The DubTalk ft. Hamza

Hamza’s newly released EP “Tracks from Mars” was one of the key windows we got into the outcome of his practiced craft. He performed the EP’s title track as well as “One Two”, both tracks clearly demonstrating his self professed obsession with writing short, dense lines painting tales in pictures. His performance of his poem “Impassable Stretches” was our second opportunity to see him at work, albeit in a different frame of mind. For Hamza, rap and poetry occupy two distinct modes of expression that, although sometimes utilizing the same techniques, scratch different pieces of his artistic itch. If you’re pressed for time, you can see the performances on our new series “TRAX”, which is a compilation of all of the performances from The DubTalk.Related Links: Raymond Antrobus‘ collection of poems The Perseverance. The HBO series, Def Poetry Jam, from which you should find clips. TQ’s track “Westside” Scott Storch’s Wiki. Mike...

TRAX by Hamza | The DubTalk

Hamza is the second guest to be featured on this season of The DubTalk. As you know if you’ve been keeping up with the weekly updates, we’ve decided to upload shorter compilations of some of the best moments from the episode in the lead up to its release. Our first new series is TRAX, a collection of all of the pieces performed by our guest. Hamza’s first piece is the title track off “Tracks from Mars”. He opens his EP with a clear statement of intent and style, which he delivered in the studio in his typical understated nonchalance. The second piece is a poem entitled “Impassable Stretches” wherein Hamza comes to a realization about depression while sitting in a chapel in solitude. His third and final performance in the K12 was a cheeky little number from “Tracks from Mars” entitled “One Two”. This track is a nod to all...

The DubTalk ft. Breezy

Season 3 is here, and for the first time, The DubTalk is on video. We invited Breezy to the K12 studio to talk about her new “Tragic Mulatto” EP. The session is a wealth of knowledge and infectious improvised tunes. From minute one, Breezy was candid and honest with Lex and Eli. Off of the back of her open demeanor, we quickly dove into serious conversation about her road to “Tragic Mulatto”. Returning to American culture was rough for Breezy after a year in Berlin studying at dBs Music Berlin. She spent some dramatic time in L.A., which ended in her decision to return back to her home on the east coast. It was there that “Tragic Mulatto” grew into the moving piece of music that it is. The album is informed by “sources”, as Breezy calls them in the interview. These short skit-like interludes come between each track and...

[Teaser] The DubTalk Season 3 Premier

We have been working hard to make this season something special. We’ll be sharing the first episode with y’all come Sunday. Here is the second taste of what’s to come. We’re going to be trying out the new Premier feature on YouTube, so you will be able to watch the video with us when it comes out. That means you’ll be able to chat with us about what’s going on and maybe even give us feedback on the show. Would love to have you there!  

[Teaser] The DubTalk ft. Breezy

For the first time ever, The DubTalk will be on video! Season Three will bring you closer to the weirdness going down in the K12 studio than ever before. The entire session will be available for your viewing pleasure. Nothing will be left out. That means you’ll get to experience the conversations with our amazing guests as if you were in the room with us. We are currently putting the finishing touches on the first episode which features Breezy. She came into the studio fresh off the release of her “Tragic Mulatto” EP, and she had a hell of a lot to say. We couldn’t have chosen a better guest to kick off the season. Stay tuned for the release. If you’re curious about Breezy, find everything you need to know on her website.    

The DubTalk ft. Lizzy and the Palm

Elisabeth Mulroy is the final guest on this season of The DubTalk. When on stage, she goes by the name Lizzy and The Palm, because she does not feel she is alone in her artistic creation. Like many of us caught up in the creative process, Lizzy often feels the presence of a force which endows her with the ability to create music with a genuine passion. She has playfully named this force The Palm, but as she so wonderfully says in our conversation, she hesitates to confine this presence to one word because that excludes it from being everything else, which it also is. Throughout this episode of The DubTalk, we talk to Lizzy about the first time she became acquainted with this force and how she has learned to appreciate it and include it in her life and music. She has come a long way from the city in...

The DubTalk ft. Pete D’elia

When we weren’t making music, Pete had a bit of insight for us on how he goes about songwriting. Being a light-hearted soul, Pete writes mostly comedic songs, but he has come to find a nice balance between his comedic tunes and the more somber ones when playing live. He played us his tune “Pistol Pete and Missy Mae” to close out the episode, and we gave that shit a wacky remix. Thanks for listening y’all. This season has been a blast. One more in store for ya. If you like what you’re hearing, let us know on social media.

The DubTalk ft. Nebulake

Nebulake left the K12 with the promise of coming back from their mutual winter travels with an album full of their charismatic and educational treasures. You won’t want to miss it, so be sure to head over to their Facebook page and follow them. Thanks for listening! Catch you next month. Same time. Same place.

The DubTalk ft. Alexey Kochetkov and Valentina Bellanova

Alexey Kochetkov and Valentina Bellanova came into the studio and graced us with a change of perspective and pace. He plays violin. She plays ney. They are both involved in several projects in Berlin which focus on intertwining the sounds and styles of Middle Eastern music with those of the Western world. Even though we invited them into the studio out of a desire to explore this intersection, we were still blown away by the enchanting aura they coaxed into the dingy walls of the K12 by bowing and blowing their respective instruments. All three of us were held in a trance as they performed their first piece, which extends a full thirteen minutes and makes up the heart of this episode of The Dub Talk. Once we surfaced from said trance, we were full of questions. Everything from timing and key to storytelling and technique were discussed. The Untelevised Crew had begun to...

Love & Tolerance by Yansn (Live on The DubTalk)

YANSN straight blew us away when we invited her to the studio for November’s episode of The DubTalk. She’s a multilingual, multi-talented MC and Producer based in Berlin. Luckily, we had our newest members of the crew, Kyle Ferguson and Jo Winter, in the K12 to capture her essence in moving picture. Find YANSN at https://www.facebook.com/daYansn/ or http://www.yansn.de/. Shot by Kyle Ferguson and Jo Winter. Edited by Kyle Ferguson.

The DubTalk ft. Maura Souloud

Maura Souloud‘s voice is an ethereal trip into a dimension where all sounds make you smile and sigh. Her stylings are smooth. Her lyricism is poignant, and her vibe is always warm and welcoming. Because Maura is a member of the Peanut Butter Beats crew, we’ve had the pleasure of being privy to her artistry many times, and we figured y’all might love it as much as we do.  When we invited her into the K12, Maura did not disappoint. Throughout the sound check, she was singing catchy lines and busting out the fattest sounds from her SP-404 Sampler. Once the conversation started to roll, Maura was not shy about telling shit like it is. We dove into her origins in the Deutsch Rap scene, and she gave us her honest opinions about the way her femininity affected her ability to do what she wanted to do, which was rap....

The DubTalk ft. Sam Boulton

Sam Boulton blundered into the K12 firing shit talk straight from the hip, literally. We didn’t get down to business until we’d gotten all of our rambunctious banter off of the table. Well… nearly all of it. Sam’s quick wit and blunt style of humor color this episode of the Dub Talk with something special. Originally performing as a poet, Sam quickly learned that she was better suited to stand up. She tells us the story of that transition and the motivations behind it. We also delve deep into her past and uncover her alter ego, SAM NASTY THE RAP QUEEN. That’s right. This white girl can rap, or at least, she thought she could when she was a teenager. When we heard this, we had to get her to spit some bars for us, so we gave her a crash course in freestyling and coaxed her into at cypher...

The DubTalk ft. Julieta Degese

NEW SEASON. NEW NAME. NEW SOUND BABY. Starting with this season, we’ll be calling the podcast The Dub Talk! We’re changing the name to avoid confusion with us as an entity. Although we had our humble beginnings in the podcast format, Berlin Untelevised will become so much more in the future, and The DubTalk is just one aspect the empire. Business adjourned. Welcome to the second season! Julieta Degese is our featured guest to open the season. She’s a comedian from Argentina who has found herself at home in the Berlin English comedy scene. Yeah. Read that one again. In this episode, Julieta explains how a girl from Beunos Aires finds herself doing comedy in Germany, why she prefers English for comedy, and how she has experienced the comedy scene. This last point piqued our interest, and we delved into the topic of sexism and discrimination. We clashed when it...

The DubTalk ft. Pourtr8s

Pourtr8s had some BAAARS to drop when he came into the K12. This Irish MC is the reason that Lexodus started to freestyle, and he came into the place fiery and ready to do just that. Pourtr8s prides himself on his ability to speak straight from the heart, and he uses hip hop to spread his message, which is one of acceptance and understanding. Growing up, he felt a deep connection with the ability of rappers to tap into the struggle of inner city ghettos, so he started freestyling at a young age to become a part of the culture. Amidst the savage freestyling, we got seriously in depth on the topic of hip hop and the kind of musical culture that we want to foster and cultivate in our lives. From swag rap to conscious rap, underground to main stream, we discussed the impact an MC can have and...

The DubTalk ft. Babiche Papaya

The penultimate episode of the final season features yet another multi-talented and socially active being, and she goes by the name of Babiche Papaya. At her request, we opened up the episode with a lengthy freestyle cypher session. Right away, we noticed how unique and witty her freestyle swagger is. She was whipping out lines that were totally off the wall and unexpected, which had us doubled over with laughter. Once we’d rapped ourselves into a frenzy, we finally introduced ourselves to each other and got to talking about serious shit. We wanted to understand how she perceived the Berlin hip hop scene as a woman and an immigrant from Rwanda. Although she speaks fluent German and has such an incredible flow, she was often discouraged by male MC’s treating her as an outsider and questioning her skill even when it was on clear display before them. Throughout the episode,...

The DubTalk ft. FRASE pt. 2

From the moment Knockout Knob and Elpenor heard FRASE’s vocal texture breeze through the little box they’d set him up on, we knew we had to talk to him. He is everything we admire in an artist. He’s hardworking, dedicated, and more importantly genuine. Episode seven starts with a rough track idea that FRASE had been working on at the time called “White Cone”. We spent 12 minutes composing and recording what ended up being a soultastic jam that leads into a seventh episode full of insight from FRASE about musicianship, travelling, and what it means to be on tour and not have a true “home”. You won’t want to miss this double whammy. You can find FRASE on his website or on the Facetyfacespace.

The DubTalk ft. FRASE pt. 1

FRASE didn’t have any original songs that he wanted to perform, because we all ended getting so deep into the vibe of our jam. It was hard to remember that we were supposed to be interviewing the guy and not just making beautiful music with him. As a result, we recorded for over three hours and had so much material that we couldn’t just give FRASE a single episode. In episode six, we highlighted the music that we produced in the short three hours with FRASE. Episode seven starts with a rough track idea that FRASE had been working on at the time called “White Cone”. We spent 12 minutes composing and recording what ended up being a soultastic jam that leads into a seventh episode full of insight from FRASE about musicianship, travelling, and what it means to be on tour and not have a true “home”. You won’t...

The DubTalk ft. A\D|S/R

Since the original release of this episode last year, A\D|S/R has not had very much time for sharing his sounds with the world, because he became a father at the start of 2017. But now that he’s getting the hang of it, he’s managed to get some projects off of the ground. He’s working on an album, and recently started shooting a music video for one of its tracks. You can find him on Facebook if you’re digging the sounds and hungry for more.

The DubTalk ft. Stephen Paul Taylor

SPT is constantly rocking the streets and bringing his glam to stages across Europe. He is certainly a performer who must be witnessed live at least once. With a fabulous array of costumes that accentuate his non-stop dancing, Stephie attracts baffled crowds whenever he brings his set up to the street. Keep your eyes on his creative progress via Facebook, Youtube, or his website.

The DubTalk ft. Emeka Ene

In the time since this episode was first aired, Emeka has let poetry fall to the side in favor of dance and performance art. Nowadays, he’s using his physical form to express the eccentricities of his mad soul. You can still find him at Curious Fox though. Every first Tuesday of the month, Emeka materializes from the ether to foster a the poetry of others.

The DubTalk ft. Marcus O’Shea

Marcus O’Shea was our honorable guest for the second venture into our DubTalk experimentation. A performance poet of the highest order, Marcus’s  fascination with language and his propensity for building fantastic characters and environments in his writing allows him to lure audiences into his world in order to enlighten them with insights into the human condition. Our interview with Marcus went exceptionally well, largely due to Marcus’s immediate comfort with the Dub Talk format. Many artists find it difficult to spring straight into the studio and be asked to improvise and be wacky, but Marcus did not shy away from our antics. From start to finish, Marcus brought excellence. He performed his pieces “Advice for Returning Astronauts”, Transmissions from the North”, and “His Silences” for us before whipping out an epic tale of female wrestling set in an alternative universe in which wrestling is more than showboating, it’s deadly. Marcus...

The DubTalk ft. Selene Ross

Her story “The Drought” serves as the centerpiece for this episode. In it, she tackles a systemic problem in American society which persists to this day. Its narrative implements the analogy of the eponymous drought to shed light on the emotional complexities of a tragedy which leaves an entire college town rocked with grief. She also performed the pieces “These Days” and “The Day After the Rapture” for us, both of which can be found on her website. It’s been a long while since this episode aired for the first time on SoundCloud, and we’ve come quite a ways since the early days of sitting on the couch in the K12 asking each other “what the fuck are we even doing here”.