Schlagwort-Archiv: music


11.11.2014 um 0.05 – Maria Kai

For some time now, I’ve listened to Drab Majesty aka Deb DeMure – a young man shrouded in low flowing stage clouds of mystery. A man I know little or nothing about, but undoubtedly looks like Bowie and sounds Depeche Mode’ish – or in other words like the past, thirty someting years ago. He has only released two albums ‚Unarian Dances‘ (2012) and ‚Disorder vol. 1‘ (2013). He is from LA and a small growing scene of guys with haunting, deep, sexy voices, producing danceable catchy tunes. In the same genre one can mention Dinner, a Danish singer also based in LA with a very similar dark/sad-wave, mid-fi sound.

The only thing I am certain of is, that this guy makes some really good songs – especially ‚Pragmagick and ‚Pole Position‘. He is one to keep an eye on.



14.07.2014 um 17.23 – Maria Kai

In these lives we write ourselves, some amount of madness is bound to take place – the Roskilde Festival is of the planned and organized kind, but no less bone pinching. It is a temporary parallel universe each participant is sucked into and spat out of anywhere between 2-10 days later. For many the festival acts as an annual catalyst, to an everyday full of expectations and pressure with nowhere to blow off steam. One would think that putting thousands and thousands people together out on a dirty field filled with music, alcohol, drugs and reptilian leveled brains, would be a recipe for disaster, but it is the most caring and loving experience year after year. 

My first Roskilde Festival was in 1996, together with 90.000 others I experienced David Bowie, Björk, Nick Cave, Patti Smith and Rage Against the Machine. I was a 16 year old grunge girl, kissing in my tent at night with an Australian cray fisher. I refused to look in mirrors or wash my hair for five days, instead carefully remembered to eat my plate and cutlerey, as it was made out of cornstarch to reduce waste. Those four days changed my life, Bowie was a vampire on stage, I’d seen people make love out in the open, the sun set on tower high dust clouds, peed everywhere I felt like, been drunk, stoned and ecstatic. All I could think of was next year. And so it went for 16 years in a row. 2012/13 I lived in Berlin/USA, so 2014 was a huge comeback and this time yours truly was assigned the international press team for This is Jane Wayne.     

This year Roskilde Festival broke the all time audience record, with a total of up to 130.000 guests (including volunteers), and is expected to be able donate 2,5 mio euros (!) to charity and cultural projects. Yes Roskilde has always been a non-profit organization, which makes it even more cool.

2014’s music line-up was dominated by big, safe broad-audience-appeal names, not exactly bend-over-backwards original. Personally I had hoped to see more from the fast evolving (American) psychedelic rock scene, such as Black Angels, The Entrance Band, Wooden Shjips, as well as low-tech punk names like The Garden. Instead big commercial acts like Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Outkast and Drake (who cancelled, but was replaced by ever cool Jack White) headlined the festival, which presumably is what people wants and has led to the big, and very positive, financial surplus.

So what was the most memorable music experience at this years Roskilde? Well admittedly, sometimes the bigger the better – Major Lazer made app 60.000 people take off their clothes in front of the legendary Orange stage at 1-2 am in the morning and litterally full-on rave together. And then oldies, but goodies – Rolling Stones also pulled off a power manifestation of a show.

Biggest dissapointment? That would be Connan Mockasin and his entourage, that arrived straight from France and seemed very out-toured, in comparison with the two other, unforgettable shows I’ve seen with them.

Most miserable personal fail? Not realizing that Liars were playing. And extremely unfortunate, the memory card in my big Canon camera jammed or got moist, deciding not to work and I didn’t bring a back-up. That ment all photos were shot with my iPhone, far from ideal – but oh well it’s got an edge to it.

Each day was as sunny as the day before, and sitting here in rainy Berlin now, thinking back on the food, the toilet stench, all the pretty people and their phenomenal way of looking out for eachother, it’s nearly a little unreal what took place only a week ago on that grass-field. 

Only other thing to say is: you have to experience it for yourself! Take a look at the photo-diary below, where I take your hand through four days of music and people – once done I am sure I will see you next year! Tak Roskilde Festival for staying wild, and letting us run wild, leaving our minds expanded with never fading impressions. 


Arriving at Roskilde and seeing all the little tents, is always a massive adrenalin
buid-up. The next days anything can and will happen!


The International Press team did a remarable job, everything was very well organized – we even had tents pitched upon our arrival, with an air mattress, down duvet and small bag with info, poster and a Roskilde flask! What more could one ask for!?


Finally ready to dissolve in the crazyness – here me to the right and my date for the day and dear friend Nadja at EARL SWEATSHIRT, that some how managed to scream everyone out of the tent…


Warmin up for Rolling Stones with friends: Emilie Guldbrandsen (left), stylist at Unique Models, and Carla Camilla (middle) founder and director of Artrebels and Nadja.


Style sighting was something I had looked very much forward to, but realized that most girls were running a sporty version of the old Kate Moss festival look; sneakers, cut-off shorts, tank-top, mens-shirt and a fanny-pack…


ROLLING STONES a shaky shot from an unforgettable, nostalgic dance party, that left my legs trembling. A walk down memory lane, that made thousands of people sing all the classics like ‚Can’t get no satisfaction‘ – goosebumbs that’ll give you!


My Friday date – Danish jewelry designer Vibe Harsløf looking sharp and stunning.

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The very palatable vodka Our/Berlin (my personal favorite) , had somehow found it’s way to the festival.


CONNAN MOCKASIN in silk pajamas and siberian hat, serenading his audience with languid songs of caramel and dolphin love.


Connan making people take off their clothes (a trend this year) and dance together.


Really liked the look this guy had, would totally wear it myself‘IMG_7216


DAMON ALBARN delivered a tremendous show with Gorillaz AND De La Soul as guest performers.


Style is what you make it – these beautiful girls took festival looks to a whole new level!


Love the gladiator sandals.


The Norwegians has a bit more preppy take on things – no less inpressive at a dust-filled festival



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MOGWAI was a post-punk wall of guitar, a beautiful, continous hazy drone to float away on.


BLACK PUS aka Brian Chippendale is a psychedelic-noize drumming force pf nature – a unique experience one needs to be in the right mood for.


Excellent bird hat!

Ran into this amazing wild babe on the way to my tent.


ROB ZOMBIE is a category of his own. The higly charismatic, pop-metal hell raiser, flexed his true American showmanship and left us all a bit jaw-dropped.


ICONA POP. The Swedish pop-due par exellence was the perfect place to start a day with childhood friends Anne Marie and Ida, filling Saturday with endless laughs, cold beer and unrestrained dancing.


Reaching closer to festivals end, so are the human ressources. Here a guy foreseeing the German fussball victory (?)


Can’t get enough of this guy! So sweet and what an out-fit!


Americans had found their way to the festival too – slightly overwelmed by the hedonistic approach, but equally ’stoked‘.


MAJOR LAZER. Lost for words. To put it short: an out of body-climactic rave experience!! I haven’t danced that hard or intense and never together with 60.000 others, taking off their clothes and smiling euphorically – was just mind blowing.


Goodnight Roskilde, slumber well till I see you next year, for more loving, surreal otherworldlyness.



03.05.2014 um 1.16 – Maria Kai

I dissapeared, comepletely, I know. But this couch surfer life I am living makes it hard to even find the time to search, save and upload the photos you need to make an interesting post. It’s certainly not because there isn’t a milion things to write about. Since I left Copenhagen the 29th of March I’ve spent time with the most beloved fascinating characters in Berlin, New York, Denver and Toronto, and slept on about 11 different couches and beds. 

It’s time to start somewhere and I will do that with my great friend Eden Sela – it would be a crime not to share her beautiful music. She is a petite figure with a captivating personality (half Mexican, half Irish), and a voice that will linger in the back of your mind for days. She sings and records personal stories right on the floor of her Bushwick apartment, some of them are taking to studio recordings, some are not. I often like her home recordings best (like the album Stragglers, a collection of rough drafts and songs that didn’t make it to the finished album), cause they are like entering a room or a landscape, so very curious and personal that I feel priviledged to even enter it.

Bring your ears to her bandcamp page, where all her music, very generously, is free to download.

Your can also find her on Facebook a long side upcoming show dates (mostly in the US and Canada)







17.03.2014 um 22.34 – Maria Kai

It has been storming steadily the past couple of days here in Copenhagen and chilly winds has kept me inside, feeling (and looking) a bit fury. Eventhough the little flowers are up and about, it feels more like autumn than spring, which made me think of a song an old friend of mine has made. Simon Hebetoft Hansen is a very talented singer-songwriter and late November last year he made this recording in the backyard of another old friend’s house in Amsterdam. Its light-wolly melancholia of lost love is the perfect track, while I build a cave in my bed, where i can hide with chocolate and good movies.



Musik by Simon H. Hansen. Video by Laerke Nissen
Currently the video only comes in this format.


13.03.2014 um 17.26 – Maria Kai

My latest band crush are the 20-year-old twin brothers, Fletcher and Wyatt Shears, who makes music as The Garden. Hedi Slimane obviously already discovered them a year ago or so, and took some suave b/w photos of them. Their gender bender, cross-dress, anything goes kind of style, I find deeply appealing and sends thoughts trailing back to Kurt Cobain – though only in regards to style, music wise these guys are very low-fi in sound and approach. Maybe some of you have already heard them as they played in Berlin and Hamburg 18-19 th of February this year, while on their European Tour (no show in Copenhagen). I truly hope these videos can be watched in Germany, as I know a lot of the youtube videos are not made available, but unfortunately there are no vimeo alternatives (that I could find).
I find that The Garden are part of an all boys, no-rules, no-bullshit driven wave of bands these years, related to Danish punk/noize bands like LowerCommunions, Age Coin, Skurv, and Iceage and many more (all from the label Posh Isolation), that play with signals, gender and identity. Although a different genre and in a different way, Mykki Blanco, LE1F, and Zebra Katz should also be mentioned, for bravely mixing things up and offering a different view and sound on the status quo. Two faced one, like a friend of mine would say.   

I am a girl that wants to be a boy that plays a girl.

Check out their Facebook page for coming shows:

And Bandcamp for music:









All photos are a mix of randomly googled images from the www.


CONNAN MOCKASIN, you have my ears!

18.02.2014 um 15.27 – Maria Kai

Last Saturday luck smiled at me and I was very fortunate to get into the completely sold-out concert with Connan Mockasin, at Bremen in Copenhagen. I had only recently heard about him and his spectalcular performances and took instant liking to the music – so it was a show not to be missed. And boy am I glad I didn’t! Their performance was what in Danish is called ‚Total theater‘, where nothing is completely rehearsed, so a lot is improvised as the evening unfolds. For instance at one point a band member of Japanese descent enters the stage in a kimono with a big, white duvet and sits down in it. As if drifting on a cloud, she waves at the audience, while saying ‚Zaaank yyoooou Connan Mockasinnn‘ with a heavy Japanese accent. And him sitting down next to her, their suddenly was a strong reference to the Yoko One and John Lennon ‚Bed Peace‘ performance in Amsterdam, 1969. Several times Connan dissapeared into the audience with his guitar and played from there, looking up at the stage like the rest of us. The blurred lines he works within are very fascninating.

His visual expression is a wonderfully absurd, humorous, kitsch and with a soft-subtle devil-may-care attitude.

Connan Mockasin, age 30 (born Connan Tant Hosford), is thought of as a psychedelic-pop musician and is originally from Te Awanga, New Zealand. His Europe tour is about to come to an end, with only a few shows left in France and Switzerland. But with 40.000+ likes on Facebook and 670.000 plays on youtube of the song ‚Forever Dolphin Love‘, from his latest record Caramel (released Nov 2013) – I am confident we have not heard the last of him.

‚Smooth Me‘, by dj Djuna Barnes

21.11.2013 um 14.02 – Maria Kai

Through mutual friends I have gotten to know Maria Gerhardt aka dj Djuna Barnes (name taken from her favorite writer). Maria is a dj of a rare format, not only has she for a decade blasted the roofs of parties around Europe, she can also create moving soundscapes, which may sound corny, but I swear she takes you travelling sitting right there in your chair. And then she can write too. No longer just sharp observations from the nightlife, about people’s intoxicated toilet confessions and dancefloor misdemenours. Now Maria also writes essays about her life and the dramatic turn it took right when she found love, and at the same time was diagnosed with breast-cancer. She is 100% well again and enjoying her family and new chapter in life. Maria is an outspoken lesbian with an idealistic approach to life, and although showing vulnerability by letting people take part in the course of her illness, she did it in a way that only made her stand stronger. I admire Maria Gerhardt a lot as you can tell, to the point of being slightly intimidated. But then I listen to her mix’s, and I know at some deeper lying level, we understand eachother beyond my social awkwardness around people I respect.

This will be the sound of my weekend – ‚Smooth Me‘ by Djuna Barnes: