tour – which will reach Budapest on June 28 -, they’ll take an extended break with the band. Why? We’ve asked the same from vocalist-founder Nathan Gray – and talked about other topics too.

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Kvelertak | Doing something new

Black 'n' roll from Norway: Kvelertak
Black ‘n’ roll from Norway: Kvelertak

With their newest album, Nattesferd – which they’ll present to the Hungarian headbangers on June 23 -, Norwegian metal band Kvelertak found the unlikely meeting spot between black metal blast beats and the anthemic power of Van Halen and Judas Priest. Recorded with Nick Terry instead of Converge-guitarist Kurt Ballou, it is as close to the ferociousness of their live shows as a studio album can get. But what inspired it? Did their songwriting methods change with it? And what kind of memories do they have from their previous Hungarian concerts? Singer Erlend Hjelvik answered our questions.

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Therapy? | I’m a big fan of Béla Tarr and Mihály Víg

Always fresh, renewed and unpredictable: Therapy?
Always fresh, renewed and unpredictable: Therapy?

Therapy? is one of the most uncompromising, creative and individualistic bands of their generation and with their newest album, Disquiet, they’ve – again – extended this proud legacy. In support of their fourteenth studio album, the trio returns to Budapest, but before that, frontman-guitarist-vocalist Andy Cairns answered our questions.

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Snavs | 2015 has been a big year for me

Monstercat's newest dancefloor dominator: Snavs
Monstercat’s newest dancefloor dominator: Snavs

Snavs (meaning grit or dirt in Danish) is a half-hysterical hybrid of bass and instrumental hip hop with plenty of cheap, canned beats, remixes of remixes, skizo-rhythms and distorted synths. The promising Dutch DJ, producer and beat welder took his time and answered our questions before aimed at the A38 Ship with his bass cannon.

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