European Music Week, January 8-15
January 2021 sees the first edition of the European Music Week taking place, which is a platform aspiring to unite organisations across the music industry to support and introduce European talent. This operation is already supported by a large number of European radio stations, united in the EBU, but also by DSPs such as Spotify and Deezer, media, like Vice, export offices and European festivals. And we hope we will gather a whole community to revive this campagne every year.
As a revival of the 2020 programme, please have a look on the 7 focus artists.
Discover the focus
Barbara Lehnhoff aka Camilla Sparksss is a Swiss Canadian singer, songwriter and visual artist, also known from post-punk band Peter Kernel. She was born at -27 degrees in a small town near the Great Lakes. Second album Brutal came out in April 2019. An instinctive mixture of experimental, lo- fi electronic pop, and melodic collages, performed with turntables, fat synthesisers and cutting vocals.
Marius Bear has taken a unique route, starting in the Swiss army (of the ‘knife’ fame), moving to New York and then a music production course at BIMM in London. All of this experience has made Marius a rich and many layered personality which comes out beautifully on the single ‘My Crown’.
Swiss singer-songwriter Emilie Zoé published two highly praised LPs on Hummus Records. She won a Swiss Music Award with The Very Start (2018). Zoé has been touring for ten years adapting her songs for theater plays, tv shows, live movie soundtracks and is currently presenting them on stage in a duo equipped with guitar and drums.
Muthoni Drummer Queen
Muthoni Drummer Queen are giving the “Motown formula” a truly post-millennial makeover. The new album SHE is packed with soul-nourishing hits, distilling the rich spectrum of contemporary Afro-Diasporic sound into intelligent, timeless positive music to celebrate the beauty, strength, innovation and resilience of African women. SHE was recorded and produced by Muthoni in collaboration with the Swiss producers GR! and HOOK during a series of “bootcamp” sessions, for which Muthoni flew in from Nairobi, Kenya. It’s a concept album, channeling a prismatic array of stories about women. Musically, SHE is an amalgam of numerous styles. There are overt allusions to just about everything from old school hip hop, through blues, dancehall, retro-soul, future r&b, all types of African club inflections and a variety of global bass specimens.
Black Sea Dahu
Black Sea Dahu are Swiss singer-songwriter Janine Cathrein and a gang of musical cohorts. Think: modern-day Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. But instead of dropping copious amounts of LSD and driving around in a VW mini-bus, they trip out on sound and studio-related cabin fever. They also make some of the most searing, contemporary, urban folk around.
Taking their first steps in London as a duo in 2015, Swiss combo L’Éclair expanded the band back in their hometown of Geneva. The result is a sextet inspired by groove and kraut rock of the Seventies.
Elastic Plastic Power Pop is what they call their 22nd century hybrid. Ikan Hyu harbours an obsession with fishy business: The Swiss duo uses ‘synthesizerdeepseabass’, sharp guitar riffs and ‘dike breaking’ drumbeats to ‘get the planets dancing’ and proclaims: ‘All the fishes in the sea, get away ‘cuz here comes he: Ikan Hyu!’