Preview: DNA BLN, June 11, Magnet Club Berlin

As the festival season draws closer, new artists are emerging out of creative hibernation ready to showcase new musical projects and collaborations. Berliners love to be one step ahead when it comes to new music. With hopes to launch a full-fledged festival in 2016, DNA BLN’s music event will be returning to Magnet + Comet club for a third showcase of new music.

After two successful events this year, DNA BLN will open its doors on June 11th to fans eagerly awaiting a night of innovative sounds. The seven Berlin-based acts set to perform are Janice Prix, Those Goddamn Hippies, Jack Strify, Black Prez, Lowrider Betty, Sweet Tempest and Antonio Gram. As well as music performances, visual and media artists will exhibit new pieces around the venue.

The DNA BLN event introduces a selection of diverse music genres for all tastes. It’s a place to discover new artists (D-N-A), both musically and visually, and meet other new music enthusiasts. The aim of the event is to create an evening of artistic collaborations from different creative communities, whilst also promoting the interaction between the artists and the public.

I caught up with one of the headliners, Black Prez, in between his busy schedule, to get his thoughts on the event and the lowdown on his music since being in Berlin.

How and when did you first get into music?
Just like most people, I have been into music since I was a little kid. My mom shows me videos of a 5-year-old version of myself running around the house with a microphone singing along to Aretha Franklin. Apparently, R-E-S-P-E-C-T was my jam as a young buck! Every time a song came on the radio, I would instantly make a freestyle parody version of it to get everyone laughing. When I was a little older, I would find beats online and record songs at home just for fun. After showing them off to a few friends, they encouraged me to keep doing it because they liked what I was doing. College was when I started taking music a little more serious. I started doing real shows, shooting music videos, traveling, and even started making money with music! When I graduated college I moved to Los Angeles to pursue music full time. After a few years in LA, I moved to Berlin to do the same.

How would you describe your genre of music?
If I had to simplify it, I would say Rap. I consider myself a rapper but I rap on all different types of beats. Hip hop, rap, pop, electro, country and acoustic. I do it all! I would say an eclectic version of rap.

Why is it important for events/festivals like DNA BLN to support new music?
I think it is a great way to showcase new talent and get it heard. It’s also a great opportunity to network with other artists in the area. It's always great being on stage, so that is one of the things I am looking forward to the most. I am also excited for all of the people that will be there and being able to meet them. Most of all, I think it will be really fun.

What are your plans for the up-and-coming year?
This year I will be releasing an album with my friend Shaun Reynolds out of London. I also plan on keeping up with my YouTube channel by posting music videos, vlogs, and other cool stuff. I also plan on doing some more collaborations.

Interested? Tickets cost only €5, check for more information.

By Holly Amber

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