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April 12, 2013

BAS 2013 – Celebrating Basildon’s Musical Heritage

Good news! Viva Music will participate in, and document, one of the most interesting Depeche Mode related events out there in Europe. We are talking about BAS 2013 (the third edition), event which is based on the history-making surroundings of Basildon – the music and cultural heritage of which is known to everyone. Let alone Depeche Mode, the 30 years+ history of Basildon also includes Erasure’s Vince Clarke and Yazoo‘s Alison Moyet. As the organizers put it, the musical Mecca of Basildon attracts many visitors, and there are no statues to honor their heroes – and this is where Bas Productions steps in – by providing a three day musical event in May 2013.

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May 2013’s second bank holiday (May 25-27) should be in everyone’s calendar since musicians, DJ’s and enthusiasts are all going to join in a weekend full of love and dancing. Multiple venues and three nights – that’s the real deal and the good news is that’s only the beginning of a one-week once-in-a-lifetime occasion: just one day away from Basildon’s most praised sons, Depeche Mode, take over O2 Arena in London for two consecutive gigs (May 28-29).

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The theme nights – and days! of BAS 2013 are a clever crescendo of entertainment which will provide the needed warm-up for the Depeche Mode concerts. On Saturday, May-25, the evening of ‘BAS Welcome Party‘ will last well into the night, with bands such as Analog Angel, Electro Kill Machine, or Weirdgear, supporting DJ program by Steve Thorogood, and Dpplgngrs. All that in The Edge (formerly known as The Highway),  a pub where Depeche Mode members used to hang out.

Previously on darkwave.roAnalog Angel – “The Thin Line Between Love and Hate”: Viva Music Review

On Sunday, May-26 (daytime), it’s time for ‘BAS 2013 Lounge‘ – with Berlin’s DJ Dr. Atmo, and band Cult with No Name. The daytime activities will go on with cult movies revolving around the magic of Depeche Mode and last but not least, an exhibition of art and memorabilia from Basildon’s golden age. As we move toward the evening, the second part of Sunday entitled ‘Live Band Night‘ involved headliners Heaven 17, plus supporting shows from Tenek, Strangers, Kloq, Sinestar and Automatic Writing. Guest DJ’s Dave Charles and Rob Harvey are going to close the evening with their sets.

Previously on darkwave.ro: Tenek – “EP 2”: Viva Music Review | Tenek @Darkwave.ro Festival 2011: Viva Music Review with Photos

On Monday, May-27 (daytime) we are in for the ‘BAS Chillout BBQ‘ – with a hog roast and DJ Mixmaster Morris and DJ’s from Depeche Mode London. Speak & Spell play during ‘Sound of Basildon Night‘, with supporting set from Modovar (who are going to offer a tribute for the music of Vince Clarke) and a live segment from Dean M. Oldfield (formerly part of Ba5ic). Guest DJ’s Steve Gray(TEC), and Russel (Crocs) are going to entertain you as the last countdown of 24 hours before the massive Depeche Mode London concerts is set.

Day-/event ticket information here. | Bas Productions: Official | on Facebook

December 19, 2011

Moon.74 “Newborn”: Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Gun” * “The Day You Disappear” * “It’s Hurting Me” * “Strange Convention” * “We Are” * “Into My Arms” * “Dirty Mind” * “Oblivion” * “Stalking Horse” * “Moonlanding” * “Breath” * “Newborn” * “Lost

Released in October 2010 with Echozone, the debut album from electronic/EBM act Moon.74 is a recent and very pleasant discovery with Viva Music. Although released last year, we thought about sharing some impressions on the album prior to this Friday’s video release (Dec-23) – the first video by Moon.74, with music written by Dominic Hein and remixed by Rico Huellermeier.

 “Newborn” is a great find, and we thought the sharing spirit of the coming holidays is the best opportunity to share to Moon.74 fans and Moon.74-curious fans Viva Music’s review. In general terms, everything is superlative, but taking a track-by-track approach might open your appetite for Moon.74’s music, since we believe that the feel good continuum of the album deserves all the attention one can get. The opening track, “Gun”, with its alert and alluring beat made us think of Chekov’s gun, the one he said about, “one must not put a loaded gun on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it”. Gunfires will ensure, this is for sure, but their delicate intricacy might be less evident on a first listen. The glorious music of “Gun”, reverently paying tribute to all the music we like, ranging from Depeche Mode to Apoptygma Berzerk, musicians Moon.74’s Dominic Hein counts among his influences, just like the other tracks compiled on the debut album is pretty long, which might be regarded as a shortcoming in the case of some albums, but with “Newborn” it actually is a blessing. More joy to the world! “The Day You Disappear” mellows out on a similar note, but instead of creating premature plateau, takes up the good feel set by the previous track and makes it deeper and less conjectural. “It’s Hurting Me” as well as “Strange Convention” are ampler in scope, and their electronic efficiency is simply startling. With refined emotion and particularly striking openness, both songs speak up about sentiment in a manner which is intimate and general at the same time, and that makes them great above average. “We Are”, a Viva Music favorite soars in dark undertones and carries a very positive vibe, while also being a quite entertaining dancefloor choice. “Into My Arms” takes up with the same musical benevolence an intense emotional experience and creates unsuspected harmony. “Dirty Mind” shifts a little the composure of previous tracks toward a sexier sound and interest, and with its very teasing core it has a persistent aftertaste. Another memorable track, “Oblivion” exploits the same dark streak featured in “Dirty Mind” and does not seem to settle for a definition, with its very charming sound it reaches out a wider audience than the previous tracks. And after a gemstone such as “Stalking Horse”, the time is ripe for “Moonlanding”, an excruciatingly beautiful track with a very atmospheric and historical tinge of a beginning and relevant musicality. Rougher in both intent and musical rendition, it is followed by the milder “Breath”, only to commit seriously to the same realm of music with the onset of “Newborn”. On listening to the track, all mystery around why it was chosen for the title of the album as well is dismissed; it is a great addition to the album layout and a magnificent soundtrack for our contemporary lives. The ending title, “Lost” is, a very prolific piece of music, that adds to the emotions captured by the album a whole script of beauty and resilience. (more…)

July 27, 2011

Compact Space “Nameless” Viva Music Album Review

Tracklist: “Push Push” * “Who Says It’s Real?” * “The Unstoppable Collision” * “Red Alert” * “Lonely Star” * “Don’t Look Back” * “My Other Life” * “Reverse Happiness” * “Where a Boy Used to Be” * “Don’t Look Back (Extended – Bonus Track)” * “The Unstoppable Collision (Extended – Bonus Track)

About Compact Space:

Compact Space are: Christian Eigner, Daryl Bamonte, Florian Kraemer.

Supergroups are always intriguing musical phenomena, and Compact Space is no exception to this rule. A winning band, Compact Space comes as the united artistic effort of three individuals with their own share of fame, and who, more importantly, are not up with a first collaboration, having worked before in various arrangements. Christian Eigner, a well-known figure for the Depeche Mode fanbase, who has been around in the DM Universe since 1997, is not only live drummer, backing vocalist and keyboardist for the band; but also contributed with his writing to numerous tracks both for Depeche Mode and Dave Gahan. His creative input has been always lauded by fans and reviewers; and the same goes for Daryl Bamonte, who worked just like Christian Eigner with Depeche Mode and additionally with The Cure; what’s more, Daryl manages among other artists and acts Christian Eigner as a solo musician. It is in this capacity of solo musician that Eigner met the last of the Compact Space crowd, Florian Kraemer, who did the vocals for Eigner’s solo 2005 album “Recovery” alongside Barca Baxant. How does their trio work? “The trio shares creative equality when they work on their songs. Daryl writes the lyrics, Florian develops the melodies and Christian puts together the powerful music that marks Compact Space with their own unmistakable style as soon as you listen to them.” Although their first single “Push Push” was released with sufficient buzz via iTunes in October 2009, an increasing crowd of Compact Space-curious listeners was to wait 20 months more before the release of their debut album, “Nameless”, including 9 original tracks (one of which featuring Martin L. Gore) and 2 extended versions, delivered in June this year.

Buy the debut album from Compact Space “Nameless” from iTunes | Watch the video for “Push Push” after the jump.

Compact Space – “Nameless” – Viva Music album review:

Nameless” is an album bound to gather numerous positive nods from critics and even more numerous listens. With an impeccable sound and a good drive throughout the entire album, “Nameless” is a top-shelf choice for the aficionados of synthpop, and definitely a good side listening material for all Depeche Mode fans. “Push Push” is a very good piece, and even if listened inside the “Nameless” equation it gives out the same feeling like the one back when it was released as a teasing single. A dreamy, groovy piece, “Push Push” is a very melodic chant and a great induction to the album. As expected, but excellently so, the Dave Gahan/Depeche Mode feel becomes relevant and the password to “Who Says It’s Real?”, a very appealing track with great vibes and melancholic voice, an overall excellent production that really raises the expectation levels for the remainder of the album. (more…)

July 20, 2011

Amphi Festival 2011 – 16&17-Jul, 2011 – Viva Music Review

 

Day One | Day Two | The Aftermath


Amphi Festival: Day One, Saturday, July-16: General Review | Mainstage | Staatenhaus

General Review

The fact that this year’s Amphi was going to be a success was obvious from the very beginning: people teemed in large numbers, and arrived to the venue earlier that last year. This meant that the first act, [X]-RX had an impressive audience for a first act on the main stage. A breathtaking experience, the 2011 edition of Amphi Festival made us yearn for next year’s festival already! And, as a side-note, given the enthusiasm and size of the audience, Cologne’s Tanzbrunnen may prove pretty soon to be too small a venue for such an excellent event.

Compared to 2010, the number of 2011 participants was significantly higher – a reason to the point might be the diverse lineup – from electronica to gothic, and from noise to darkwave – add to that the excellent entertainment offered in-between, the 100%-giving, outgoing performances of all acts, and needless to say, the tireless, party-oriented audience – all contributed to the overall success of the 2011 edition of Amphi Festival.

Participants at Amphi Festival 2011 (Day One) – photo gallery (more…)

June 7, 2011

Haujobb’s “Dead Market” EP Out Jun-17 – Viva Music Review

Only a couple of days are left until Jun-17, that is, until the release of HAUJOBB’s new EP “Dead Market” – an 8-piece wonder that precedes their forthcoming album “New World March” (tba, 2011). Prior to Jun-17, if you are in Leipzig for Wave Gotik Treffen, don’t miss out HAUJOBB’s club date for Sunday, Jun-12, in Darkflower Alternative Club (18:00 CET) for a special session with previews from the forthcoming album, the international release of the video for “Dead Market”, as well as a generous meet & greet with the artists (Facebook RSVP here).

Pre-order “Dead Market” (EP) here | Read Viva Music’s Artist of the Month entry on Daniel Myer | Watch “New World March” trailer and then read Viva Music‘s review of the “Dead Market” EP (after the jump):

Tracklist:

Dead Market” * “Dead Market [Extended Remix]” * “Dead Market [The Horrorist – Remix]” * “Dead Market [Exes – Remix]” * “Letting The Demons Sleep [Nightmare]” * “Dead Market [Nomenklatuer – Remix]” * “Dead Market [Absolute Body Control – Remix]” * “Dead Market [Engineer’s Dub]

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December 26, 2010

3rd electro music show on Bucuresti radio (98.3 fm) on Sunday, December 26, 2010

Viva Music took the third step in mak­ing the dark gothic.industrial.synth music known to the Roman­ian audi­ence on Sun­day, December 26, 2010. Our dear friend and sup­porter, Lau­ren­tiu Rusen (thank you, Laur!), Vivi and Adara were guests of the extremely pop­u­lar A la chart de week-end, with Bog­dan Crutescu show on Radio Bucuresti (98.3 FM) for the third time.

We are grate­ful to Bog­dan Crutescu for his invi­ta­tion, and we appre­ci­ate his support. It looks like he is turning into an electrohead himself! He favourited Aesthetic Perfection today, namely “The Siren”. We played “The Ones” from the same album – “A Violent Emotion” – on a previous show, so it is great to see Bogdan has already picked a favorite band!

Stay tuned on Sunday, January 9, between 7:30–8:00 pm and 8:30–9:00 pm cause we are playing ELECTRO.INDUSTRIAL.SYNTH MUSIC on Bucuresti radio (98.3 fm) again! Please write to us with sug­ges­tions for the playlist at viviana@vivamusic.ro. Don’t forget that you can watch the show live on http://www.bucurestifm.ro/. Vivi is in touch with you during the show on her Facebook page.

Playlist, December 26, 2010, “A la chart de week-end”, with Bog­dan Crutescu (guests: Adara Ball, Viviana Ball, Laur Rusen)

Santa Hates YouHexenpolizei – Post Apocalyptic Nude Industrial Corps
FaderheadDo you know who I think I am – Black Friday
Mind.in.a.boxIntrospection – Crossroads
In Strict ConfidenceEwige nacht – La parade monstrueuse
CovenantLightbringer – Modern Ruin
Slave RepublicLess of me – Electric One
Aesthetic PerfectionThe siren – A Violent Emotion
Depeche ModeFreelove – Exciter

 

All Royalties on playing the tracks go to the record companies of each band.

November 22, 2010

1st electro music show on Bucuresti radio (98.3 fm) on November 21, 2010!

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Photogallery from Amphi Festival, Germany, 2010

Viva Music took another step in making the dark gothic.industrial.synth music known to the Romanian audience on Sunday, November 21, 2010. Our dear friend and supporter, Laurentiu Rusen (thank you, Laur!) and Vivi were guests of the extremely popular “A la chart de week-end”, with Bogdan Crutescu radio show on Radio Bucuresti (98.3 FM).

We talked about electro.dark.gothic.industrial music, the electro scene, gothic festivals, famous industrial bands, the gigs Viva Music has organized in Bucharest since 2009 (check our www.vivamusic.ro for more info) and success stories in the music business and, of course, we played 8 great tracks. We are grateful to Bogdan Crutescu for his invitation, and we appreciate his support.

Every Sunday between 7:30-8:00 pm and 8:30-9:00 pm we will play ELECTRO.INDUSTRIAL.SYNTH MUSIC! Stay tuned for the show every week! Please write to us with suggestions for the playlist at viviana@vivamusic.ro!

The show can be watched live on http://www.bucurestifm.ro/

Playlist, November 21, 2010, “A la chart de week-end”, with Bogdan Crutescu (guests Viviana Ball, Laur Rusen)

Melotron – Broken (Propaganda)
Covenant – The Men (Skyshaper)
In Strict Confidence – Set me free (La parade monstrueuse)
Diary of Dreams – Son of a thief (Nekrolog 43)
Aesthetic Perfection – The ones (A violent emotion)
Project Pitchfork – I live your dream (EON)
VNV Nation – Illusion (Judgment)
Depeche Mode – It’s no good (Ultra)

 

All Royalties on playing the tracks go to the record companies of each band.

November 16, 2010

Darkwave.ro Fest review (with photos) november 12, 2010

Viva Music’s Darkwave.ro Fest took place on November 12 at Kulturhaus Bukarest. It is no coincidence that a club with a name inspired by German institution, namely a hall for public events, hosted an event such a Darkwave.ro, which, after all, brought to a Romanian public top acts from Germany’s electro and gothic scenes. The combination of rigor and flamboyance from Kulturhaus’s backdrop contrasted and at the same time found a soul mate in the music performed by SLAVE REPUBLIC, PAINBASTARD, DESTROID and FRANK THE BAPTIST.

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October 20, 2010

Alan Wilder introduces Daniel Myer

As previously announced on darkwave.ro, DESTROID‘s Daniel Myer (who also works on several other projects, including HAUJOBB, ARCHITECT and COVENANT) was featured in an one-time show with ex-Depeche Mode Alan Wilder and currently-Depeche Mode Martin L. Gore. Below is a video of Alan Wilder introducing Daniel Myer:

If you missed the chance to meet Daniel in VIVA MUSIC‘s April 2010 COVENANT concert in Bucharest, don’t miss it next: you will meet again Daniel Myer and his act DESTROID, as well as prime shows from FRANK THE BAPTIST, PAINBASTARD and SLAVE REPUBLIC this fall at DARKWAVE.RO fest in Kulturhaus Bukarest on November-12.

August 11, 2010

Amphi Festival 2010 review: Day 2

Day 2 – July 25, 2010

Photo gallery – participants, venue

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EXT!ZE (Mainstage)

Since 2007, CYB3ERELLA, CYB3RSLUT, IONIC MATRIX, CYB3ERCORE have released 3 albums and their music is very popular with cosmopolitan clubheads. It is very danceable and includes classical pieces such as samples from Carmina Burana. According to side-line.com: “This band can be the next sensation from the dark cyber electro scene!”.

EXT!ZE was the act closest to the hearts of the cyber-goth audience. They stirred the spirits of young cyber fans, and made them dance frantically to electro beats like no other although it was still early afternoon. Their soundscape is redolent of techno, trance, electro and some industrial as well – what’s there not to like?. The cyberaudience was ecstatic with this single 100% cyber band at AMPHI FESTIVAL. More info on: http://www.myspace.com/ext1ze and http://www.extize.com.

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