Archive for the ‘Global Scene’ Category – going big on mobile, going bigger on Düsseldorf!

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If you’re a follower of, you’ll no doubt be aware that we’re a global bunch. As well as our main HQ in San Francisco, we also have offices in London and Amsterdam, as well as fanbases in numerous other parts of the world (special hello to our legions of very vocal BAMMers in Taiwan!). Now we’re happy to announce that we’re spreading our worldwide reach that little bit further …

… and opening a office in Düsseldorf.

Why Düsseldorf? Well, we like to think we can spy great opportunities when they pop up, and Dusseldorf is fast emerging as one of the most exciting cities for digital innovation, development and commerce. This is particularly true within the mobile sector: the city is often referred to as the ‘Mobile Capital ‘ of Europe.

At we believe that mobile is the new frontier of entertainment consumption, and a key enhancement to next generation IPTV services that are popping up around the world. And while it may lack the name recognition of Berlin, the quality of life in Düsseldorf is among the best in the world.

We’ll let the official ambassadors for the city add more:

“In quality of living ratings, Düsseldorf was ranked sixth in global comparison and the top city in Germany. Düsseldorf’s cultural offering can easily match other big cities in the world. While offering art and cultural events many larger cities might envy, it has remained that rare thing – an exciting, yet relaxed cosmopolitan centre. Dependable political majorities and a political climate favouring businesses and entrepreneurship make Düsseldorf a prime target for investors.”

By moving in here, we’re adding another fantastic location to our roster … and we’re also looking forward to exploring the many wonderful aspects Düsseldorf has to offer.

But we’re not stopping here! This is just one of the many exciting global expansion programs we’re working on at Stay tuned for future developments – if we’re not already there, maybe we’re coming to a city near you… Featured Artist: Diana Gameros

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Time for another Featured Artist: a selection of great music, exclusive articles and prize giveaways (among other things) from one of our favorite up-and-coming artists. This month we put San Francisco singer-songwriter Diana Gameros under the spotlight …

Soulfulness is a hard thing to quantify. People are a varied breed, and experience tells us it would be foolish to go all-out and categorise emotional response – music that leaves one listener cold may well prove to save the life of another. Music may be universal but the gamut of reactions works on a far more personal level – an innate form of relativism that both unites and separates us all.

Sometimes, though … sometimes you just have to appreciate the resonance of an artist. Opera may not do it for you, but you can’t help but quiver at the bombastic authority of a tenor or soprano. Heavy rock could well be the last thing you’d listen to, but you’ve have to be a cultural zero-mark not to marvel at a virtuoso guitar solo. As for emotive, Latin-tinged, classical acoustic songwriting? That might be outside your sphere altogether, but – frankly – if you’re not massively moved by the heart-stopping performances of Diana Gameros, then you might as well nail that coffin lid down now.

Luckily – here at BAMM.TV – we are big fans of emotive, Latin-tinged, classical acoustic songwriting. And we’re even bigger fans of the heart-stopping performances of Diana Gameros.

Stick around, and you might just find out why.


BAMM In-Depth: ‘Local’ Music In A Global World

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Does one novelty pop song herald a musical revolution? When “Gangam Style” whinnied into the charts and a billion YouTube views at the end of 2012, music from South Korea, and “K-pop” in particular looked as though it was on the verge of a lasting breakthrough. Before PSY’s arrival, despite its straightforward charms and regional appeal, beyond the East Asian context, it was always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

Trans-Atlantic music journalists momentarily praised the song’s global domination—and in usual fashion, the same sources seemingly moved swiftly on to herald its imminent death a few trends later. Is the excitement about global music generated by K-pop’s success just a flash in a pan? Freya Bigg, co-founder of United K-Pop, told “PSY isn’t typical of K-pop, so I don’t know if he is really is a good representative of the genre, but he has definitely opened minds to the Korean language at least. If anything changes, it might be that people are less hesitant to try listening to K-pop when introduced, because they’ve already had experience of it, despite it not being typical.”

So, have Western conceptions of Eastern pop radically changed? And does it even really matter, when domestic markets in East Asia and other regions are growing bigger by the minute?


The 12 Days Of BAMM – Day Twelve – The Desmet Sessions

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Well, our 12 day celebration of our best moments of 2012 comes to an end – and we’re going out on a high. Earlier this year we assembled a line-up of the most exciting bands in Amsterdam and set them loose on stage at the legendary Desmet Studios. The result was ‘Global Scene Live': the selection of incredible performances you can see below, from the likes of Koffie, The Secret Love Parade, Avant La Lettre, The Fudge, Hit Me TV and Horses On Fire. Perfect stuff to chill out with on the Sunday before Christmas (before or after you pack in all that last-minute shopping …)

The 12 Days Of BAMM – Day Eleven – Jungle By Night, ‘Hidden’

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We’re almost at the end of our 12 day countdown to Christmas, and we hope you’ve been enjoying our look back at our 2012 highlights as much as we have. Today we’re showcasing one of the most ambitious projects in our catalog – the awesome ‘Hidden’, a documentary which follows the incredible young Amsterdam band Jungle By Night as they prepare to unleash their unique Afrobeat sound on the world with their debut album release. Perfect viewing for a lazy Saturday – check it out above.

The 12 Days Of BAMM – Day Nine – BAMM Latino

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One of the things we’re most proud of here at is our amazing roster of Latino artists – and 2012 has only seen this expand with the addition of yet more great music. As such, we’re pleased to present a selection of the best as our ninth post during the 12 Days Of BAMM, our celebratory lead-up to Christmas – featuring our favorites such as Monsieur Perine, La Santa Cecilia, Sol Pereyra and Rocío Peña. Enjoy!

The 12 Days Of BAMM – Day Five – Global Scene: Amsterdam

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Yesterday we showcased the entire season of our exclusive music doc Global Scene: London, and today – for Day Five of our 12 day countdown to Christmas – we’re moving further into mainland Europe with our follow-up series, Global Scene: Amsterdam. If you happened to miss the show when it was released week by week earlier this year, you can now catch the whole season compiled below. Enjoy!

The 12 Days Of BAMM – Day Four – Global Scene: London

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Our 12 day countdown to Christmas continues apace, and today we’re focusing on one of the most exciting musical cities in the world. Global Scene London was a series initially released on a week-by-week basis last year, but – if you happened to miss this awesome expose of up-and-coming music scenes in England’s capital city – you can check out every episode below. Kick back, enjoy, and inject a bit of London liveliness into your Saturday.

Come back tomorrow for another installment from the 12 Days Of BAMM …