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Against all hate in the world – »Light, more light!«

Antisemitism, fascism, retrogressivity are again most relevant today. Before the release of Trupa Trupa’s new album »Of the Sun« and their upcoming tour which includes dates in the US, we interview singer and poet Grzegorz Kwiatkowski about Poland, the Shoah, and art in general.

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Lutz Vössing
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04.06.2019

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Gianclaudio Hashem Moniri – »In Between«

In a world where desert has spread over Italy’s south entirely, a hot breeze wafts gently through the abandoned streets and between antique buildings. A robotic Bedouin riding a cyborg dromedary gazes into the distance and seems to be waiting for something to happen. His mount is nervously pawing the ground, making metallic squeaking sounds….

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Adrian Flux
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26.04.2019

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»My body is multiple and polyphonic«

Gérald Kurdian is a musician, performer and radio artist. He uses electronic live music, performance, videos and mockumentary post-porn photography art to relive the metamorphoses of the 20th/21st century’s sexual revolutions. A skug interview from Tanzquartier Vienna.

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Bernd Gutmannsbauer, Dominika Krejs, Michael Franz Woels
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25.03.2019

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Swedish trombone megaphone noise deluxe

Before her freak out concert for Salon skug on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at rhiz Vienna, the Swedish musician MAG, who is already on tour in Italy, responded to our interview questions by typing her answers into her mobile phone. Respect!

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Alfred Pranzl
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07.03.2019

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Motorpsycho befeuern den Schmelztiegel der U-Musik

Die Band Motorpsycho macht seit Jahrzehnten äußerst veritablen Rock und veröffentlicht Heißen Stuff am laufenden Band. Ein typisches skug-Gespräch, in dem Bassist und Sänger Bent Sæther den Bogen von der zusammenbrechenden Nachkriegsweltordnung bis zur Melancholie in der Musik spannt.

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Lutz Vössing
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10.02.2019

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Gabba Gabba Hey!

Donna Gaines, die-hard fan, Doctor of Sociology and author of »Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia’s Dead End Kids« (1991) and »A Misfit’s Manifesto« (2003), wrote a book on one of the greatest rock’n’roll / punk bands ever, »Why The Ramones Matter« (University of Texas Press). Here is our online-interview.

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Walter Pontis
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18.01.2019

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Lee Ranaldo grüßt lieb aus dem Proberaum

Sonic Youth sind Geschichte – es lebe Lee Ranaldo! Der nämlich tritt erneut mit Musik im Gepäck in Erscheinung, nun ist es ein Live-Album. Mehr dazu und zu vielem anderem im skug-Interview.

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Lutz Vössing
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07.01.2019

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Pop Heroines – an anthology about female »rhythm movers«

This autumn, editor Evelyn McDonnell released »Women Who Rock« (Black Dog & Leventhal), an extensive collection of more than 100 essays and articles about female pop stars, written by female critics. Time for an online-interview.

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Walter Pontis
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24.12.2018

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Universale Avantgarde-Musik mit japanischen Einsprengseln

Shohei Amimori, japanischer Experimental-Artist, bringt sein neues Album »PataMusic« auf dem arrivierten Label Noble heraus. skug hat den superben Tonträger genauer unter die Lupe genommen und mit dem Künstler gesprochen.

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Lutz Vössing
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02.12.2018

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Enlightenment through sound and lyrics

Trupa Trupa from the Polish city Gdańsk played a fantastic gig at Waves Vienna this year. A mix of rough post-punk and free art rock with melodic hooklines and furious lyrics. This interview had an ironic touch, dealing with subjects like their DIY philosophy, politics, and democracy in and outside of the band.

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Alfred Pranzl, Lutz Vössing
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29.10.2018

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Everything’s better when you rock out

One Eleven Heavy is a new American / British group, featuring key players from the experimental underground who here deal in good-time, jammed-out Cosmic American Music. skug met Nick Mitchell Maiato and Dan Brown for an interview.

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Ulrich Musa-Rois
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22.10.2018

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We like the kitchens most

With their Mediterranean polyphonic vocal music, this female quartet builds a bridge between tradition and fiction. Before their durational performance »Negotiations Special« for Tanzquartier Wien on 27th and 28th of October, skug found out explanations on how to experience their harmonic games.

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Michael Franz Woels
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17.10.2018

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»I started drawing as a form of resistance«

skug had an atelier-talk with Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo on the meaning of books in his paintings, realities of Black people in Vienna, the social and political duty of art, and the meaning of knowledge and self-validation, amongst other things.

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Teresa Schwind
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03.10.2018

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Besser spät als nie: The Beths stopfen das Sommerloch mit Hitz’!

Man muss die Feste feiern, wie sie fallen: Der Spätsommer hat The Beths sei Dank nun doch noch ein Musikalbum mit einer korrekten Anzahl an Bangern für uns parat. skug Plattenrezension mit Star-Interview (in englischer Sprache)!

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Lutz Vössing
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31.08.2018

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Ozeanreise an der Nabelschnur – Teil 2

Kajsa Lindgrens »Womb« reizt zum Abtauchen in ozeanische Gefühle, die wir in Teil 1 dieses Artikels analysiert haben. Wie Lindgren selbst bei ihrer Arbeit vorgegangen ist, hat skug in einem Interview (in englischer Sprache) ergründet.

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Lutz Vössing
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24.07.2018

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Long live the king!

Die britische Band King Crimson gastiert am 23. und 24. Juni in der Wiener Stadthalle. Der langjährige Bassist Tony Levin fand vorab zwischen Krakau, Essen und Wien die Zeit, für skug im in englischer Sprache geführten Interview ein paar Fragen zu beantworten.

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Christoph Benkeser, Lutz Vössing
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21.06.2018

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»Touring is never boring«

E-Magierin Thalia Zedek sprach anlässlich ihres Wien-Konzerts mit E im – in englischer Sprache geführten – skug-Interview über die USA, Europa und das Leben auf Tour.

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Lutz Vössing
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15.06.2018

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»Give us the right to strike against Spotify«

Harte Zeiten verlangen harte Maßnahmen: Mit dem neuen Album von Ceramic Dog ist anständiger Ärger im Anmarsch. skug traf die Band rund um Marc Ribot im Zuge ihres Konzerts in der Wiener Sargfabrik zum Gespräch.

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Christoph Benkeser, Lutz Vössing
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01.05.2018

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»Maybe it would be a good idea to lower the volume«

Ahead of his live-set at this year’s Elevate Festival, skug talked with Jimi Tenor about his past in electronic mainstream culture and his thoughts about music of today.

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Christoph Benkeser
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14.03.2018

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»For me it’s all about the sound«

Will Guthrie played in complete darkness at Elevate Festival in the course of a concert series called Dunkelkammer. skug interviewed the Australian percussionist about all aspects of his work.

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Christoph Benkeser
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07.03.2018

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Listening to the deep connection

The artist Karen Werner gives an impressive personal insight into her work and thinking. To her, hearing sounds, choosing words and the entire act of communication is an incredibly complex process that should be understood in a scientific and poetic way.

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Frank Jödicke
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27.02.2018

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1945 is a question

Interview with Ferenc Török, the director of the film »1945«, about the western-style icons in his film, the importance of suspense and the intimate feeling of identity, which shouldn’t be exploited by politicians.

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Frank Jödicke
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14.10.2017

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Dealing with Healing – Ivo Dimchev

Ivo Dimchev is a trickster, an extrovert change-agent, an experimental theatre beast, well known for his sarcastic performance pieces. At the moment he is touring around the world to present his delicate love songs from his debut album »Sculptures«, which he presented at the closing show of ImPulsTanz 2017 at the Volkstheater in Vienna.

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Michael Franz Woels
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27.08.2017

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Baba Zula – Notes Are Not Music

Baba Zula is a psychedelic parallel universe whose heart and epicentre is located in Istanbul. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the band released the compilation »XX«, which features a vast array of collaborators including Sly & Robbie, Mad Professor, Dr. Das of Asian Dub Foundation, and Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten. Electric saz player Osman Murat Ertel, percussionist and machinist Mehmet Levent Akman, who together formed this so-called »psychebelly dance music« group in 1996, and electric oud player Periklis Tsoukalas talked to skug after a mesmerizing, high-energy evening at the Porgy & Bess Jazz & Music club in Vienna. When we left the club, we noticed that the snow-covered cars in the alley had been magically tagged with Baba Zula logos …

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Michael Franz Woels
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11.02.2017

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Lydia Lunch: A Truce with the Terrorists

»Because of death, I am desperate to live« – Lydia Lunch battles war, daddy, death, and sex with music, spoken word and self-love. »We live shorter than sea turtles«, she said in a Spoken Word Interview.

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Kerstin Kellermann, Nina Prader
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03.12.2014

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Prince’s hard worker on the drums

»We could play this song or that,« Prince proposes to a singing, dancing and emotionally captured audience. »Vienna!« June 7, 2014, Vienna City Hall, Prince & 3rdEyeGirl. A subjective proletarian drum column on American astray.

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Kerstin Kellermann
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26.06.2014

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Dorian Wood

Dorian Wood is currently causing a great stir with his musical output. Intimate, powerful and evocative he pushes the alleged boundaries of genre and gender. His body, his voice and his ears are the main elements, the tools he wields like a master of ceremonies. On stage, Wood conceives the body in its nakedness as a costume, comparable to a special evening gown you only don at rare occasions. It is particularly this distinct perception of the human body that positions the artist – who has meanwhile also collaborated with Marina Abramovic – close to performance art. Musically, Wood is hailed as an exceptional artist and his singing voice has been compared to Antony, Nick Cave or Tom Waits. He directed the video for his song »La Cara Infinita«, his latest album »Rattle Rattle« features 60 musicians, and he also did the artwork for the limited edition vinyl himself. This congenial artist from L.A. is full of surprises and seems to have even more in store for us.

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Michael Franz Woels, Ruth Ranacher
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10.03.2014

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Karen Gwyer: It floats and floats across the Universe

Both released in 2013, on her debut album »Needs Continuum« as well her EP »Kiki The Wormhole« the U.S.-born Londoner Karen Gwyer creates diverse Techno outfits with layers of House and Ambient.
An e-mail conversation.

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Walter Pontis
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03.01.2014

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Metal Orchestra High Instead Of Deceit Maneuver

Mathias Polednas ,swinging donkey, Jeremy Dellers, steel artist – film art, that concentrates of its own music creation. How is it possible to play so melodiously with metal drums? To create such a broad band of sounds? In the British pavilion at the Art section of the Venice Biennale the »Melodians Steel Orchestra« took the prize. An enchanted, subjective »Prolo Schlagzeug« column from the skug.at series.

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Kerstin Kellermann
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20.09.2013

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Holly Herndon: an advocate for weird laptop beats

Holly Herndon uses her laptop as a live instrument. She thinks about the computer’s personal experiences and gives a lesson in bi- and polytonality which flows in both directions. Herndon will play live at Donaufestival Krems: Saturday, 27th April 2013, 22:00, Halle 3. A good reason for an e-mail interview in advance.

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Walter Pontis
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16.04.2013

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