• 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).
  • Playlist by Nikolai and Ruslan from Wrong Fest

    22 June 2017

    text Nikola Shahpazov photos Anelia Todorova

    It's inevitable. Every time we talk to Nikolai and Ruslan, we talk about music, but most often it's about the songs played in their Wrong Bar, the bands they've invited for a concert in Mixtape 5 or what they're preparing for the next Wrong Fest. Shortly before his first episode this year in the Maimunarnika (following the outback at the Voynegovtsi in September), our conversation with them is a bit different - we walk with them back and forth in time to find out what they are crying for, who makes them drink rakia and who tells them "good night."
  • Things from life: Patricia Kaas

    15 June 2017

    text Natalia Ivanova

    When she picks up the handset on the other side, Patricia Kaas is in a Czech hotel and she is going to have a concert tonight. Her voice is dense and low, the same as when she sings, and we unwittingly imagine everything on her side black and white, with a few chords getting out of the piano in the room.
  • The Playlist of Kitodar Todorov

    13 April 2017

    text Emanuela Ivanova photo Aneliya Todorova

    A few weeks ago we rushed in Friday at 5 sharp to get ourselves some quick humour with the two season of the YouTube show. That's when we came across Address to the nation - a video which redirected us to an Indiegogo campaign that is raising money for season 3. 
  • Playlist by The Fans: Oddisee

    30 March 2017

    We are learning how to pronounce his name so that we could shout it out loud on April 7 when the rapper/producer is coming to Sofia Live Club with his Beneath The Surface Tour and now - straight out of the concert's fan zone - we're bringing forth four guys to explain to us why Oddisee is top. Here's the songs that they convinced us with that the rapper doesn't need his music to be banging from the speakers at every other club to be awesome.
  • In Scott Bradlee's Jukebox

    23 March 2017

    text Emanuela Ivanova

    His music-playing machine is on YouTube since 2009 but its fans are piling up since 2012 when he uploaded A Motown Tribute to Nickelback - a mix of the band's rock hits, transformed into 60's r'n'b.
  • To Hear The heart of Mozart

    16 March 2017

    text Emanuela Ivanova photo Dobrin Kashavelov

    Everyone is talking about the asteroid that is named after him and is travelling around the sun 250 million kilometres from here. His path in the music universe, however, is way more interesting. The principal conductor of Heidelberg - with reserved stand in front of top orchestras from Berlin to Tokyo - is now raising his baton for Mystery of immortality, pointing deep in the heart of Mozart.
  • Stories From the Top of the Bow

    23 February 2017

    text Emanuela Ivanova

    If you could conduct the emotions of millions with the bow of your violin, you could rule the world. But why would you, if the whole planet already feels like home? That's what's going through our heads after a conversation with Ara Malikian - the Lebanese virtuoso with a Spanish passport that is coming to Sofia on February 28.
  • Gena: A portrait of the beat as young

    23 February 2017

    text Natalia Ivanova photo Teodor Fichev

    Three years ago Evgeni Enchev and the rest of So Called Crew are taking this basement at Borovo (where they once met) and start to lay a concrete pad for their first studio. Making hip-hop together is almost the same: 
    one puts the base, other aligns it and third is piecing up until someone like us comes in and says " it looks great."
  • Partying with a Parisian

    16 February 2017

    text Violeta Ivanova photos Manuel Obadia-Willis

    He starts our Skype conversation with "Sorry, I'm a bit sick, so my voice might be a bit hoarse". In the next 50 minutes he yawns a couple of times as well be we're not at all offended because we know where he must have been just a few hours ago - on the resident DJ post at the Parisian club Concrete which lays on the banks of the Seine river and almost never sleeps.
  • Meet Her

    9 February 2017

    text Emanuela Ivanova

    When we try to reach Her, two men answer the call - Simon and Victor, who dress up their love of women in music that easily takes off your clothes.
  • Playlist by Stereofox

    12 January 2017

    text Natalia Ivanova

    We're changing the fourth calendar on our wall since Ivo decided not to work as sedate economist and use the know-how from his past to create "site for music". His friends immediately give him a helping hand (the prairie fox from the logo, for example, is tamed by the illustrator Gergana Stancheva). Now we meet in the middle of the Skype bridge between Berlin Sofia to talk about the result: Stereofox is an online music platform "for people with open taste."
  • The Playlist of 2016

    21 December 2016

    Eleven of this year's heroes share the soundtrack of their special moments from 2016.
  • Playlist by Strugare

    24 November 2016

    Text Nikola Shahpazov photo Yana Lozeva

    The song that sounds like love at first sight Death Grips - On GP The song that soothes you Jenny Hval - Conceptual Romance The song that made you angry Ty Segall – Die Tonight The song that you didn't expect to like Pistamashina - ...
  • 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.