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A2IM Official Reeperbahn Festival Showcase

Pianos (158 Ludlow St) hosted the A2IM Official Reeperbahn Festival showcase on Wednesday June 7th. Presented by Consequence of Sound, it features a lineup of seven international artists.

  • free access for all A2IM Indie Week registrants
  • for those not registered for Indie Week, Consequence of Sound ran a public ticket giveaway

Albin Lee Meldau (Sweden)

“With his magic and brooding anger, he is definitely a maverick, akin to the David Bowies and Freddy Mercurys of the world!” With these words the ANCHOR Award 2016 was presented to Albin Lee Meldau, who impressed with an outstanding performance. The 29-year-old Swedish singer-songwriter has the talent to conjure up an intimate atmosphere with authentic ballads and his captivating voice. Born in Sweden’s musical capital of Gothenburg, he started playing various instruments and sang in the soul band Magnolia, where he developed his virtuoso way of performing. After six years, Meldau turned solo artist and focused on his own stories and his unique, modern style.   

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TMs: USA, CA
Wealthy benefactors: USA, CA

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Carnival Youth (Latvia)

Catchy, melodic, danceable – “Propeller,” Carnival Youth’s latest album, is the perfect music for spring. Since their debut, “No Clouds Allowed,” the foursome from Latvia’s capital, Riga, have taken off in a big way: They’ve become a remarkable indie-rock band – one that can also hold its own on international stages. At the 2016 Eurosonic festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, the group received the European Border Breakers Award. Two years before that, in 2014, Reeperbahn Festival discovered the Latvian band when the four schoolmates from Riga played the Hamburg festival, performing tunes with a light, airy, life-as-continuous-carnival sound.

Roberts Vanags, Aleksis Lurins, Edgars Kaupers, and Emils Kaupers formed the band in 2012, and their two albums won “album of the year” awards (in 2014 and 2016) in Latvia. Carnival Youth is known for their rousing live performances, and their concerts at festivals and on tours offer plenty of proof of this. They have an energy reminiscent of bands like Temples and Arctic Monkeys – which is certainly not bad company to be in.

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Booking: USA, CA
Label: USA, CA

Current agency representation:
Guna Zucika, Liva Petersone (Label, LV)

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LEYYA (Austria)

“Spanish Disco” is the name of Austrian band Leyya’s debut album. Yet the duo hasn’t the slightest interest in Ibiza megaclub noise or summer hits. Atmospheric, intense, übercool, and with plenty of unexpected punchlines – Leyya’s sound approaches British trip-hop band Portishead. Sophie Lindinger and Marco Kleebauer, both from Eferding, Austria, founded the band, and the two now live in Vienna, which is home to a major, massively creative electro scene. Leyya, with its electronic sound, is part of a new, innovative Austropop generation that thinks outside the box and aims straight at the hearts and minds of listeners. Incidentally, “Leyya” is taken from the Eastern Canadian Inuktitut language and means “marketing strategy.” Live, Leyya is just as exceptional as on “Spanish Disco,” but the experience is a different one: onstage the twosome becomes a foursome and the computers are switched off.

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Label: USA
Agency: USA

Current agency representation:
Hannes Tschürtz (Management, AT)

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Lydmor (Denmark)

Two years ago, Danish vocalist and producer Lydmor attracted attention when she joined forces with the eccentric singer and bass player Bon Homme. They released an album and played a number of shows – including one at Reeperbahn Festival. “Currently we are both focusing on other things,” Lydmor has written on her website of this collaboration, “but we are not done with each other.” While Lydmor has also teamed up with other artists and bands, such as Germany’s Alle Farben and Belgium’s Arsenal, her activities as a solo artist have remained her highest priority – she describes her solo project as “my child. My life. My essence.” With two albums out in Denmark, she is now at work on her first international release. Last year the electro artist spent some time in Shanghai. It’ll be fascinating to hear what influences have made their way into her new music.

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Label: USA
Agency: USA
Management: USA

Current agency representation:
Thomas Bredahl (Management, DK)

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Megan Bonnell (Canada)

According to entertainment website Zimbio.com: “Daughter + Bon Iver = Megan Bonnell.” Ultimately, though, Bonnell’s sound is more like that of fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell. The Toronto-based folk singer has a wide-ranging voice and her lyrics possess an intelligence and poetry. “Magnolia,” released in 2016, is the singer-songwriter’s sophomore album, after “Hunt and Chase” (2013) – and it was back in 2013, while she was touring her debut album, that Bonnell wrote the first songs for “Magnolia.” In these songs, she explains, she captured moments of her life, such as the birth of her niece, love that “came and went,” and reflections of “heartbreak and happiness.” One of the most beautiful songs on the album is the single “Can’t Have You,” which is written as a love letter and demonstrates just how much emotion Bonnell is capable of summoning. She toured the US with Justin Nozuka and can be heard this summer at a variety of festivals across North America.

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Label: USA
Agency: USA

Current agency representation:
Tim Des Islets (Management, CA)

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We Bless This Mess (Portugal)

Strictly speaking, We Bless This Mess is the solo project of Portuguese musician and tattoo artist Nelson Graf Reis. But it has also evolved into a five-piece band – one that’s attracting more and more fans. Those who are into Frank Turner, Mumford & Sons, or Bob Dylan, will no doubt love the songs by this Porto-based group and its talented songwriter. They play folk – but with the force and attitude of a punk band and adhering to a “less is more” philosophy. The band’s songs are performed straight to the point, very no-frills. Nelson Graf Reis is one of those artists who goes through life with a positive outlook and a savor-the-moment mindset. “Volume 1” is the name of his first album. Here’s hoping there will be more volumes to come!

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Booking: USA
Label: USA

Current agency representation:
Nelson Graf Reis (Management, PT)

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Olivier St. Louis (United States of America)

Olivier St. Louis’s early musical influences ranged from hip hop to American R’n’B to British rock. For years, music producers (mostly from the electro scene) brought the singer with the impressive beard into the studio when they needed a vocalist who could both sing falsetto and hit the low notes. He has worked with various artists, including Hudson Mohawke and Oddisee. Back in 2006, he released his first album, “Kilowatt,” under the name Olivier Daysoul, but it would be more than ten years before Olivier – now going by his birth name, Olivier St. Louis – would resume his solo career. “Ever Since the Fall” is the title of the first EP by this cosmopolitan soul singer and it offers the listener a taste of St. Louis’s musical palette, which spans the spectrum from 60s soul through blues-rock to contemporary electro pop. St. Louis, who also has a degree in biology, says it’s time for his own sound – his own songs, representing his own voice, his own worldview. No compromises.

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