First artists announced for the #MMB2020 Showcase Festival!
In the evenings of March 17-19, the #MMB2020 buzz will move across town to Expirat, one of our favorite venues in Bucharest, where 18 bands will perform in front of the conference delegates as well as local fans. Check out what’s on the menu and stay tuned for further announcements!
Baba Dochia (RO)
Hailing from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Baba Dochia are playing electronic music mixed with rock. Their style is full of synthetic and organic beats, heavy guitar riffs, flavored with the aggressiveness of live drums. If in the beginning their compositions were pure post-rock, their style has nowadays become a more organic mix of electronica and rock with glitch and psychedelic elements. The combination of synthesizers, drum machines (and live drums) with distorted guitars have made them one of the most original bands in the Romanian alternative scene. Their main influences are from Death in Vegas, Trentemøller, Apparat, Amon Tobin, Boards of Canada but especially from Team Sleep, the project’s main catalyst. Baba Dochia played at some of the biggest music festivals in Romania (Untold, Afterhills, TimeShift, Peninsula/Félsziget Festival and many more), one festival in India and some indoor venues in Germany.
Cucina Sonora (IT)
Cucina Sonora – the union between analog and digital, classic and electronic, past and future to better feel the present. Pietro Spinelli’s project began in 2014 with his idea to move from classical piano toward new horizons. After an EP and several other European gigs, he decided to move to Berlin and develop his studies at dBs Music School, attending the Electronic Music Production & Performance degree course. His most recent album, called “Evasione”, was written between Italy and Berlin and was released in 2017. Meanwhile he performed more than 60 gigs both in Italy and abroad, sharing the stage with electronic music celebrities such as Godblesscomputers, Fricat, Stev, Machweo, Aucan and Go Dugong.
Gunned Down Horses (IL)
With a performance that will throw you off guard, a kamikaze approach and a cinematic-induced spirit, Gunned Down Horses – galloping from Israel – are a new rising force in the world of rock. Influenced by the realms of cabaret and Horse Opera, their unique sound ranges from Nick Cave meets Faith No More to Tarantino meets Fellini. They released the moving single/book “Turtle Doves” last summer, and visited Iceland in November, celebrating their Icelandic connection with an explosive new show. In 2018 they supported Deep Purple’s goodbye tour in Russia. When it comes to this unique ensemble, expect the unexpected.
Lazywall is one of the few Oriental Metal bands, along with Myrath and Orphaned Land, that combines powerful guitar riffs with traditional Moroccan instruments such as Oud, Darbouka and Guembri. They formed in 2003 in Reading, England, and released their first EP “Primal Tapes” in 2006, recorded in Chicago with Nirvana’s producer Steve Albini. They slowly gained international popularity, performing at prestigious venues and festivals including SXSW in Austin (USA) and Garorock (France). In 2010 they became the first metal band to ever perform live on Moroccan national TV, and the same year they got to perform in front of 50,000 people at the festival of Casablanca. They are currently recording their sixth album.
Sara Renar (HR)
A former architect with a Master’s degree, she has left her office job to pursue a full time career in music. Her music style can be described as experimental/indie/pop mixing subtle melodies with electronic and theatrical elements. Heavy emphasis is put on the lyrics in her mother Croatian tongue and she is a welcome guest at literary and theatre festivals as well as music and showcase festivals throughout the region. Praised as one of the best Balkan new generation singer-songwriters, she has has played over 250 gigs in the last three years and is currently expanding her reach to an international audience. Think Sevdaliza vs. St.Vincent, or even Bjork vs. FKA Twigs, with an unique Slavic touch.
Barış Demirel – Barıştık Mı (TR)
Barıştık Mı is a project by Turkish singer-songwriter and trumpet player Barış Demirel, influenced by the sounds of Turkey and predominantly the genres of rock, jazz, hip hop and ambient. His mellow vocals and innovative use of equipment mark his authentic yet unique style, making him stand out among the contemporary jazz musicians and fusionists of his time. He released his debut album T.E.A.R. in 2015 and ever since he has been performing with his band at many domestic and international festivals in countries such as The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, England and Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival). His second album “FAIL – PLAY” was released under Lin Records in October 2018.
Royal Prospect (SE)
Royal Prospect is a young rock band from Lomma in Sweden, formed in early 2014 by four friends: Oscar, Hannes, Gustav and Hannes. As well as performing at various Swedish festivals the band was invited to play on the main stage of Croatia’s biggest music festival “Inmusic” in Zagreb in the summer next year. In 2016 they performed at Sweden’s biggest showcase festival Live at Heart, which ended with the band getting signed by Rehn Music Group on the spot. After several succesful singles (“Fire”, “Hearts”, “I Feel Alright”) which gained significant airplay and media attention, they returned to Live at Heart, held their own Asian Tour in 2018 and performed in the USA at Summerfest in 2019.
UPDATE 19.02: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, For the Wicked (RO) were forced to cancel their appearance at #MMB2020 Showcase Festival.