24. August 2021

Dark folk songwriting: melancholic, playful, brutally honest. Songs about penguins and toast, fire salamanders and pot faces. Songs about holding hands in times of racism. Despite their musical simplicity, or perhaps because of it, the poetic songs develop a powerful pull and land razor-sharp where it hurts. The acoustic stories of Vereter, the alter ego of Vienna’s underground musician* Pete Prison IV (Bosna, Mekongg) are hard to let go of.


24. August 2021

Jungle Jade delves into the fluctuating mental states that come with trying to create roots in a new space. Crossing paths as fresh arrivals in Vienna, singer-songwriter Yelvilaa (from Ghana & Hong Kong) and guitarist Shari (from Iran) quickly became good friends and collaborators, forming the project as a way to process their experiences. The duo is staunchly vulnerable, refusing to shy away from the internal dissonance caused by migration, mental illness, ambition, heartbreak,healing – and the joys in between.

Photo © Ina Aydogan


24. August 2021

Dafina Sylejmani aka Dacid Go8lin aka Duff Daddy: Queer, Non-Binary, Rapper, Producer, Songwriter, Promoter, Model, Artists.Dacid is the founder of Femme Dmc, a purely feminine collective and event series dedicated to Hip Hop in all its elements. 

In 2017 Dacid Goßlin decided to no longer just dealing with her event series, but especially with music production.

Since then she has released three EPs, played at various renowned locations and was nominated for various prizes.

Photo © Patrick Münnich


24. August 2021

Aygyul is a Vienna-based and Russian-born DIY multi-talent and ex-opera singer straight outta Floridsdorf who is by now producing electronic music in her home studio. The result: a fusion of Pop, Electro and unconventional influences.

Photo © Alisa Glknn


20. August 2021

LIONLION is an indie rock band around the identical twin brothers Michael & Matthias Rückert. Their sound world reminds in a very own way of the catchy melodies of Keane, the charm of Notwist, the bombast of Muse and the drive of Mutemath. LIONLION thus find the golden mean between poetry and practicality, movement and standstill, grand gestures and quiet nuances. Brash Britpop of the turn of the millennium touches spherical James Bond film music, Sgt. Pepper joyfully greets the sound spheres of Pink Floyd and everything ends gently in brute melancholic confidence on the Fender Rhodes.

Photo © Selina Sievers


3. August 2021

Zbaraski is a musician and sound producer who lives and works in Lviv. His music uses R’n’B, Soul and Hip-Hop elements which merging with Ukrainian lyrics.

In 2020, Ivan released the album “Because I want so much”. Zbaraski’s latest release is called  “Sam”, which was released in June 2021.

Zbaraski – Sam





3. August 2021

The Unsleeping is an Ukrainian alternative rock band originally from Uman. Since 2013 they have released two mini-albums, a dozen music videos and performed at many Ukrainian festivals like Atlas Weekend, Zaxidfest, Bezviz, Faine misto, Respublica, Vertuha Arts Festival, etc.

The Unsleeping played as a support of the British band Circa Waves, the concert was organized as part of the annual conference Selector PRO with the support of the British Council. A turning point in the band’s history was a performance at the Sziget festival in Budapest in 2019.

Their live performance is especially outstanding. The energy and skill reveals the true quality of the band.

Photo © The Unsleeping


3. August 2021

The indie underground is his base and the contemporary pop song his format. Ro Bergman’s musical path is a border crossing – subtly spun songs combine lyrical depth with musical flights of fancy. With his first radio hit ‘Best Time’, Ro Bergman got off to a rocket start. 65,000 downloads, concerts in front of thousands of people, massive airplay nationwide – and all that in the first year.

Ro Bergman was not impressed by all this and continued on his path undeterred. Now Bergman mixes alternative pop with blunt poetry, shoots music videos with ballet dancers from the Vienna State Opera at 2400m above sea level and surprises with a varied EP ‘Hi Lo’ full of ups and downs with the message that is as simple as it is profound: It’s okay that you are different, it’s even wonderful that you are the way you are.

Photo © Peter Rigaud


3. August 2021

Based in her native Vienna, so far Pippa has released two critically acclaimed albums: 2019’s “Superland” that she followed up with “Idiotenparadies” in the summer of 2020. The latter features “Egal” which went on to become both a hit on highly influential nationwide radio-station FM4 and a number 1 song on Radio Soundportal.

Her music is best described as a mixture of various genres: While the writing on her debut can be described as classic songwriting on “Idotenparadies” she ventures into more experimental territory mixing Pop, Hip-Hop and electronic sounds. The result is an exciting and unique musical amalgam. Lyrically, Pippa sticks to telling stories of Vienna and her life in an incredibly open, frank and – partly – brutally honest way. “Meine Traurigkeit” (“My Sadness”) or “Dystopia”, respectively, are cases in point.

During lockdown Pippa has kept working on new songs which she plans to release on a new album sometime in 2022 preceded by an EP of all new material in 2021.

Photo © Christoph Liebentritt


3. August 2021

Growing up in a small village in Lower Austria, OSKA moved to Vienna at 18 to study her first love; music. Born into a family of singers and musicians, she discovered her voice at a young age. In Vienna, she started busking in streets and squares of the capital while also studying pop and jazz singing. She has worked tirelessly drafting and crafting her imminent debut, honing her voice to say exactly what she wants it to. After years in the background supporting and featuring for different artists, OSKA released “Distant Universe” earlier this year, and soon after, signed to Nettwerk and released her debut EP Honeymoon Phase. The five songs on the album have amassed more that 4 million Spotify streams and won her the XA Music Export Aware at Waves Festival 2020.

Photo © Hanna Fasching


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