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November 10, 2021
Big announcement! The Official Le Guess Who? Hangout, hosted once again in collaboration with Kickstarter and Kapitaal. This year Stranded FM contributes Festival Radio, and a brand new concept, Dynamics of Amazement.
Tune in to ease your moments in between, when travelling between venues, as a hotel room ambiance, or if you cannot make it to Utrecht.
You are able to hear the rare groove from LGW? mainstay DJ Fitz; Los Angeles’ melancholic folk and punk artist Shannon Lay; Rotterdam’s sci-fi electro whirlwind Alberta Balsam; a royal radio visit by hypnotic avant-rock band SUUNS’ vocalist/guitarist Ben Shemie; DJ legend soundclasher like no one else, DJ Marcelle; Bristol’s contemporary x triphop bliss Tara Clerkin Trio; Finnish vocal experimentalist Cucina Povera known from Editions Mego/BAKK/a.o.; delegates from local futurist festival Uncloud; dub cruiser Taro; French wave-pirate Low Bat from Knekelhuis’ Jean-Luc; poetic Dutch synth-pop duo De Witte Kunst; digger bonanza Kleingeld; Off Centre honcho Val Clipp; purveyors of jagged edged club sounds Derozan + Giaderza = SU2IDYA; new gen resident Nelly Is Not My Name; and… keep your eyes peeled on the socials throughout the days as there might spontaneously be more festival artists and residents pulled to the decks and mics!
Thursday 11 November
14:00–15:00 DJ Fitz
15:00–16:00 Shannon Lay
16:00–17:00 Alberta Balsam
Friday 12 November
12:00–13:00 Black Currant
13:00–14:00 Music as Spectral Infrastructure (BAK)
15:00–16:00 DJ Marcelle
16:00–17:00 Ben Shemie (SUUNS)
Saturday 13 November
12:00–13:00 Tara Clerkin Trio
13:00–14:00 Cucina Povera
17:00–18:00 Low Bat
Sunday 14 November
12:00–13:00 De Witte Kunst
14:00–15:00 Val Clipp
15:00–17:00 Derozan + Giaderza = SU2IDYA
17:00–18:00 Nelly Is Not My Name
Stranded FM presents...
Dynamics of Amazement
Dynamics of Amazement is a new series of in-depth conversation and listening by Stranded FM. For every session the station invites a land-mark artist who will be hosted by a community member. During the Le Guess Who? festival a threefold entrance will provide its kickoff!
Felix Kubin & Stefan Starke
Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, we are blessed with a visitation from experimental musician, radio host and cross-disciplinary artist Felix Kubin. He started making music from the age of twelve and is part of a seventies kids generation fed with oddball Neue Deutsche Welle. Felix is affiliated with landmark labels such as Bureau B and his own Gagarin records and next to his musical output he curated and produced a myriad of installations in contemporary art spaces worldwide. Stefan Starke, founder of Stranded FM, will ask Felix all about his creative drift and history.
Mark Knekelhuis & Luke Cohlen
You may know Mark from his label Knekelhuis or as part of hybrid analogue-punk act Volition Immanent. Knekelhuis rose to fame with a focus on the history of DIY wave and its future lineages but saw a recent outstanding surge of showcasing contemporary club producers and bands. Luke Cohlen is a Stranded FM crew core member and DJ of intricate sounds, who will host Mark in a talk that captures the search towards red threads that come with a label, and the bridge between curating old archival and new innovative sounds.
Noiserr & Loma Doom
Exploring multiple concepts of listening, Martina Raponi and Femke Dekker will engage in a conversation on subjects ranging from subversive sonology to podcast politics, from sonic activism to noise therapy and surveillance audiology. Raponi is an artist and writer researching noise and complexity, and also co-founder of Noiserr, an interdisciplinary research group focused on sound. Dekker is also known as Loma Doom, a true radio veteran and beacon of twisted and mesmerizing sounds, whose key working aspect is curiosity.
Dylan Marcus McConnell
Enjoy the results of the 8 days during Artist-in-residence with Dylan Marcus McConnell. Expect analog glitches you have never seen before. Dylan Marcus McConnell is a graphic designer living in Toronto, Canada, who’s done artwork for Osees, Moor Mother, and this year’s Le Guess Who? beer label, among other things big and small. Mostly small.
This year Kapitaal started a record label: Kapitaal Records, expect both crazy music & screenprinted artwork. During LGW? Kapitaal presents a small exhibition with label-related visual artists and live performances.
The 001 release on the label is by Daisy Daisy. This Utrecht based post-punk / cold-wave band with “psycho euro dude” Victor Crepsley on vocals, addresses childlike themes ranging from colourful plastics to outer space trips. Check out their art-merchbox with dishwashing liquid-coloured vinyl.
Trashy garage punk straight outta Utrecht – Pizza Knife did the 002 release on Kapitaal Records. A red cassette in bloodsplattered transparent snapbox and screenprinted cartboard box.
Expo Bob Mollema & Victor Crepsley
The artists involved with the artworks of the first two Kapitaal Records releases – Bob Mollema & Victor Crepsley – team up for a bright and colourful exhibition with their latest works.
Illustrator, painter, graphic designer based in Bogotá, Colombia – Mateo Rivano – with an in your face and expressive drawing style.
Edgar Nevermoo is a bon vivant, idiot and vinyl-only DJ spinning cumbia and more.
International Anthem is a label and artist collective born out of Chicago. Since 2014 they have released universally acclaimed records by the likes of Makaya McCraven, Angel Bat Dawid, Alabaster Deplume, Black Monument Ensemble, Ben Lamar Gay, Brandee Younger and many, many more. At Kapitaal, label cofounder Scottie McNiece will bring the Windy City vibes with a DJ set full of all the sounds that make Intl. Anthem the jazz-not-jazz label of the hour. (Look out for exclusive prints and merch, too!)
Ben Lamar Gay ft. Luke Stewart & Tcheser Holmes
Ben Lamar Gay is a trailblazing composer and cornet player from Chicago. A member of the iconic AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), and a staple of Intl. Anthem, Ben Lamar Gay’s second album for the label, Open Arms to Open Us, is yet another electrified, psychedelic jazz experience unlike any other. For this one of a kind, impromptu session & artist talk, Ben is accompanied by Luke Stewart on bass and Tcheser Holmes on drums — a deadly combo also known as the rhythm section of Irreversible Entanglements.
Colombian sound maverick Julián Mayorga’s music is a great reminder of the benefits of never taking your art too seriously. A trained musician with a Masters degree in electroacoustics and algorithmic composition, Mayorga channels his knowledge into eccentric, colourful, and irresistibly fun compositions. Expect a technicolor chaos firsthand during an exclusive solo show (+ visuals!) by the Madrid-based artist.
Colombia-born, Berlin-based experimental producer and sound artist Lucrecia Dalt commands a sonic world of hypnotic layers, synthesizers, and vocoding. Following her celebrated performance at Le Guess Who? in 2018, she has now helped build out the world of LGW? 2021 as a guest curator. For our Hangout, Lucrecia will give us a glimpse into her musical roots by performing a special all-bolero DJ set.
Dominican producer and multimedia artist Kelman Duran creates a club-situated, tense merger of Afro-Caribbean rhythms. In his music, writing, and film works Duran explores the legacy of rebellion in an unbalanced racial climate, reinterpreting and propelling the parameters of reggaeton, dancehall, and ambient electronica in the process. At The Hangout we will sit with Kelman to screen and discuss some of his experimental documentary work, followed by an exclusive DJ set.
Friday 12 November
12:00–13:00: Stranded FM presents Dynamics of Amazement - Felix Kubin & Stefan Starke
13:30: Presentation Hang Out DAILY PRINT - Mateo Rivano
14:00–15:00: Scottie McNiece / Intl. Anthem DJ set
15:00–15:45 Ben Lamar Gay w/ Luke Stewart (bass) & Tcheser Holmes (drums) from Irreversible Entanglement, live session
15:45–16:30 Ben Lamar Gay interview/talk
16:30 Scottie McNiece / Intl. Anthem DJ set
Saturday 13 November
12:00–13:00: Stranded FM presents Dynamics of Amazement - Mark Knekelhuis & Luke Cohlen
13:30: Presentation Hang Out DAILY PRINT - Bob Mollema vs. Victor Crepsley
13:45–14:30 Live session Julian Mayorga (w/ visuals!)
15:30–16:30 Lucrecia Dalt talk/Bolero DJ set
16:30–17:30 Edgar Nevermoo Colombia Special DJ set
17:30–18:00 Pizza Knife live session
Sunday 14 November
12:00–13:00: Stranded FM presents Dynamics of Amazement - Noiserr & Loma Doom
13:30: Presentation Hang Out DAILY PRINT - Dylan Marcus McConnell (artist-in-residence at Kapitaal)
14:00–15:30: Kelman Duran talk + film screening + DJ set
15:45–16:45 interview with Dylan Marcus McConnell (artist-in-residence at Kapitaal)
17:30–17:45: Interview Kapitaal Records, Victor Crepsley (Daisy Daisy) and Rutger de Boer (Pizza Knife)
17:45–18:15 Daisy Daisy live session
Illustration by Stefan Lumpi Starke