ARTeNOU: Barcelona’s underground electronic festival

You know when Summer’s arriving in Barcelona, not only from the weather and the constant need of putting on sun screen, but because there’s no way you don’t have plans in the weekend.

Last Saturday I found myself heading to Sant Boi de Llobregat, a little town 20 minutes by Train from Barcelona. My friends told me to go see them play live at a Festival called ARTeNOU and since the weather was brutal and it was outdoors I couldn’t find myself even thinking of an excuse not to go.

ARTeNOU was born as a cultural event with the aim to show the different varieties of electronic music. It presents the more underground side of dance music through a compact lineup of national and international artists and along with parallel activities that include risk, consistency and eclecticism. It’s divided in the day festival which is in the Gardens of Sant Boi and the night festival that’s in the club session of Nitsa (Apolo).

Entering the festival, you kind of go through an indoor tunnel with different phases: the first one is the Experimental Room, where artists get to show off their creations, like Sun Color (representative of Knob Shop) who makes his own modular synthesisers; the second stage is the Installation Room, where visual creations are shown; the third one is a static installation of lights right before you walk out towards where the concerts are.

I first saw Gerard Daurella, representative of Neonized, spanish Electronic label, start off the festival. His chill set really synced with the whole it’s-five-PM-and-all-I-wanna-do-is-lie-in-the-sun-drinking-a-beer vibe, but Neonized is known for their sets to be adapted to the public’s demand.

Afterward I went to check the other stage and found myself gazing at Tropics. I wasn’t only bedazzled by the beauty of the three men that were on stage (I am not a groupie, but daaaaaamn), but Chris Ward, who’s the brains behind Tropics, really melted us all with his voice. All and all their set was an amazing start for those who wanted to get off their feet and start dancing, startling us all with some songs of their new album yet to be released.

I headed off to see Paradis spin the records for us all. Paradis was the winner of ARTeNOU’s contest and we all got to see and hear why. His set contained 4 different styles rising up to a banger end: starting off with Deep House with slow rhythms and a lot of vocals; continuing with UK Garage, Bass and House ; working up to nu-disco and funky electro as the sun went down to start making the people get off their feet and dance; and ending with dancefloor electro-techno. Paradis has been a friend of mine from the beginning when I moved to Barcelona 4 years ago, that was when he just started, but it was a real pleasure seeing him bloom into the DJ that he now is, with amazing skills and the knowledge of pleasuring the audience.

Due to nocturnal obligations (which means I had to go to another gig) I had to finish off the festival early. Which is a real pity since I would have loved to see Star Slinger and Blonde perform. But at least I got to end the day with the session of my best friend Boldtron, representing Egyptian Maraccas. Seriously, I don’t know how he does it, but he’s like this musical Stephen Hawking just pouring musical knowledge all over us. Boldtron’s set was marked by an old-school kind of vibe, with 90’s hip hop mixed with nowadays trap and… I just don’t know how to explain this genre! The sensation is like you’re standing in a glitter shower of the 90’s while twerking off to the beat. It’s amazing, really. If you want to know more of this type of music you should really check out his blog and the music that he posts, hidden gems of musical wonders.

All and all the festival was a huge success, a Saturday afternoon spent with good company and some amazing artists. I can’t wait for next year’s edition!

Light Installation

One of the several light installations in the entrance tunnel.

 

Neonized (Gerard Daurella) @ ARTeNOU

Neonized (Gerard Daurella) starting off the festival

TROPICS @ ARTeNOU

TROPICS Live!

PARADIS @ ARTeNOU

Paradis, winner of this year’s ARTENOU contest

Egyptian Maraccas (Boldtron) @ ARTeNOU

Egyptian Maraccas (Boldtron) DJ SET

Gerard Daurella chillin'

Gerard Daurella chillin’

My lovely company chilling at the festival.

My lovely company chilling at the festival. FLTR: That Girl With Dark Eyes, Brunetto and his lovely girlfriend & Sergio del Amo.

 

 

 

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Ambassadeurs + Demmy Sober LIVE! + Boldtron B2B Demmy Sober (DJ SET) @ Razzmatazz

I just received the pictures from last Saturday. As I said in my first post it was my debut concert as a solo artist and I’m so honored I got to do this at Razzmatazz (one of my favorite venues in Barcelona) next to my best friend Boldtron and my amazing live DJ Mr.K!

Boldtron started the night DJ-ing, me following with my live concert presenting my not-yet-released debut EP, Ambassadeurs continuing and then Boldtron and I dj-ing back 2 back ending the night.

You’ve already seen the backstage pictures, here you get to see what we really did during the night.

Photographer: Sara Hernandez Pons

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Ambassadeurs (DJ SET)

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Boldtron b2b Demmy Sober (DJ SET)

 

Me with my amazing crew. Thanks for the support!

 

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BEHIND THE SCENES: ‘Ecstacy’

While the EP is getting mastered, we’re preparing the music video for ‘Ecstacy’, my second single.

Although my first single Real Life Fantasy is still waiting on it’s visuals, I decided I wanted to release my music videos in the order of the EP, eventually creating a short film while put together.

Here are some Behind-The-Scenes pictures of what we filmed yesterday with my amazing roommate Lander Larrañaga as Director, Barbara Mattel as my make up artist and Sphinx as my muse.

I can’t wait to drop this on you guys!

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Ba(ckstage)rcelona.

Last Saturday 3rd of May I had the pleasure to debut as a solo artist at one of Barcelona’s finest venues: Razzmatazz. Not only was I going to sing my (still unreleased) EP “The Mile High Club” but afterwards I got to share the DJ booth with one of my closest friends Boldtron, owner of Egyptian Maraccas.

Me and Mr.K!, who I’m so lucky to have accompanying me on stage, after rehearsing like crazy for weeks, finally went on stage and smashed it (or at least, that’s what people have told me). I also had Sphinx, hip hop artist from the UK who I will be featuring on the blog soon, doing some vocals on one of my upcoming songs.

While still waiting on the official pictures of the LIVE! concert, here are some backstage pictures of the night. A huge thank you to all those who came!

Photographer: Lander Larrañaga
Stylist & Make Up: Barbara Mattel
Clothing (me and Mr.K!): Brain & Beast

RAZZMATAZZ PRESENTS: TRILL W/ Demmy Sober & Boldtron

RAZZMATAZZ PRESENTS: TRILL W/ Demmy Sober & Boldtron

 

Getting my looks on with Barbara Mattel

Getting my looks on with Barbara Mattel

About to go ON.

About to go ON.

With my live companion: Mr.K!

With my live companion: Mr.K!

Boldtron with BeGun

Boldtron chillin’ post set with BeGun

Sphinx & Barbara Mattel

Sphinx & Barbara Mattel

Sphinx being sweet as a nut.

Sphinx being sweet as a nut.

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Introducing… Demmy Sober for WeRun

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Hello everybody!

My name’s Demmy Sober and I’m a Belgian-American singer based in Barcelona, Spain.

Besides updating the blog with the latest news on my upcoming solo debut EP and all the news revolving it, I’ll be featuring artists from or coming to Barcelona and the rest of Spain that, from my perspective, deserve worldwide recognition, events I’m going or I’ve been to, and other music-related news that could be of your interest.

If you know of artists or events that I should check, please contact me here

If you’re interested in what I do as a solo artist you can check out my work here

Hope to see you around!

xxoo

Demmy.

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