From the street into the pop olymp!
58 new act confirmed for the Reeperbahn Festival 2016.
Drangsal (photo), the introvert creative mind, is presently attracting maximum attention. And justifiably so: Perfectly composed music, something between 80s revival and brute pop, is about to prise out mainstream with synthie pop and post punk gloominess.
Sophia is equally creatively minded. Singer and guitarist Robin Proper-Sheppard writes melancholic songs, touching on all the negative experiences in his life. The new songs are no longer as hopeless as they used to be, but after a seven-year break his deep lyrics with all their morbidity are still of top quality.
The rapper Plusmacher narrowly escaped a compulsory break, too – in prison. Luckily, it didn’t happen. Today he is part of the stringent structures of a Berlin hip-hop label and his kerbstone rap even makes it into the charts. What remains of his younger days are stories about drugs, the streets and milieu of his home town Magdeburg, resounding with classical old school beats.
Sara Hartmann, a 20-year-old American, is also romping around our capital city. Brought up near New York and blessed with a powerful voice she decided to start a career in Berlin. Since then her emotional songs have been marked by homesickness, and they even impress world stars like Ellie Goulding who invited the up-and-coming Berlin musician to support her on her world tour.
Even the most reluctant dancer will warm to the tunes of the Youngblood Brass Band. Rappers such as Talib Kweli are meanwhile using the energetic fusion composed of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and classical New-Orleans style of the US band which will definitely put the skids under Hamburg's festival guests.