* Music Makes Better TV *

• June 20th, 2022

My personal experience with music in the movies is that if chosen correctly, hearing the music when watching the scene will make it more intense and therefore memorable.

My rationale behind this is simple: there is an emotion that music triggers in us because of the music itself or/and the lyrics of the song. For me and I can imagine that this is the same for many people, the great songs trigger images as well. And when we are watching the movie, if the storyline and casting are done well, so that we can dive deep into the story, it will also trigger the strong emotions in us. 

If both: music and images (in the movies, tv series and even videos) are perfectly aligned, we will get an amplification of emotions. And with all our senses being involved we will automatically remember this feeling, making what we see more memorable.

I was reminded about this recently. 

A few weeks ago one of my favourite songs of all time: Kate Bush's *Running Up That Hill* was featured in the popular TV series, Stranger things. This was not only the one of the most memorable moments of season 4, but also the moment that brought this phenomenal song back to the chart, 37 years after it was originally released. The song is still number one in many countries, only being overshadowed by a few other artists with current hits.

Even if I had a clear memory of the video for this song, this new experience brought me new images. So now, every time I watch the scene from the stranger things, I have the intense, goosebumps emotion that I used to have when watching the original video. 

And this is why I decided to dedicate (yet) another Gimme A Beat to the music from TV series, not just one, but three,  just to prove my point that: Music Makes Better TV. 

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* Summer Vibes with Ay Wing *

• May 16th, 2022

I love this part of the year!

That time of the year when we are almost in summer, but not fully there yet. The mornings are still cool and refreshing, days are warm and sunny and evenings are warm enough to hang outside but still with enough breeze to make the night cosy and pleasurable.

This kind of weather reflects my mood, it makes me happy, hopeful and chilled at the same time. This also transfers into the music that I am listening to at the moment.

So I was in exactly that mood when I received one of the promo emails from Mouthwatering Records, a Switzerland based independent label publishing, management and artist development company, about the new single they are releasing. I listened to it, and I loved it!

I was especially impressed by the featured female vocals in the single, sung by Ay Wing.

What I've discovered is that Ay Wing (aka Alexandra/Alex Landtwing) is über talented singer-songwriter and producer, with great material that I enjoyed as much or maybe even a bit more than the new single.

A few days after, I connected with Alex and (zoom) interviewed her. This was a great interview, chilled with lots of positive vibes and giggles, very much aligned with her music and the mood that I am in at the moment.

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We talked about many things, her new album currently in the making, her new single, and her latest EP; looked back at her beginnings and talked about exciting things that are coming up.

Tune in to Gimme A Beat tonight (16.05.2022) to hear all of this and more while listening to Ay Wing's latest EP: No Wonderwoman, her new single and some of her previously released songs. 

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* Obsessed with Tiny Desk 2022 *

• April 18th, 2022

NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts were always one of my favourite things to listen to, but with the pandemic, my interest turned into an obsession. In 2020, I did two shows dedicated to them: Obsessed with Tiny Desk 2020 Part I and Part II, and in 2021 I did another one.

So what is it about NPR Tiny Desk Concert series that I love?

It is very simple, this series brings an intimate concert vibe through approx 20-minute video performances, recorded either live at the desk of All Songs Considered host and producer Bob Boilen or, since mid last year, at some place that feels like an artist's home. The latter unsurprisingly called Tiny Desk (home) concerts.

During the pandemic, we couldn't attend gigs or music festivals, so, for me, NPR Tiny Desk Concerts were the closest thing I had to live gigs. And even now, when the pandemic is getting more under the control and the music world is coming back to live gigs and festivals, this is still my favourite place to go to. Especially when I am craving the live and more intimate experience.

Let's be honest, how often are you able to see your favourite (or newly discovered favourite) artist performing in a small, intimate venue? Unfortunately, not that frequently.

And this is why my yearly *Obsessed with Tiny Desk* is here to stay. Minimum once per year and sometimes even more than that.

It's 2022, and I am back again with a bunch of my favourite NPR Tiny Desk concerts.

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* Briet in Reykjavik *

• March 21st, 2022

Roadtrips are my favourite type of travelling.

My favourite roadtrips are the ones where I travel alone. There is no better feeling than driving in the car by yourself for miles, on, if lucky, empty roads, enjoying your music or only your thoughts in your mind in silence, while soaking up the nature around you. Every year I do at least one road trip, to recharge my batteries and get back my (un)usually high energy levels. My most loved road trips happened in the US, exploring national parks, driving down Pacifica and through Big Sur, or nowhere(?) but not just there, I turn even island hopping and the drive to my holiday home, into a mini roadtrip.  

The Covid19 changed our lives and with that my travelling habits, so this January, as I was in-between jobs, I realized that I was craving travelling. So I've decided to take a roadtrip around Iceland: self-driven Icelandic ring road.

I planned to visit Iceland for many years now, I think that this roadtrip was on my mind since 1997 when I first heard and saw the video Joga from Björk. The beautiful, raw, emotional landscape combined with Björk's voice made a timeless, goosebumpy impression on me and this is still one of my favourite songs of all time. Even if the video was 'only' a computer animation, I knew that one day I need to experience this mesmerizing place in person.

And even though January is not the best time to do this kind of roadtrip, because of the moody weather, icy roads and the short days, this turned out to be one of the most amazing roadtrips that I have ever done! My very conservative selection of grouped photo impressions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th don't do it justice, still, they are a great teaser for anyone considering doing the same. 

One of the things that I love doing on the roadtrip is listening to music, not just my own, but the local radio to find out what is going on around the place where I am road-tripping. There was one Icelandic song that caught my attention because it was beautiful and it was on the repeat on all local stations. Even without understanding the lyrics, I was caught by its emotion and how it made me feel. Based on the melody that I kept on humming when I was not driving, I did the research and found out that this is Rólegur kúreki from Bríet, über talented Icelandic singer-songwriter.

I continued listening to the rest of Bríet's music, her last album, previous EP, the singles... and this beautiful music became my Icelandic roadtrip soundtrack. After listening to it for two weeks while on the road, I decided to reach out to Bríet's management and ask for an opportunity for an interview. So here we are this Monday eve...

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* Bikoko at Sonar CCCB 2021*

• December 20th, 2021

Sónar CCCB 2021 is/was a 2 day festival of music, debate, experimentation and inspiration, with more than 60 activities spread over 5 spaces, with 40 concerts and DJ sets and an extensive program of lectures, debates, presentations, workshops and an exhibition space with local and international projects. This festival and its program was set in place to connect the world of art, science and technology. 

The festival happened on 29th and 30th of October of 2021 at the CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), for attendance in person and via streaming through live.sonar.es and its social network.

I was supposed to travel to Barcelona that weekend and when I realized that Sonar CCCB is happening I decided to attend it and in my usual Gimme a Beat manner, explore female factor of the festival.

I only attended one day but that was enough for me to get excited about live events and in-person experience again (while keeping it covid19 safe). The festival was very well organized and press team helpful and always available, supplying us with photos, videos etc., all material needed to stay informed and cover the festival in the professional manner.

On the day of the festival, I enjoyed exploring CCCB and festival area.

The exhibition area was small but interesting, my favourite was exohive by BAU Barcelona, an impressive hive looking collection of beings, based on the swarm intelligence concept, that reacts on external stimulation with movements and change of light. This could be an extra terrestrial life we would find 500 light years from earth. I met Javi Albo, one of the people behind the concept & design, who created exohive together with Heidi Valda Lanza. He took some time to explain the whole concept in detail and even showed me some of the electronics behind exohive behaviour.

My musical highlight of the day (and therefore the festival) was Bikoko (real name Neï ), a young, über talented artist from Barcelona who is part of lexa.services collective

The interview happened day before the festival and via the zoom call. We talked about many different things: her upbringing, the artist that she is today, her latest EP Aura Aura and the new material that she is working on. Neï told me how important her dad (original Bikoko, also a musician) is for her creative process as well as stage performances.

I was impressed with this young lady, who has so much talent but is still firmly on the ground with the right mindset and attitude. In a world where fame is everything, I was happy that I came across a true creative soul that ultimately wants to be able to keep on creating the music that she would listen to.

Consequently, I had high expectations from Neï, and her gig didn’t disappoint. Together with the rest of the audience in the sonar hall of Sónar CCCB 2021, I was mesmerised by her stage presence and enjoyed every song that she played.

The gig was short but brought good vibes and literally made my day.

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In the second part, I'll put my Xmas hat 🤶  on and bring you Xmas spirit with selection of classic Xmas songs sung by female artists.

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* Zurich Film Festival 2021 *

• October 18th, 2021

First held in 2005, Zurich Film Festival established itself very quickly on the national and international film festival scene. The formula for its success it's probably a mix of an attractive location: international but small city of Zurich; great selection of movies and different programs/events like ZFF Masters, ZFF Talks, Zurich Summit, ZFF for Pupils, ZFF 72 and few others.

The best way to explain Zurich Film Festival's success is to quote/paraphrase the sentence that I found in the industry booklet a few years ago. Basically, the organizers agree on a few basics for a successful film festival: "content is a king, collaboration is key and encounters among creative folks are essential". I am glad to confirm that even after this many years, organizers are still taking "these basics" seriously, while they are developing the festival further and most importantly, in the right direction.

This was another year with Covid19, but the festival, again, handled it very well. There was a protection plan and this, in the nutshell, meant that the attendance was allowed only with a covid certificate (and photo id) and everywhere one went there were enough hand sanitizers. 

As a result, the 17th edition of Zurich Film Festival attracted 102'000 visitors and managed to screen 164 films, from 53 countries. The amount of visitors increased again and it was 50% of the amount from last year. This only confirmed that ZFF's motto: "Life is better with Movies" is more than appropriate, as the festival brought again a bit of normality into Zurich and people rushed to the cinemas to see the movies.

This year I achieved my own personal goal and managed to see 32 movies and interview 3 female filmmakers. Luckily, Zurich is a small town so it was not a big deal to run from one location to another, but not all the cinemas were included and some were further out, so I had to be very well coordinated to get to see everything I wanted. And even if there were many fabulous events happening on the festival ground, I haven't attended/seen any of them. For me, Zurich Film Festival is all about watching the movies and my most enjoyable moment is when I am sitting in the dark room of the cinema getting fully immersed into the storyline.

I've only stepped out of the dark cinema to attend two events from the ZFF Masters session, thanks to Hannah from ZFF's team: Conversation with Sharon Stone and ZFF Masters with Paul Schrader. And this was a great decision as I got a chance to see these two legends, as close as I ever will.

Since Gimme A Beat is focused on female related subjects, as in previous years, through my review of the Zurich Film Festival I explored *female factor* of the festival and therefore I focused on either movies made by female filmmakers or movies showcasing female life, or movies that cover both topics. Festival uses hashtags to mark the movies so finding the movies I wanted to focus on was easy: I just followed #FemaleFilmmakers and #FemaleLife hashtags. I also used them in my reviews. And even though I had my focus, I've also managed to see more, and I was truly impressed with movie selection, great balance of different genres, aspiring filmmakers and (potential) blockbusters and an overall strong women presence, something very important to me.

In addition and as in all previous years, the organization was impeccable, and team behind Zurich Film Festival was simply brilliant. People were not just being professional but also super nice, helpful and easy going. All of this while keeping us safe.

Considering the amount of movies I've seen (32), I was not able to post reviews of all of them on Gimme A Beat page. Regardless, if you follow the search with the following hashtags: #zff #zff2022 #gimmeabeat you'll find the ones that I did review (14 until today). You can also find all of my highlights if you follow the search with the following hashtags: #zff #zff2022 #highlight #gimmeabeat (11 until today). I would still like to share a few more highlights so I will probably do this in the next two weeks.

In tonight's Gimme A Beat I will be focusing on the movies of the directors I interviewed: Ninjababy, directed and co-written by Yngvild Sve Flikke; Noura Reve / Noura's Dream, written and directed by Hinde Boujemaa and Aloners, written and directed by Hong Sung-eun.

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* Obsessed with Tiny Desk 2021 *

• September 19th, 2021

NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts were always one of my favorite things to listen to, but with pandemic my interest turned into an obsession. Last year I did two shows dedicated to them: Obsessed with Tiny Desk 2020 Part I and Part II. 

So what is it about Tiny Desk Concert series that I love?

It is very simple, this series brings an intimate concert vibe through approx 20 minute video performances, recorded either live at the desk of All Songs Considered host and producer Bob Boilen or, since mid last year and until the foreseeable future, at some place that feels like an artist's home. The latter unsurprisingly called Tiny Desk (home) concerts.

Since I haven't attended any gigs or music festivals since the beginning of Covid19 pandemic, Tiny Desk Concerts are still the closest thing I have to the live gigs. And if I concentrate and just focus on the music and emotions that comes out of it I can almost feel like I am in a small, intimate venue listening to my favorite musician or discovering my new favorite one.

So here I am in 2021, back again, with a bunch of my favorite Tiny Desk concerts. There were so many, I will probably go with part II, very soon.

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* Black Music Month with My Vinyls *

• June 21st, 2021

Last weekend, I was reorganising my vinyl collection and reminiscing about the good times, before the pandemic. The time when nights were never ending and standing closer to the people meant that you were having good times. Frankly speaking, I already stopped going out to the clubs regularly long before the pandemic. As a matter of fact, I stopped DJ-ing because I didn't see the point in only going to the club to play the music; it only made sense for me when I was balancing the two: going out and dancing or DJ-ing and dancing. And when I stopped enjoying the club scene, I turned even more to the live music: going to the festivals and gigs totally replaced my 30 something years clubbing habit.

Nevertheless, when I was going through my vinyls, I remembered those, almost forgotten, club days: packed clubs, people mesmerized by the combination of the music, drinks and heated rooms, dancing their night away.

As you can imagine, the whole activity took a bit longer than planned. I started playing one record, then the remix, then the one that I usually played together with the last one... so, what started as an organizing activity turned out to be a very long DJ session. And it even ended with at-home, after party, when I got to those vinyls that I never took "clubbing" and that instead, I played on easy, intimate evenings at home..

All of this inspired me for tonight's show, so I've decided to play a selection of those vinyls that brought back the strongest memories. But there is also an additional twist ... Throughout the month of June Black Music Month was/is all over my social media and that actually triggered a vinyl reorganisation.

Basically, what started as a search for one single (Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody) ended up as a walk down memory lane and the inspiration for tonight's show.

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* Female Empowered Deezer Sessions *

• March 15th, 2021

As we entered the second year of Covid-19 pandemic, I am craving traveling, festivals, concerts.. live music in any form! Since it is obvious that this will not happen any time soon, I like to explore the next best thing: recordings of the live music.

I've already covered my ultimate favorite: NPR's tiny desk concerts in April and May 2020. This time I will explore the female factor of Deezer Sessions, an exclusive series of live sets recorded in different venues, mostly in London and Paris. These sessions are curated by Deezer's dedicated editorial team, who have hand-picked some of the hottest up and coming bands as well as established names from around the world. 

Deezer is a French online music streaming service created in 2007, in Paris. As of January 2019, it has 56 million licensed tracks in its library, over 30,000 radio channels, 14 million monthly active users and 7 million paid subscribers. I start listening to Deezer many years ago, after learning about it at Rock en Seine festival. A few years ago I subscribed to its Premium service and I never looked back.

Deezer Sessions are a great opportunity to hear and feel the live vibe while being at home. In addition, last year they were extended with Deezer Home Sessions, sessions appropriately recorded at the home of the selected artists.

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* Frauen First *

• February 15th, 2021

Women in Switzerland gained the right to vote in federal elections after a referendum in February 1971. Even though the fight for women’s suffrage in Switzerland started in 1863 (canton Zürich), women had to fight for more than 100 years to get it. And in some cantons it took a bit longer to get there.. last canton to grant women suffrage was Appenzell Innerrhoden (AI) and this only under an order of a Swiss Federal Tribunal.

Nevertheless, February 1971 is considered as an official date, which means that this February we are celebrating 50 years of women's suffrage (Frauenstimmrecht).

So in tonight show I've decided to focus on Swiss🇨🇭female artists. I've put together the playlist that includes artists that I know very well, that I've interviewed in the last few years and artists that I discovered recently. The selection was not easy, but I tried to keep it diverse and include a variety of genres. And for every artist I'll play in tonight show, as usual, I'll give you a bit of a trivia/background.

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* Zooming with Tijana T *

• December 21st, 2020

Xmas is one of my favorite times of the year 🎄🎅🏻

It is usually a time of the year when things start slowing down, everybody gets a bit friendlier and merrier, and everywhere you go it smells like xmas cookies and glühwein.

But this is 2020, year of Covid19 pandemic and with everything happening around us, it feels like Xmas vibe has lost its charm and jolly, festive spirit. And we can either get into the gloomy mood and "cancel it" or still use an opportunity to slow down, stay within a small circle of friends/family and count our blessings. I definitely choose the latter, using the break over Xmas to recharge my energy and hope for a pink skies ahead.

But before officially stepping into the Xmas, I decided that my last Gimme a Beat of the year (Xmas edition as I like to call it) will be even more special than usual. Looking into making it into another level of personal, I decided to try and bring into the focus female artist that both excites me musically and that shares (similar) roots with me.

Consequently, a few weeks ago I had the pleasure to zoom-interview Tijana T, an impressive, versatile, über talented DJ from Belgrade, Serbia, my home country.

The planning was at minimum, as many of my listeners know, I like to have a conversation with artists that I interview, without prepared questions or/and answers, maintaining the organic vibe and ensuring natural flow. As a result, the interview lasted much longer than we originally planned (half an hour) and it was deep, genuine, dark and funny at the same time.. similar to a mentality of "our people".

Tijana T's beginnings, musical influences, how she became the successful DJ she is today and how was/is she, personally and professionally, affected by covid19 pandemic. We laughed, talked with our hands (maybe this is Serbian/Balkan 'thing'?) and at the same time when explaining something we feel strongly about and kept on finding topics to talk about.

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* Zurich Film Festival 2020 *

• October 19th, 2020

First held in 2005, Zurich Film Festival established itself very quickly on national and international film festival scene. The formula for it success it's probably mix of an attractive location: international but small city of Zurich; great selection of movies and different programs/events like ZFF Masters, ZFF Talks, Zurich Summit, ZFF for Pupils, ZFF 72 and few others.

Few years ago I read the sentence in an industry booklet I received with my accreditation and this stayed with me as a logical reason behind Zurich Film Festival's success. Basically, the organizers agree on few basics for a successful film festival: "content is a king, collaboration is key and encounters among creative folks are essential". It is obvious that they are taking "these basics" seriously every year while they are developing festival further and most importantly, in the right direction.

This year, due to Covid19, everything was different. Until the last moment I wasn't sure that the festival will really happen.

But brilliant Team behind Zurich Film Festival made it happen. And even with all the security measures, spaces between seats, mandatory masks, etc., this brought a bit of normality to the city vibe and anyone attending the festival. As a result, the 16th edition of Zurich Film Festival attracted 68'000 visitors and managed to screen 165 films, including the record number of 23 world premiers (11 in 2019). The amount of visitors was 50% of the amount from last year, but if we consider that due to security measures movie theaters had limited capacity this is in pair with previous year and even much more than expected.  

Fortunately for me, with great movie selection like in previous years I had to heavily prioritize and choose wisely which movies I will see. Zurich is a small town so it was not a big deal to run from one location to other, but not all the cinemas were included and some were further out, so I had to be very well coordinated to get to see everything i want. As usual I haven't attended many events because for me it's all about watching the movies; my most enjoyable moment is when I am sitting in the dark room of the cinema doing only that.

And as Gimme A Beat is focused on female related subjects, through my review of the Zurich Film Festival I explored *female factor* of the festival and therefore focused on two type of movies: movies made by female filmmakers and movies showcasing female life. As in all previous years the organizers used hashtags to mark the movies so finding the movies that I potentially liked and that fit my exploration was easy, I just followed #FemaleFilmmakers and #FemaleLife hashtags. I also used them in my reviews. And even though I saw tiny piece of the whole festival I was truly impressed with movie selection, great balance of different genres, aspiring filmmakers and (potential) blockbusters as well as strong women presence. In addition and as in all previous years, the organization was impeccable, especially media center that was always available and ready to take care of press needs.

All of this while keeping it safe.

Movies selection wise I've seen many movies and posted reviews of most of them on Gimme A Beat page. Just follow the search with hashtags #zff #zff2020 #gimmeabeat. In tonight's Gimme A Beat I will try to cover most of those movies again and in more details, or at least my favorite ones. You can also find them here or if searching with #zff #zff2020 #highlight #gimmeabeat. You can also find all the highlights in my last post.

And I even managed to interview two female directors and one leading actress: Frederike Migom, director and writer of movie Binti, Jeanette Nordahl, director and Sandra Guldberg Kampp, leading role of the movie Wildland - Kød & blod.

In tonight's show I will be focusing on these two movies. You can find the review for Binti here, and review of Wildland - Kød & blod here

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To hear the interviews with Frederike MigomJeanette Nordahl and Sandra Guldberg Kampp, my impressions of Zurich Film Festival, more about movie Binti, Wildland - Kød & blod and other highlights movies I've seen.

tune to Gimme A Beat (19.10.2020) tonight for ..

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from 22:00 - 00:00 on:
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* Obsessed with Tiny Desk 2020 - Part II*

• May 18th, 2020

Last month I did this year's Obsessed with Tiny Desk edition. But two hours Gimme A Beat just wasn't enough for me to play all the music I wanted. Especially since due to Covid19 pandemic all summer festivals are already canceled and I can imagine that the same will happen for the ones planned in the second part of 2020 as well.

At this point of time NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts are the closest we have to the live gigs, so I've decided to do another session already this month and share with you more of my favorite Tiny Desk concerts 😎

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* Obsessed with Tiny Desk 2020 *

• April 20th, 2020

I've been obsessed with NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts for a while now. But I covered them for the first time only last year in Obsessed with Tiny Desk

So what is it about Tiny Desk Concert series that I love?

It is very simple, this series brings intimate concert vibe through approx 20 minute video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. And when I am not attending concerts or the festivals, I love feeling like I am there and in this case, in a small, intimate venue listening to my favorite musician or discovering my new favorite one.

The first Tiny Desk Concert came about in 2008 (after Boilen and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson left a bar show frustrated that they couldn't hear the music over the crowd noise. Thompson joked that the musician, folk singer Laura Gibson, should just perform at Boilen's desk. A month later (on April 21st, 2008) Boilen arranged for her to do just that, making an impromptu recording and posting it online. Even the name of the series is connected to Boilen: it was taken from his 1970s psychedelic dance band called Tiny Desk Unit.

Fast forward to today and this series included more than 800 concerts viewed a collective 2 billion times on NPR Tiny Desk YouTube channel.

This year, due to Covid19 pandemic all the festivals were either cancelled or postponed. So I haven't attended any festivals or gigs since beginning of this year. At this moment, Tiny Desk Concerts seems the closest we have to the live gigs, so I've decided to do another session this year dedicated and share with you some of my favorite Tiny Desk concerts again. And since I can only share few of them during my 2-hour show, I will probably do one more session later on. Maybe even next month 😎

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* Back to 2010 *

• January 20th, 2020

It's January 2020, the beginning of the new decade.

Before we fully dive into the new year and the new decade let's look back at the decade we left behind. So many things happened during this decade that changed our world.

And it all started with 2010. 

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Back to 2010

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* Zurich Film Festival 2019 *

• December 16th, 2019

First held in 2005, Zurich Film Festival established itself very quickly on national and international film festival scene. The formula for it success it's probably mix of an attractive location: international but small city of Zurich; great selection of movies and different programs/events like ZFF Masters, ZFF Talks, Zurich Summit and few more.

Two years ago I read the sentence in an industry booklet I received with my accreditation and this stayed with me as a logical reason behind Zurich Film Festival's success. Basically, the organizers agree on few basics for a successful film festival: "content is a king, collaboration is key and encounters among creative folks are essential". It is obvious that they are taking "these basics" seriously every year while they are developing festival further and most importantly, in the right direction.

The 15th edition of Zurich Film Festival attracted 117'000 visitors, 13'000 more visitors than last year. Like every year I had to heavily prioritize and choose wisely which movies I will see. Luckily, Zurich is a small town so it was not a big deal to run from one location to other, but because of my limited time I had to skip all the events and side happenings and focus only on the movies. Even though, to be honest, my most enjyoable moment of the festival is when I am sitting in the dark room of the cinema watching the movie. And as Gimme A Beat is focused on female related subjects, through my review of the Zurich Film Festival I explored *female factor* of the festival and therefore focused on two type of movies: movies made by female filmmakers and movies showcasing female life. The organizers used hashtags to mark the movies so finding the movies that I potentially liked and that fit my exploration was easy, I just followed #FemaleFilmmakers and #FemaleLife hashtags. I also used them in my reviews. And even though I saw tiny piece of the whole festival I was truly impressed with movie selection, great balance of different genres, aspiring filmmakers and (potential) blockbusters as well as strong women presence. In addition and as in all previous years, the organization was impeccable, especially media center that was always available and ready to take care of press needs.

Movies selection wise I've seen many movies and posted review of them on Gimme A Beat page. Just follow the search with hashtags #zff #zff2019 #gimmeabeat. In tonight's Gimme A Beat I will try to cover most of those movies again and in more details, or at least my favorite ones. You can also find them here or if searching with #zff #zff2019 #highlight #gimmeabeat

But first, in tonight's show I will be focusing on movie Adam, one of my highlights of Zurich Film Festival.

Director and writer Maryam Touzani created a masterpiece by using minimalistic approach of storytelling combined with beautiful photography, closeups and background noises of the busy town. She opens the door of Moroccan house and allows us to peek in and understand better the culture and women's position in this patriarchal society.

An hour before seeing the movie I had a pleasure to sit down with Maryam and talk about different topics: her love of storytelling and organic transition from journalist, screenwriter to director. We also talked about *Razzia*, movie that introduced me to Maryam few years ago as well as women's position in Moroccan society. 

Adam is coming to Swiss cinemas on Thursday, 19th of December, make sure to check it out. In the meantime you can read my review of the movie here.

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To hear the interview with Maryam, my impressions of Zurich Film Festival, more about Adam and other highlights movies I've seen or/and for a chance to win some giveaways in the true Xmas spirit 🎄🎅🎄🎄🎅🎄

tune to Gimme A Beat (16.12.2019) tonight for ..

Zurich Film Festival 2019

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* La Chica at Rock En Seine 2019 *

• September 16th, 2019

I took a long break from attending and reviewing Rock En Seine festival (4 long years!) but finally this year i decided to go back and check it out again. And I wasn't disappointed.

During my 2019 visit, I got reminded why I love this festival: mostly for its amazing atmosphere, great organisation, and awesome line-up. But also because of its location very close to Paris and many cool stylish people that attend this festival: music lovers, who enjoy the music to the fullest and give it all when the artists they love is on the stage in front of them.

Rock En Seine is happening every year, since 2003, always at the end of the summer, at Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, at Château de Saint-Cloud's park just outside Paris, inside the garden designed by Le Nôtre in 17th century. In the beginning this festival was happening only during one day and had 2 stages and 10 bands. Nowadays, the festival lasts 3 days and features many local and international bands that play on one of the 5 stages: Grande Scene, Scene Cascade, Scene des 4 vents, Scene Firestone and Scene Ile De France.

Even if Gimme a Beat explores female factor on the festivals, I always check everything because this is my chance to also see some of my favourite (not always female related) bands and discover many new ones as well. In my short reviews on Gimme A Beat Facebook page I wrote about all the bands that I've seen, inclusive my highlights.

But in tonight's show I will focus on Sophie Fustec, aka La Chica, über talented Franco-Venezuelan artist who grew up in both the Parisian neighbourhood of Belleville and Latin America. 

i loved everything about La Chica's gig. She is an amazing performer with powerful voice and great stage presence. I didn't understand anything she was saying (because she was singing mostly in spanish and speaking to audience in french) but I could feel the power of her emotions coming through her songs and performance. In addition, throughout her gig, she was radiating sexuality and femininity in the most natural way, without an ounce of vulgarity. What intensified it was her talent: her beautiful voice, feeling for a beat, emotional intensity of the performance and her authenticity. You can check my review and my impressions from her gig here and here 

I had a pleasure to sit together with Sophie for an interview after her gig. We talked about her roots and inner journey that was itching to happen in last few years. Finally when it did, it made her stop with her successful collaborative career and look deep inside to enable her to move focus onto her true self and transform her emotional experiences into debut album Cambio.   
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Tune in to tonight's Gimme A Beat (16.09.2019) for..

La Chica at Rock En Seine 2019 

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Kisses, 
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* Inspired by Euphoria *

• August 19th, 2019

Euphoria is an American adaptation of an Israeli show of the same name, and all episodes are written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer. The show is following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media. The main focus is on troubled life of 17-year-old Rue (outstanding Zendaya), a drug addict fresh from rehab with no plans to stay clean. Her personal story develops together with storyline and through her intense emotional experiences we get to know her and the teenagers in her circle better. The show premiered on HBO in June 2019.

The show created lots of contradictory buzz, so i decided to check it out. I watched it in a one go, because I loved it from the opening scene. The visuals are stunning and together with great choice of music they perfectly support intense, powerful and emotionally heavy storylines. Zendaya is outstanding in the role of Rue, she is authentic and real, self destructive without being pathetic and so perfect for this role that I couldn't imagine anyone else than her. Later on I found out that Sam Levinson was struggling with his own drugs addiction since teenage years, which is probably one of the reasons why Rue is so realistic. Luckily Sam didn't stop there, all the other characters are well written and developed and they seem very real, even though some of them are typical high school teenage stereotypes.

I was not only impressed by the show's storyline and great cast, but with its music selection as well. This is all thanks to Jen Malone, music supervisor already known for doing many other great shows, who did an excellent job with Euphoria soundtrack.

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* Coachella 2019 *

• May 20th, 2019

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known as Coachella) is an annual three-day music and arts festival, founded by Paul Tollett, organized by Goldenvoice and held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley.

Due to popular demand, back in 2012, Coachella organisers "stretched" the festival over two weekends. Of course, first weekend is more popular then second, but let's be honest, the best would be to attend both weekend for full on, don't-wanna-miss-the-thing, experience.

Going back to it's beginnings, first official Coachella festival happened in October 1999. Then, after the break of one year, to avoid intense heat during the summer, the festival moved from October to April. In following years Coachella became an event with impressive line-up and amazing atmosphere that attracted many people from all over the world. Nowadays the festival is happening not only over two weekends, but on several stages/tents set-up throughout the grounds, each playing live music continuously. There are also many fun places to explore and enjoy in-between stages, food stands and drinking areas. One of them, first time present this year was CK with #mycalvins 70's house, where we enjoyed just hanging out and bubbling up.

Year after year, Coachella is also showcasing some impressive art: installation art and sculptures, located all around festival. Every year it feels that arts get better and better. And it is very possible that it does, since apparently the amount of art that the team of the Coachella Valley Art Scene needs to choose from, increases every year. This year some art pieces were repeated from the last or previous years, either in original form or with a twist.. Personally i would have preferred if everything was new, but there was a good reason for it. The festival was celebrating 20 years this year so idea behind mix of an old and new art installations was to embrace both: festival past and future. Here you can check them out with all details Art of 2019 

This year I had two favourites, one of the returning ones: Overview Effect from Poetic Kinetics and new one: Mismo from Sophia Enriquez. Sophia is locally based painter aka Mucho who brought field of colourful three-dimensional paisley murals made from painted wood. This art collection was so positive and happy that every time i looked at it or walked through it my mood improved. Here are some of my personal snippets (first two photos)

All above mentioned is one of the reasons why Coachella is still one of my favourite festivals, that I keep on coming back to. 

Most important reason though, for the music lover that I am, is that no matter how hipster or mainstream it gets, Coachella never forgets to include bands I am excited about, introduces some new, awesome bands that I (could and usually) get excited about, seems to brings the best out of most of the artists that are performing and big part of the audience and continues to keep it's vibe in tune with what for me California is all about, chilled, sunny and fckng gorgeous.

Expect to hear about my desert festival extravaganza experience (maybe) again
next year. In the meantime, check out my daily reviews: day one, day twoday three part 1 and  day three part 2 and..

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Tune in tonight (20.05.209) to Gimme A Beat to hear all about my experience at Coachella 2019, chosen songs of female artists that I saw and enjoyed and many short interviews with friendly Coachella goers that were kind enough to step away for a moment from the festival fun and answer few of my questions (check out also my favourite interview here)

Tune in for ..

Coachella 2019 with *playlist to be added*

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Kisses,
Babymonster
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* Black Sea Dahu, Ikan Hyu and A-WA on m4music 2019 *

• March 18th, 2019

Since 1998, m4music festival takes place every March here in Switzerland: two days in Zurich and one day in the chosen city in the French part. This is flawlessly organized festival at one of the coolest locations in town: Schiffbau; with many concerts happening on the seven (+1) stages, at or close to the main building.

M4music festival is more of the cultural platform than a typical music festival. It is a place where artists and industry experts meet and exchange ideas, experiences and vision of the future. There are several ways this festival makes this happen: by offering interesting panel discussions and workshops, conferences on latest hot issues in music business, competition for the next generation of musicians (Demotape Clinic) and simply the chance to meet many local, national and international people at the venue, just hanging around, talking, sharing their opinions and knowledge.

I was visiting this festival for many years now, but only start reviewing it last few years.
But almost every year, I keep on coming back to it, not only because of its convenient location (here in Zürich), but because I always discover some new band(s), have a chance to interview interesting female artists/bands, meet great people (from music and non music industry) and see again some local people that I rarely find time to catch up during the year and with our busy schedules. And with impeccable organisation and über nice treatment of members of the press (aka me 🙆🏻) by media center, spending time at the festival is easy and super pleasurable.

As usual, it was a very busy two days, but most importantly, as Gimme A Beat, in my exploration of "female factor" of the festival I managed to catch 3 very talented artists for interviews. Of course I also saw them live, but next to their gigs I've managed to see many others as well.

Therefore in tonight show I will I focus on following artist: Black Sea Dahu, Ikan Hyu and A-WA.  For review of their gigs and interviews check here, here and here, respectively.

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Black Sea Dahu, Ikan Hyu and A-WA at m4music 2019 
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featuring:
gimme a beat at m4music 2019

Kisses,
Babymonster
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* Obsessed with Tiny Desk *

• February 18th, 2019

I've been obsessed with NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts for a while now.

And this is not really a surprise. Through approx 20 minute video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Tiny Desk Concert series brings intimate concert vibe to the anyone watching/listening. And when I am not attending concerts or the festivals, I love feeling like I am there and in this case, in a small, intimate venue listening to my favorite musician or discovering my new favorite one.

And even though this is the first time I am covering this series, Tiny Desk Concerts exist for more than 10 years and I've been listening to it for a while now.

The first Tiny Desk Concert came about in 2008 (after Boilen and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson left a bar show frustrated that they couldn't hear the music over the crowd noise. Thompson joked that the musician, folk singer Laura Gibson, should just perform at Boilen's desk. A month later (on April 21st, 2008) Boilen arranged for her to do just that, making an impromptu recording and posting it online. Even the name of the series is connected to Boilen: it was taken from his 1970s psychedelic dance band called Tiny Desk Unit.

Fast forward to August 2018 and this series included more than 800 concerts viewed a collective 2 billion times on NPR Tiny Desk YouTube channel. I haven't seen/listen all of them but I've seen many so I've decided to share with you some of my favorite ones.

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Obsessed with Tiny Desk
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featuring:
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Kisses, Babymonster
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* Zurich Film Festival 2018 *

• December 17th, 2018

First held in 2005, Zurich Film Festival established itself very quickly on national and international film festival scene. The formula for it success it's probably mix of an attractive location: international but small city of Zurich; great selection of movies and different programs/events like ZFF Masters, ZFF Talks, Zurich Summit and few more.

Last year I read the sentence in an industry booklet I received with my accreditation and this stayed with me as a logical reason behind Zurich Film Festival's success. Basically, the organizers agree on few basics for a successful film festival: "content is a king, collaboration is key and encounters among creative folks are essential". It is obvious that they are taking "these basics" seriously every year while they are developing festival further and most importantly, in the right direction.

The 14th edition of Zurich Film Festival passed the mark of 100'000 visitors (last year 98'300) while playing 162 movies from 48 countries and no less than 42 debut works. Like last year I had to heavily prioritize and choose wisely which movies I will see. Luckily Zurich is a small town so it was not a big deal to run from one location to other, but because of my limited time I had to skip all the events and side happenings and focus only on the movies. And as Gimme A Beat is focused on female related subjects, through my review of the Zurich Film Festival I explored *female factor* of the festival and therefore focused on two type of movies: movies made by female filmmakers and movies showing female life. The organizers used hashtags to mark the movies so finding the movies that I potentially liked and that fit my exploration was easy, I just followed #FemaleFilmmakers and #FemaleLife hashtags. I also used them in my reviews. And even though I saw tiny piece of the whole festival I was truly impressed with movie selection, great balance of different genres, aspiring filmmakers and (potential) blockbusters as well as strong women presence. In addition, the organization was impeccable, especially media center that was always available and ready to take care of press needs.

Movies selection wise I've seen many movies and posted review of them on Gimme A Beat page. Just follow the search with hashtags #zff #zff2018 #gimmeabeat. 

In tonight's Gimme A Beat I will try to cover most of those movies again and in more details, or at least my favorite ones. I will be also focusing on Firecrackers, an outstanding feature debut from Jasmin Mozaffari ... and one of my highlights of Zurich Film Festival.

Before seeing the movie I had a pleasure to meet and interview this talented director. Jasmin told me that there is a bit of her and her experiences (or women close to her) incorporated in both characters, therefore making them both real and relatable to women out there. She also shared with me that Firecrackers is about patriarchal oppression in today's world and women (as well as men) trying to break free. We also talked about Jasmin's vision of female freedom, her plans for future and excellent program of Zurich Film Festival packed with great selection of movies from female filmmakers.

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You can read my review of the movie here. To hear the interview with Jasmin, my impressions of Zurich Film Festival and more about Firecrackers and other movies I've seen, tune to Gimme A Beat (17.12.2018) tonight for ..

Zurich Film Festival 2018

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featuring:
gimme a beat reviews movies at ZFF 2018

Kisses, Babymonster
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* Len Sander and Evelinn Trouble at Zürich Openair 2018 *

• November 19th, 2018

Zürich Openair started in 2010, but I attended it and reviewed it for the first time only in 2016, because somehow I was always busy at that particular time with some other festivals across Europe. This year I've decided to keep it local, stay in Zürich and re-visit it. 

Regardless of my attendance :-), this fairly young festival seems to attracts more and more people every year, not just from Switzerland but also from other parts of the Europe and even world. The lineup is usually very good with a great balance of rock, indie and electronic music and as many festivals nowadays, with relatively balanced fresh, unknown or currently popular bands and some well known artists, perfect for nostalgic crowds. The location of the festival is great and it is easily reachable via train from the town or from the airport. This year the weather was playing autumn at times, but that didn't stop crowds of people attending it and even staying in the camp.

I've attended the festival for all 4 days, and as usual didn't just go for concert but also to explore everything else. The organization improved a lot from 2016 and this year the only downer was the weather, but this is something that organizers couldn't do much about it. They did however organized themselves quickly and were giving rain coats with the first drops of rain. It is awesome to see the festival growing and improving, because this means that organizers care and most importantly listen to the festival goers. I loved an overall focus on the local, especially regarding the food and drinks but also related to everything else and even recycling, something that we are very conscious about here in Switzerland.

I've seen many great gigs over the 4 days and you can find my day by day reviews and an overall impressions on gimme a beat posts. But since reviewing of the festival as Gimme A Beat means that I explore the *female factor* of the festival, in tonight's show I will focus on Len Sander, über cool band from Zurich and Evelinn Trouble, Swiss artist out of space.

My 3rd day of the festival started very early, but I didn't mind, because I wanted to catch Len Sander and their early gig at 3pm. The festival grounds were still recovering from Thursday nite storm, but this didn't stop curious audience joining with the first sounds. The band owned the stage, they sounded great and looked comfortable while going through the songs of their last album.

Some time after the gig, i had a chance to sit down with Blanka Inauen, the band vocalist, for an interview. Comfortable vibe continued, while Blanka told me about their underground (literally!!) beginnings and the band story until today. We also talked about creative process behind their music and how on Len Sander's latest album *The Future of Lovers* Blanka changed the focus from the mind toward the feelings and more of the whole body, emotional experience.

Another artist that I will focus on tonight with this review is Evelinn Trouble. I discovered her back in 2013 at m4music Festival and immediately liked what i heard: her voice, songs as well as her stage presence. And I liked her even more after I had an itw with her. Now in 2018, it was a time to revisit her music and hear from her what happened in the meantime. Her gig was the first one of many I've see on the last day of Zürich Openair and it was as expected, playful, intense and energetic. Linnea (Evelinn Trouble's real name) seemed in the good mood, happy to be there and with the band; chatting with an audience and even directed them(us) at one point.

After the gig we had a chance to sit down again for an interview. she told me about her past few years, life in London and Berlin and why she decided to come back home🇨🇭. We also talked about Swiss Music Prize that she just won before the festival as well as about her latest release and future projects.

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Tonight (19.11.2018) to Gimme A Beat and

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* Coachella 2018 *

• August 20th, 2018

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known as Coachella) is an annual three-day music and arts festival, founded by Paul Tollett, organized by Goldenvoice and held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley.

Due to popular demand, back in 2012, Coachella organisers "stretched" the festival over two weekends. Of course, first weekend is more popular then second, but let's be honest, the best would be to attend both weekend for full on, don't-wanna-miss-the-thing, experience.

After a break of one year, I returned to the Coachella festival grounds this year and for the first time, I attended weekend two. It was not easy to avoid all the reports from the weekend one, but it was totally worth it, especially considering Beyonce's already legendary Homecoming Tour performance, that was not streamed as the one on weekend one.

Going back to it's beginnings, first official Coachella festival happened in October 1999. Then, after the break of one year, to avoid intense heat during the summer, the festival moved from October to April. In following years Coachella became an event with impressive line-up and amazing atmosphere that attracted many people from all over the world. Nowadays the festival is happening not only over two weekends, but on several stages/tents set-up throughout the grounds, each playing live music continuously. The stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi, Mojave and Sahara Tent, Yuma stage, Sonora Stage and DoLab.

Coachella is also showcasing some impressive art: installation art and sculptures, located all around festival. Every year it feels that arts get better and better. And it is very possible that it does, since apparently the amount of art that the team of the Coachella Valley Art Scene needs to choose from, increases every year. Here you can check Art of 2018.

This year my personal favourite one was Edoardo Tresoldi's Etherea. Eduardo is Italian artist that known for his monumental wire mesh sculptures that function as public interventions. He was named by Forbes as one of the 30 most influential European artists under 30. Etherea was not only looking georgious and impressive, but it also had crickets in lower areas. So every time I would come by and sat down it felt I was somewhere far away, but closer to home, at mediterenian. Here it as a part of my personal snippets.

There are several reasons why Coachella is still one of my favourite festivals, that I keep on coming back to. And yes, I missed it in 2017, but no regrets (after all Beyonce missed it as well), this only means that when I was back in 2018, I enjoyed it even more.

One very important reason, for the music lover that I am, is that no matter how hipster or mainstream it gets, Coachella never forgets to include bands I am excited about, introduces some new, awesome bands that I (could and usually) get excited about, seems to brings the best out of most of the artists that are performing and big part of the audience and continues to keep it's vibe in tune with what for me California is all about, chilled, sunny and fckng gorgeous.

Expect to hear about my desert festival extravaganza experience (maybe) again
next year. In the meantime, check out my daily reviews: day one, day two and day three and..

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Tune in tonight (20.08.2018) to Gimme A Beat to hear all about my experience at Coachella 2018, chosen songs of the female artists that I saw on the festival and many short interviews with friendly Coachella goers that were kind enough to step away for a moment from the festival fun and answer few of my questions..

Tune in for ..

Coachella 2018 with *playlist to be added*

from 22:00 - 00:00 on:
webradio lora

featuring:
gimmeabeat at coachella

Kisses,
Babymonster
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* Hundreds and Klain Karoo on m4music 2018 *

• May 21st, 2018

Last month I did 1st part of the review of m4music festival, 2018 edition.

I will continue with the review of m4music festival in this show as well and focus on two more bands/artists: siblings duo from Hamburg: Hundreds and 4 people band from Switzerland: Klain Karoo.

For review of their gigs and interviews please check here and here, respectively.

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Tune it tonight to Gimme A Beat (21.05.2018) to hear more about m4music festival and my impressions.. as well as for the interviews and the music of the artists that I’ve chosen for the second part of a festival review:

Hundreds and Klain Karoo at m4music 2018
with *playlist to be added*

from 22:00 - 00:00 on:
webradio lora

featuring:
gimme a beat at m4music

Kisses,
Babymonster
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for the info about old shows please go to previous entries



* KT Gorique, Veronica Fusaro and Ta’shan at m4music 2018 *

• April 16th, 2018

Since 1998, m4music festival takes place every March here in Switzerland: two days in Zurich and one day in the chosen city in the French part.

It is flawlessly organized at one of the coolest locations in town: Schiffbau; with many concerts happening on the seven (+1) stages, at or close the main building.

M4music festival is more of the cultural platform than a typical music festival. It is a place where artists, industry experts meet and exchange ideas, experiences and vision of the future. There are several ways this festival makes this happen: by offering interesting panel discussions and workshops, conferences on latest hot issues in music business, competition for the next generation of musicians (Demotape Clinic) and simply the chance to meet many local, national and international people at the venue, just hanging around, talking, sharing their opinions and knowledge.

I was visiting this festival for many years now, but only start reviewing it last few years.
But almost every year, I keep on coming back to it, not only because its convenient location (here in Zürich), but because every year I discover new band(s), have a chance to interview interesting female artists/bands, meet great people (from music and non music industry) and see again some local people that I rarely find time to catch up during the year and with our busy schedules.

As usual, it was a very busy two days, but most importantly, as Gimme A Beat, in my exploration of "female factor" of the festival I managed to catch 5 very talented artists for interviews. Of course I also saw them live, but next to their gigs I've managed to see many others as well.

Therefore in order to cover all the artists properly, I will need to break my review in two 2-hour shows.

In 1st part of a review I will be focusing on KT Gorique, Veronica Fusaro and Ta'Shan. For review of their gigs and interviews check here, here and here, respectively.

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Tune it tonight to Gimme A Beat (16.04.2018) to hear my impressions of the m4music festival and gigs I've seen .. as well as all the interviews and the music of the artists that I’ve chosen for the first part of a festival review:

KT Gorique, Veronica Fusaro and Ta'shan at m4music 2018
with playlist

from 22:00 - 00:00 on:
webradio lora

featuring:
gimme a beat at m4music

Kisses,
Babymonster
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for the info about old shows please go to previous entries

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* Daytrottering 2018 *

• February 26th, 2018

I've been doing special editions of the Gimme A Beat that I called appropriately Daytrottering, for many years now. In these shows I show love for one of the coolest music websites out there: Daytrotter. Before I started with these special episodes, I was already a fan (and a member) of Daytrotter for many years. In 2011, I reached out to Mr Daytrotter, Sean Moeller, mastermind behind the concept, asked for permission to do them and fortunately for my Gimme A Beat's listeners, he said yes.

in 2016 and after 10 years Sean left Daytrotter, only keeping minority share in the company.

But Daytrotter legacy continues, so there is no reason not to share Daytrotter aswesomeness this year again.

Before going any further though, let me remind you what Daytrotter is all about.

Daytrotter sessions are exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favourite bands and by a lot of bands that will be your favourites. Minimalist recording process used to records songs of the visiting band in the setup that is configurable, makes a very honest presentation of the band/artist on that particular day, in the physical and musical sense. These songs are them as they are on that particular day, on that particular tour - dirty and alive.

In the beginning, Daytrotter dudes were giving 7 original sessions, 28 songs for free each week. Over the years they recorded more then 2000 sessions and gave it for free to million of music lovers like me. In 2012, the things have changed, but luckily for all of us, not the "Why" of Daytrotter, but the "How" of Daytrotter. 
Therefore today, in order to help Daytrotter continue doing what it has been doing throughout the years, all of you, real music lovers can purchase Daytrotter membership for either ridiculously low $2.99 per month or $32 for the entire year.

The membership allows you to stream, download, and discover your favorites. And with over 6,200 sessions there is definitely something for everyone to chose and fall in love with.
Also, you can stream all the sessions to your computer or Daytrotter iPhone or Android apps, wherever you may be. It's as if you're in the studio with your favourite artists. 
In addition to the sessions recorded in the Horseshack studio (original daytrotter studio) in Rock Island, Illinois, Daytrotter guys are working closely with Communion Records in London and friends/studios in in Montreal, Portland, Oregon, Nashville, Asheville, NC, Austin, Texas and San Francisco and few other places, in order to chronicle as much as they can. Available are stuff like cute drawings of the artists (which makes it also very easy to search for them in extensive archive), links or/and short impression/biography stories on daytrotter session artists page as well as easy to use Daytrotter Mobile apps. In January of 2016, Daytrotter experience got upgraded when Daytrotter opened the doors to their new live music venue, located in the heart of Downtown Davenport, Iowa. In February 2016, the first annual Daytrotter Downs festival was held there with an idea to bring together next thoroughbreds in music.

Believing that live music is what the future of music is all about, it is only natural that I am a big fan and supporter of Daytrotter and everything that this project stands for. 
Therefore I decided to Daytrotter at least once per year with Gimme A Beat listeners through my selection of the Daytrotter Sessions performed by female artists/all-female bands or bands with female vocalists.

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Tune in tonight (26.02.2018) to Gimme A Beat and, in the case that you are not the member already, let me convince you that Daytrotter membership is the best deal you ever got in your life.

Daytrottering 2018  

with click-to-play  Daytrotter_logo_bl.png Daytrotter playlist

from 22:00 - 00:00 on: 
webradio lora

featuring:
gimme a beat, daytrottering

Kisses, 
Babymonster

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for the info about old shows please go to previous entries



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