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February 2016

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  • Wood & Plastic is a series of music instruments and production gear market. Musicians (pros or not) and all music lovers are welcome to sell and purchase musical items on the spot. Wood & Plastic #2: February 7th, 11am - 6pm at Marie AntoinetteTo register for a stand: [email protected]

    Dear readers of The Chop, Ive never written an editorial before, so Im going to start by describing the strange beard of this guy sitting next to me. Its basically the classic Mungo Jerry-style huge side burns, however, they are connected by a thin strap of beard which goes under his chin. Literally, under it. As in, you cant see it except when the guy looks upwards. Without this narrow, usually unseen stripe, this style of beardige would be re-ferred to as chops. But with it? The point Im trying to make is that this paper is called The Chop, and were still not 100 percent sure what it is either. Yes its a badass free music magazine/concert calendar, but its form and content are still very much in flux. Which is why we need your help. Do you like to write, make art, drink beer, take photos, go to concerts, or do graphic design? Contribute to The Chop! This paper is made by members of the community in order to give Berlins rich, but often overshadowed, live music scene a focal point. Its like The Chop is the little chin beard line that connects the two sideburns. The sideburns in this metaphor being live music and the people who enjoy it. So send us an email if you want to help.

    Enjoy The Chop, Ryan Rosell

    Hello Sylvain, tell us a bit about yourself and the Wood & Plastic event.

    I am a sound engineer, label owner and musician based in Berlin. I am currently working with producer Chris-tian Mevs (Tocotronic) to build & launch a new studio together, around the month of May. We want to gather both his Salon Berlin projects, and my Twaague projects - Twaague being my label. Years ago, I had the idea of a flea market dedicated to sound and production gear. To me, its great to also help building communities around the lo-cal music scene. For this first event there were 6 stands, including one specialized in synthesizers with Derek Holzer, and one in guitar pedals, with Theodoros.

    I would like to keep a nice & friendly atmosphere for the next events. I have 9 registered stands for the second event so What about you, Theodoros, can you tell us a bit about your work ?

    Sure, I am an electronic engineer and I have live din Berlin since 2009. When I started to design pedals, the market was pretty limited. By then, Mogwai asked me to produce handmade ped-als for them. In the past 7 years, I have made 4 different models, under the name Kleissonic. Some of them are used by Sonic Youth and Brian Jones-town Massacre as well. If you want to check them out you can come over to the next Wood & Plastic event !

    The Chop Team Adrian RtzscherAmande DagodBarry CliffeJulie GaspardJustin PersonLuise VrkelMarie BeckmannMartin DziallasRyan RosellTherese KoppeYannis TrouinardThe Chop Issue #1February 2016Auflage : 500 Stckwww.thechop.deFB : @[email protected]

    January 17th, Wood & Plastic #1 - Music gear market at Marie-AntoinetteInterview with Sylvain Livache, who introduces us to Theodoros Kissiaris by Yannis Trouinard.

    Liebe Leser*innen von The Chop,

    Ich habe noch nie ein Editorial geschrieben, deshalb beginne ich erst einmal damit den komischen Bart von diesem Typen der neben mir sitzt zu beschreiben. Eigentlich der klassische Mungo Jerry-Stil, riesige Kottletten die durch eine dnne Linie von Barthaaren unter seinem Kinn zusammen laufen. Wortwrtlich unter seinem Kinn. Man kann sie nicht sehen, auer wenn er nach Oben schaut. Ohne diesen schmalen, normalerweise nicht sichtbaren Streifen wrde dieser Stil von Bart als chops bezeichnet werden. Aber was ist das?

    Den Punkt den ich hier versuche zu machen ist, das diese Zeitschrift The Chop heit und wir auch noch nicht 100 Prozent sicher sind was das be-deutet. Es ist ein ziemlich cooles Musik Magazin mit einem Konzert Kalender fr umsonst, aber die Form und Inhalte sind immer noch im Entstehen. Dafr brauchen wir eure Hilfe. Schreibst du gerne, machst Kunst, trinkst gerne Bier, machst Fotos, gehst zu Konzerten, oder kennst dich mit Grafik Deisgn aus? Dann trage zu The Chop bei! Dieses Magazin wird von Leuten aus der Community gestaltet um Berlins reicher, aber oft berschatteten, Live Musikszene einen Fokuspunkt zu geben. The Chop ist die kleine dnne Barthaar-Linie die die Kottletten verbindet. Die Kottletten ste-hen als Metapher fr die Live-Musik und die Leute die Spa an ihr haben. Also, schreibt uns eine E-Mail, wenn ihr das Magazin mitgestalten wollt.

    Viel Spa mit The Chop. Ryan Rosell

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  • Interview by Luise Voerkel

    Exposure in the city is really good. And theres tons of venues to play at.Do you have a new release coming up?

    A: We have been recording for the last weeks. We played a show organised and recorded by Die Letzte Metro and did some demos with them. And we recorded at Hansa Studios because wed won a sponsorship. Were definitely going for an album but we dont know what well end up with yet.

    What do you like about having a band in Berlin?

    L: Its very easy to get shows here and to get payed to play. I can only compare it to the States or to what I hear about London. It all seems to be a bit more easy-going here. And theres so much opportunities and so many different bands, you just start thinking bigger when you live here.J: Also, theres the government funding in Germany, theres a lot of support programmes here. And Berlins a film city. Were on a feature film soundtrack, were playing a Berlinale party next month, and were in this indie film of Andreyas friend.next month, and were

    Your name suggests youve got a thing for pigeons, is that true?

    L: On the contrary! We were looking for a short name and came up with Gurr. It eludes to the Riot Grrrl movement and it also fits because Im very scared of pigeons. I sometimes even cross the street if theres too many of them.

    Youve all played in other bands whats different with Gurr?

    A: With Gurr we all take it more seriously, we invest a lot, usually we rehearse two times a week.L: For me Gurr is the first band that really has an original sound.

    Where you going after a specific sound from the beginning?

    A: No, it was kind of a no-brainer.L: When we started we listened a lot to Jeff The Brotherhood, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees. Were still into this kind of music but we listen to a lot of differ-ent stuff.A: And we appreciate all of Jils funky bass lines. We manage to blend everything together.

    So how did it all start?

    L: Gurr is our first Berlin project. Andreya and I met at uni in 2012 and decided to form a band. We met Jil at Thee Oh Sees shows. After we gave her a flyer, she asked us if we needed a bass player. She had to learn all our songs super-fast because we had our first show lined up at SO36! Obviously she did a great job.

    in this indie film of Andreyas friend. Exposure in the city is really good. And theres tons of venues to play at.A: Were on the soundtrack for Desire Will Set You Free a movie by Yony Leyser, about queer culture in Berlin. And we did a performance and got a little cameo in Vitches by Maria Neheimer. The movie was shot at a women-only set in Bavaria.

    Drei Girls, ohrenbetubender Ga-rage das sind Gurr. Der Name ist einerseits gelebte Aversionsthera-pie, andererseits subtile Anspielung auf die Riot Grrrl-Sache. Die Energie und die Kratzigkeit, die man mit letz-terer verbindet, knnen Andreya, Jil und Laura auf jeden Fall vorweisen. Der Atem wird Gurr nie knapp, selbst bei hoher Geschwindigkeit singen sie an Schlagzeug und Gitarre mh-elos im Duett. Und auch auf Platte bringt die Band ihre Punk-Attitde und den rumpeligen Sound der 60er lssig, ohne Anzeichen von Nostal-gie, zusammen. Zum Beispiel auf der Furry Dream EP. Oder auf dem Soundtrack zum Film Desire Will Set You Free. Wenn Gurr nicht gerade mit befreundeten Bands einen Drink in der 8mm Bar nehmen, oder sich anderen Projekten wie Orchestra Hit und No Fun widmen, basteln sie an ihrem De-bt: in Proberaum-Kellern und in den Hansa-Studios. Jetzt fehlt nur noch ein Video dafr sind Gurr gerade auf der Suche nach der passenden Unter-sttzung. Wer sich dazu berufen fhlt, bitte melden!

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