and… how was New York?
Great, Huge, Amazing, Awesome, Massive, Fat!!!
We just flew back to CH from the big city, our heart full of memories and emotions, after plenty of amazing and wonderful moments and encounters! Barely off the plane, we are already writing… so that you too can get a little summary of what we have seen in New York at the CMJ and the support we could give to our talented Swiss artists who played there.
The music has been flying high in the NYC sky… as high as the Empire State Building, symbol of the city and musical adventures of two Swiss bands in New York:
Rootwords (GE) and
Great Black Waters (ZH)
Two such different soundscapes and musical approaches and genres, that they actually very well summed up the incredible variety as well as quality of CH-music in NYC!
We already knew Rootwords… we discoveredBjörn – guitarist for Fai Baba and leader of the solo project Great Black Waters, along with his intriguing sounds and brand new bandmates among other things! Great Black Waters – who is also connected with the TM (no, not trade mark, but Ticinese Mafia) btw, for he produced the outstanding YOUR VACATIONS by TATUM. G. RUSH – has been living in New York for a few months now and welcomed us to his rehearsal room, on a rainy Brooklyn night, with a solo video, just before his performance with the band at Goodbye Blue Mondays!
Rootwords landed in NYC with his whole Kinyamasounds team from Geneva – Julio, of course – the front man, Stan the man – DJ and Nicolas – the manager. Hard working guys, no tourists… photo/video shootings, networking, trailer, panels, workshops, concerts, video for a new clip in Brooklyn… but ok, also small parties with Swiss friends. Including the invitation to the Swiss Consul’s place and the After-Party following the concerts @ the Left Field Club (Lower East Side), but also the chill-out CMJ afterparty in Greenpoint (Brooklyn) with Matt McDonald, for once are not taking care of bookings, but Bloody Marys and homemade burgers…
New York was, is and and always will be an incredible opportunity to gain visibility, interact with programmers from around the world, have networking sessions and of course to promote the Swiss music.
Very special thanks to the CH-Consul in NY Thomas Schneider, Sandrine Ligabue (responsible for culture at the Swiss Consulate), Maurice, Billy the artist, Matt McDonald, but also our Mx3-Stickers, waving like flags despite the rain, sun and wind, in the New York skies (this special topic can be followed on instagram: # nych14)