An Interview With Satanique Samba Trio

They call themselves “an ongoing research on the aesthetical deconstruction of Brazil’s most popular musical traditions.” Satanique Samba Trio is not actually a trio but a quintet with bass, acoustic guitar, cavaco, bass clarinet and drums. Two days before they go on their first European tour, we speak with bandleader Munha Da 7.

Bier In De Buurt: De Afleiding

Dit jaar maakt Brouwerij De Afleiding uit De Baarsjes in Amsterdam limited edition-bier voor OCCII. Zo komt er een LenteBoccii, en kun je deze wintermaanden De Raaf drinken, een stout bier. We spraken de brouwers over bierapps, uit de hand gelopen emailwisselingen, en de toekomst.

Music is Kraftgewinn: An Interview with Rummelsnuff

He calls himself The Käpt’n and writes songs about the sea wind, bratwurst and arm wrestling. Rummelsnuff started playing music in the 1980s in undergroundbands in Germany. But it was his sailor electropunk from the 2000s that attracted both underground and mainstream European audiences. An interview about finding inspiration, writing songs and pumping iron.

Butcher’s Tears: Brewing Art and Beers

Last week the second edition of SL’OCCII In It, a special beer by Amsterdam brewery Butcher’s Tears, was presented. It’s a traditional full-flavoured English-style pale, quite different from the first SL’OCCII Decrust which was an amber beer with a smoky taste. Already a new beer is being brewed for autumn.

An interview with The Kurws

The Kurws are an experimental rock band from Wrocław, Poland. Since they formed in 2008 they have released more than 10 albums and cassettes, and have toured Europe extensively. On April 17th they will play OCCII during SOTU Festival.

An Interview with HYSTERICS

Hysterics, a young hardcore band from Olympia Washington (US), is currently on tour in Europe for the first time. We spoke to Adriana (guitar), Jessica (bass) and Stephie (vocals) about awkward shows, tour frustrations, and why this is the right time to be alive.

Ideal Corpus: An Interview with Fruity Free and MC Kawaii

Over the past years the Marseille duo Ideal Corpus has brought their energetic mix of hip hop, ghetto techno and seapunk to audiences in Europe and Japan, and even further across the internet. In chatting with KNiK, Ideal Corpus’ MC Kawaii and Fruity Free share their thoughts about online music, handsome boys and their dream … Continue reading “Ideal Corpus: An Interview with Fruity Free and MC Kawaii”

Making messes on the page: An interview with Aimee Bender

English Nederlands Aimee Bender (b. 1969) has famously written while inside a closet for years, its constrained environment helping her to focus. She has written several collections of short stories and two novels, has been a New York Times bestseller and her books have been translated into sixteen languages. Last August, her new book The … Continue reading “Making messes on the page: An interview with Aimee Bender”

Experiential Viewing: An Interview with Hisham Mayet

English Nederlands American film maker Hisham Mayet has produced films on music from various traditions for over a decade, focusing mostly on North and West Africa. Together with Alan Bishop he runs Sublime Frequencies, a record label that releases “obscure” recordings from many parts of the world. Mayet was born in Libya and has lived … Continue reading “Experiential Viewing: An Interview with Hisham Mayet”

DIY before it existed: An interview with Smegma

English Nederlands Few bands manage to exist over the course of decades. Smegma started forty years ago in Pasadena, California, when a few friends decided they wanted to be involved in music but not become musicians. Without managers or record labels, they’ve played their experimental music while sharing musicians with Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. … Continue reading “DIY before it existed: An interview with Smegma”

Music is a living creature: An interview with Dylan Carlson

English Nederlands In the down time between tours, Dylan Carlson of the drone rock band Earth, decided to start a solo project. Under the moniker D. R. Carlson Albion, Dylan pursues his interests in Albion and folklore. Already he’s put out a tape of guitar improvisations and field recordings from around Waterloo Station in London … Continue reading “Music is a living creature: An interview with Dylan Carlson”

Move through hands: An interview with Versal editor Megan M. Garr

English Nederlands Versal is an international literary journal based in Amsterdam, featuring poetry, fiction and art, with their 11th annual issue released this year. Submissions for next year’s issue are accepted starting September 15. We talk with founder and editor-in-chief Megan M. Garr about Versal’s roots, the printed book as an object, and how she’d … Continue reading “Move through hands: An interview with Versal editor Megan M. Garr”

Fear No Man: An Interview with Hot Fruit

English Nederlands The three members of Olympia’s young band Hot Fruit are on a post, post-feminist mission. They’re determined to make ‘comfortable places’ for both sexuality and music. They’re not interested in writing the perfect pop song; instead they use music, videos and live performance to conjure new spaces and explore unconventional ideas. They’ve also … Continue reading “Fear No Man: An Interview with Hot Fruit”

Feminism and Wanderlust: Kari Schmidt talking about Femme&Oddities

English Nederlands Wanderlust, existential angst and feminism. A fine mix, according to the new zine Femme&Oddities, that was published at the end of May. The zine presents a curious range of subjects. Like a gay teenager who loses himself in witchcraft, an ode to the afro and a playful nude photo shoot in the forest. … Continue reading “Feminism and Wanderlust: Kari Schmidt talking about Femme&Oddities”

Golden Time: An interview with Lori Goldston

English Nederlands Lori Goldston (b. New York, 1963) is an experimental cello player and composer. In the mainstream world she is probably best known as the cellist for Nirvana’s MTV ‘Unplugged in New York’. On June 25th and 26th, she is artist-in-residence at OCCII in Amsterdam. Just before kicking off her European tour, she took … Continue reading “Golden Time: An interview with Lori Goldston”

Independent places: A photo series of OCCII

English Nederlands   Miodrag Misha Pipercic (Sarajevo, 1968) is a light and sound technician, and a photographer. At the end of 2012 he did a photo series of OCCII, a venue he frequents. “I’m concerned that independent places like OCCII will disappear, that’s why I photographed this place,” he says. “I have thought a lot … Continue reading “Independent places: A photo series of OCCII”

Crimony! An Interview with Mike Watt

Mike Watt (1957), een van de meest invloedrijke bassisten in de indiemuziek, is een nieuwe band begonnen: Il Sogno del Marinaio. Terwijl hij op tour was in Europa, sprak hij met ons over cynisme, open staan voor nieuwe dingen, en Okinawamuziek. Mike Watt (b. 1957), one of the most influential bassplayers in indie music, recently started a new band, Il Sogno del Marinaio. While on tour in Europe, he talked to us about cynicism, open minds and Okinawa music.

Mike Watt (1957), een van de meest invloedrijke bassisten in de indiemuziek, is een nieuwe band begonnen: Il Sogno del Marinaio. Terwijl hij op tour was in Europa, sprak hij met ons over cynisme, open staan voor nieuwe dingen, en Okinawamuziek. Mike Watt (b. 1957), one of the most influential bassplayers in indie music, recently started a new band, Il Sogno del Marinaio. While on tour in Europe, he talked to us about cynicism, open minds and Okinawa music.