dinsdag 29 september 2015

Ten Walls "The Official Apology "

Today Litianian musician Ten Walls made an official apology out on his facebook artist page after loosing half the world's sympathy due to his extravagant homophonic post last June. Not only fans worldwide were absolutely shocked, but the artist carreer immediately faced a sincer crisis with  6 festival's cancelling his booking, Phobic Records cancelled all pre-orders from his new EP "Sparta" and even his booking agency released him from his contract.

Ten Walls ,who dropped his personal point of view about the gay community comparing them with phaedophiles and adding the remark"that in the old days this breed of people where fixed", does not easily find sympathy after his official apology today, where he claims to be deeply sorry for his remarks.

Unfortunatte for him social media can be hard and direct, as it shows the crowd goes wild on his facebook page dropping comments like "somebody needs gigs "and slamming his profile picture " as one of the most gay they have ever seen ".
It is going to be really though for Ten Walls to gain back the repect he had as an artist, if he succeeds in getting back in that lenght at all!
History showed most folks are never that forgiving nor does the industry show any kind of compassion to artist dropping such disrespectfull and unbelievable remarks. Sinaed O Conner is one lady to compaire with , who's devasted carreer never really got back in to the top , although she tried making a comeback several times. So For Ten Walls his hard times ain't just over yet. An apology is one thing, but how to change the believes and morales you grew up with day by day?  It takes a lot more lessons in understanding oneself and the community we live in. And as a public figure all eyes and ears will be on him to prove something changed deep within, before Ten Walls will only be remembered again for by his great music.

dinsdag 26 mei 2015

Exclusive interview with Mollono Bass ( 3000Grad/ Acker Records)

Mollono Bass aka Molle is Producer/ DJ and founding member of the quartet Kombinat100, Acker Records and 3000grad Records. Together with a bunch of artist friends, Molle promotes the Wanderzirkus 3000Grad. A wicked cirkus festival full of crazy acts besides awesome, balkan techy tunes from various DJ acts.

Salza: "Hello Molle, thank you for having this interview with me. First of all I would like to congratulate you on the big succes the 3000Grad Wanderzirkus is having. Currently touring again, the Wanderzirkus festival is a festival many folks look forward to. Needless to say the Acker- and 3000Grad releases are doing just great. But dear Molle, for the fans and artist out there, we are curious, so please tell us more about your vision and inspiration!"

Molle: “I really believe in a better world, I believe we can make the change happen – little by little, step by step! So my vision is a human community that has respect for the cycles of nature, for planet Earth, and for its future.

As for my inspiration, there's plenty. For instance, I remember driving down one of those long, tree-lined roads so typical for my Mecklenburg neighbourhood. Going straight, but at the same time having this beautiful, ever changing countryside passing by on both sides... that was really a great moment of inspiration. I recharge creative energy when spending a day at the sea... or whenever I receive a genuine smile. Of course travelling as a musician is another important source of inspiration, meeting all these different people, experiencing those fine details that make every local scene unique and special.

Salza: " Good to hear the planet gives you so much pleasure, Molle. A lot of people take our pretty world for granted!We salute you for sharing your thoughts on that one! So when and why did you get started with music?"

Molle: "My Mum gave me a keyboard when I was 14 years old, and I loved that thing from the first moment. All of a sudden I had a new hobby, I practised, started to improvise and finally performed some songs together with my classmates at school. I really enjoyed creating my own music, but at the same time I enjoyed the music of others just as much. So when I turned 16 I got myself 2 turntables and started DJing.

Back then we spent many weekends driving to Berlin and having a good time at Tresor or E-Werk. On the way and back home we listened to the House and Techno music that was broadcasted by the radio stations in Berlin. I was really on fire with the whole club music thing. So when I finally completed my training as a chef and made some money I bought a drum machine, installed Cubase on my computer and started creating my own tracks. It really felt like a logical step in my musical evolution."

Salza: " So, where does the idea of the Wanderzirkus begin? "

Molle: "Again, it just feels like the next step in the evolution that began in 1994 when I started the 3000GRAD artist collective with some of my best friends. It began with small, local parties, but little by little the project grew bigger. We are very happy and also proud that we obviously developed our own style over the years – of course music has always been the driving force and the major expression of this style. As a platform for this music we founded ACKER RECORDS and shortly after that 3000GRAD RECORDS. One thing lead to another, soon we received nationwide requests for our artists and so we set up the booking agency 3000GRAD BOOKING.

That's various launching pads to get our sound out there. However, it has never been our intention to create popularity just for the sake of popularity, just for the sake of money or fame. We really believe in that moment when you listen to really good music in a really good environment, at a really good party. That's why we put a lot of effort into creating exactly this kind of environment - the perfect context for our artists to perform. And that's pretty much the idea behind the Wanderzirkus, the Travelling Circus. It's our own production, so we can take care of all the details. We are happy to see how it worked out and amazed about the feedback we receive at our events – it strengthens our vision that it is not all about the hype, but just about having a good time in the end. We have special decoration concepts, and we include a multitude of performance artists to create a truly surreal party experience. The Wanderzirkus, the Travelling Circus, presents not only DJs, live acts and bands, but also magicians, acrobats of all kinds, a variety show, it's own little theatre, plus a multitude of colourful freaks and fraggles. Altogether we have 40 music acts and almost the same amount of performance and variety artists. A festival of subcultural art and pure joy of life! 

Salza: "I should mention to our readers that you live for the festival life. Wanderzirkus has travelled throughout Germany, The Netherlands ( Amsterdam) and France the past year. "

Molle: "Indeed, our circus troupe is travelling a lot at the moment and we have more and more international shows and gigs."

Salza: "Tell us more about this bigger dream of yours, and how it involved in one of your latest projects: The movie “Von Wustruw nach Paris” which is also the title of the official album- release.

Molle: “Von Wustrow nach Paris – From Wustrow to Paris” is a documentary about the 3000GRAD collective. It's not our own production, it was created by the filmmakers Henry Tonn and Andreas Duasen. Henry was fascinated about our project and just asked if he and his camera could travel with us for some time. It was our please! The result is a beautiful film that tells about the Wanderzirkus, the Travelling Circus, and that captures the summer vibe of our 3000GRAD Festival."

Salza: "What does the movie express? What would you like your audience to see?"

Molle: "I would say the film is about music, freedom, adventure... oh yeah, and there's also some bits and pieces about fishing. It's about Berlin, Hamburg, Montpellier, Amsterdam... and Wustrow. Which is our home village, by the way. It's about an energy that links up all these different places, events and experiences: 3000GRAD – the name of a music festival, the name of a Travelling Circus, the name of an attitude towards life.

Salza: " So, The Wanderzirkus Festival is also set up as a kind of resistance against the big Mainstream Events I learned on the net."

Molle: "Resistance is probably not the right word – we're just doing our thing, and obviously this thing is quite contrary to what is commonly referred to as „mainstream event“. We don't see ourselves as moralizers of the scene – we just want to have a good time.

Sure, we have to make some money at our events – simply because the production of our events costs money. However, we try to keep it as fair as possible for everyone. That's exactly what I'm talking about when I said „make change happen“ at the beginning of this interview. We try to create an environment where nobody is ripped-off. In this respect our festivals might really be some kind of antithesis to „commercial“ events. Another aspect is that we want to be as independent as possible to create that special kind of coherent party experience – that's why we wouldn't work with any sponsors. Last but not least we see it as an ongoing challenge to keep our events as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible "

Salza: "And personally, what bugs you the most about these big Mainstream events?"

Molle: "Quite a lot. I mean, people pay plenty of money just to get in and then they are not even in a beautiful, inspiring environment, but they are surrounded by advertising. Seeing video ads on huge projection screens at a party is thing that really bugs me. The bars at these events charge ridiculous amounts of money. It's just an ongoing experience of being milked in a soulless plastic environment... For me that's just a very bad case of greed and capitalism, but surely not what I understand as scene- or music culture."

Salza: "You have been quite a busy worker, Molle…"

Molle: "True that, I have one or two projects at the moment... I guess I just love diversity!"

Salza: "What else is there to expect from you and your labels? Any releases or tours planned?"

Molle: "I am currently working on my second album... which includes many studio sessions with other musicians, most of them good friends. I think the recording and production will be finished in summer 2015. Also I worked on a new EP with Ava Asante. I think 2015 will be a really great year in terms of sound."

Salza: "thank you so much for your time, dear Molle. We'll be looking forward to your music and wish you and your crew all the best for the future! ". 

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