ORNELLA BUGLIONI

Collage artist Ornella Buglioni shows us what multimedia really means with works on paper all the way to online video games; a look at reinvention from her studio in Berlin

Text JUSTIN ROSS
Photography CHARLOTTE KRAUSS

Ornella Buglioni is a multimedia collage artist originally from Argentina and now based in Berlin. Trained as an interior designer, she made the decision to expand her horizons and follow her passion as an artist. This ultimately led her to Berlin, where she has come across many new ways of being creative, and true to her multidisciplinary approach, she folds each of these into her artistic practice. Most recently, the world of online games presented an unexpected but welcome chance to take her practice to a whole new level, experimenting with mixed digital media, character design, music and more. Ornella inspires us with her optimism and spirit of perseverance and reinvention and shows us how important it is to be open to new ideas.

4SEE Magazine visited her in her studio, part of the growing studio complex at HER Studios in the Mariendorf district of Berlin.

Name Ornella Buglioni
Age 36
Nationality Argentinian
Medium Collage
Based in Berlin
Recent/upcoming exhibition (projects) Rebounder Open Studio event
Find more at www.ornellabuglioni.com

Interview from September 2020

4SEE Artist Profile – Ornella Buglioni Eyewear by ETNIA BARCELONA Marlene
4SEE Artist Profile – Ornella Buglioni
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You started out as an interior designer before becoming an artist. What made you go into art?

The reason I went into art is simple. I have a need to express myself, and after neglecting it for so many years I felt I had to let it out. Since a young age, I was interested in art. I was on a path to study fine arts, but pressure from my parents and not having the courage to take the step pushed me to interior design. I was hoping that interior design would be creatively fulfilling and expressive. It turns out, writing emails, attending meetings and managing projects was far from expressing myself and being creative. It took me a long time to admit to myself and to “come out” to my family, that art is what I want to do. Quitting my job and moving to Berlin was the first step to becoming an Artist.

Your medium crosses over collage, painting and photography… What drew you to these media?

I experiment with painting and photography but my focus is on collage. Using collage I have the freedom to blur the borders between different mediums and ideas, to bring in unexpected elements together.

MIAW by Ornella Buglioni, Mixed media on paper, 35.5 x 49.5 cm (2019)
MIAW by Ornella Buglioni, Mixed media on paper, 35.5 x 49.5 cm (2019)

What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment so far is Floripondis.  It’s a video game that I was offered to do the art for. Working on a video game is like working on a collage on many levels. I was collaging existing pieces from my collection, as well as new ones together on top of having to “collage” them with music and mechanics. This forced me to expand my creative process and deal with the unexpected places the game took the art to. It’s amazing seeing my art come to life in a way I’ve never had before. Engaging people with my art is one of my goals and a game is a natural fit for that.

What are the key sources of inspiration?

I believe we are creative beings, as children we are born with incredible potential and creative force, which I am always trying to tap into. My source of inspiration is coming from within, it’s guided by instinct, subconscious explorations, meditations and oneiric visuals. My inspiration comes from being present and aware, in a never ending attempt to expand my consciousness and the knowing of the self.

What made you move to Berlin? How has this move impacted your art making?

Visiting Berlin many years ago I was fascinated by the artistic nature of the city, seeing so much expression, I felt safe in anonymity and in a place to experiment and be judgement free. I decided to join a residency (Berlin Art Institute) where I found a lot freedom and was guided by experienced artists.

BALANCE by Ornella Buglioni, print on fine art paper, 59.4 x 42 cm (2020)
BALANCE by Ornella Buglioni, print on fine art paper, 59.4 x 42 cm (2020)

What is a must-see gallery or museum in Berlin in your opinion?

I enjoy a lot of the curatorial work of Kremers Gallery, I also like to visit Gropius Bau Museum and ME collectors[note: closed as of 2020].

Tell me about your studio. Is it a space to retreat and create, or to connect with a community, or both?

I use the space for many things. It’s a playground, a school and a temple. As a school, I am studying new mediums for instance music production and digital animation. As a temple I use the space to meditate and quiet the mind, connect with the senses and the body. And as a playground it’s a safe place to let my inner child out.

I think we are all still processing current events, but I’m curious, has coronavirus and social distancing impacted the way you think about art?

It didn’t change the way I think about art but it changed the way I make art. Quarantine restrictions pushed me into expanding my art into the digital world, and presented me with the opportunity to fully focus on Floriponids and learning to mix music.

Is there anything that has helped you during this time? Something you turn to or find particularly inspiring and uplifting right now?

I can dive into music and get into a bubble where I feel I could stay forever.
During quarantine I took lessons with a talented Berlin based DJ (Lemonella) and I started mixing music myself. If you are interested you can listen to my sets on Soundcloud, my DJ name is Minneith.

What is next for you, an upcoming project or chance to see your work?

I will continue working on Floripondis until I feel the game reaches its full potential. I invite anybody that wants to see my art and also have some fun to dive into the game. It’s free, with no ads. Play alone or with friends and family. I’d like to also mention that the game music is made by Liquify, and the coding and game play design by Yoav Hortman.
I’m also on instagram @ornellabuglioni, where I will announce further exhibitions and events.

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Ambient Electronica artist Wild Anima for 4SEE, featuring Barton Perreira

SPOTLIGHT ON WILD ANIMA

4SEE presents Berlin-based French musician Wild Anima’s artistic research, an emotional ecological soundscape four years in the making.

Photography CHARLOTTE KRAUSS
Text F. GONZALEZ

A poly-rhythm of sonic streams floating adjacent to each other with occasional currents running in between make up the ambient soundscape of Wild Anima. These sounds are influenced by the Nordic region, Asia Minor and Northern Africa with a mix of intercultural instruments brought together by an electronic underpinning. The voice of Wild Anima is dreamy, introspective and at times a melodic inventive language reminiscent of Cocteau Twins, Lisa Gerrard, Enya and Enigma.

Their latest album, “Alkhemy,” has just been released and expands on Wild Anima’s ambient-electronic universe.

Interview 07/2020

Electronica ambient artist Wild Anima for 4SEE
4SEE Spotlight – WILD ANIMA

 

Artist Name Wild Anima
Genre Electronica / Ambient
Based in Berlin
Playing together since 2016
Listen on Bandcamp / Spotify

Describe your band / music / style in three words.

Magnetic Ambient Electronic

What did you listen to when growing up?

When I was little my parents listened to a lot of traditional Greek music, which had a big influence on me. I was mesmerised by the Anatolian style of female vocals. I remember also being really influenced by the Cranberries that my mother would listen to and Irish traditional singing in general. It has always felt very familiar to me. We would also listen to some African music from Senegal and that really touched me as well. The Kora is probably my favourite instrument.

There was something like a deep softness in that music, maybe that is the first ambient sound that really inspired me. I think I also found some deep imprints in the voice of Maria Callas that my father was listening to when I was little. Other influences that I loved as a kid include a lot of the ’90s dance music and French hip hop; I feel that this was a major influence on the way I use beats and spoken word today. Music definitely played an important role as I grew up. I was spending a lot of time on my own because my parents were working late hours and that allowed me to create an intimate bond with music in general.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.

Most people probably don’t know who this is but I’m fascinated with Ed Handley, half of the British electronica duo Plaid. I actually briefly met him once in a small town in England. His sense of melody and sound design is very special to me. Plaid’s music has been a huge influence on my drive to produce my own sounds. I find that their music is like language, full of emotions and subtle energies.

Wild Anima photographed by Charlotte Krauss in Berlin
4SEE Spotlight – WILD ANIMA
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Who are you listening to right now?

I have just discovered this beautiful African-American ambient musician and harpist called Nailah Hunter. Her music is very haunting. I love exploring the alternative independent scene. I listen to a lot of music from artists that I meet on the road or musicians who are related to them through independent labels.

What is the craziest or funniest thing that’s happened on tour?

That’s a funny question. I think there are lots of stories to tell about that, especially in the underground European touring scene. There are so many little venues hosting all sorts of different kinds of events. I hope that the current situation won’t affect those kind of small independent spaces too much, they are so important for independent artists to meet with each other and connect directly with different audiences.

I think one of the craziest things that happened is when I decided to travel to Montreal for a little holiday and ended up touring with amazing artists in Florida that became some of my best friends today.

Favourite performance venues or music festivals? And why?

I loved playing at Circus Schatzinsel in Berlin, this was part of an art experience / installation that my friend Amaury Bouquet had organised with his collective BIMBIM. There was a whole circuit for participants to go through involving tarot, performance art and live music that I was performing. It was lovely seeing the participants diving into this personal experience and sharing that feeling with them through music.

I also have really fond memories of playing a house concert in Prague that was truly special, this kind of environment really allows me to connect with the audience in such a special way. I am able to set a sacred space that almost feels like a ritual and connect through the heart in this way. There is also this tiny queer bar in Lille where I play with my dear friends KosmoSuna quite often, it is called the Liquium. We put on parties there and invite various international and local artists to perform with us and showcase trans, non-binary and female artists.

Three words to describe your fans.

Sensitive – Dreamers – Spiritual

Electronica ambient artist Wild Anima for 4SEE
4SEE Spotlight – WILD ANIMA
Eyewear by BARTON PERREIRA Galore

Favourite eyewear brand?

I don’t know much about eyewear brands, although I do wear glasses both for vision and sun protection. They are indispensable to me—I am very sensitive to light and can’t work without my glasses. I often focus more on the model rather than the brand. In general, I like anything that is made with care and ethically produced as much as possible. I’m very fond of vintage style glasses or anything that is creative with fun lens colours. For me, it very much depends on my mood.

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?

I am co-creating an experimental short film at the moment. My musician-friend Lush Agave who is based out of Los Angeles has been my collaborator. I am developing called “the ecology of emotions” for the last two years. It started on an artist residency I was doing in Iceland. This project has been really nourishing and inspiring. It merges our visions and philosophy together and shooting the material in Iceland was a very unique experience. It was just the two of us exploring and interacting with the Icelandic nature.

Where do you see yourself in ten years‘ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?

Sometimes I feel it is hard to say where I’ll be in 10 years time, life is so unpredictable. Especially at the moment with the global pandemic. But if I let myself envision that, I would say that in 10 years I’ll have built an amazing eco-art community project with my friend Julia Kukkonen who is a wonderful artist and multi-talented entrepreneur-ess. I see my project evolving into something more than music, merging spirituality and the world of art. I can see myself putting on something like cross-media exhibitions merging philosophy, live performance and conceptual art.

My main credo is to enjoy what I am given as much as I can and interact with life courageously. I have always felt that it is better to try something even if I’m scared rather than stopping myself from doing things and regretting it later.

 

Electronica Ambient artist for 4SEE, photographed by Charlotte Krauss
4SEE Spotlight – WILD ANIMA
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David Koch from The Great Harry Hillman, wearing Blackfin glasses, shot by Bert Spangemacher

SPOTLIGHT ON THE GREAT HARRY HILLMAN

A post-jazz quartet from Switzerland named after an American Olympic gold medal champion brings together musicians from diverse influences with unexpected results.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text F. GONZALEZ

A post-jazz quartet from Switzerland named after an American Olympic gold medal champion may seem atypical but when you consider that Harry Hillman’s greatest athletic achievement was setting the record in a team event the ensemble’s chosen moniker begins to make sense. Just like a high-achieving team, The Great Harry Hillman brings together musicians from diverse influences to achieve and trust each other to create music by intuition rather than predetermined processes.

Live at Donau115, their fourth release in eleven years, shares their not-so expected “post-jazz” sound that weaves in ambient, electronic and rock with their take on modern jazz. Expectations aside, their live shows are a free-evolving experience where a “set list” is just a recommendation. Expect songs to flow into each other with improv moments trusting the band’s intuition.

Interview:  05/2020 with David Koch from the Great Harry Hillman

David Koch from The Great Harry Hillman, wearing Blackfin glasses, shot by Bert Spangemacher
4SEE Spotlight on the Great Harry Hillman / David Koch, Guitar
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Artist Name The Great Harry Hillman
Genre Post Jazz
Members and Instruments
Nils Fischer: bass clarinet / David Koch: guitar / Samuel Huwyler: bass / Dominik Mahnig: drums
Based in Lucerne, Switzerland
Playing together since 2009
Recent Album Live at Donau 115
Listen on Bandcamp / iTunes / SpotifyWebsite / Instagram / Facebook

Describe your band / music / style in three words.

Hypnotic-noise-wellness.

What did you listen to when growing up?

I grew up in a family of musicians, as did the rest of the band! My father is a classical flute player, so I was surrounded by classical music very early on. That had a huge influenced on me, for sure. My mum listened to classical radio all day long! Literally. So, before I started going to school, I was also forced to endure this compulsion. I think this shaped my musical sensibility, gave me a feeling for melodies and harmonies. When I was ten, I went on the road with an Irish folk band, we toured a lot! That was a lot of fun, being able to play at all these adult pubs out in Ireland, as a kid.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.

I have to start with Gary Moore. I caught him at a Saturday night show when I was a teenager. It’s because of him that I started to save money to buy an electric guitar. There was also John Zorn. During my college years I became a real groupie and a John Zorn addict. I had to know every record that he was on, and there are millions of them! As a result, I really dove into this New York downtown avant-garde jazz scene. I suppose this is what drove me to study Jazz at the university. Along the way, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner were also really important to me. At the moment, my hero is the band LOW, with their latest album called Double Negative, produced by B. J. Burton. But I also love Bill Frisell with the Paul Motian Trio, St. Vincent, Dirty Projectors, Cant (the solo project of Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear), Radiohead, Marc Ribot, Burial, and Danger Mouse.

David Koch from The Great Harry Hillman, wearing Blackfin glasses, shot by Bert Spangemacher
4SEE Spotlight on the Great Harry Hillman / David Koch, Guitar
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Who are you listening to right now?

That would be LOW, Sparklehorse, Jenny Hval, Tout Bleu, REA, Borusiade, Big Thief, Suuns…

What is the craziest or funniest thing that’s happened on tour?

Because you guys are a Berlin-based magazine, a show that I played there comes to mind. We were in the car, driving to the gig and there was a total blockade on the autobahn. We were three hours too late, but somehow we still arrived right when we were supposed to go on. The room was packed with people waiting for us, and they clapped when we stepped on stage. Of course, we still set up everything and sound check, all of this in front of the audience, and then float directly into our set.

Favourite performance venues or music festivals? And why?

There’s Jazz festival Willisau, a renowned festival in Switzerland, for avant-garde music. And then there are several smaller places that I remember because of the vibe there, the people, the energy. That would be Donau115, where our album is recorded. HotClub Gent, we go there at least once a year! It’s actually more like a bar, but with the most incredible people who, over the years, also became our dear friends. I also remember pretty obscure places in Japan, India and Russia. Venues that have something David Lynch thing about them, or feel like they are straight out of trashy nineties cinema experiments. When you enter these places, from soundcheck until you leave, it feels like a trip.

 

Three words to describe your fans.

Open-minded, adventurous, enthusiastic.

David Koch from The Great Harry Hillman, wearing Blackfin glasses, shot by Bert Spangemacher
4SEE Spotlight on the Great Harry Hillman / David Koch, Guitar
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Favourite eyewear brand?

The only eyewear I bought in my life were Cutler & Gross sunglasses. They were stolen after a few days. Ever since, I’m enjoying being blinded by the sun and the beauty of life.

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?

In a few weeks, I’ll be going to Switzerland to manufacture 100 pieces of a guitar effect that I developed. It’s called The Pill Pedal. The coolest thing about making this thing is that I get to meet so many musicians and producers from all over the world.

At the moment, due to Corona, there are no concerts planned until September. In autumn, we’ll play in Switzerland and in early 2021 we have a tour planned for Russia. It’ll be our second time there, and I am really looking forward to it. The people there are just so incredibly warm!

Where do you see yourself in ten years‘ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?

For myself, I hope that I can keep my curiosity, my dedication and the patience to create music and things related to it. I definitely don’t have a ten-year plan, I just want to keep on moving, be kind and let walk this meandering path.

For the band, we’ve been playing together for ten years! And with the same line-up. I guess there will be another 10 more. We’re always searching, experimenting and researching. That keeps us stimulated and, most importantly, challenged. It’s not always the easiest way, but at least we don’t get lazy and this keeps all us and the whole band awake and alive. I see the band evolving, and I am really curious where it will take us.

4SEE Artist Profile 16  – Louise Thomas

Painter Louise Thomas who runs the Burnt Sienna Art School Berlin describes how determination and passion helped her find her happy medium.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text JUSTIN ROSS

Berlin-based painter Louise Thomas opens up about her experience as a young artist grappling with the art market and how to make a living as an artist. Persevering through the ups and downs of the economy and surviving the Great Recession, she came out even stronger with new ideas and a renewed sense of community.

Her positivity is a much-needed salve and shows that happiness comes from doing what you love and sharing it with others—life lessons that are profoundly relevant to all of us facing another moment of great upheaval today.

Name Louise Thomas
Age 35
Nationality British
Medium Painting / film
Based in Berlin
Recent/upcoming exhibition (projects)
Residence Inn @ Hjellegjerde gallery Berlin
Find more at www.louisethomas.art

Interview from May 2020

4SEE Artist Profile - Louise Thomas
4SEE Artist Profile – Louise Thomas
Eyewear by ETNIA BARCELONA Moorea

 

Did you always know that you were going to be an artist?

I realised when I was 18 years old when I used oil paint for the first time to copy a John Singer Sargent painting, Madame X. I produced an accurate copy of the painting and knew I should continue since it came so easily to me. I continued to study biology, however I soon focused my intention fully by the age of 23 during my time at Kingston making films and afterwards at Falmouth School of Art starting to paint.

Do you find the art world (creative world) cutthroat and competitive, or is it also supportive and community-minded, or something in between?

Something in between. The artworld is a mirror that reflects the pure horror of the global neo-capitalist state we find ourselves in today. The monopoly of the blue-chip galleries and the desperate fight of so many artists squabbling over contacts, commissions and sales and then getting sucked up into galleries that at the end of the day do not provide a steady fair monthly wage or quality of life. This current state of affairs has been liquidised and catalysed in a crucible in the age of COVID: speeding us forward into more unstable times as the global economic system melts. I have found myself at a happy medium in the last few years and I can tell you a little bit about it.

Riwaka resurgence by Louise Thomas (2020), 90 x 90 cm, Oil on portrait linen
Riwaka resurgence by Louise Thomas (2020), 90 x 90 cm, Oil on portrait linen

When I graduated from art school in 2007, I was selected for an exhibition and prize with the Saatchi gallery and following with a show in New York and representation in London, lots of paintings were sold for lots of money to people I didn’t really like too much. After the financial crash and following recession, BISCHOFF/WEISS, the gallery representing me, went under. I felt abandoned with the cost of my paintings inflated to reflect the economic situation. However, over the last 7 years, I have become comfortable in my position, running a private art school, Burnt Sienna Art School Berlin and my own art practice. Based in Berlin, the school provides a rich, diverse community of artists alongside which I continue to produce paintings and work towards shows, networking and dealing with galleries and selling paintings at reasonable prices to people I respect. It feels great!

What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?

Last year I produced two large-scale oil paintings for a museum in Iceland. Afterwards, I received recognition from the president of Iceland for the paintings now in their permanent collection. The paintings were part of a series of commissioned artworks chronicling a historic medieval Icelandic saga text…. Besides that I am so proud of my art school and all the students!

Does art always need to be relevant? Is there a place for aesthetic indulgence, or do politics come into play in your motivation?

Art is always relevant to the person making it whether it is relevant or important to society at large is something else. For me, if an artwork reflects a sentiment or current theme clearly and poetically I am impressed.

I have personally been concerned with the same themes for 15 years now. I enjoy and respect Jeremy Deller’s relevant political working-class pieces as much as I enjoy, for example, Matthew Barney’s indulgently opulent cremaster works.

What topics have got you inspired at the moment?

Water, geometry, sex, the old testament and minerals.

4SEE Artist Profile - Louise Thomas Atelier in Berlin
4SEE Artist Profile – Louise Thomas‘ atelier in Berlin

What is it like to be currently living and working in Berlin?

Berlin is dirty, I speak German, but I am originally from London my English accent is strong. My fiancé from Hamburg gets along with it somehow.

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming project or chance to see your work?

I am working with the stone Lapis Lazuli, producing a new series ‘Great Women of the Bible’. I will host an online preview from my studio. Alongside that I am restructuring Burnt Sienna Art School Berlin with the team for online content as opposed to real-time courses in the school.

Where do you see yourself in ten years‘ time, where would you like to see your artwork and at what scale?

Kunsthalle Hamburg.

4SEE Artist Profile - Louise Thomas, photo by Bert Spangemacher
4SEE Artist Profile – Louise Thomas
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4SEE Spotlight on Kush K, Swiss Alternative Band

SPOTLIGHT ON KUSH K

Lotus-eaters, in Greek Mythology, are people living in the land of the Lotus tree that induces a peaceful sleep—as seductive and inviting as Switzerland’s homegrown music collective Kush K.

Text F. GONZALEZ

Lotophagi, is the first full length album; a trippy spiritual journey of multi-instrumental and electronic songs that personify their creative method. A method that starts with a single spark, oftentimes from Catia Lanfranchi, vocalist and key songwriter, that attracts the others of Kush K to join in at their own pace and time, like a collective, building a resonant energy that results in a song mixed with throwback equipment with more pops and fizz than bits and bytes.

Like with most acts in 2020, touring is pushed back a bit but Kush K looks forward to getting out there as soon as possible, maybe through a live streaming show, to share Lotophagi with live audiences around Europe.

Interview:  04/2020 with KushK

4SEESpotlight on Kush K, alternative music band from Switzerland
4SEE Spotlight on Kush K
Catia Lanfranchi, Nicola Habegger, Pascal Eugster, Paul Amereller
Photo by Simon Habegger

 

Artist Name Kush K
Genre Alternative
Members and Instruments
Catia Lanfranchi: voice, organ, synths, writer, arranger // Nicola Habegger: guitar, synths, bass, flugelhorn, voice, arranger // Pascal Eugster: bass, guitar, voice, arranger // Paul Amereller: drums, voice, arranger
Based in Zürich, Switzerland
Playing together since 2018
Recent Album Lotophagi
Listen on Spotify /  YouTube

Describe your band / music / style in three words.

Silk, spirit, space.

What did you listen to when growing up?

I grew up in household where we wouldn’t really listen to music, and there was no internet so my main access to music then was through classical—Brahms, Bach, Chopin—and playing piano. But I always thought that there must be more! It was super random, how I found the artists and the genres that I liked. I was attracted to rough and dirty music and the whole accompanying lifestyle. I didn’t meet the people nor find the right channels for it till I was sixteen / eighteen, and moved to a bigger city.

Up until then searching through mainstream record stores was just not satisfying, but I did find Joan Jett, which then led me to Sonic Youth, Patti Smith, synth and lo-fi music.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.

They were mostly women. I was attracted to their character and how they carried themselves. Their attitude, musical output, audio-visual concepts, the interesting sounds they made. Éliane Radigue and Björk inspired me heavily and opened my mind. Thanks to them, I felt entitled to choose this unusual lifestyle and to make radical decisions in my life.

Who are you listening to right now?

A lot of synth music, lo-fi, world, mixed genres, what I would call sensation-seeking sounds. I like to discover extraordinary personalities, they can make the meaning of a single song much stronger. Cindy Lee, who has an ability to create unique atmospheres. Mega Bog is another one, I identify with her lyrics a lot and love listening to her voice. There is also the Bitchin Bajas, who I love for their long stretched out dynamics and organic sounds.

What is the craziest or funniest thing that’s happened on tour?

A lot happened for sure, but what should I share? Maybe the first time that our audience requested specific songs for us to play, these were the songs from our first EP. This happened after the show, and we didn’t play any of their favourite songs because we enjoyed the new stuff and improvising so much. We really forgot that people love to hear the songs they know already. We had a good time and great conversations afterwards, though, and we learned a lot from them.

Kush K Music
4SEE Spotlight -Kush K
Lotophagi Album Cover

Favourite performance venues or music festivals? And why?

There are a few where we feel at home and like their philosophy. Helsinki in Zürich, Fri-Son in Fribourg. It doesn’t matter if a venue is big or small because it’s the audience and the people who work there that make it what it is. Running a venue requires a lot dedication, and it’s more about creating platforms and bringing culture to people than it is about programming and making money.

Three words to describe your fans.

Coolular. Awesomnistic. Amazingnitis. (CAA)

Favourite eyewear brand?

We love to wear glasses and mostly pick vintage no-brands. But Nicola is really into Cazal.

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?

The next record will be out end of April. We would have played a lot now, but as is the case with all musicians, we had to postpone everything till autumn.
Hopefully, we’ll be playing festivals in the summer!

Where do you see yourself in ten years‘ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?

In a spacious garden, writing music and words.

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