AMPLIFEST 2015: AMPLITALKS

Artwork by Micaela Amaral

Artwork by Micaela Amaral


Writer’s Block*
With Emanuel Pereira, José Carlos Santos, José Rodrigues and Luiz Mazetto.
Saturday 19th from 17:00 to 17:45
Music changes, and so do the ones who listen to it, who write and who read about it. While the internet might have seemed like the death of music writing for a while back there, it apparently has done the exact opposite – print magazines still exist, stoically, alongside mountains of great websites and there have been more books about music published this century than ever before. We gathered a few select personalities from the industry – José Miguel Rodrigues (LOUD!, Blitz), José Carlos Santos (Terrorizer, Rock-a-Rolla, LOUD!), Emanuel Pereira (Ponto Alternativo, LOUD!) and Luiz Mazetto (VICE Brasil, Intervalo Banger, CVLT Nation and author of the book ‘Nós Somos A Tempestade’) to discuss what it means to write and to read about music in 2015, in what capacity the media have changed, how they will change further in the future, and how they’ve stayed exactly the same.
*in portuguese

Artwork by Micaela Amaral

Artwork by Micaela Amaral


The Outer Limits
With Kurt Ballou, Maurice de Jong and Stephen O’Malley
Saturday 19th from 19:45 to 20:30
If we could travel back in time and show the music fans of 50 years ago our crazier favourite records, their heads would probably explode in sheer amazement. It’s the nature of the best artists to continually push forward, (re)invent the musical wheel, experiment, create and travel to sounds never produced before. Whenever we think we can’t go any further, someone does go further. What is the limit? Is there a limit? Have we gone over any kind of limit already? And who better than sonic travelers Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))) and many more), Kurt Ballou (Converge guitarist and notable producer) and Mories (Gnaw Their Tongues) to tell us what they think about experimentation in extreme music?

Artwork by Micaela Amaral

Artwork by Micaela Amaral


Alone In The Dark
With Colin van Eeckhout, James Kelly, Mathieu Vandekerckhove and Nate Hall
Sunday 20th from 21:10 to 21:50
Oh loneliness, what would we do without you? These musicians – Nate Hall (USX), Colin Van Eeckhout (Amenra), Mathieu Vandekerckhove (Amenra) and James Kelly (Altar Of Plagues) – have all dared to leave the comfort of groups and established names, bravely ventured out on their own, and Amplifest now gathers them to hear about their experiences, their stories, their hardships and their triumphs, in a journey of discovery into what makes a solo artist tick.

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