Often, while traveling in other countries, it was a small daily detail that stuck with me. Mundane things that are not that important, but were unexpected because I had not linked or ever associated them with the place. Before touring with Hysteria in Mexico in 2010, we had not known about the many Volkswagen Beetles […]
In May, I spent 3 good weeks in Lima, Peru. Holidays, some dj-ing and digging for old vinyls were part of it, but the main goal of my trip was to kickstart a release project for a new label (name not defined yet, but perhaps just Rebel Up! Records).
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The F Word is back! The 4th edition of the fantastic feminist festival will take place at Binnenpret and OCCII on September 23-25. To get you in the mood KNIK asked the F Word organizers to share some of their own feminist favs.
From Maia Matches‘ new cartoon series Bitch (featuring OCCII!)
Punk, Anarcho-punk, Hardcore, D-beat, Crustpunk, Powerviolence, Fastcore, Grindcore. Just some labels people use for different interpretations of punk. Different styles and mostly somewhat different scenes. Let’s shine a light on the bands the bands that are gonna share the stage at OCCII on August 4, 2016.
Frans de Waard (Kapotte Muziek/Beequeen/Goem) worked for independent record label Staalplaat from 1992 till 2003. In his upcoming book This Is Supposed To Be A Record Label he tells about the countless activities that were involved in working for Staalplaat: organising shows, publishing a magazine, distributing albums, hosting a radio show and
Cairo based El Ayadi El Khafeyya (The Invisible Hands) play dark folk music, with both English and Arabic lyrics. Four of their members are from Cairo, except for founding member Alan Bishop, best known for being part of the legendary Sun City Girls that existed until 2007.
Assembled throughout the years, OCCII’s amps, mixers, microphones, turntables and speakers together are able to produce a great sound. Yet, much of the equipment is aging rapidly. A little insight into OCCII’s precarious sound situation.
Playing in a band means writing and performing songs. In every song, we are searching for a symbiosis between electronic drums and synth on the one hand and guitars on the other. This songwriting process is very satisfying in itself. But the band allows us to create much more.
For the past twenty three years Gary has been doing sound in venues from The 13th Note in Glasgow to De Groote Weiver in Wormerveer, and the Vrankrijk and OCCII in Amsterdam. He explains the hardships of organising underground shows, the thrill of hearing the first song of a show, and queer nights in Amsterdam.
2016 marks the tenth anniversary of music blogs on the internet. The birth of music blogs meant a redefinition of traditional music history and the uncovering of previously unknown music to a broader audience.
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.
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.
Previously published in KNiK #3, here are some recommendations on records, music blogs and touring bands.
Around the corner from OCCII 220 men found a temporary home in refugee shelter De Havenstraat. Among them, Gerrie, a professional krar player from Eritrea, and Shaghaf, a popular young band from Syria. We spoke with them about their music and their hopes for the future.
De Amsterdamse band Zea heeft in 35 landen getourd en in minstens zo veel stijlen muziek gemaakt. Deze maand bestaat Zea twintig jaar. Aan de hand van video’s en vragen neemt Zea-zanger Arnold de Boer de afgelopen twee decennia door.
Tussen de soep- en zetmeelfabrieken van de Zaanstreek staat de oefenruimte van de Nederlandse band De Kift. Al bijna twintig jaar worden hier theaterstukken, platen en levensliederen gemaakt.
Lianne Hall is an English singer/songwriter who started her career as a singer of the punk band Witchknot. She has released three solo studio albums since and has toured Europe and the US frequently. She relates some of her favourite tour moments, from hiking in the Redwood Forest to celebrating Halloween in Vilnius.
On Thursday 19 November, Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band from Burkina Faso will play at OCCII with their special Mandingo style mixed with Afrobeat and punkrock spheres during the Rebel Up! Soundclash night. It will be their first ever show in the Netherlands and Amsterdam.
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.
Jiro Ghianni is a genderqueer artist and a member of the Zsa Zsa Zine collective. His work will be part of DRAWING OUT OF THE BOX // feminism in comix which will be on view at OCCII from October 2nd till 12th 2015. “What if…” is an ongoing series, view more here.
With roots dating back to the early nineties riot grrrl movement, the Olympia (US) band Broken Water could definitely be described as political. Their experimental sound is both noisy and dreamy with lyrics that reveal a refreshingly radical feminist voice.
English Nederlands From the extensive rebuilding in 1992 to pouring concrete for a new floor this year, most of the OCCII jobs have been done by volunteers. We spoke with builders from different periods and found a little piece of OCCII history.
Sarah Wienke, an audio engineering student and volunteer at EKKO in Utrecht, and occasionally at OCCII, explains how to fit three bands’ equipment on a small stage, even when it isn’t possible.
Jiro Ghianni is a genderqueer artist and a member of the Zsa Zsa Zine collective. His work will be part of DRAWING OUT OF THE BOX // feminism in comix which will be on view at OCCII from October 2nd till 12th 2015.
From September 20th (OCCII Open Day!), KNiK #3 will be available at OCCII! W/ Rummelsnuff, Zeni Geva, Broken Water, Kinderpret, OCCII posters and more! Design and Production by Karoline Swiezynski
English Nederlands Since 1994, every Wednesday afternoon OCCII’s dark concert room transforms into a kid’s disco or theatre. Empty beer bottles make way for fairylike decorations and juice with crisps. A conversation with Erica Kinderpret about the weekly transformation.
Wow, wat een weelde. Zoveel plekken waar we weer terecht kunnen met ons programma gedurende onze verbouwing. Tijdens de vorige grote klus waren we een week lang te gast in de Paradox op Incubate, Tilburg waar we ons eigen programma hadden samengesteld. Nu blijven we dichter bij huis.
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.
Last spring we featured a series of Kasper Vogelzang’s music photography from 2014. This april OCCII showcases a collection of Vogelzang’s new work. The exhibition combines concert photos with landscape photography. According to Vogelzang these genres are actually quite similar.
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. We spoke with The Kurws about discipline, seeing your bandmates (too) often and the thrill of […]
Do-It-Together (DIT) is a film project about independent music scenes around the world. The DIT film crew has covered many a show at OCCII so we’re very excited that the film is now on tour itself! See the screening dates below and read the ‘very silly story’ (according to DIT’s founder) behind the film’s title.
These photos were taken during our first real tour in Scotland, in November 2011. It’s on top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. We were just hiking in the area towards the mountain (hill!! the locals kept telling us). We hiked some more, climbed a bit, and we kept thinking we’d almost reached the top.
Wolf Eyes, recently dubbed ‘the kings of US noise’ by The Wire, are a band from Detroit that has been around since the nineties. Wolf Eyes member John Olson (b. 1972) talked to us about their upcoming European tour, his label American Tapes, and how making music is a lot like trading skate boarding tricks.
Black Spirituals, an improv duo from Oakland, plays terrific live shows, and in order to do so practices little. When asked why, they sent us this pamphlet. Catch them live in Europe this month (find their tour dates here) to experience what they’re talking about.
Efrem Angela, aka Toto Boroto, plays drums for the Amsterdam band Nancy Acid and guitar for The Sasters. Both bands consist of the same two members, but they switch instruments as they change into the other band, which sometimes has advantages. Toto Boroto reports from the cycle lane in between gigs.
19 November 2012, 479 days ago today, I’m sitting on my knees in a happy pile of obsolete electronics with saxophones on either side of me, a bunch of drums, flutes and an organ in a mess around. All stacked in a tiny living room somewhere in a small town called Ariano Nel Polesine, in […]
Mdou Moctar is not your average tuareg musician. While Tinariwen, Desert Rebel and Bombino sing about the rebel cause with a quite western rock sound, Mdou Moctar chooses another path by singing for the tuareg youths of today. His revolutionary message is about social topics such as love, education and the daily struggles that tuareg […]
“Grammar,” says American novelist and journalist Joan Didion, “is a piano I play by ear.” Like a musician tuning her instrument, guessing for harmony, pursuing euphony, chasing precise acoustic patterns, the attentive writer hears for hard syllables, slippery vowels, tough-edged consonants. She constrains. She cuts back. She inflates. Her intuition guides grammar into place, a […]
In its 20-plus years of existence, OCCII has been run largely by volunteers, allowing the venue to offer a diverse program while remaining cheap to attend. The volunteers come and go, but for more than ten years, on any given day, chances are high that you’ll find Sjoerd Stolk and Rogier Smal at OCCII. Sjoerd […]
Organising an underground show becomes in many instances a matter of finding spontaneous solutions; creativity takes the place of what spending money can sometimes solve, and sharing is neccesarily involved. I remember this past February, eagerly pursuing my friends’ new band Slow Worries for a chance at throwing their first live performance in Amsterdam, a […]
Goddard is an indie math rock band from Massachusetts who are currently for the first time on tour in Europe. Goddard’s drummer Andy Kivela writes in this tour blog about Monday shows and buying too many Belgian beers. After 15 hours of traveling by car, plane and train I was ready for a nap, but when […]
Visitors of OCCII often ask about the story behind the venue’s decorated facade. The general story we always believed was that the front of the building was an example of “folly architecture,” which basically meant that it was made to look bizarre without a purpose. In the late 18th century it was fashionable to build […]
English Nederlands Corno Zwetsloot thinks that music needs to be recorded in analogue, without any tricks and with all the mistakes. His studio Next To Jaap, where many Dutch indie bands have recorded their albums or singles, is located in an old flower bulb barn in Voorhout. Zwetsloot talks to us about figuring out how […]
It’s just about impossible to love punk in Amsterdam and not know about the Adrenalin Addiction nights. During the day, organiser Bianca Refualu works as a physiotherapist in a hospital; at night, she manages her unrelenting addiction to adrenalin. This year, Adrenalin Addiction will be celebrating its 5th anniversary. We interviewed Bianca about punk, keeping […]
The Sweet Release of Death is a noise pop trio from Rotterdam. In this photo tour blog they relate their encounter with two insistent fans from Warsaw. The black and white photo was taken at Chmury, where we played our first show of the tour. It’s a cosily hip venue in a poor neighbourhood in […]
© Anthony Tran Indonesian duo Senyawa is Rully Shabara on vocals and Wukir Suryadi on instruments that he builds himself. With their experimental music they combine traditional Javanese music with contemporary free jazz and rock. After touring Indonesia many times, Senyawa played the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and this summer they will go on their […]
The legendary German hardcore band Spermbirds has been around since 1982. How do you keep a band together for over 30 years? And what does hardcore mean to these veteran HC musicians? Marko Korac emailed with drummer Beppo to find out. By Marko Korac I grew up listening to the Spermbirds. They have been one […]
In the same weeks that a graphic novel on squatting in Amsterdam was published, the news came out that one of the last squats in Amsterdam was going to be evicted. For artist Maia Matches, this was a reason to draw about the upcoming eviction during the book presentation of de Kraker, de Agent, de Jurist […]
The second printed KNiK zine is out now! Issue #2 is full of stuff, from articles and anecdotes to interviews (Corno Zwetsloot, Hysterics, Senyawa, Spermbirds, Butcher’s Tears), a tour blog (The Lock), a recipe for veggie bitterballen and lots of visual art (Peter Brötzmann, Helena Sanders). Free copies available at OCCII and around town! Karoline […]
Wolvon is a noise rock trio from Groningen. They are currently playing shows to promote their new EP bother. Wolvon’s bass player Ruben van Walraven wrote for our tour blog about their worst gigs, making friends with border patrols, and touring the Balkans. With WOLVON we have only done three short tours so far, and […]
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. When did Hysterics start? Do you remember the first song you […]
Three journalists and three graphic artists have joined forces to make a graphic novel about squatting in Amsterdam. Since squatting became illegal in 2010, the tenants of many squats have been evicted, with frequently clashing viewpoints from squatters, police and lawyers. The graphic novel De Kraker, de Agent, de Jurist en de Stad looks back […]
SUSANA MARTINS “I’ve always liked doing photography, but it was only a couple of years ago that I started doing concert photography. Music is a big passion of mine and I go to lots of concerts, so one night the idea just crossed my mind. I think the most important thing for a good photograph […]
During The Sounds Of The Underground Festival, Do It Together (DIT), RPM Studio and KNiK collaborated on a video project. Two acts from SOTU, Black Decades and GALG, recorded a song at the brand new RPM Studio and DIT filmed it all. For your viewing and listening pleasure: GALG Black Decades
Named after a cutting machine, Massicot is a quartet from Geneva. Since their start in 2009, Massicot has toured Europe frequently, charming many a listener into dancing to their sharp and minimal post punk riffs. They’ll play SOTU’s last festival day on Sunday April 20th, and we got a chance to exchange emails with Massicot […]
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 of an underwater show. Read moreOver 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 of an underwater show. Read more
Dutch photographer Kasper Vogelzang (Furthur Labelz, kaspervogelzang.nl) started to take pictures of shows because he wanted to discover new music while simultaneously contribute to the music scene. Digital photography and the internet made this possible, because it became cheaper to take photos and easier to share them. In his photography he focuses on the interaction […]
Last month Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina visited Amsterdam’s underground venue Vrankrijk to answer the questions of a small group of community activists. Alice Burke and Kelly Chambers attended the talk and provided us with this report. What follows is a reflection on the Russian prison system, the absurdity of laws that forbid cats to stomp […]
Katherine Oktober Matthews wrote for our tour blog about encounters with strangers that let you escape all context. She goes to a nudist lakeside beach in Austin, Texas, in search of a photo, but leaves with something else instead. An old man calls over to where I’m sitting on a bench, from around 30 paces […]
English Nederlands The Amsterdam experimental noise rock band Katadreuffe has just released their latest album Malconfort. For KNiK they took the time to dig into their memories and photo archives to tell a tour story from a few years back of books, weight, glass doors and noise. Katadreuffe hasn’t toured much (yet), so there isn’t […]
Sinds de oprichting in de jaren zeventig hebben de leden van Theaterstraat een ontelbaar aantal buurtfeesten en demonstraties bijgestaan. Ze kwamen in grote rode vrachtwagens met speakers, podium, gereedschap en een lading technische kennis. Ze hergebruikten spullen om alles zo goedkoop mogelijk te houden. Twee maanden geleden is hun loods op industrieterrein De Heining, aan […]
English Nederlands In 1984 when a large squat in the centre of Amsterdam was going to be evicted, the squatting movement decided to devote a day to ‘squatting back’ as many buildings as possible. One group squatted 14-16 Schinkelstraat, now known as the Binnenpret: a space with, among other things, restaurant MKZ, practice rooms for […]
English Nederlands Sweet Sweet formed in 2005 and was Bianca (keyboard and vocals), Meta (drums and vocals) and Maaike (bass guitar and vocals). The band mixed post-punk with riot grrrl and electro. Their performance and lyrics drew together the intersecting themes of feminism and animal rights activism, which led them to play underground venues and […]
English Nederlands Kelly Chambers frequently photographs OCCII shows, more of her work can be found on her Flickr page. All images © Kelly Chambers Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores for Open Series at the OCCII in Amsterdam, May 17 2013 Chain and the Gang at the OCCII, Nov 19 2012 Body/Head (Kim Gordon & […]
English Nederlands Since 2011, Beau Eckhardt and Mario da Silva have been working on a plan, and now it’s almost finished: a new sound studio that is borne out of the Dutch DIY music scene. Beau shows us around in the soon to be RPM studio. Close to the Amsterdam Vondelpark, in the Binnenpret, a […]
All photos © Marcia van der Kraan
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 […]
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 […]
English Nederlands The Portland based trio Lovers combine dreamy harmonies with danceable beats. Carolyn Berk started writing and recording songs in 2001, and a few years later Emily Kingan and Kerby Ferris added drums, keys, and electronics, making Lovers’ sound what it is today. They’re currently touring Europe to promote their latest album ‘A Friend […]
English Nederlands I’m sitting behind a drum kit in Paris. I’m surrounded by Marshall Allen (from the legendary Sun Ra Arkastra) and film maker and musician James Harrar, when Daevid Allen (Soft Machine/Gong) walks in and, after shaking a few hands, unpacks his guitar. You can hardly call it a soundcheck. Everybody just starts playing. […]
English Nederlands Cold clothes, little sleep, bad coffee, but also a couple of phenomenal shows with an enthusiastic audience. In 1986, while on a boat back to the Netherlands he wrote about the past British tour with his band of that time, The Ex. He recently found back these notes, and shares them here with […]
English Nederlands Las Kellies is an Argentinian band that plays a mix of raw garage and post-punk playground chants. They released their new album Total Exposure last month and are currently touring Europe. They sent us some of their tour photos: The pizza moment: it was our first proper Italian pizza in Italy! So, it’s […]
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. […]
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 […]
English Nederlands Never Alone in The Train is a photo project by Maartje from Amsterdam. Since the beginning of the year she’s been busy with her new zine series The Title Depends which contains art and articles on gender, cities, loneliness, identity and sex. The first issue came out in February 2013, the sixth issue […]
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 […]
English Nederlands ane v. is a zine maker living and working in Umeå, Sweden. About making zines ane v. writes: “i made my first zine in 2006, it was called sjölstyrt liv and was about diy and the local hardcore scene where i grew up, bodö in the north of norway. sjölstyrt liv had 6 […]
English Nederlands I saw it for the first time in 2012 in a small bar in Metz, France. King Ayisoba and I were on a short tour through Europe, where he taught his audience the Frafra language during his show. He did that loudly, and he didn’t stop before the audience was also able to […]
English Nederlands They didn’t have any previous music education when they enrolled for a music course in 2010. But they liked it, and decided to form a band. Since then Dark Times has recorded and toured extensively. How did they get so successful in so little time and with so little experience? Their answer, “We […]
The American zine maker Miyuki Baker (24) had just started her world tour visiting queer communities and writing about them, when her laptop was stolen. But who says one needs a computer to write? For the past 14 months, Miyuki has been reporting on her travels in the old-fashioned way: by drawing and writing by […]
English Nederlands Full moon After playing a sweaty show in a small squat in the outskirts of Bern, we hung out in the squat’s parking lot. As I came out of the building I realized it was full moon – and summer solstice at the same time, and that I was surrounded by an assorted […]
English Nederlands When driving into Minsk, the view is exactly what you would expect from Belarus: concrete, grey landscapes, dusty Soviet monuments with red stars, hammer and sickle still sitting perkily in gold. And there, in front of countless rows of grey buildings, an enormous grotesque advertisement: “GREEN CITY” with a heavenly print of green […]
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 […]
English Nederlands Foton Kuşağı is an indie band from Istanbul that is often compared to Dinosaur Jr.. They’re planning their first tour this fall and will visit four countries. For two of the band members, it will be their first time crossing Turkish borders. At the moment they also have a week of protests at […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 about […]
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.