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Wrapping up with Whrrl

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Whrrl logoSXSW 2011 was an incredible experience for all those who attended. We were SO lucky to have teamed up with Whrrl, our social location based app friends. Not only did they add tons of recommendations to be found at venues and clubs, they also gave away a ton of Vegas VIP Packages!

las-vegas signTwo BAMM employees (among many others) were lucky enough to snag these vaca packages and are super excited for a Vegas vacation! But the Whrrl adventure does not stop with SXSW. You can continue to join societies (including BAMM’s Indie Music Discovery Society) and discover new recommendations and tips wherever you go!

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And so the ShareSquare game begins!

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It’s time ladies and gents to kick off the race for:

Most Scanned Band at SXSW 2011!!

There are literally thousands of QR Codes floating around on the streets of Austin, but it’s your job as a super fan to find the codes connected to your favorite bands!

sharesquare phone images

Each day ShareSquare will be updating their Leaderboard for the Most Scanned Bands.

There are many ways to scan on different devices once you find the code, check out Which QR Code Scanner will work best for your phone.

Along with a vote for your fav artist, you will also get a chance to instantly win some great prizes! Just click the Instant Win button on your ShareSquare landing page for your chance to win!

Check out some BAMM.tv Bands and their codes:

ShareSquare Codes

ShareSquare is doing some really cool things this year and we are SUPER excited to be working with them! Check out their heat map of scans… are you on here yet?!

heat map of qr code scans

Get real time updates by following @ShareSquare and @BAMMtv on Twitter!

BAMM at SXSW – We Are Here!

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So the BAMM crew are now well and truly embedded in the SXSW Festival – the ultra-exciting Texan outpost for all things digital, music and film. Within a few hours of arriving, our team have already bumped into both Mike Tyson and Rainn Wilson (yep, SXSW really is that random).

As well as scoping out the wider festival and bringing you great comment and analysis – more info on that, coming soon – we’re also gearing up for our fantastic selection of showcases later this week. First up, Thursday the 17th sees BAMM TV Presents: Hollerado’s Nacho House at The Beauty Bar. On Friday 18th, hit the Palm Door on Sabine Street for our No Badge, No Prob music showcase. And then on Saturday 19th we’re back at the Palm Door for our Fan Appreciation Party.

If you’re at SXSW, be sure to turn up early to guarantee entry. (Did we mention there’s an open bar and free swag at all our events? Well, we did now). If you’re not at SXSW, hold back those tears – we’ll be livestreaming the whole lot.

BAMMsterdam: The electronic frontiers of 5daysoff (2/2)

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Earlier this week, BAMM.tv guided you through the highlights of 5daysoff, one of Amsterdam’s major electronic music festivals. This is the 2nd and final part. 

After two thoroughly enjoyable nights, another highly anticipated day commenced on friday. At Melkweg, the immensely popular British dubstep movement DMZ commandeered both halls for a night of deep, wobbly dubstep grooves. The line-up consisted of Skream, a live set by Kode9 & Spaceape, a DJ-set by British wunderkind James Blake, and others. Meanwhile, at the Paradiso, the guitar-loving indie hipsters got their night out on the town. A varied line-up of live bands with an electronic feel was served up.

spaceape & kode9

Both nights definitely had their merits. Melkweg delivered great value for money. From the heavy, commercial wobble of Skream to the arty, dubstep-beyond-borders of young master Blake, it all hit home. But this was no surprise; only the very cream of the crop was invited. The night at Paradiso had it’s ups and downs, but also a few very nice suprises. Headliner Goose is a big name in the Netherlands. The Belgian four piece’s set is loud as hell, but the new material from their second full-length Synrise is far from inspiring. This has been done better many times before. Meanwhile, Amsterdam championsTHE BENELUX proved themselves more than worthy of their spot at the festival, despite the fact that the band’s slightly laidback electrofunk was perhaps a little too rocksteady for a closing act.


In the end, it was the fairly unknown french electropop-band The Shoes that made the best impression. The Paris four-piece, revolving around producers Guillaume and Ben have yet to release an album in the Netherlands, but were given a very warm welcome in Paradiso’s main hall. They stole the show with a performance without pretence, and contained a plethora of cool glo-fi and tropicalia inspired tunes. Immediate eyecatchers were the two percussion players in the back, hammering on their drums with almost telepathic synchronicity. Tight is an understatement here. Meanwhile, synths, samples, bass and vocals provided the necessary hooks and structure. It’s safe to say that the vast majority of the audience had never before heard of The Shoes and their french swagger. But it’s not hard to predict there will be plenty of people eager to welcome them back after this performance.


Day four in the schedule was a bit of an off-day. The programming was more mainstream and less high-profile than the other days, and the sales reflected this; neither Melkweg or Paradiso sold out in advance. It appears they were betting on the tourists to fill the blanks on saturday night. Melkweg was hosted by the disco-boogie enthusiasts of Foxes And Wolves, while the broad-based night Colors hosted the Paradiso night. In short: Colors was an incredibly loud and annoying clubnight, despite the efforts of the esteemed techno-producer Joy Orbison (also known for his work as Ramadanman). Especially celebrity rapper/singer Sef, who acted as the night’s MC, was a nuisance. Melkweg proved a more comfortable environment. Hercules And Love Affair headlined the bill, but didn’t leave the strongest impression. BAMM.tv staff-favorite Palmbomen (check out BAMM.tv’s interview HERE) suffered from an intense flu but put up a strong fight, despite the cotton-candy in his head and technical issues.

It’s hard to name any standout acts for this night. Most of the acts lacked consistency in style, quality of the material and/or performance. One positive exception to this tendency was Tom Trago. The Amsterdam-based DJ/producer takes a combination of 80‘s italo-disco with modern dancefloor-material, and perfectly mends them together into a groovy, accessible whole. He’s also the only act to have played on two nights of the festival. First as opening act for the festival with the live electro outfit The Dirt Machine, and tonight as a DJ. Work ethic and consistency might not sound like qualities with high artistic value, but was well appreciated in light of this night.

Tom Trago

For the grande finale, Modeselektion held court at the Melkweg. The final event, brainchild of the eclectic Berlin duo Modeselektor, could be considered the electronica-lovers wet dream: beside the obvious headliners, the shy but extremely talented producer Siriusmo; beat artist extraordinaire Hudson Mohawke; and the revered Berlin electronica-wizard Sacha Ring, aka Apparat. All four have more than earned their accolades in the scene over the past years. Siriusmo was slightly timid, but his creative productions pleased the crowd. Hudson Mohawke combined organic sounds with pumping hiphop beats. And last but not least, Modeselektor ran amok in the final hours of the festival, with a rough-edged set of raunchy gutter-techno.

Modeselektor

But nothing could compare to Sacha Ring’s jawdropping, mindboggling live-set. Fans Apparat-experience as worship, a natural high, pure sex, or a combination of the three. One can only agree. As he approached the booth to start his first track, excitement soared through the hall. His deep, warm sounds had the Melkweg on it’s knees from the get-go. And then there were the whispers of an appearance by Moderat, the hugely succesful supergroup of Modeselektor and Apparat. In the spirit of the evening, both acts were more than happy to oblige. The first sounds of the synth-lead in fan-favorite Seamonkey led to an epic, hands-in-the-air moment one can only describe as ‘pure joy’. Later on, a rendition of Rusty Nails, albeit instrumental, was the icing on the cake. Apparat in such great shape is unrivaled. When in his element, he can put shivers down your spine, tears in your eyes and blisters on your feat, all in the span of approximately 75 minutes. Those who were lucky enough to be present that night, know. Apparat is the most profound, intelligent and intuitive electronic artist out there. A worthy closing night for a splendid festival, despite the slightly dim fourth night. We’ll be back next year, for sure!


Jasper van der Put

BAMMsterdam at SXSW: Spotlight on Palmbomen (interview)

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Palmbomen is the Dutch delegate at BAMM.tv’s three-day SXSW platform launch event. So we feel it’s about time for a proper introduction of this boy wonder of italo and chillwave. His NON Records debut Moon Children EP has attracted attention from numerous blogs around Europe, not to mention the famous French electro/house label Kitsuné (Digitalism, Crystal Fighters a.o.) , whom issued a number of remixes from the young producer. Aside from this, he’s producing records for his fellow NON artists, including BAMM.tv staff favorites THE BENELUX. As we speak, Palmbomen (Palm Trees) is flying to Miami for that other major music gathering, WMC. We talk to the man behind the blond hair and processed vocals, singer/producer Kai Hugo, as he’s getting ready to spread his wings.

Hi Kai, how’s it going?

“I’m doing okay. I’m still recovering from a flu I caught a couple of days ago. It’s been pretty hectic the past weeks. I’ve been crashing the couch at a friends house for two weeks now. And meanwhile I’ve been working on my album, producing for others… so pretty busy.”

So where did you come up with the name Palmbomen?

“Well, it’s linked to the story of how I got started. A year or two ago, my girlfriend was organising this festival in Utrecht where I lived, and they needed someone to pitch in for an artist that cancelled their gig a week before the festival. They invited me to do ‘something’ to fill the slot. I was dabbling with electro at the time but felt like doing something different. Me and my friend Swiere (aka HyperHyper, another Non Records artist) had this idea for a kind of cool tropical 80’s project that reflected the atmosphere of these tropical swimmingpools. All we had at the time was this name, Palmbomen. I decided to use this on this project. It stuck.”

You’ve been doing quite a few performances abroad. Where have you been so far?

“Well, things are only about to get started internationally. So far, we went to France, Belgium, Germany. But that was all small stuff. We’ve only just started working with Kitsuné, so the best is yet to come. We’re planning on doing a number of small tours, stringing as many dates together as we could. I live in Berlin these days, so this way it’s easier to produce logistically.”

Palmbomen’s first shot at glory, the Moon Children EP, is a crafty six-song 12” which clearly showcases some of his main assets: vintage synths, slow pulsing disco beats, and vocals that sound both warm and distant at the same time.

Palmbomen live @ 5daysoff festival, Amsterdam. Click the pic to enlarge. Photo: Nick Lapien

How does the EP translate to live?

“It’s still a bit of a quest to find the right balance. I’m definitely looking to bring more up-tempo stuff into the mix, and add more dynamics to the set. Most of the songs on the EP came into being during the first few days I got started. It’s really more the starting point of a search to find out where I want to go with my music.”

You’re working on your first full-length. Any clues as to what it’s going to be like?

“I find it hard to talk about what I’m going to do with the album. I just don’t know. On the one hand I’m looking to put a deeper side of myself into Palmbomen, instead of making just a dancefloor records. But on the other hand I’m also delving into my Italo roots. I’m still searching. A lot of songs are killed in the process.”

Both you and the rest of the NON Records crew name Italo as an important influence. How did you first encounter this style of music?

“I got hooked on production at a fairly early age. I bought a few Italo-samplers by accident, and really liked it. Especially the early days inspired me, around ’82 – ’83, before the introduction of MIDI. They had this rough edge in the production, especially with the drums. Later on, I was inspired by Daft Punk and such, French filterhouse. They were inspired by the same thing. Also, there was this song on a Dutch Sesame Street cd. It had a wonderful electronic sound. I also like the fact that there is a lot of pop to be found on those early Italo records.”

Your off to tour the USA tomorrow. What’s the plan?

“We’re flying to Miami first. We’ve got a few gigs set up around WMC. WMC is much more about trance and techno than pop and electro, but there’s a lot of neat little parties going on downtown. You can catch Erol Alkan DJ’ing for a few people at a barbecue, which is great. After that, we’re off to New Orleans. Not sure what we’ve got going on there, but we’ll find somewhere to play or do a DJ set or something. From there on, we’re at SXSW for a few days, and then it’s off to Los Angeles for a few more dates.”

What do you expect from SXSW and your showcase at BAMM.tv’s platform launchparty?

“From what I’ve read, there are about 850 bands in the line-up, 1500 if you count all the showcases surrounding the official program. And most of them are playing multiple gigs there. So I’m excited to meet a ton of musicians and see them play. We went to WMC last year and picked up some great contacts. We’re hoping to find equally fertile grounds in Austin.

As far as the showcase is concerned: It’s definitely the earliest gig I’ve ever played. It’ll be interesting to see how my lighting rig will work out at noon. The music and the lighting rig interact, you see. It’s an important part of the show. Also, I’m a real nightperson, so waking up at noon is unusual for me, let alone play a gig!”

Palmbomen will be playing the BAMM.tv’s SXSW Platform Launch Party @ Beauty Bar on March 17th. He’ll be on at 12:00 PM. Don’t be late!

Jasper van der Put (1987) is a member of BAMM’s music team. Working from Amsterdam, Jasper will share his thoughts on current developments in the music of North-Western Europe.

Win $125k in Sports Cars or Vegas VIP Packages with Whrrl and BAMM.tv at SXSW!

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Whrrl logoThis year is shaping up to be the most exciting in BAMM.tv history. Why is this? For many reasons, but a major one being our partnership with a company called Whrrl.

Whrrl is a social location-based application with the purpose of getting people out into the world discovering new things. When music fans check in to venues or music stores, the BAMM.tv Society (Society = groups of people who like the same things) is going to help them discover what we all love –new indie music.

They’ll get recommendations from you about where your band is playing and where to buy your tunes. And each recommendation will link to your BAMM.tv videos. Whrrl also provides incentives for your fans to share with one another and with their friends.

Be sure to check in on Whrrl from your phone at our party for a chance to win VIP Vegas packages or His/Her Audis!

Get Whrrl here: http://bit.ly/getwhrrl

Whrrl contest prizes

To learn more about this contest, eligible venues, devices and more Click Here!

See you in Austin!

bammtv and whrrl present nacho house party at sxsw

BAMMsterdam: The electronic frontiers of 5daysoff

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This past week, 5daysoff was at the center of Amsterdam’s nightlife once again. The festival is held every year at the city’s prime popvenues, Melkweg and Paradiso, provides the audience with a coherent cross-section of what’s going on in the global electronica circuit. So despite our 3 day SXSW showcase festivities looming at the horizon, BAMM decided to enter the maelstrom of beats and synths and get inspired. So, what acts caught our attention?

Every day each venue focuses on a certain segment of the electronic scene, either by inviting prominent clubnights held in the city throughout the year, leading record labels or touring events to present themselves to the audience on one of the nights. On the first day, the Paradiso featured several hip hop acts from the influential Dutch label Top Notch, while Melkweg hosted a special edition of their new event Closer, featuring artists who operate at the frontiers and cross-sections of electronic music. Despite the strong line-up at Melkweg, including Brooklyn’s post-punk-electronica wonderboy Matthew Dear and the talented British producer Gold Panda -not to mention an amusing DJ-set by Caribou’s Dan Snaith, our pick of the day is uncontested: De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig for the win!

Caribou


“Who?” do I hear you thinking. Well, De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig (The Youth Of Today) is definitely one of the most influential Dutch hip hop crews to hit stages and record charts in the past 10 years. These avant-garde electrofunkateers bring a unique mix of artistic beats, linguistic innovations, and playful nonsense. Starting off as a bit of a joke, their surprise first hitsingle Watskeburt?, released in 2005, immediately catapulted them to both star- and cultstatus in the Netherlands and Flanders. Six years laters, and with three full-length albums and countless side-projects and guest appearances under their belt, MC’s Willie Wartaal, Faberyayo, Vieze Freddie and producer Bas Bron reside at the very top of the Dutch music scene. Their 90-minute set during 5daysoff was riddled with bona fide dancefloor hits, including Elektrotechnique, Hollereer, Shenkie and Wopwopwop, and lots of fooling around.


The second day was a toss-up between the circus surrounding world-renowned Flemish mash-up and remix artists 2manydjs in Paradiso, and a night of techno at Melkweg. In the end we couldn’t resist checking out the Melkweg. Techno has a special place in the electronic spectre: despite being quite and old concept; and its development’s at a relative standstill compared to dubstep for instance; the scene is remarkably consistent, with plenty of audience to go around. Both Dutch pride Joris Voorn and Hamburg-based DJ Koze displayed their top form with tasteful sets of funky minimal and eclectic electronica respectively. But it was none other than Berlin’s first lady of techno Ellen Allien who was truly shining at Melkweg on thursday.

The 42-year old German dj/producer has been enlighting the scene since way back in 1992, but is far from retirement. Her label BPitch Control has released landmark works from the likes of Paul Kalkbrenner, Modeselektor and Apparat (more on him later), and off course her own releases. As a dj, she’s had good an bad moments. She’ll never be a virtuous mixer, and at times she tends to stick to flat beats and little variation, which makes for kind of a bland performance. Luckily, tonight is not one of those nights. She plays to her strengths, and mixes one surprising, tasteful record after the other. Ranging from electro to pop to ambient sounds to wobbling dubstep and back to pounding techno; ms. Allien is focused, in charge and shining. After a career spanning 19-years and countless nights in clubs like Melkweg, she is still as eager as ever. This lady demands a lot of respect.


Check in later this week for part 2 of our 5daysoff roundup.

Jasper van der Put (1987) is a member of BAMM’s music team. Working from Amsterdam, Jasper will share his thoughts on current developments in the music of North-Western Europe.

The Ferocious Few: From the streets of SF to the showcases of SXSW 2011

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A slight sense of amazement can set in upon hearing The Ferocious Few for the first time. Surely, one thinks, there has to be more to the band than just (usually) two guys tearing it up with little more than a guitar and a drum set. Sure, the sound on their first album, Juices, is stripped-down-and-muddled, Southern-inspired rock. It’s somewhat familiar, but all the more interesting, given the intensity of the lyrics and delivery, and the band’s small size.

I can recall their gig with BAMM.TV at SXSW 2010 very clearly. I was tending to some minor technical crisis on the other side of our space in the Austin Convention Center, but wanted to meet the band. When I walked over to hear the performance of what is probably their most well-known song, Cryin’ Shame, I kept wondering to myself if their bassist was off ill or something. But little did I know. Have a listen:

What makes it all work is the fact that vocalist Francisco Fernandez’s pitch and tone remains consistently right on the mark, sustaining the magnitude of their songs. The power of the lyrics, which tend to be steeped in a tea (cocktail?) of heartbreak, despair and adrenaline, resonate loudly, creating the framework for the general sense of aural distortion that defines their sound. Sounding something like a fusion of Widespread Panic’s John Bell, mid-career Dylan and a healthy dash of Gregg Allman, Fernandez has long since stripped down his original four-piece band to the strong two-piece format, and ran with it. The Ferocious Few literally took to the streets of San Francisco with drummer Daniel Aguilar. Playing on the streets, in the park, at festivals—basically any place a busking station could be set up with a cheap portable amp and a willing crowd of passers-by—the band has become known in the Bay Area for their pop-up outdoor gigs and guerilla-like, hit-and-run spirit. This shines through clearly in their brilliant new video for Loc’d Out, also off the Juices album.

The Ferocious Few is now playing with drummer Melvin Ocassio, but none of the duo’s rampant energy seems to have escaped. As much as we want to keep hearing them kickin’ it on the corner of 16th and Mission, or outside on a warm sunny day someplace near Sixth Street in Austin, I think it’d be best to check ‘em out now, before they find that opening-band gig for the next big thing, and then become the next big thing themselves.

RSVP now to see The Ferocious Few live in Austin, as BAMM.TV Presents Hollerado’s Nacho House @ SXSW 2011. The fun begins at The Beauty Bar on Thursday, March 17th. It’s free, with an open bar sponsored by our friends at BitTorrent. But if you can’t make it to Austin, worry not, just watch our live stream instead!

Get your QR code on at SXSW 2011!

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BAMM.tv qr codeHi ladies and gents! As we gear up for next weeks departure to Austin, we wanted to give you a chance to practice your QR code skills!

At SXSW we will be working with a company called ShareSquare to highlight several of the artists performing at our showcases through a series of QR codes. Each artist will have their own code, and will be competing on a daily basis for the highest number of scans! You can help our your favorite artists by scanning their codes on a daily basis.

What can our QR codes do for you? Several things! You will get an artist bio and some great pics of the bands/artists in action. You will be connected with them on Facebook for tour dates, contest etc. And you will have a chance to instantly win one of several prizes!

For a chance to scan the artist QR codes before SXSW and win a free download, Click Here! But remember, if you are heading to Austin this year check back each day for your chance to win a ton of prizes.

Need some help with downloading the best scanner for your phone? Click Here!

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