• The playlist of Vick

    16 August 2018

    text and photo Kristina Yordanova

    We are quick learners so we figured that we'll only scratch the surface, but we'll take what she's willing to give.
  • The Playlist of George Velinov

    19 July 2018

    text Kristina Yordanova photo Lazy Visuals

    "I'm doing music to save myself". After these words the frontman of the band Krekhaus takes a deep breath and starts writing his own story in to a playlist form in which we are traveling from The Beatles to Bob Dylan with an offset to a violin.
  • The things of the stage: Timbe from Bad Copy

    12 July 2018

    text Natalia Ivanova

    When we first found ourselves in the audience of the rap trio in Novi Sad, we realized that something was wrong with us – we didn't know the lyrics of their songs. This is how it became clear how big they were in Serbia, and then we learned why – in the 1990s, along with Beogradski sindikat, Bad Copy were among the first to develop the hip-hop music in the country, with humor, irony and minimalistic beats as Timbe tells us.
  • The Playlist of Lily Geleva

    28 June 2018

    text Violeta Ivanova photo Ivan Gakov

    "It turned out that everything I did in the complex teen age was leading to one thing - theater." Why then are we asking her about music? Here's why.
  • A story of the soundtrack: George Strezov

    21 June 2018

    Text and photo Kristina Yordanova

    You must have watched Solo: A Star Wars story, but little do you know about the saountrack of the movie and the fact that you can hear bulgarian voices in it. The men choir was conducted by the person we are talking to today. His name is George Strezov and we talk about movies, games, music, his first steps and, of course, the soundtracks. He was taken to the music world by the composition of the movie Lord of The Rings, went through the secret project for princess Diana and composed the disco music for the game Surviving mars.
  • Playlist by The Fans: Ocean Wisdom

    31 May 2018

    With his 4.45 words a minute speed, he is unofficially faster than Eminem, but that is not what is important - the music by this Brighton born and raised grime guru is raw energy that sprints through genres with punching lyrics. Before we feel its power live at Terminal 1, four fans are preping us with the tracks, with which they dive deep into Ocean Wisdom.
  • By The Campfire

    17 May 2018

    BROND is fire. Loud, expressive and fueled with the energy of a summer blaze, the four-piece band has just dropped its first album Graveyard Campfire.
  • The Playlist of Dominic Miller

    1 May 2018

    They often call him "Sting's guitarist", but in parallel with this 30-year tandem, Dominic Miller haven't stopped making his own music. Shortly after the release of their Ten Summoner's Tales (including Shape of my Heart, whose story we hear below), in 1995 he released his first solo album First Touch, which he recorded in his living room surrounded by his children (to date - six).
  • The Playlist of Svetlio Vitkov

    12 April 2018

    text Emanuela Ivanova photo Creative Visual Solutions

    He's been jumping from one extreme to another for as long as we've known him - from the scandolous underground start with Hipodil, to the commercial top with Skakauetz and the serious run through politics to the crazy present with The Legends.
  • The things of life: Alexandrina Pendatchanska

    29 March 2018

    When she first appeared on stage to sing Violetta's aria from Verdi's Traviata, she did not even know how to bow. Only a year later she was already Lucia di Lammermoor in Bilbao, and for the next 30 years her voice was heard in the largest operas from Vienna, Berlin, Turin and Monte Carlo to Moscow, New York, Washington, Tel Aviv and Paris (where she lives with her daughters most of the time).
  • On common ground

    22 March 2018

    text Natalia Ivanova

    If your guitar can move anyone without even saying a word, then you speak all languages. This is what we think when listening to Vlatko Stefanovski's music - the Macedonian has 35 albums (14 of them - with Leb and Sol) and his last one Mother tongue gathers musical acoustic versions of Macedonian folk songs that "fly across borders and become a common culture" Shortly before they land at Sofia Live Club on 30th of March, we wait for Vlako to pick up the phone in Skopje to find a common language with us for a few questions: from the first guitar to the most important advice he has ever received (and, as we think, applies to everyone).
  • The Playlist of Yavor Zahariev

    8 February 2018

    text Emanuela Ivanova photo Aneliya Todorova

    There is something, I feel it in the air… we're singing Away by Gravity Co. and inhaling the snowballs that the band's frontman has brought for us as an excuse for his coming late to our meeting. But it is really OK - we can wait a few minutes more, when after a few long years Yavor Zahariev, Iva Chalakov, Peter Samnaliev and Stefan Popov are about to restart their history with two live concerts at Terminal 1.
  • The Playlist of 2017

    21 December 2017

    Shouting or whispering, every year fills our memories with echos with its stories.
  • Playlist by the Fans: WhoMadeWho

    16 November 2017

    Before the experimental trio takes us off with a sound from Copenhagen at City Stage on November 23rd, four people from the audience play their own setlist and explain to us who makes them listen to WhoMadeWho.
  • She, the Muse

    9 November 2017

    text Nikola Shahpazov

    They often call her "David Lynch's muse". With good reason. Christa Bell would steal anyone's heart even if he hadn't directed the Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr., but her creative relationship with Lynch is something special. We had listened to her voice long before it came out in the new episodes of Twin Peaks, but her debut album, We Dissolve, finally took over us. Its exciting that we will hear it live at Sofia Live Club on November 17th, and even more so - that before that, Christa manages to answer some important questions about music, cinema, funerals and, of course, David, as she calls him.
  • Along the wire with Alexander Benev

    2 November 2017

    text Emanuela Ivanova photo Aneliya Todorova

    His favourite Bulgarian writer is Elin Pelin but we put him in Yordan Yovkov's title because it sounds more like him.
  • Playlist by Ramsey Hercules

    12 October 2017

    text and photos Natalia Ivanova

    We meet meters away from his Boogie Exchange vinyl shop and immediately set up our conversation around them. Of course we do - Yordan (a.k.a. The Beer, but above all as Ramsey Hercules) is a DJ with a quater-century experience from here to Amsterdam, the guy behind the online boogie.fm radio, freelance saxophonist and encyclopedia for music questions (just try him). There are many reasons to talk to him, but today we are here for a specific one - the beginning of the season in Yalta club, which prepares a series of big disco parties with Ramsey and Discopigg Yoshida behind the plaque. The first one is on Oct. 14, and if the superpower of their sets haven't reached you, just play these songs.
  • Balkan syndrome

    28 September 2017

    text Nikola Yanev

    A month before their concert in Arena Armeec on October 27, Bosnian dub/hip-hop/ska masters Dubioza Kolektiv came to Sofia for an unexpected club event and even an unexpected performance in the middle of Vitoshka street. We also managed to catch them and on the same day we meet with DJ Brano Jakubovic and the bassist Vedran Mujagic for a quick glass of rakia, a conversation about their new (still nameless) album and a few vicious curses in the direction of Donald Trump and Slobodan Milosevic.
  • Playlist by Ivo Dimtchev

    21 September 2017

    text Natalia Ivanova

    He managed to play some music for us from Vienna just before coming to Plovdiv for One Dance Week with his new group performance Sculptures. The basis for it is his first studio album with the same name, which he rouses with  choreography to escape from the microphone stand. Not that he had stood for a long time in front of her. In fact, he hasn't stood anywhere - he has more than 30 performances in contemporary art spaces from Barcelona and Berlin to New York and Sao Paulo. We are happy, however, that we can see and hear them often here in Sofia. But now listen to something else - how Ivo Dimchev plays his own stuff in this playlist.
  • Playlist by Rushi

    17 August 2017

    text Anika Tomova photo Lora Musheva

    Since we heard him live again last fall (getting lucky to have a ticket at all), we think of what he's listening to when he's not on stage. We now ask him personally just a week before his concert in Apollonia festival (in the same musical combo with Ivo Chalakov, Vassil Voutev, Petar Slamaliev and the passionate vocalists Elena Sirakova and Katia Krasteva).