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Celebrating 10 years of Subbacultcha magazine — Subbacultcha quarterly music magazine Issue 13, Fall 2018


Subbacultcha is an independent Amsterdambased platform devoted to new music. We unearth the best emerging artists and bring ‘em to alternative stages near you. We make this unruly magazine to let you in on all you need to know. Become a member for â‚Ź8 a month and always get into our weekly shows for free. Come hang out. subbacultcha.nl/join

Issue XXX13

Dear readers, It’s September 2008. We’re holed up in our office, putting the finishing touches on the very first issue of our magazine. Inside, a chance encounter with Baltimore art punks Ponytail, an ode to L.A. DIY-haunt The Smell, and a fateful introduction to the band once known as Women. Fast forward 10 years, 78 issues, and some 300 features, photoshoots and wonderful columns later. The magazine has turned into an essential part of the Subbacultcha ecosystem and its making has turned into a sacred ritual. A chance for us to collect our thoughts, connect with the musicians and artists we love, and share their stories with you. To celebrate a decade of Subbacultcha magazine, we’ve put together a little something extra. In addition to the familiar format, we’ve made a subjective selection of everything we’ve ever printed and turned it into a special publication stuck in the middle of this magazine. Indulge, recollect and reminisce. But don’t get too comfortable. We’re not finished yet. In the spirited words of Organ Tapes, ‘As a person, I’m never concluded. That’s not just music, that’s life.’ 7

Contents XXX




Interview by Zofia Ciechowska Photos by Yael Malka 20

Organ Tapes Interview by Deva Rao Photos by Kamila K Stanley

Click Click Club




About Last Night

Interview by Jo-Anna Kalinowska Artwork by Carmen Dusmet Carrasco

Interview by Phil Krogt Photos by Annabel van Royen

Photo by Naima Green


16 Upcoming shows 29

SAUCE Magazine Interview by Maija Jussila Images by Irene Ha & Veronika Vidø 18 Colophon Subbacultcha quarterly music magazine Issue 13, Fall 2018

Advertising & Partnerships: Shari Klein (shari@subbacultcha.nl)

Front cover: Eartheater shot by Yael Malka in New York, USA

Contributing writers: Maija Jussila Zo Ciechowska Jo-Anna Kalinowska Deva Rao Phil Krogt

Publishers: Leon Caren and Bas Morsch Editor in chief: Phil Krogt Art director: Lin Ven Copy editor: Brittany McGillivray


Contributing photographers / artists: Kamila K Stanley Carmen Dusmet Carrasco Naima Green Yael Malka Annabel van Royen Printer: Damen Drukkers Werkendam, NL

Subbacultcha team Programming: Robert Lalkens Marketing: Shari Klein Online Editor: Maija Jussila Design: Lin Ven

Interns: Anna Burst Jeroen Klootsema Sydney van Nieuwaal Dominik Rodemann A heartfelt thank you to all of our incredible distributors & volunteers. Subbacultcha Office: Dr. Jan van Breemenstraat 3 1056 AB Amsterdam Netherlands

Finance, Memberships & Distribution: Anne-Nynke Knol

Contact: editorial@subbacultcha.nl

Special thanks: Tjade Bouma Patrick van der Klugt Roxy Merrell

Š photographers, artists, authors, Subbacultcha quarterly magazine, Amsterdam, September 2018

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RECOMMENDATIONS Recent finds from our editorial team



Linda Fox

Sophie Mackintosh The Water Cure

Lyrically on point and with an obvious love for both animals and aesthetics, Vancouver’s Linda Fox released her exquisite debut, Leopards Break Into My Heart, last December amidst a shroud of mystery. Who’s the new age pop sensation responsible for these vapor ballads? Find out when she lands in Amsterdam this fall for her very own Subba show. kopyrightlindafox.bandcamp.com

This novel takes everything a woman in her late 20s knows from dating pathetic softboys and transforms it into an (all too familiar) dystopia. Mackintosh scripts three sisters, Grace, Lia and Sky, isolated and sheltered by their parents Mother and King - from the toxic world; a world of men. That is, until one day, King leaves, three men arrive, and everything they once knew turns upside down.


Fringe Festival


FRKWYS With 14 collaborations to its name, RVNG Intl.’s FRKWYS series isn’t exactly a newcomer. But the visionary pairing of living legends and contemporary artists takes on a new life with the introduction of two live performances and recordings at Le Guess Who? festival. Finnish electronic music composer Pekka Airaksinen is joined by multi-instrumentalist Ka Baird, while iconic New Age minimalist and visual artist Daniel Lentz teams up with Canadian composer Ian William Craig.

11 days of wild, unbridled and undiscovered theatre and dance in every corner of the city. What more could you want? Our tip, dance collective The Imperial Armpits. Their outlandish club performance at De Brakke Grond on 7 September is free for members. 6-16 September, amsterdamfringefestival.nl


Subbacultcha magazine

RECOMMENDATIONS Recent finds from our editorial team




Taka Zoku Shou The Amsterdam Ramen Craze reaches its zenith with the return of its most enigmatic son. Having closed his celebrated shop on the second floor of Toko Dun Yong, Taka now dispenses his sumptuous bowls of noodle soup in the Jordaan. Drop by for lunch or dinner from Thursday to Monday.

Geneva-based all-female post-wave outfit Maraudeur are killing it with the use of cheap synths and double bass. Nailing down melodic punk bursts, they’ve got the get-up-and-go we’ve been missing as of late. Check out their first two cassettes Maraudeur + Maraudeur, recently remastered and released on vinyl by Bruit Direct Disques. bruitdirectdisques.bandcamp.com/album/ maraudeur

Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat 9


Tommy Orange There There



Don’t be fooled by the villainous association, the truth is Sphynx cats are bald bundles of love disguised as gremlin-aliens. Bring a couple into your life and the idea of personal space is gone forever, but who cares, you’ve finally met your sidekicks and best buddies for life.


Sometimes you come across a book that is so compelling, you need to contain your excitement just to be able to keep on reading. There There is one of those rare reads. It’s relentless and mind-blowing, both as a work of fiction and a social critique.

EYESHADOW films & bands 22 september

Desperately Seeking Susan (1984) aftershow: Sheila & The Kit 27 oktober

Akira (1988) aftershow: Yung Nnelg 1 december

High Fidelity (2000) aftershow: Niko 29 december

Pulp Fiction (1994) aftershow: YIN YIN eyefilm.nl/shadow

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NEW MUSIC Introducing you to fresh artists we admire

Interview by Deva Rao Photo shot by Kamila K Stanley in London, UK

Organ Tapes

On paper, the music of London-based artist Tim Zha unites the disparate realms of his childhood home (Shanghai) with the underground club scenes of his new home base. The true nature of his gut-wrenching, alien ballads is harder to pin down. There’s an ambiguity, a yearning quality to the gleaming crystalline surfaces and fractured autotune of his latest release, Into One Name, that defies easy deciphering and elevates his music to a plane wholly its own. (He also just makes really good pop songs.) We Skyped over pizza and talked about taste, evolution and Cassie. 14

Organ Tapes

‘As a person, I’m never concluded. That’s not just music, that’s life.’ You strike me as someone who approaches music with minimal prejudice and isn’t concerned with matters of ‘good versus bad taste’. I treat music with the utmost sincerity; I’m not someone who likes things ironically. There’s a lot of music and cultural objects that carry baggage, whether it’s something significant or political, or whether it’s trivial and dumb… like ‘Chocolate Rain’ being a song that was a meme and a joke. It carries baggage, and I try not to let that inhibit my interaction with it. Joke and meme aside, I’m not into ‘Chocolate Rain’ on a musical level… That’s fair, I just think the production’s amazing and it’s just a really interesting composition. The lyrics are kinda hard too. Are you still forming and developing your musical sensibilities? There’s no real end to the formative phase. All of living is constantly formative. You can identify different periods of developing musical influence and so on, but it’s ongoing and constant. As a person, I’m never concluded. That’s not just music, that’s life. There’s a quote for you. Your music seems to constantly evolve. Do you ever strategise your next step? I never think about it in a consciously strategic sense. There’s purely an element of responding to inputs, things I like and consume, and things that are shaping the sensibilities I have around music. Inputs that lead to a certain output, I guess, and there’s

different configurations of that. So I make different styles of music, but it’s not planned. Okay so, dream collaborator. Who do you wish you could work with? I think one of my favourite people to collaborate with is [Shanghai-based artist] noctilucents… but hypothetically? I mean, I do kinda wanna do some writing and shit. I’m open to that. Who would you like to see execute your ideas then? Cassie. Ooh that’s a good one. Tell me about Cassie. She’s just so good, man. I love her voice; it’s a great voice. She’s got some really fucking good songs. Her voice has qualities mine doesn’t have, and I’d like to work with vocalists that can do something different. Next hypothetical: all-expenses-paid skiing holiday to the alps. You have a plus one. Future, Phil Elverum, Grouper, Alkaline. Who you taking? I mean, Future probably does that shit all the time; he can go on any holiday he wants. Alkaline, he’ll probably be going on holidays too. I’ll go with Phil. I bet it’d be chill, hanging out with Phil.

— Organ Tapes plays 14 September at 10 Years of Losing Our Edge // Celebrating Subbacultcha Magazine at Garage Noord. Show free for members.


Subbacultcha magazine

NEW MUSIC Introducing you to fresh artists we admire

Interview by Jo-Anna Kalinowska Collage by Carmen Dusmet Carrasco Photo by Naima Green


Decadent silks in pink and purple hues, flawless makeup, dewy, glowing skin, and pretty flowers adorn the album art of MHYSA’s fantasii. Brought to life on stage in a feathery soft outfit that struts, shimmers and shouts, the debut from the ‘Queer Black Diva and underground popstar for the cyber resistance’ graced nearly all of 2017’s ‘Album of the Year’ lists. And rightly so, its queer R&B is saturated in satin soft vocals that twist into shreds of screams. 16


‘I think the way we get to something new is holding onto the desire for it.’ MHYSA is the pop star alter ego of E. Jane, a Philadelphia-based artist with interests in desire, futurity and safety, all of which have heavy political and cultural relevance in the context of blackness and womanhood. Over a late night phone call we talk about divas, Whitney Houston, and the need to will in an impossible but necessary future. MHYSA radiantly performs traditional tropes of diva, like Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard wearing a sequin dress and sequin headband. Her beauty is about adornment, not a competition of features: the flowers on the album art, the purple feathered dress, glossy lips, these are all adornment, a signal for heightened beauty. Growing up genderqueer, the feminine has often been difficult for E. Jane to perform. It’s left them curious about what signs communicate; ‘Like, what does it mean to wear red lipstick and have cat eyes. What does that communicate?’

of her voice, but as a nurturer and goddess in the community: ‘When she got sick, her father sued her for $10 million. That number stuck with me because that’s how much he would have made off her if she hadn’t of gotten sick.’ Sickness, tiredness, these don’t exist for black women in the world E. Jane envisions. ‘My desire is to have black women’s culture exist with the authenticity of our bodies, us performing our culture, in the future, and being paid for our labour, in the future.’ It’s a fantasy that, right now, feels just that, but the will for it needs to exist in order for it to happen. ‘I don’t know exactly what should be done, but I want to keep thinking about what’s going wrong and what I would like to change in the future, because I think the way we get to something new is holding onto the desire for it.’

Intimate research fuels much of E. Jane’s output, starting by tracing the term diva back to the opera where, traditionally, it designates a very talented singer. ‘Today, because of misogyny and femmephobia, it’s associated with someone who hasn’t earned the respect they want to receive. It’s like Nicki Minaj and the pickle juice.’ (For those who don’t know, Nicki Minaj once threw down the gauntlet on sub-par professional treatment with a colourful metaphor about pickle juice.) ‘People say she’s being a diva, but what she’s really saying is that she’s tired.’ The black American diva, I’m told, ‘was a woman, typically working class, from the American South, who was a slave descendant and strove to be excellent.’ Whitney Houston is a certified diva, not only for the athletics

— MHYSA plays 4 October at s105 (De School). Show free for members.



Sauce Magazine Interview by Maija Jussila Images by Veronika Vidø, clothes by Irene Ha

Born-and-bred at Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Sauce is more than your prototypical fashion magazine. The platform has opened a porthole for current students, allowing new ways to collaborate and combine mediums. We had the pleasure of hosting the launch of Sauce Magazine debut issue in our s105 venue, a night as explosive as the content in their hot off the press magazines. With at least 30 contributors working on the next issue, we were curious as to how they pull it off. We called up Veronika Vidø to give us the skinny, from one magazine to another. 18

Sauce Magazine

Let’s talk about Sauce. How’d it all start? The philosophy at Rietveld is to be really broad, but each department very much specialises in one field. It makes sense for some people, but it didn’t fit me at all. I work a lot with images, but also in a 3D way, and I was missing that in the fashion department. Sauce started from this idea of making a platform and inviting people from all different departments to collaborate together. There’s a lot of you. With so many people involved, what’s your key to harmonious creation? That’s a question we’re still trying to answer. One of the ideas behind Sauce is that it will change every issue, so the team creating the second issue is almost completely different from the last one. On the one hand, it’s bigger; there are now about 30 people involved. But we also want to ensure that there will be unexpected collaborations. So this time around, you have to apply with a partner from another department. There are many new faces and new voices involved. Things are gonna be really different from the first issue.

plete chaos. We were just crying and yelling throughout the day. At the end of the night, we were all running around with ridiculous smiles. We made something happen and that’s a good feeling. There are many meanings to the word ‘sauce’. What’s yours? It came from the idea of putting something on top of something else, overdoing it, and not really holding yourself back. Just glazing and glazing and glazing. The other part is that it’s not a solid form; it’s fluid. It’s not just the people behind Sauce that change every issue, it’s also the shape of Sauce. It’s a biannual magazine, but we’re also putting on a summer festival in September. As part of the upcoming launch, we’re translating the 2D magazine into a 3D exhibition. I hope the changes happen naturally. If you tilt the surface, Sauce will go in a new direction. The first Sauce was themed The Zoo; what’s next? Probiotic. For the first issue our eyes were turned outwards, now we’re turning them inwards.

In order to create something you have to sacrifice something, right? What’s been the hardest thing to overcome? It’s difficult to be with so many people with so many opinions, and most of us barely know each other. It’s important to maintain the atmosphere and not have a hierarchy where people have to kick other people’s asses. In the end, we can then say that we all put an equal amount into this project. We hosted the launch of Issue 1 at s105. How was that night for you? It was amazing! We were all doing this for the first time; we got the magazines in half an hour after the launch started. It was com-

The work by Veronika and Irene will be featured in the upcoming Sauce Magazine ‘Probiotic’. — SAUCE Issue II magazine releases on 23 November at s105 (De School). Free for all.



Alex Drewchin of Eartheater picks up the phone with a coffee in hand as she describes her drive down the highway, traversing the endless yellow desert and blue sky between San Francisco and L.A. Her newest album, IRISIRI, has just come out, and you can sense that she’s eager to hit the road; there are tremblings of her known rawness and ruckus afoot. The release relates and equates to Drewchin’s mantra, Curiosity Liberates Infinite Truth. It transcends musical categorisation, tool experimentation, and the artist’s own sensory and existential boundary pushing. Collectively, it’s a spectacular set of deadly, romantic compositions; arpeggiated cosmic landscapes; whispers and vocal cascades that madden and delight; a fleeting glimpse of the sonic murmurations flocking in Eartheater’s head. We sprawl in a moment of calm and delve into the origins of her art, alienness, a recent break up, and the opening and growth that’s come in its wake.

Eartheater Interview by Zofia Ciechowska Photos shot by Yael Malka in New York, USA Tell me about the moment you knew you had to let Eartheater out into the world?

What rabbit holes are you going down since IRISIRI’s release?

I was reading A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In it, there’s Rebecca, a character who’s very emotional and struggles with self-expression. Her state is one I relate to. I have a weird pendulum in me, depending on my chemical cocktail. I can find myself become mute because I’m so overcome with emotion or anxiety. On the other hand, I’m able to write poetry that perfectly hits my pressure points like an acupuncture needle. Rebecca would eat paint chips and dirt, and that’s when it first entered my mind: Eartheater. All at once, I saw all the other words within the main word - heat, heart, earth, art. It felt like it had always been there.

Since it was finished, my personal life went through many changes, particularly my break up with a very long-term partner at the start of the year. As I peel off emotional layers, I can’t help but notice how much the record is intertwined with that life event. It came with an understanding of how deeply two people can lock in with each other, and how much effort is needed to re-establish one’s own independent synapses and remove voices from your head. I’m now at a point where I have new voices in my head, and I’m experiencing a new opening; I’m bending myself outwards in a reverse fetal position. I think that comfort, the sucking of the thumb, is really dangerous.


Eartheater New Music




‘I’ve been stoking the furnace of my personal bravery and seizing every moment, and it’s been wildly rewarding.’ I’ve been stoking the furnace of my personal bravery and seizing every moment, and it’s been wildly rewarding. I’m in a period of hyper growth. You also continue to grow your set of instruments for your self-expression. How has that journey evolved? Thanks to my classical music education, I’m able to hear complex composition and isolate the parts of an orchestra in my head. Since then, it’s been about snatching that and bringing it into the world. The music I hear in my head is so much more beautiful than any of the music I’ve been able to create. This is what constantly excites me about what I do. Voice is my number one instrument though. I was always singing when I was playing because I’m a cinematic creature, whether that’s a blessing or a curse. In sophomore year, I went to public school for the first time. I locked myself in my room to learn how to fingerpick a guitar. I became obsessed with the arpeggiation of a finger-plucked guitar mostly because I was trying to beat the orchestra video game in my head. Now, I’m acquiring synths and modular bits, and developing the patience to dive into sound libraries and mine ear candy. All of that stuff is 20% of what the music is, the rest is the energy and the emotion. If I wasn’t inspired, it would all be garbage.

allowed to go to birthday parties but couldn’t eat the food. We had to fast before Holy Communion too. When I broke my fast, that was my first test of authority: the breaking of a simulated constraint of sin. In my early teens I wrote Lord of the Rings erotica for my friends and I got in trouble for it. My friend Mary said, ‘If I find out you have sex before you get married, I will kill you.’ They could tell I was a freak in the making. Fast forward to now, I’m realising that monogamy is not for me, which goes against the overarching romantic climate. People are so tormented by it, yet they cannot break out of it. Maybe there’s some pleasure to be found in that pain, but I’m glad I’m past that, after going through the wringer. Curiosity laces everything. If one thing feels good, try the next. And even if it doesn’t feel good, but feels like something that hasn’t been named yet, experiment. The observer within me is sitting back there in the helm of the transformer robot that’s me. Inside, there’s the observer, the body, my ego and a couple other alter egos. I press go and see what happens - it could be painful, euphoric, embarrassing. It’s a sense of detachment, but also a ravenous feeling of wanting to eat all the dessert.

You’ve said before: Curiosity Liberates Infinite Truth. You strike me as someone who will break rules to scratch an itch and learn something new about yourself and the world. There’s always something holding me down or back. Growing up religious, we would go through long periods of the year fasting, eating only meals of rice and beans. I was 22

— Eartheater plays The Rest Is Noise on 7 November at, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Show free for members.



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Click Click Club

Subbacultcha through your eyes


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The Click Click Club means future #tbt material by our members. We hand over a disposable camera at our shows and you show us what you see. The Click Click Club Want to join our Click Click Club? Pick up a camera at the cash desk of one of our next shows or shoot an e-mail to clickclick@subbacultcha.nl for more info. 01. At the Holland Festival x Subbacultcha show at OT301 02. At the Moon King show at De Nieuwe Anita 03. At the Holland Festival x Subbacultcha show at OT301 04. At the Muziekgebouw aan de Ring: Goat at De School 05. At the Holland Festival x Subbacultcha show at OT301 06. At the L.A.N. Summer Special show at s105 (De School)


— All s105 shows are sponsored by Jupiler. Thanks to FotoLabKiekie for developing our negatives.


About the last ten years

Subbacultcha magazine

About the Last Ten Years

We drop by a member’s place to talk a decade of magazines

On this page we normally publish “About Last Night”; dropping by a members place to talk about last nights debauchery. But since this is the 10 year Magazine Anniversary Issue we figured to visit one of our truest members Bauke. Name: Bauke Age: 33 Subbacultcha Member since: 2010 Show: Grand Prix at De Nieuwe Anita Day job: “Cloud Engineer” Dream job: No job (just basic income and odd jobs and hobbies) How was the show last night? It was fun. The three live acts were all very different. De Nieuwe Anita is my favourite venue to meet friends. What went down? Give us your best story. Grand Prix brought a large black and white blocked “finish race” flag as a backdrop. After the show we tried to get all people wearing black and white on stage and take a picture. I just saw the end result and it’s great. What was your first ever Subba magazine? That must have been the Sep 2010 issue. Favourite issue? Sep 2011, the Don’t Try This At Home Issue. Some of my photos are featured in there. A spontaneous collaboration with photographer Isolde Woudstra, an homage to all the good times in Geertruida.

Best cover? The Branding Issue, Apr 2014, with art by Boris de Beijer. So iconic. I still see the tote bags around. Most memorable interview? I remember reading some profound stuff in the interviews, but right now all I can think of is the Kero Kero Bonito interview that made me laugh – that part about Pokémon Go. Favourite writer? Marc van der Holst. What are we missing? I kinda miss the album reviews. Who should we feature next? Stippenlift. What Subbacultcha show are you looking forward to? Hey honestly, the 10 year magazine anniversary party. Also looking forward to Infinite Bisous and How To Dress Well; I’ve seen them before. Advice for your fellow members? A little FOMO can be a great motivator. Anything else? I love personal stats. This year I attended my 1000th live show and turned 12345 days old.

— Want to let us in on your ‘woke up like this’ situation after a Subbacultcha show? Email editorial@subbacultcha.nl to talk about last night. Text Phil Krogt Photo shot by Annabel van Royen



Upcoming Shows

Photo shot by Kasia Zacharko

Highlight: 10 Years of Losing Our Edge Celebrating Subbacultcha Magazine w/ mobilegirl, Organ Tapes and more 14 September, Garage Noord

Started as an unruly music publication with DIY flair and then growing into a quarterly music magazine bigger in size and ambition, our magazine has always played a pivotal role in what we see as the Subbacultcha ecosystem: a network of off-beat musicians and artists and their avid supporters. On the 14th of September, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of our magazine at Garage Noord with a bevy of recently featured and favourite artists, including mobilegirl, Organ Tapes, De Witte Kunst and many more. 29

WED 17 OCT / Location: Bimhuis


EARTHEATER SAT 17 NOV / Location: Bimhuis


STARGAZE Björk’s ’Debut’



FALL 2018






























Upcoming Shows October


4 s105 (De School) MHYSA

6 Cinetol Fenster + Van Common

10 Cinetol Negative Gemini

13 OT301 Infinite Bisous

11 OT301 Subbacultcha x 3X presents:

14 Garage Noord 10 Years of Losing Our Edge // Celebrating Subbacultcha Magazine

Linn da Quebrada + secret after 18 s105 (De School) How To Dress Well

16 De Brakke Grond Fringe After w/ Subbacultcha


w/ mobilegirl, Organ Tapes and more

21 Garage Noord Subbacultcha x De Brakke Grond presents:

L.A.N. BXL w/ Liyo Gong + ssaliva

22 De Nieuwe Anita DENA


29 Kriterion Dick El Demasiado

7 Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Eartheater

Film screening + live-set

23 s105 (De School) SAUCE Issue II Magazine release

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Subbacultcha magazine - issue 13  

Issue 13 of Subbacultcha quarterly music magazine featuring Organ Tapes, MHYSA, Sauce Magazine and Eartheater and much more...

Subbacultcha magazine - issue 13  

Issue 13 of Subbacultcha quarterly music magazine featuring Organ Tapes, MHYSA, Sauce Magazine and Eartheater and much more...