22. November 2008

berlin, staring at the sun

People - including myself sometimes - try too hard to see what happens overseas from time to time and miss keeping an eye on the local music scene. In the case of Berlin it's actually hard to say 'local', because since decades people come from all over the world to live and record music in this truly inspiring city. A recent example is Brandon Bethancourt aka Alaska In Winter from New Mexico who describes the process of producing his newest album Holiday as followed:

After spending half a year in an east Berlin flat, Brandon Bethancourt (AKA Alaska in Winter) awoke one afternoon after a 16 hour-straight dance party from the previous weekend only to discover that there on his computer, was a fully finished, and totally rad new album.
Yes indeed... Brandon has no recollection of how that music got there on his laptop other than vague fragmented late night memories that involve synthesizers, lasers, berliner pils, haus musik, and possibly some singing... but regardless, Brandon pretty much had so much fun, and miraculously, an album came out if it some how... and Brandon's pumped about it... and you should be too!

Alaska In Winter - Berlin (mp3)

The next song is from his last album Dance Party In The Balkans.

Alaska In Winter - Staring At The Sun (mp3)

Can you guess who helped producing this album? Okay I give you a hint. He wrote songs called Brandenburg (no, it's not Rainald Grebe!) and Prenzlauerberg. Sooo...? Come on!

Okay, you might figure it out when you watch this interview.

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