• Heavy Business

    31 August 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    Aleksander Boiadjiev is a major figure in the Bulgarian hardcore scene. He is a vocalist with Last Hope – one of the most serious bands around, hosts the thematic show Panic Attack on Tangra Mega Rock and often gives us causes for celebrations because of the concerts organized by his agency Re-Act – bands like Agnostic Front and Hatebreed.
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  • The Magic Flute

    24 August 2007

    Nikola Shahpazov

    The leader of progressive rock giants Jethro Tull Ian anderson arrives for his second official visit to Bulgaria – this time we'll welcome him at the Roman theatre in Plovdiv. Armed only with his trusty flute and alongside the Classic FM orchestra, sir Ian would present some famous Jethro Tull tracks, rearranged with a symphonic gusto. In a short interview for Programata this Scottish music nobleman talks about Indian food, Beethoven and classical music.
  • She is so pretty

    17 August 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Rujin

    Meet our future neosoul queen! And we don't exaggerate either. The girl before you is Ruth Koleva – charmfully young and talanted singer with a very unique voice. She's completely self-taught as well! we just got our hands on her new single Clean Your Heart and after learning that Ruth is back in Sofia, hurriedly arranged a meeting with her at Popa.
  • Maria's Room

    17 August 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov

    Maria Ilieva celebrated her birthday at the seaside but there was one more reason for that summer party - Maria officially launched her label Stereo Staya. She was kind to reveal the main concept and plans for the future development of the label before Programata.
  • Is There a DJ In the Plane?!

    6 July 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Virginia Records/ Magic Records

    Eric Prydz is one of these heroes behind the music-stand, who run several labels at the same time, produce a lot of people and for a change every one or two years release something of their own, which occupies the charts for at least one season. What a dude! We know by hearsay that he does not like to give interviews, to be photographed and to be the center of attention, but we plucked up all our courage and called him.
  • Little strange music

    29 June 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov, photos Todor Cvetkov for Angel Kotsev Studio

    we arrange the meeting with the avantgarde Bluba Lu trio in the well-cooled garden of the Boris Hristov music centre. They have just finished their rehearsal with Studio Primo orchestra merely days before the grand performance of their fourth studio project World Melancholy – a mix of their usual trip hop obscurity, Andronia Popova's rich voice and symphonic bombast. This is just the type of musicians that always have something intriguing to say.
  • Roro's Madness

    22 June 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Todor Tsvetkov for Angel Kotsev studio

    Отскоро авторът и водещ на предавания като Interactive и Mist смени платната и не се появява в кадър. Не се тревожете обаче – Роро продължава да е наоколо. Този път ни разбърква мозъците като програмен шеф на музикалната телевизия MAD България. Има си удобен стол, куче, все така обожава Бьорк. Много е зает, няма време за игри, но се опитва да се сдобри с природата. Да му дадем думата, знаете колко обича да говори.
  • Guru: Close and Personal

    15 June 2007

    Nikola Shahpazov

    These days Guru, driving force behind the legendary Brooklyn-based hip hop act GangStarr, has concentrated solely on his own project Guru's Jazzmatazz - being a link between urban beats and rapping and skilled jazz. Days after releasing the project's fourth album - Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip?Hop Jazz Messenger: Back To The Future, Guru embarked on his first European tour ever and we managed to reach him for a quick but informative chat.
  • Lethal Weapon

    25 May 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov

    In 1992 DJ Lethal triumphed as a member of the world's greatest gang of white rappers - House of Pain. Later he made it to the top-selling nu-metallers Limp Bizkit and guaranteed himself resident position in several of Beverly Hills' finest clubs. These days he's back in the hip hop scene with his band La Coka Nostra, featuring a good number of House of Pain members. Less than a week before DJ Lethal's first ever set in Sofia, we called him in his LA house for a midnight interview.
  • Power Supply

    11 May 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    DJ Steven (Stefan Krachanov by identity card) was one of the people, who brought the electronic revolution to Bulgaria. Today he still is a major figure in the music alignment Metropolis and is respectively directly involved in organizing the greatest dance forum on the Balkans – SEEME. His second edition began on May 17th and we managed to steal ten minutes from his preoccupied schedule for an American espresso and a few profound questions.
  • Shock-Worker

    4 May 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    We met Kalin Veliov ten days after he left VIP Brother, a week before his performance at the Third Salsa Festival and just hours before the release of his new video with Nina Nikolina. As usual, the famous Bulgarian percussions player deals with (at least) five things simultaneously and has a lot of things to share. Besides, he is a very good company.
  • Jamaica Jam

    6 April 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov, photos Todor Tsvetkov for Angel Kotsev studio

    We are talking with Erol from Wickeda in a particularly musical environment – Stroeja Club in Studentski grad, while around us speakers and amplifiers are shifted, people from Lora, Awake and P.I.F. are passing by and in the aparatment building nearby someone is playing the oboe. Our main topics are Erol’s solo project Guava Jelly, the gustatory qualities of Jamaican fruits and Wickeda’s European tour.
  • In Bed With Ostava

    23 March 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    In fact we are in Ostava’s studio with Svilen alone – the other band members are not there. But we promise to gather them in the autumn, when they will issue an album. Not like now – only the best BG single for a long time, Sex in the Morning.
  • Back to the Roots

    16 March 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    The three boys on the picture are only the core of Root Souljah, our new favourite BG gang. After their first performance ever – on December 6th last year – they managed to produce a small album with 6 tracks. If it is not obvious, they sing about love, the good and the bad, the system and about all important things in general. These true rasta people turned our hearts red-hot.
  • He and She

    9 March 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    Santra is keeping us under steam since that track with Spens and the tiger, I don’t want to stand in your way, which was in her 2002 debut solo album. After a short break, last year came the next assault – this time with Kristo’s help – for two, hmm, pulse-quickening singles. Now Santra and Kristo are ready with a new club remix of Strength – Make Me Stronger, arranged by Maga and music by Bobo. And there is no force capable of keeping us away from the dance floor.
  • The Magical Violin

    23 February 2007

    text Daniela Benisheva

    Vesko Eshkenazi’s violin is not truly magic – he just plays on it with all his heart. He is young and talented, one of our greatest classical musicians famous beyond the borders of Bulgaria, and since 1999 he is first violinist of the Royal Konzertgebau Orchestra in Amsterdam. The news is, that maestro Eshkenazi is coming to Sofia to take part in a BNR Symphony Orchestra Concert. We were more than excited and called him in order to understand what is going on in classical music. Or, in short –to hear a genuine musician
  • I Swear!

    16 February 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov

    You've probably heard the news – the Switched On! project gathered a dozen British DJs and trusted them with remixing classic songs from modern Bulgarian music. The new versions of Chernata Ovtsa and Edna Bulgarska Roza would be performed exclusively on February 24 at 4km party centre with a host of DJS and legendary acts Revu and Nova Generazia performing. We learned that our favourite Bulgarian-British dame Mira Aroyo of Ladytron fame has remixed Sturcite's Kletva, so we quickly called her at her London appartment for details.
  • Underground House

    9 February 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova

    Well… John Digweed has just released his new compilation and is already coming to Bulgaria for a big party of the Viva Sound Factory series. It is organized by Metropolis, and the location is fantastic – second level of the Sofia City Centre underground parking lot. The party is on February 17th, so start warming up with Transitions Vol. 2 or dig out the first Renaissance, recorded together with Sasha and remember the beginning. Is it necessary to explain who the hell is John Digweed? He is simply big – in 2001 DJ?Magazine declared him #1, and today, despite his heavy schedule as a producer promoter and a DJ, is also a resident in London’s Heaven and Brighton’s The?Beach.
  • Music for the Masses

    2 February 2007

    text Nikola Shahpazov, photos Mute/Animato

    As they themselves point out, Laibach isn't an ordinary band of humble pop musicians. This innovative Slovenian collective is an art institution in itself with its own virtual state (NSK), organizes exhibitions, lectures and seminares, although its main activity remains musical. Their latest ambitious project is entitled Volk and contains 14 national hymns in new symphonic, martial industrial arrangements. Mere days before their second performance in Sofia, Laibach's spoekesman Ivan Novak had this to say about some very important issues.
  • Napalm Burns

    26 January 2007

    by Nikola Shahpazov