• Poets

    Whether it is soothing folk or energetic 80’s rock, the Berlin based band “Poets” feels comfortable in both worlds. Although their musical roots lie in folk and singer/songwriter style music, these young men easily manage to make more energetic and synth-heavy songs their own. Their ambient synth and guitar sounds […]

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  • Miss Nöyd

    Emerging from the magical Lofoten Islands in North of Norway, Miss Nöyd arrived to Berlin to pursue her dream of singing and writing. Growing up in magical surroundings: the ever burning midnight sun, steep mountains under the flickering colours of the northern light, Miss Nöyd inspires to write music that […]

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  • Dan Donald

    Supported by Bimm

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  • Dominic Donner

    We couldn’t believe our ears: Dominic Donner (engl. =  Dominic Thunder), is not his stage name, but as real, honest and down-to earth as his songs. The first instrument that the now 19-year-old from Potsdam put his hands on when he was a little boy was a cello. But it […]

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  • Adam Wendler

    Adam Wendler has been busking around the world for several years now. He summarized his experiences in his album ‘A Forward Moving Motion’, which showcases his intricate guitar play, as well as soulfelt lyrics and catchy melodies. The album was recorded by JUNO Award winning Producer Siegfried Meier in Canada […]

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  • Lion Sphere

    Last year Berlin quartet Lion Sphere released their debut EP “The Infinite You” which blends in an impressive range of influences: slow-burning beats, hip hop grooves, raspy vocals and laid-back guitars are just a few tools they built their yearning sound from. Having supported Mighty Oaks on their European tour […]

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  • Lui Peng

    Lui’s story is a story of perspectives. He moved to the UK from China when he was only nine. The diversity of the places he travelled at a young age helped Lui to grow up a keen observer. His observation and eye for detail eventually found its way into art […]

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  • Hazel English

    Hazel English is an Oakland-based Australian who was featured on a bunch of ‘Artist to Watch’ lists for 2017. Her striking debut EP ‘Never Going Home’ is a perfect mix of delicate and moving vocals over hazy guitars and breezy melodies. Produced by Day Wave’s Jackson Phillips, the EP is […]

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  • Mairimasil

    The first time we found out about her, we instantly fell in love with Mairimasil. Her voice is strong and raw, but still gentle enough to hand you all kinds of emotions on a silverplate. Big thanks to Leitner for the support! Filmed at beautiful IGA

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  • The Ocelots

    Situated in Wexford, twins Brandon and Ashley combine to create The Ocelots. They have crafted their songwriting and musical experience together to produce a forceful blend of rich harmonies and bare, raw acoustic folk.

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  • David Lemaitre

    Born 3,600 metres above sea level in the city of La Paz in Bolivia, the young ears of David Lemaitre met songs of the South American Highland. He played guitar and grew up speaking three languages. As a teenager David discovered his passion for psychedelic bands of the 70’s. The door to new cultures and music influences opened when he moves to Europe as a student.

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  • Haux

    Settled in the space between dreamy folk and electronic melancholy – Haux is the smoky-eyed silhouette of Woodson Black. Growing up in the Berkshires, Woodson found his voice while wandering the quiet woods and rural landscapes. He narrated life through film photographs, developing a pastoral aesthetic that would go on […]

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  • Liraz

    Singer, songwriter and actress Liraz Charhi has wowed crowds with her performances of stage, sound, and screen. In this groundbreaking musical project Liraz sought to combine modern sounds and beats with the ethnic flavour from her persian roots. Liraz’s family emigrated to Israel during the 70’s at the brink of […]

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  • Boom Pam

    Tel Aviv-based band Boom Pam formed in 2003. They play a mixture of Mediterranean rock and surf music in the format of a unique quartet including: Electric Guitar, Tuba, Keyboard and Drums. Boom Pam regularly play in clubs, bars, live venues and music festivals around the world. Their live act […]

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  • Jewish Monkeys

    The Jewish Monkeys are masters of identity play, knights of the absurd, musicians and comedians, who deliver an exhilarating show. They love breaking ethnic and religious taboos, combined with liberating salvos of satire and Balkan klezmer’esque rock music in English and Yiddish.

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  • Vaadat Charigim

    Shoegaze from Tel Aviv!.   https://www.facebook.com/vaadatcharigim

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  • Wutzlhofer

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  • Lunatic Festival 2015

    Back in 2003 a group of students of Leuphana University in Lüneburg had a pretty looney idea: why not put up a festival in this sleepy town and prove to everybody out there, that having fun on festivals and treating the environment with care do not necessarily rule each other […]

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  • The Angelcy Live, 05.08.2015

    Berlin Sessions presents theAngelcy live @ Lido Berlin! Their fast-paced percussive groundwork, leads as a great combination to their folky traveller’s sound. Coming from Israel, The Angelcy have picked up an eclectic group of influences upon their travels. Ranging from classical harmonies and blues to modern day folk music. The […]

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  • Immergut Festival Special 2015

    Once a year Neustrelitz, a little sleepy town in the beautiful area of Mecklenburger Seenplatte, experiences a sudden pilgrimage of young music lovers, who have been gathering here for Immergut for 17 years now. And – as expected – Immergut 2015 has absolutely lived up to its name once again. […]

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  • Sea Change

    The music of Sea Change really gets you into a deep modus of pleasant relaxation: the electronic dream-pop tunes do not only produce a calming tranquility but are also filled with a lot of uplifting moments due to the gripping loops that can be heard within the intimate tracks. On […]

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  • Berlin Sessions x Klunkerkranich, 10.06.2015

    Up on the top of a seemingly pretty ordinary shopping mall in Berlin a whole new world opens up to you: A couple of dozen meters away from the busy buzzing noisy life of Neukölln, a bunch of visionary people gave this former grey parking deck a new wonderful purpose: […]

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  • Lunatic Festival 2015

    We really hope your festival schedule is not too packed already as there is another special one coming right up: Close to Lüneburger Heide, charming LUNATIC festival will open its inviting gates for the 12th time to show once again that the small university town of Lüneburg can be anything else […]

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  • Listen. #8: Dralms @ Antje Øklesund, 21.05.2015

    Straight from Vancouver, Canada, Dralms is a band that goes back to its creation of songwriter Christopher Smith, and it is commonly identified with its deep and dark tracks. Their songs merge gentle soft sounds with some powerful electronic beats topping this combination with their lyrics that leave the listener […]

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  • She Keeps Bees

    When She Keeps Bees, that is Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant, enter a stage, it’s obvious that this couple shares a very special connection: For nearly ten years the now couple have been playing music together, that they mostly recorded at home. Recently they released record number three, the phenomenal […]

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  • Immergut Festival 2015 – Line-up complete

    After now nearly one year of impatient waiting, daydreaming of the beautiful memories of last years most wonderful festival of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and permanent checking of the latest band confirmations, the time has finally come: Immergut 2015’s amazing line-up is complete now, and we can’t wait to finally dance again on […]

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  • Listen.#7: Jennie Abrahamson, 11.05.2015 @ Galiläakirche

    Hailing from a little town called Savar in the very North of Sweden, Jennie Abrahamson has found a way to put all the tranquility and clarity of her home country’s landscape into sounds and melodies. Since she started her career as a solo musician a couple of years ago, she […]

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  • Stephanie Grace

    It can’t get more stereotypical than this. While being out for a beer at a beach bar in Sydney we saw Stephanie Grace perform a small stage next to the endless white beach. Even though everybody in the bar got hammered, as aussies do on a regular basis;  trust us […]

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  • listen.#6: The Elwins & Rah Rah, 27.04.2015 @ Privatclub

    This week our buddies of Trickser and Burning Eagle Booking are once more bringing two acts straight from Canada to the beautiful city of Berlin! And we’re thrilled to announce that the upcoming sixth edition of listen. will be a double act, including a couple of well known faces: Listen.#6 […]

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  • listen.#5: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

    As most of you might have noticed already, the Berlin cultural landscape has been enriched by a lovely concert series since the beginning of this year: listen. is hosted by our dear friends of Burning Eagle Booking and Trickser, and so far it has brought a couple of unforgettable shows […]

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  • Alice Boman

    Back in 2013 Alice Boman sent a demo, containing a collection of home recorded songs, to Adrian recordings and the unbelievable happened: Her label was so overwhelmed by those five beautiful tracks, that there was simply no other way but releasing „Skisser“ on the spot. It’s the spontaneity, the directness, […]

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  • listen. #3: WE ARE THE CITY at Antje Öklesund on 20.02.2015

    After the wonderful first two editions of listen., with amazing shows of Orenda Fink, Yesterday Shop and U3000 we are thrilled to announce listen. #3, with a very special guest from Canada: We Are The City are a indie-pop trio that has been playing music together since their high school […]

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  • Le Very

    We’re thrilled to present you the first session that includes not just a bunch of extremely gifted musicians, but also a brilliant dance performance as well: It’s the amazing Le Very, a five headed project around singer and guitarist Nikolas Tillmann. Their music is nothing but a total work of […]

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  • Freddy Fudd Pucker

    If you try saying this artist’s name in the same pace he strums his guitar, it’s hard not to mix up initials: Freddy Fudd Pucker, Freddy Fudd Pucker, Freddy Pudd F….. The man behind the pseudonym that is so hard to pronounce is Tom Young, who was enlightened with his […]

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  • Wanted: NEW Berlin Sessions Online Editor!

    As we have a busy summer with new exciting projects coming up, we are looking for some helping hands to support our editorial staff: We are looking for an intern/volunteer supporting our online editorial team starting from February 2015. The job consists mainly in the production of texts for our website berlinsessions.tv. These […]

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  • Karim

    “The movie ended bad, so trying to keep the soudtrack in mind.” This is kind of a special session. I was on a winterbreak in a small fishing town in morocco, thats where I met Karim. While playing a game of billard I heard his amazing voice from far away. […]

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  • Orenda Fink

    Some might know her as Maria Taylors companion in the US-dream pop duo Azure Ray from Omaha, Nebraska, but Orenda Fink is a pretty amazing solo-musician as well. Her show at Privatclub was a very promising premiere of Trickser’s and Burning Eagle Booking’s new concert series listen., which was opened […]

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  • 77 Bombay Street

    77 Bombay Street’s band history, that officially started in 2008 in their grandparent’s basement, goes way back into the personal biography of its four members: The brothers Joe, Matt, Esra and Simri-Ramon sang and played their first melodies at a very young age, when they were part of their parent’s […]

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  • I Am Oak

    We are more than thrilled to release our incredible 100th SESSION on this second Christmas day! For this very special one we managed to get one of our favorite bands to play for us: The fabulous I am Oak from Utrecht, in our ears one of the greatest representatives of contemporary […]

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  • Pause Applause

    In order to play a proper acoustic performance for us, Pause Applause did not just switch from e-guitar to an acoustic one, but also brought a rather unusual instrument to their Berlin Session: equipped with a couple of empty jam jars, beer glasses and a bucket of water plus more […]

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  • Great Danes

    When we say that we met Great Danes the other day for a session, we didn’t let a pack of monstrous german dogs bark into our cameras. In fact we met a lovely half New Zealand, half British indie-folk band, consisting of Tim Hook and Chester Travis, who are no […]

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  • The Berlin Session Advent Calendar Raffle // Week 2

    The Berlin Sessions Advent Calendar is starting off into the second week with another goodie-bag of early christmas treats. In the second package of our raffle there will be:   1. an original Berlin Sessions Tote Bag, signed by the fabulous Alice Phoebe Lou who played for us at Urban […]

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  • The Berlin Sessions Advent Calendar Raffle 2014 // Week #1

    2014 has been just thrilling: Soon we will release our 100th session and we had an overwhelming summer on festivals all over Germany such as Immergut in the woods next to Neustrelitz, Lunatic Festival at Lüneburg or Melt Festival at the impressive industrial setting of Ferropolis in Gräfenhainichen. All this […]

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  • Felidae Trick

    Felidae Trick are a lovely band from Germany, Austria and Israel that we met in early October 2014. Founded in 2011 by Omer Liechtenstein in his native Tel Aviv, the project quickly grew into a full band, that is presently based in Berlin. In early 2014 they released their latest […]

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  • Josh The Cat

    Josh The Cat is coming from the other side of the world. His energetic tunes are bringing back a vibe of the 80s and are a mirror of his musical journey over the past years which has started early on in Melbourne Australia. This session was shot during a showcase on […]

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  • Miss Kenichi

    When we were roaming through Berlin to find the perfect spot for our upcoming session with Kathrin Hahner alias Miss Kenichi, we came across the beautiful art space of painter Matteo Dineen, who turned out to be an old friend of Miss Kenichi. So it didn´t take long until he […]

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  • Adam Cohen

    Adam Cohen, son of songwriting legend Leonard Cohen, has gone through a process of artistically and musically searching and finding himself since he released his debut in 1998. After several up´s and down´s, including the thought of just quitting the music business, Adam Cohen luckily did not give up on […]

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  • Sóley

    Some might have already known and appreciated her talent as a part of the icelandic indie-folk-band Seabear. Sóley, who for some (for us simply incomprehensible) reason once thought that her voice just wasn´t made for singing, luckily made up her mind a while ago, and started making her own songs. […]

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  • 9.000 Followers on Facebook – Thank you!

    Since we have made an incredible number of 9.000 (!) music loving Facebook-friends, we would like to give a little bit of love back to you: Post your favorite Berlin Session on your Facebook-wall, tag us in your post and write an e-mail including your Facebook name to win@berlinsessions.tv. You […]

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  • Our Berlin Music Week

    A little further down the Spree Riverside, below the roof of a former coal stockyard some more friends of ours, the ladies of NORDIC BY NATURE hosted the Our/Berlin Stage next to Oberhafen Kantine, where we spent a lot of time, appreciating a fine selection of nordic acts like Alice […]

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  • Berlin Music Week 2014

    During the first week of September 2014 Berlin was bursting with some kind of music related energy. Right, Berlin Music Week had hit the city again. Not only did WORD! offer a variety of panel discussions and workshops on the essential issues of contemporary music industry. Also was our town […]

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  • Lunatic Festival 2014

    In June we went to the 11th edition of LUNATIC festival in the usually rather quiet university town of Lüneburg. Ever since its foundation in 2004 LUNATIC has become pioneering in balancing a colourful music and arts fest with the smallest ecological footprint possible. This once again resulted in a […]

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  • Ludmilla

    The slavic name Ludmilla means the “graceful people” and is eponymous to Berlin-based singer-songwriter Anne, who shared a few of her witty songs last week in Alt-Stralau, in the idyllic setting of Treptower Park, facing the “Insel der Jugend”. If you like her closeby-namesake Ani di Franco, you will probably […]

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  • Grandjean

    Copenhagen-based talent Grandjean started off at a very young age, playing drums and writing rap songs which he performed at his friend´s birthday parties. Meanwhile he looks back on a rather successful music carreer: With his electronica-band Luke he repeatedly achieved nominations for the danish Grammy and toured the world […]

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  • Berlin Sessions Live 2014

    We are more than happy to present you three of our favorite artists live at lovely Urban Spree. Facebook Event: Berlin Sessions Live 2014 Kleiderkreisel Party Before the musical part of the evening, the fashion-swapping-experts of Kleiderkreisel are hosting a Tauschparty at 4pm, so come early, bring three of your […]

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  • Immergut Festival Special 2014

    The 15th edition of Immergut Festival took place in Neustrelitz in May 2014 and has more than beaten our expectations of the first festival-highlight of this year! Blessed with the most perfect weather on tree sprinkled meadows, surrounded by lakes and wood land and loads of happy people, we enjoyed […]

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  • Rah Rah

    Excessive instrument-swapping, the blow-up letters R, A and H bouncing on top of the heads of the audience and some of the finest indie rock made Rah Rah´s performance at this years Immergut festival one of the most exciting shows of the weekend. Several weeks of touring prior to that […]

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  • Canoe Love

    Canoe Love mark a little historical moment in the Berlin Sessions chronicle: they teamed up as a brand new band just a few moments before we were about to shoot the performance by Singer Songwriter Ryan Ferris, who usually performs his vibrant songs in the only company of his guitar. […]

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  • James Hersey

    Vienna is probably not the first place that comes to mind in terms of electropop. With his mix of handmade electro, singer-songwriter and dub-beats Austrian-American artist James Hersey is about to change this. Having provided his 2012 Mixtape “TWELVE” on his website for free to make sure that people would […]

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  • Enda Gallery

    Last fall our irish friend Enda Gallery played the Berlin Sessions showcase at Urban Spree, where he touched many hearts with his stunning voice and the warm sound of his guitar. His songwriting is shaped by these little moments, these little incidents that happen within the blink of an eye, […]

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  • Lasse Matthiessen

    Lasse Matthiessen was born in Copenhagen and inherit the passion for music from his father who is a jazz pianist and producer. Young Lasse starts to play guitar in two garage rock bands but soon realised that he wants to write some emotional songs only supported by his guitar. So […]

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  • Charlie Rayne

    Charlie Rayne grew up in Lebanon and just recently started to roam the planet and play his wonderful music in other countries. During his youth he was heavly influenced by the music of Bob Dylan and other american songwriters. He uses his strong voice and melodic strumming rhythms to tell […]

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  • Xul Zolar

    At the vivid Dockville Festival we met a lot of amazing bands and on one free afternoon we asked the guys from Xul Zolar to play a little show for us in the cosy Kleiderkreisel tent. On their records the young band from Cologne uses deep synth melodies and heavy […]

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  • PTTRNS

    Just in time, before it started to rain we finished our session with the quirky guys from PTTRNS. Their style combines rhythmic indie music with cheesy 90s RNB tunes and we simply had a blast watching them perform. We shot the session at an urban gardening project on the abandoned airport Tempelhof.

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  • Immergut Festival 2014

    A line-up combining heavy guitar riffs, delicate singer-songwriter pop, a little bit of electronica and even some literature is sure to make the 15th edition of Immergut Festival the first festival highlight of the year. We present you their new video teaser and tell you which of the artists confirmed to play the festival should definitely not be missed.

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  • The Burning Hell

    The Burning Hell is a music collective that originated in Canada and was founded by history teacher Mathias Kom. The music is a vivid mixture of folk, pop, rap and witty lyrics and basically sounds like madness has graduated from music academy.  Live shows, which are performed with the help […]

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  • Jan Roth

    An endless passion in percussion and a musical history of drumming alongside some of the best, Jan Roth a musician never tired of being a connoisseur of innovative new sounds, cannot drive himself away from the other end of the percussive family, the piano. Away from assisting fellow jazz bands, […]

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  • Darien

    As a kid Darien stayed up late, writing songs and playing the guitar in her bedroom. As resulat she recorded her first demos at the age of thirteen. She moved to the US and kept on making songs about being hurt and loved about deep sea fish and the vast […]

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  • Berlin Festival Special

    Berlin Music Week, is almost in itself is a bit too greedy for some. It’s gathering of musicians, artists and press happily brought to us the best of the best into Germany’s musical hub. This was all before Berlin Festival had even kicked off. Berlin Festival, taking place after First […]

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  • Halasan Bazar

    Halasan Bazar has become Copenhagen’s answer to a recreation of a sixties Californian college dropout psych band. With a strong alliance of influences from the 60‘s becoming widely apparent in their pysch pop fever of wandering guitar riffs, dreamy xylophones and fuzzed vocals. Meeting us on a slightly fragile morning […]

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  • New Berlin Sessions BAG

    We are not only interested in music, good parties and unicorns but also in fashion – and by fashion we mean something to carry around beer, mate or groceries.

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  • MS Dockville Festival Special

    The beautiful MS Dockville Festival takes place in the outskirts of Hamburg. Located on an old industrial area at the waterfront, you can even get there by ferry. Beside the huge lineup, there is a lot of other things to discover on the festival site. Installations, theater and performances are […]

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  • The Angelcy

    On a short and pleasant trip to Berlin, The Angelcy stopped by ic! Berlin as we shot a session with them on their picturesque rooftop. With a stunning background scenery for company, we had no trouble in managing to capture their excitable energy. With only a few days in Berlin, […]

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  • Melt! Festival Special

    Melt! Festival, Ferropolis, Germany 19 – 21 July Ferropolis, the ‘city of iron,’ plays as the host to Melt! Festival, a celebration around it’s historic industrial machinery. However, the last few days, the machinery had the company of 20,000 festival goers, ready to play and bask within their company. This […]

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  • LIVE: Charity Children

    11.07.2013 Festsaal Kreuzberg Sold out shows, ecstatic fans and everlasting encore’s may not of been what Charity Children’s Chloe and Elliott had anticipated, but that was certainly the outcome tonight. They can’t of been too disappointed. Launching their debut album release ‘The Autumn Came,’ tonight’s show was a celebration of […]

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  • Immergut Festival Special

    The Festival season is the most fun season of the year! It is the time of the year where you can just live out your passion for music and escape the daily grind. The only things that matter: you and your friends dancing to music, drinking from the morning on without a bad conscience and decorating yourself

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  • Milky Chance

    A couple of months ago, one of our crew members was singing from the highest treetops, after hearing that an old friend from school was going to release his first album. Back in time, his friend Clemens was really talented and so he was more than happy that there was […]

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  • Die Orsons

    Not every rap combo is trying to position themselves as badass hustlers who are looking for trouble. “Die Orsons” claim to be the best good looking boyband from germany and are trying to spread peace and harmony in the Hip Hop community. For our session at the wonderful shop Treibut […]

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  • Coby Grant

    After a very long and cold winter and the fact that we allready reached May, the people of Berlin were yearning for sunshine and temperatures over 20° degrees. And finally, on the day we met the singer-songwriter Coby Grant, spring won the battle against Father Frost. The young australian musician is just about to release…

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  • Yes Cadets

    Yes Cadets, are a trio of a new surge of indie-electro sounds, quickly emerging from Belfast, Northern Ireland. They recently landed themselves at Kino Zukunft, Friedrichshain to say a quick hello to Berlin Sessions. Stripped off their usual keys and synths and unplugged, we met to hear an acoustic deliverance […]

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  • Bastille

    We took Bastille on an adventure to the pulsating heart of Berlin and found a place close by to Kottbusser Tor for our Session. The London based quartett just released their amazing debut album “Bad Blood” and is going to play as support act on the upcoming Muse tour.

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  • Yesterday Shop

    When you listen to the debut Album of Yesterday Shop you can experience the same feeling, that we get when when we shoot a session. It’s not an overproduced indie-pop album with banging snythie beats. As a matter of fact it sounds like the band has recorded the album right there at you livingroom, just for you and your friends

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  • Berlin Sessions around the world

    Hej folks, just recently we watched the analytics of our youtube channel and we were totally surprised. We receive views from all over the world. Even people from remote places in Siberia or some small islands in the pacific ocean are watching our sessions. And because the google analytic chart […]

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  • Sound of 2012

    Same procedure as every year: Each one of us named their five favorite albums of the past year plus their favorite Session in 2012. Our personal best of includes anything from house to hardcore, pop to indie, rap to folk and also looks back at a year of filming the […]

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  • Berlin Obsessions #3

    #3 Christmas in Berlin can be both a romantic and dangerous affair. And we all know those two words are synonymous with one another. It’s all gorgeous and picturesque when you’re sitting within comfortable confines, listening to the crackling fireplace and watching snow dust over everything like a fine layer […]

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  • Berliner Kneipenchor

    In early 2011, Mathias Hielscher, former bass player of the German band Virginia Jetzt!, started the Berliner Kneipenchor, following the example of the British pub choires: A group of people, who regularly come together to sing some songs, have a beer or two, and enjoy themselves. By now the Berliner […]

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  • Berlin Obsessions #2

    #2 It’s -2 degrees on a Saturday night and there is a man standing in a car park just over Warschauer Bridge in his underwear. Usually this type of behavior would shock the pants off me but it’s Berlin and I’ve become accustomed to such malarkey. Typically I would not […]

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  • Berlin Obsessions #1

    #1 I’ve just considered buying a ski jacket and pants to wear here in Berlin. You’d perhaps be mistaken for thinking a weekend in St Moritz was on the cards, but unfortunately, this is not the case. I just want to be able to leave the front door without being […]

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  • Berlin Sessions Teaser

    We’ve just recently released our 50s Berlin Sessions and because of this major jubilee we made a teaser. Share this video if you want to support us! We also drop our very first and super fantastic Online Sampler with tracks from Wye-Oak, Max Prosa and the Howling Bells and newcomers like Spring Offensive, Will Samson and Tula.

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  • Online Sampler & Jubilee

    We released our 50s Berlin Sessions and because of this major jubilee we also drop our very first and super fantastic Online Sampler with tracks from Wye-Oak, Max Prosa and the Howling Bells …

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  • Tom Klose

    Tom Klose, singer songwriter from Hamburg, is getting a lot of attention for his special song writing talent in the last few month. Combined with his expressive voice and outgoing appearance on stage, it does not come as a surprise that the young man has won the Krach and Getöse music contest in Hamburg earlier this year.

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  • Pretty Mery K

    Named after one of Elliott Smith’s, more uplifting songs, Pretty Mery K combines mellow, neo – folk elements with a hint of pop. All four members, very much influenced by classical Jazz music, like to tell little stories in each of their tunes. It does not come as a surprise, with Mr Smith, known for his song writing skills…

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  • Dota

    In the beginning Dota studied the art of medicine, so she could heal shattered bodies. Luckily for us, she started as well to heal wounded souls with her music. By the age of 21, she began playing the guitar and travelled the world singing her songs in the streets. She […]

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  • A Question Blown Into the Night Air: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    “Take me to the docks, there is a ship without a name, and it is sailing to the middle of the sea.” Long and intricate as his own name may sound, it is the fascination for the nameless that Benjamin Francis Leftwich evokes in his songs. With his voice and guitar, […]

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  • Phoebe Killdeer and the Short Straws

    Phoebe Killdeer and her band The Short Straws are radiating coolness. The Paris born singer with australian roots, made her way to the London club scene, where she worked as a sound engineer. She developed her own singing style during jam sessions and in 2003 she joined the french band […]

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  • Win tickets for the Greenville Festival

    Beware fellow music lovers a new Festival is on the rise. It’s called Greenville and will take place  from the 27th to 29th of July in Paaren/Glien near Berlin. The organizers plan to be “pan-european”, sustainable, conscious and different and we’re excited to see if they accomplish their noble goals. […]

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  • Olli Schulz

    According to Olli Schulz we live in a “terribly beautiful world”. Looking across the rooftops of Berlin-Mitte and into the faces of those lovely people, we think he‘s on rather solid ground with that assumption. Things have lately been going quite well for Olli, who released his first album in 2003 as Olli Schulz und der Hund Marie.

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  • Howling Bells

    From “Waikiki” to “Howling Bells” meant for the “Stein-siblings” to move half around the world. But let’s start from the beginning: Juanita Stein (singer, guitarist), her brother Joel (lead guitarist) and Glenn Moule (drummer) formed the pop-rock band “Waikiki” in 1999.  After their tour – mostly through their homeland Australia […]

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  • Ewert and The Two Dragons

    Their name sounds like a fairytale and their music will bewitch you: Ewert and the Two Dragons are four gentlemen from Estonia who can break your heart, sweep up the shards, and glue them together to form something beautiful again. Yes, they’re that good. Founded in 2009 in Tallinn, the […]

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  • Message to Bears

    We don‘t actually know whether or not multi-instrumentalist Jerome Alexander has yet reached out to any bears with his musical message, but he definitely has some human listeners hanging on his every word. His fine-grained guitar picking usually transforms into dreamy, expansive compositions that take you away to rich green […]

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  • Pablo Decoder

    Spain meets England meets Sweden meets Berlin: Pablo Decoder are a multi cultured electro-pop duo from all over Europe. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and programmer Pablo was born in Spain and now lives in London and Berlin where he met backing vocalist and synth player Lotta Fahlén from Sweden. The two of […]

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  • Charity Children Berlin

    “We are hopelessly hopeful.” Charity Children Berlin are two lovers from New Zealand, who send their melodies flying through the streets of Berlin. Elliot and Chloe fell in love making music together, and they have been a couple ever since. They only play outdoors, on street corners of the city, equipped […]

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  • Loney, Dear

    Emil Svanängen aka Loney, Dear is a one-man orchestra. From guitar and vocals to percussion and piano, Emil plays and loops all kinds of instruments to create his rich, orchestral sound. His first four albums where recorded in his parents‘ basement in Jönköping, Sweden and self-released on CD-Rs. Since he […]

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  • Rosi Golan

    It may sound like one of these well-known singer-songwriter myths: A girl aged 19, finding herself adrift and unsure of what to do with her life, grabs a guitar and teaches herself to play and write songs. Only a few years later, Rosi Golan turns out to be one of the most promising artists in this genre.

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  • Our Year in Lists: Berlin Sessions' Sound of 2011

    The sound of 2011 as seen by the people behind Berlin Sessions: each one of us named their five favorite albums of the past year plus their most cherished Berlin Session in 2011. Our personal best of includes anything from house to hardcore, pop to indie, rap to folk and […]

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  • Imaginary Cities

    Marti Sarbit has one of the most particular voices we‘ve ever heard. Therefore we figured that a session with her band Imaginary Cities wouldn‘t need a fancy location to turn into something exceptional. The buzzing streets of Berlin-Friedrichshain were the perfect fit for Imaginary Cities‘ unpretentious yet sweeping folk-pop. And Factory Girl, the charming coffeehouse where we sat down with Marti and multi-instrumentalist Rusty Matyas just added to the warmth of their songs.

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  • Wye Oak

    They used to be a couple, now they are best friends and also one of the most stirring bands around. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack met at High School in Baltimore, Maryland. Together with two other friends they formed Wye Oak, the band name being a reference to the big white oak that used to be Maryland‘s honorary state tree. When the other two band members left Wye Oak, Andy – who used to merely play the drums – decided to back up Jenn‘s voice and guitar on keyboard and organ. The makeshift became the duo‘s trademark and seeing Andy play the keys with his left hand and drums with the right one is a more than commemorable sight.

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  • Spooky New Album: The Miserable Rich

    The Miserable Rich dropped their third album, “Miss You In The Days”, on November 4. The group describes their latest effort as “all sex and death”. We would add a little spookiness, and just in time for the fall. “Miss You In The Days” is a spooky yet heartfelt collection of songs […]

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  • Herrenmagazin

    Hamburg meets Berlin: Not only did Herrenmagazin play a session for us, they also released their first album “Atzelgift” on Berlin record label Motor Music. The band consists of Deniz Jaspersen on vocals and guitar, Torben “König Wilhelmsburg” on guitar, Paul Konopacka on bass and Rasmus Engler on drums. To be honest, König and Paul haven’t actually been in the band from day one, but they fit just right in. In this band everything comes naturally – the music and the attitude.

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  • The Drums

    Brooklyn new wave rockers The Drums exploded on the indie music scene with the springtime release of their debut EP, “Summertime”, in March 2010. Three months later, the group released its first full-length album – a self-titled debut of nostalgic, head-bobbing tracks. The Drums have sold over 200,000 copies worldwide to date, including some 90,000 in the U.K., where it climbed to #16 on the charts.

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  • Spring Offensive

    On their Tumblr blog Spring Offensive stated that their first ever tour through Germany was “the best time of this band’s career“. The first day of this formidable journey saw us drag the five piece from Oxford into a backyard next to infamous White Trash Fast Food. Here we discovered some kind of wonderland comprised of art, antiques and general curiosities: Friedrichslust. The little carpenter‘s shop was the perfect fit for the precious musical gems that Spring Offensive performed in front of our camera.

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  • Katie Costello

    When Katie Costello left her hometown Los Angeles she was only seventeen years old. From the beach to the Big Apple: “I never liked the beach, I’m a terrible driver, and I’m inherently neurotic, so Brooklyn was the perfect fit,” she said in an interview for Vogue in April. It was her first year in New York when the magic happened. It was a time of loneliness and as paradox as it may sound: It was Katie’s creative outburst. During that phase she wrote the songs for her latest album “Lamplight”. Songs which appear happy and light-footed at first but very wise and old-fashioned – in a good way – after a second listen. To produce her new album Katie got back to her roots in L.A. and took Tony Berg (Jesca Hoop, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn) on board. Since October she is supporting Greg Holden on his tour through Europe with a broken keyboard and food poisoning as a result. Well, tour life.

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  • Fritz Kalkbrenner

    In his spare time he doesn‘t listen to any electronic music at all. Fritz Kalkbrenner, one of Germany‘s most pleasant and exciting techno DJs, instead draws his inspiration from soul and funk stars like Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield. According to Fritz, you need to think outside of your own box to create something unique. Unsurprisingly, Fritz‘s way into techno Olympus did not begin with the release of a booming techno track produced in his bedroom or a congenial DJ set at some Berlin underground club.

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  • Dry the River

    Dry the River are the incarnation of honesty poured into a fragile voice, and five band members who could not be any more different from each other. A Norwegian-born singer named Peter Liddle, a once-homeless drummer, and a classically trained violinist came together in London to first begin with some heartbreaking music. A guitarist and a very beardy bass player followed, and the band was complete in 2009. Since their first EP “The Chamber and the Valves” proved to be a catalyst for the band’s rapid stage career, it is to be hoped that their next jewel, the “Weights and Measures” EP turns out a similar success upon its release in November of this year. But actually, we are quite sure about that.

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  • Alex Winston

    Alex Winston‘s “Velvet Elvis“ is a lovesong dedicated to the kitsch images of Elvis Presley painted on dark velvet. These pictures of pop music‘s beloved icon have themselves been the topic of many pop songs including “Weird Al“ Yankovic‘s “Velvet Elvis“ and casting show favourite “Black Velvet“ by Alannah Myles. Alex‘s little ode can therefore be understood as a token of love for pop music. This falls into place especially when you come to know that the classically trained singer, who used to practice Puccini etcetera for ten years, grew up in Detroit, the cradle of Motown and Techno, and also the home of Madonna and Eminem.

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  • The Mask Behind the Mask: Diamond Rings

    Is there any one of you guys from Toronto remembering that kid who wore a tutu on the basketball court in the 90s? No? Well, maybe that exact scene did not really happen back then. But it is certainly happening now: in the sparkling music videos that Canadian artist Diamond […]

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  • Berlin Sessions live: Tula, Charlie Barnes & Party

    To celebrate the launch of our website we are hosting our first ever Berlin Sessions live event on Thursday, 15 December 2011 at Lovelite Berlin!   Live: Tula (Post-Folk, Berlin/Sweden) Charlie Barnes (Noise Pop, Leeds) Wutzlhofer (Techno, Berlin) DJs: YOUNG/AND/LOST (Indie, Berlin) Berlin Sessions DJs (Indie, Berlin) Tula is a post-folk collective from Sweden […]

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  • Flashguns

    Flashguns are an up-and-coming band from London. Sam, Olly and Giles became good friends at a Catholic boarding school and made rock music together ever since. After finishing school they focused on their music and played shows all over Europe. In October 2011 they released their debut album “Passions Of A Different Kind” on Humming Records. Sam, the singer of the band, told us that while producing the album it felt like going through all the different phases of becoming an adult.

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  • Sir Simon Battle

    Sir Simon Battle – that’s Simon Frontzek and a bunch of his crazy friends. The Berlin-based musician Simon is a busy guy: He has also taken up the task of keyboarding for the German band Tomte, as well as being a producer himself. So in order to compose his straightforward and yet poetic songs about your everyday moments and hurdles, he must dive well into the night hours. That part of the day when your mind starts drifting away into the dark… and consequently, his debut album “Battles” was followed, in 2011, by “Goodnight, Dear Mind…”.

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  • Deathcrush

    We‘re not yet sure whether to find this performance by quirky Norwegian metal-pop outfit Deathcrush extremely cool or just plain weird. But then again, this seems to be what their whole career is about. Deathcrush call their songs “Lessons“ an dedicate them to the likes of Snoop Dogg and Cliff Burton.

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  • Light-footed Pop in 19th Century Style Leotards: Retro Stefson

    Pop culture is obsessed with its own past and retro is this obsession‘s pop-cultural manifestation. These days, pop and retro seem to be interchangeable terms. A band name like Retro Stefson could therefore well be read as a lip service to pop, and listening to the young Icelandic septet only substantiates […]

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  • William Fitzsimmons

    There are a lot of stories to tell about American songwriter William Fitzsimmons. Let‘s start with the obvious: US television loves this beardy multi-instrumentalist. His music was used by programmes such as One Tree Hill, Greek, Brothers & Sisters, Army Wives and, most prominently, Grey‘s Anatomy. His popularity with American TV might be down to the fact that Fitzsimmons tells intimate tales of his own psyche. His music is always part psycho-therapy – for himself and his listeners.

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  • Young Rebel Set

    Young Rebel Set are a charismatic bunch of Englishmen that started doing folk music in Stockton-on-Tees in North East England… and alas! They’re doing it good. Their music has just the combination of roughness and softness of the landscape these guys came out of. We keep marvelling over such a perfect voice, sometimes powerful, and sometimes on the verve of breaking. It breaks our hearts, really.

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  • Max Prosa

    A young Neo-Folk professional with wisdom and experience both in his voice and his lyrics: Max Prosa. Born in Berlin, Max got his first instrument at the age of six. His mother presented him with a guitar. And he was not able to lay it aside ever since. Writing your own songs, making your own music that was his identification -not studying physics and philosophy. No sooner felt than done.

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  • The Mountains & The Trees

    When Jon Janes, the only constant member of Canada’s The Mountains & The Trees asked us via Twitter if we are up for a session we were instantly excited to meet him. After all, you can’t go wrong with a tall grown musician traveling the world with a vintage flower suitcase. Jon had come all the way from Newfoundland to play gigs in the big European cities, so of course Berlin had to be on the itinerary and of course we made a session with him.

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  • The Mouse Folk

    This was by far the most comfortable session we ever did. The Mouse Folk invited us to a living-room concert in their flat at Warschauer Straße in Friedrichshain. How adequate, because their living room is just as cosy as their music.

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  • Entertainment For The Braindead

    Julia Kotowski, self–taught lo fi singer/songwriter from cologne takes her instruments wherever she goes, as if this would be the only way to communicate with the world around her.

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  • Friska Viljor

    Swedish band Friska Viljor emerged in 2005, when two broken-hearted musicians stumbled into a studio after a long night out. Daniel Johansson und Joakim Sveningsson were deeply disappointed by love, and spontaneously got together to make music – probably as a cheap therapy. Within short time, they had assembled their first album, and by now they’ve added three more pieces of art. The latest of these jewels is “The Beginning of the Beginning of the End“ – which we sincerely hope will not turn out a prophecy.

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  • Deep Sea Diver

    As i first met the guys playing under the name of Deep Sea Diver, i was reminded of Jacques Cousteau and his crew. Always moving forward and trying to discover the mysteries of life. And basically their attitude is quite similar. The music by Deep Sea Diver is floating through space, like the submarine of Jacques was floating through a oceanic trench in the pacific.

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  • Ólöf Arnalds

    Ólöf Arnalds doesn’t play a harp, but somehow the spiritual atmosphere reminds us of one. Her songs are quiet, lyrical and delicate. The resonance of her acoustics and ingenuous voice sounds gentle, oscillating between innocent and evil witch child.

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  • Solo

    Solo used to be the band of Duchmen Michiel Flamman on vocals and guitar and Simon Gitsels on piano. The name is more suitable since 2008 when Simon left the band. Until then the two of them had released two albums and landed a top 20 hit in the Netherlands with upbeat pop song “Come Back To Me“. Another two albums and a best of called “This is Solo“ followed. Solo‘s musical spectrum ranges from catchy pop to intimate folk. The songs are usually centred around Michiel‘s unique and haunting voice, the goal is to stick to your mind the first time you hear them.

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  • Rue Royale

    The singer/songwriter duo Ruth and Brookln Dekker playing such harmonic songs only wife and husband can. Their authentic sound gets you like a breeze, while the melodies fit the soft and warm voices. An “Anglo-American outfit’s self-propelled adventure” sums it up well. Rue Royale is different – not because they hit it off without any manager or label – no, because they printed, snipped, sewed and stuffed 7,500 Rue Royale CDs, including 500 pre-orders for ‘Guide To An Escape’. And they knitted. Yes, both gave away hand-made knitted goods, e.g. hot water-bottle covers, for their fans. Now, that’s what we call effort.

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  • Charter

    Clean authentic rock you might call it, but when we met the very nice Antti and Tilman for Berlin Sessions even the black leather jacket couldn’t hide their softer, more poppy side. Their sound is not only influenced by the characters and backgrounds of the four musicians, living and playing music in London, Berlin and Finland. It’s the warm voice of singer Antti that gives you goose bumps.

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  • We Invented Paris

    Rome may not have been built in a day, but inventing Paris seems to work out pretty fast! After only one year of band history the European artist collective We Invented Paris can look back on over 70 gigs in more than 50 cities. During that time they supported -among others- Kettcar, Octoberman and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

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  • Mega!Mega!

    Mega! Mega! are four crazy Berlin-based rockstars and two exclamation marks. Together, they form a bunch of loud and cheerful adventurers, eager to draw attention to their stylised kind of grandeur. And although one might argue they’re hard to ignore, it is also well worth listening to them.

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  • Will Samson

    Will Samson’s music could be described as a soap bubble floating through a cold winter night. A warm camp fire on top of a very high mountain. Long story short, his music is sentimental as fuck. The young singer & songwriter was born in London and after finishing school he took his small acoustic guitar, closed the front door, and travelled the world. India, Morocco and Tibet are just some of the places he roamed.

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  • Ofrin

    Avantgarde Pop from Israel. Ofrin is about their singer and eponym Ofri Brin, a curly red head who attracts attention – not just by her hair – rather by her voice. A self-trained one, without a classical background. Ofri started as a singer in a chorus for the army in Israel. Haply Oded Kaydar was playing the piano there and they met for the first and for a short time ’cause they lost each others sight after Ofri left Israel. She started to work in the UK. After two years the second and musically explosive meeting between Ofri and Oded happened in Brighton. He convinced her to pack her bags and though they both ended up in Berlin.

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  • Lino Modica

    For #7 of our Berlin Sessions we filmed Lino Modica in front of the Kuriositätenkabinett at Graefestaße in Kreuzberg. Yes, on a neat little bench right near that cabinet of curiosities. And Lino might be just one of these curiosities that escaped from the tiny store at some point – but what an amiable one!

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  • The Black Atlantic

    It all started when Dutchman Geert van der Velde, then a philosophy student and singer of American hardcore band Shai Hulud, recorded a song for his girlfriend in 2006. The musical declaration of love turned into atmospheric folk project The Black Atlantic, the girlfriend later became not only Geert‘s wife but also an occasional band member.

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  • Eternal Tango

    In one rather early episode of our Berlin Sessions we had the honour to record a song with Eternal Tango, just a few hours before their show. Founded in 2002 in Luxemburg, Eternal Tango released their debut album “First Round at the Sissi Café” in 2007 and follow-up “Welcome To The Golden City” in 2010. By now, the band from that tiny European country has become quite big. With their beyond-category style mixing energetic alternative rock with power pop and their own charming ideas they keep enchanting their audiences.

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  • Berge

    They started as four and ended up as two. And that is not a bad thing at all. Berge are Marianne and Rocco, two music lovers from Berlin. They sing about happiness and the search for luck is their thread. If you want to learn German their lyrics are definitely worth it. Combined with Marianne’s clear voice you are lost. Lost in a trap of dreams of a better world. Their sound is not as cheesy as this description. It is honest and with a flow of summer in it.

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  • Friday Night Hero

    When we met Brighton five piece Friday Night Hero in the summer of 2010 we had no idea the band would be history only some months later. They said goodbye to their fans on Facebook by posting our video to their song “Eternity“.

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  • Gariboff

    Sometimes he is heaven and sometimes he is leaves. That‘s what Gariboff sings in the chorus of his song “Himmel“, performed on the roof of an old tower at Treptower Park. Instead of gimmickry and stylised biographies, Gariboff is just voice and guitar. Nils, who uses his last name as stage name has been making music for almost twenty years, apart from his solo project he plays in bands Kerub and Alltagsdasein.

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  • Welcome home!

    They say good things come to those who wait. Over here at Berlin Sessions we‘ve been waiting to launch our very own website for quite a while, and now that it‘s on, we believe that yes, indeed, this is a good thing. Berlin Sessions started over a year ago with […]

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  • Michaela Lucas

    Her music is shaped by her classical voice and simply the passion for creating her own music. Michaela Lucas was born in Adelaide and grew up in Coober Pedy, a little city with only 1.500 inhabitants in the south of Australia. At the age of 12 she started to write her first songs and hasn’t stopped since. After the experience of working as a trained classical singer in musical theatre, opera and cabaret, in Australia and Europe, she focused on her performances as a singer and songwriter.

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