Band of the Month – Biggles

Swiss singer/songwriter Biggles is something of a veteran on the indie music scene in Switzerland. He released his first album in 2004, quickly followed by another three albums that firmly established him as one of Zurich’s finest purveyors of melancholy, other-worldly pop. His fifth album, the dreamy, acoustic Cloudspeaker, draws inspiration from his continued fascination with ‘Life On Mars’- era David Bowie, and the dream and mystery of outer space, in his typically imaginative, thoughtful way.

Fresh off the release of Cloudspeaker, Biggles recently took a few minutes out from his promotional duties to talk with Bandplanet about his formative musical influences, what gets him out of bed in the morning, and the buzz of hearing your own songs on the radio. Continue reading


Meet the Team: Hansjoerg Hug

He’s the life and soul of the party, and the beating heart of Bandplanet HQ. When he’s not making plans for world domination, you can find him listening to the latest and greatest grunge music on Bandplanet, or playing in his band, the Bänggner Sumpfhüener. Meet our fearless leader, Bandplanet CEO Hansjörg Hug:

Name: Hansjörg Hug

Age: One year older this year

I was born in: Zurich

I currently reside in: Beautiful Benken, St. Gallen

What I do at Bandplanet: Everything and nothing

Favorite track on Bandplanet: ‘Free’ by Agents 

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite birthday cake: Roast beef

Happiest when: Spending my time with my family, enjoying concerts with friends

In a previous life I was: What previous life?

Most embarrassing teenage musical obsession: Roxette

Dream gig or festival line-up: Queen | Foo Fighters | Nirvana | Muse | BOY | Massive Attack |Green Day | Millencollin | Faithless | Queen of the Stone Age | Pearl Jam | Danka Jones | Die Toten Hosen | Metallica | Soundgarden | Cake | REM | Herbert Grönemayer | Pink Floyd | INXS | Guns N’ Roses | Michael Jackson | Johnny Cash | The Beatles

Favorite way to chill out: Playing stupid games on my iPad :)

Song to be played at your funeral: ‘I Want It All’, ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen.

Currently listening to: Cloudspeaker by Biggles.

HJ on BandplanetYou can also read more from HJ here.

Band of the Month: The Good Ship

Currently barnstorming around Australia in support of the release of their second album, O’ Exquisite Corpse, self-proclaimed ‘salty, scruffy and salacious’ Australian band The Good Ship have been blasting out of the Bandplanet office boom box for many a week now. Using pleasingly archaic instrumentation, bucket loads of humor and a slight dose of anarchy, the Brisbane-based eight-member troupe released their first album Avast! Wretched Sea in 2010, and immediately found an audience for their wild, riotous and decadent live shows.

We climbed aboard The Good Ship herself recently for a quick and dirty chat about making up your own super genre, hair metal, and picked up some welcome advice for warding off scurvy on the high seas.

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Meet the Team: Dany Kunz

He likes Blutwurst, driving around in his Chevy El Camino SS, has a colorful and impressive set of tattoos, and a really embarrassing teenage musical obsession in his past – meet Bandplanet’s Head of Marketing, Dany Kunz! He’s also the proud Daddy of the official Bandplanet mascot, Cailean. Yep, he’s one cool dude. Find out more about Dany here.

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Talento Crudo 2012

Bandplanet loves to support emerging independent talent! That’s why Bandplanet was a key sponsor for the 2011 edition of Talento Crudo, Chile’s biggest talent-spotting competition. And wow, did the rock community of Santiago, Chile show us a fantastic time. Our ears are still ringing! We took the winners of Talento Crudo 2011, fierce Chilean rockers Chocloneta, to Unirock Alternativo in Cali, Colombia earlier this year, where they rocked the stage and won the hearts and minds of the Unirock audience.

Well, we had so much fun that we are doing it all over again in 2012. Talento Crudo 2012 is going to be huge – if you are an upcoming independent band, you don’t want to miss this one!

Talento Crudo will be held in October 2012, dates to be confirmed.