• The things from life: Yoko

    17 November 2016

    She's Yoana but everyone calls her Yoko from her first day on this Earth when her father gives her these four happy letters. Today they are bonus to the greatest luck in the world which she combines with hard work and all that results in two rap bands and the title "event manager at Mixtape 5".
  • Always on the Move

    27 October 2016

    text Nikola Shahpazov

    Azam Ali travels constantly but not with a huge rucksack and a map of faraway places in her pocket. She was born in Iran, grew up in India and the USA and her songs contain Persian poetry, Turkish folklore, Indian motives and European mid-century music.
  • Poetically Correct

    20 October 2016

    text Nikola Shahpazov photo Geordie Wood

    Talking to Saul Williams is a strange experience. A few minutes into the conversation and you've already realised that the raper-poet-hip-hop-activist is not only an erudite (for that you are prepared) but is also an expert on the English language with a vocabulary of the ultimate one million words.

    Saul Williams is coming to Sofia on October 23. The concert starts at 20:00 at Mixtape 5's A-Side.
  • Playlist by Radoslav Chichev

    13 October 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova

    "I'm not really a talkative person", isn't the first thing you expect to hear from a poet, dramatist, music lover and radio host. One of the voices of Alarma and Artefir shows on the National radio is telling us exactly this, so we reduce the level of our own curiosity to hear his music better:
  • Things from life: Wax Tailor

    6 October 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova

    We're starting with merci beaucoup to Hitchcock, Lubic and Spielberg for the good dialogues, which are enchanting him since he was a child, and continue with voilà in 2005, when they turn into the lyrics of his first album Tales of Forgotten Melodies. That way the  scene name of the French hip-hop producer Jean-Christophe Le Saoût finds its lining and holds the thread for all of his next projects: like Dusty Rainbow from the Dark at 2012, which is telling us a story about a boy (with special short movies, directed by different artists for each song) and Phonovisions Symphonis Version, which is puuting a whole Symphonic Orchestra on the stage in 2014. Today Wax Tailor is ready with his fifth album By Any Beats Necessary or the "soundtrack  to a better elsewhere", including rap legends as Ghostface Killah, and goes to a world tour, which is coming to Sofia on the 16th of March 2017 at Sofia Live Club.
  • Things from life: Kan Wakan

    15 September 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova

    By ID: Georgi Linev, born in Sofia, with current adress in Los Angeles. By vocation: Kan Wakan, trip-hop master and the brain of the project, which is "so sweet, that it’s like a sugar rush pulsing through your system." We read the last sentence at Nylon, together with a bunch of sweet reviews about his new single Molasses. Today we're building a bridge through the ocean, because of some news with local adress - Kan Wakan is coming to Terminal 1 in Sofia, and his newcoming triple album Phantasmagoria is gathering sound even from the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. Meanwhile we're speaking with Georgi about the evenings infront of his home in Sofia, the feeling of standing infront of the audience in LA and the slow breakfast with banitza and boza, which is a moment "very hard to beat".
  • The Playlist of Summer 2016

    3 August 2016

    We just asked nine people, who are letting a lot of music through their ears, what they're playing this vacation, and they answered like this:
  • Playlist by Raja

    7 July 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova

    She feels that the last two years had passed as if they were hundred, because everything is happening on fast speed, that also change her with the same intensity. At the end of 2015 she, Iliana and the three boys in their team - Christo, Peter and Antony - formed their new indie folk rock band Dead Man's Hat, which is preparing their debut album. We're going to hear it for sure, but before that we're walking through the notes in her life, that bring her up when she's alone and make her cry among the huge crowd:
  • Playlist by Ivan Shopov

    23 June 2016

    "That is the only thing I'm good at", he says and we are raising eyebrows not understainding what one of our biggest drum'n'bass/techno/ambient producers means by that.
  • The thing from life: Chase&Status

    16 June 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova

    We have a double click over here: the connection between Saul (Chase) and Will (Status) is so good, as it is between the bass and the lyrics, that meet in their music since More Than Alot in 2008. They don't leave our ears since then, but every time we decide to say "the dubstep/dnb duo from London", they change their direction. Now they turn to more grime and Prodigy sound, but in Sofia we'll also listen to some of the hyped tracks from No More Idols and Brand New Machine.
  • Road of changes

    9 June 2016

    Text Nikola Shahpazov

    We became a bit sad when we heard that the Danish experimentalists Efterklang end off the group's history just after we heard them for the first time in the end of 2013. Fortunately, Rasmus, Mads and Casper palled up with the Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö and now work on something different - very different as we saw from the first concert videos.
  • Playlist by Teo Chepilov

    12 May 2016

    "Urban legend" is a banal choice of words but it's meaning is clear as glass and looks exaclty like Teo.
  • Playlist by Gurko

    5 May 2016

    text Aneliya Alexandrova photos Ivana Stoichkova

    Rock star, radio presenter and in his free time - accountant, copywriter and a dream father. This is Georgi Zgurov-Gurko, frontman of Animatsionerite. Their new single Ima risk is playing on repeat while we're waiting for Friday, May 13th to come - that's when the band will play their third album live for the first time. Meanwhile, let's hear Gurko's playlist, shall we?
  • Listening to Hans Zimmer

    28 April 2016

    text Irina Dimova

    Today we barely hear him on the other end of the telephone line but on May 16, at Arena Armeec, the sound will be crystal clear and Hans - just a glance away from us.
  • The things from the scene: Vasko Vasilev

    10 March 2016

    A genius musician, truly - we're not just saying it because everybody else is saying it, but because we were there at his last concert and our hearts were beating in one with his violin. We talk with the musician today about the best advice ever given to him, is there such a thing as a time for rest in his life, and how does it feel to be performing together with Michael Jackson.
  • Playlist By Jun Yoshida

    25 February 2016

    text and photos Sevda Semer

    Playing music at a party is like cooking - sometimes it turns out great, other times not so much", he says modestly but if we have to be absolutely frank - we think he manages to do both quite well.
  • Studio in a backpack: Kalin Nikolov

    11 February 2016

    He's composing music for theater - he has two Askeer Awards and two Ikar Awards behind his back, and for the last year he's composed for six productions. We meet with him to talk about all that and why his studio is the smallest in the world.
  • Playlist By Blagoslav Anastasov

    4 February 2016

    He plays voice and guitar in the band Hayes & Y, which includes three more guys, a debut EP and five years of history. They supported Kasabian at the last Spirit of Burgas, which is a big deal, but we couldn't see them then (we were stuck in Sofia preparing a magazine).
  • Playlist By Milena & Ruzhin

    21 January 2016

    The two snowmen in front of you are the ones who help London-based short movie platform Future Shorts come our way every season.
  • Playlist: David Bowie

    14 January 2016

    In moment like this one, it's usually quiet. But David Bowie is immortal and will live on in his music forever. That's why today we put on this little tribute of songs and stories of a few people whose hearts skipped a beat on 11 January.