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).
Experimental sound collage industrial plunderphonics avant-garde sampling San Francisco Bay Area Content! corporations copyrights copyright infringement over the edge Cut-Up Creative Commons Booper entertainment
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 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 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 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 […]