HITS x Berlin

We hosted our very first live gig in Berlin - and this is what it looked like.

Cover The HITS

Our latest video series - covers performed by our favourite acts, exclusively for us.

Kat Frankie

Photos of the mega talented Kat Frankie performing in Stuttgart.

Video Interview: Scenic Route To Alaska

Melting away in front of Stuttgart's castle, we had a chat about touring, band names, Toy Story and a lot more.

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Playlist: house in the sand magazine issue #1




Hey everyone!

On July 4th we released our first ever print issue and boy, we're still beyond thrilled about it.

This magazine took a while to make and is the result of hard work and dedication.
And you know what we love doing after a good work session?
That's right, listen to music.

We think the blend of artists we've talked about before and artists that are new to HITS really makes this magazine special. It allows us to discover more new faces and get even more familiar with the ones we already know.

To be honest though, we are still getting used to not being able to click "play" on paper,
and so we thought we'd make a playlist including all artists featured in the magazine.

That way you can listen to them as you read the pieces - and we're all online again.

In case there are songs you want to add to your own playlists or artists you want to follow on social media, we'll have a list of everyone below, just to make it easier for you.


Before we get completely lost in the music, please let us have a few lines to thank you.
The support with this first issue has been absolutely mindblowing and we couldn't be more thankful if we tried. It means so much to us that you have been interested in this and that you actually support us in real life.
It's such a joy to see the mag arrive at your doors and to hear your thoughts on it, so please keep it coming. We love hearing from you.



Now here's the first ever house in the sand magazine playlist:



Here we go - click on the title for the YouTube link and click on the artist's name in the text blurp for their social media.

"Hey Thomas" - ROE:

We first featured ROE about two years ago and we still remember the moment we first heard her music - because our jaws dropped. That's why it's so extremely exciting to have her as our first cover artist.

"Battles (Live)" - Hudson Taylor:
Catching Hudson Taylor live is something we hope everyone gets to experience at some point. Their live sets are so energetic and passionate - which is exactly why we wanted to talk to them about touring. This live version of "Battles" is everything.

"No Roots" - Alice Merton:
How those one describe this song without using the words "absolute banger"? Pretty sure it's impossible! We absolutely love Alice Merton's sound and are so happy that she took the time to have a chat with us.

"Down Under Girl" - Mark Mathews:
Mark Mathews has been part of what we call "the HITS gang" (we just totally made that up right now) since 2013! That's absolutely amazing and there's no way the mag would've been complete without him featured.

"Blue Luck" - Josh Savage:
Josh Savage is another artist we have been bothering for years and don't plan on stopping any time soon - because listen to his music! The lad is going places!

"Over Us" - Kemelion:
So, this mag was created partly in London and partly in a very small town near Stuttgart. STR is our city when it comes to live music and with Kemelion we finally have a local artist! This is huge!!

"I Couldn't Want You More" - Joe Probert:
We were introduced to Joe Probert while finalising the lineup for the magazine - and it only took one listen to this track for us to know that we wanted him to be featured. And honestly - we would love to see your reactions to this track - bet you're jamming. We certainly are.

"Put You Away" - Katie Bird:
The first time we heard Katie Bird's voice, we ended up sobbing. Not much has changed, to be honest. The clarity and depth of it and the honesty she shares when she sings, honestly - it just has us bawling our eyes out. In the best way possible.

"We Should Talk" - Liam McClair:
We should really talk about how brilliant this song and the piece Liam McClair wrote for us are. This song has so much grip and power, making it the perfect track to turn up the volume for.

"Wrong Directions" - Martin and James:
Come on, you knew this was coming. house in the sand wouldn't have a name, let alone exist, if it wasn't for Martin and James and this gorgeous song. Having a chat with them for this magazine was such a wonderful moment and honestly, we bloody hope we made them proud. Afterall, they could still sue is for using a line from their song...

"Don't Need Me" - James Hersey ft. narou
Don't let James Hersey confuse you with that title, because we all really need this song on the playlist. It's the perfect mix of calm, smooth and danceable.

"Lamplighter" - Ben Barritt:
Ben Barritt is an absolute essential on a good playlist. He just knows how to craft songs that make you think and boogie at the same time, which is why we just had to ask him to chat us through each track on his latest album.

"Sun Skin Air" - Sun Silva:
If you just want an upbeat, atmospheric and slightly mysterious track to move to, Sun Silva have delivered just that. And they've talked us through the process in the mag.

"Girls" - ROE:
It's only fair that we've put two ROE songs on here.

"Pieces" - Declan J Donovan:
Declan J Donovan took the music world by storm and you really won't be hearing any complaints from us. In fact, we are thrilled to have this talented musician featured again.

"Follow Your Fire" - Kodaline:
Kodaline were the first act we interviewed for the mag and ever since we first met them in 2015, they've been so kind and supportive. Having them as a part of this first release is super special and we certainly can't wait to hear what you think.

"If You Don't Love Me" - Ida Mae:
When we first heard this track by Ida Mae, we knew we had to feature them in any way. So to have them chat us through the writing process of this gorgeous song is just super fascinating.

"They Own This Town" - flora cash:
flora cash have also been introduced to us while we were already working on this and we can't wait for you to discover why we just had to add them to lineup.

"Flatline" - Orla Gartland:
Having a chat with Orla Gartland was pure joy, and we hope that you'll get all the happy vibes when you read the piece. And make sure to listen to all of her releases, because she's so brilliant.

"Gold" - Sister Sparrow:
We were introduced to Sister Sparrow earlier this year while we were already knee-deep in the creative process. But goodness me, how could we not feature such a powerhouse? We're so excited for you to get to know this incredible artist.

"Hold On To Happiness" - Rhys Lewis:
Rhys Lewis - man, he's just fantastic. We first discovered him at a festival - all we wanted was shelter from the rain and he performed in the barn. We got shelter and found one of our favourite artists - it was a win-win.

"When I'm Alone (Piano Version)" - Lissie
We first heard of Lissie way before we even had house in the sand. It was this exact song when it was first released - so being able to chat to her about her music was mindblowing and just such an exciting moment.




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Credits // Words & Images: Vanessa Jetwash

Behind The Song: "Stan's Copycat" by Andi Fins



Hey everyone!

We are really proud of the features we share on here.
Some of them do better than others, but ultimately they all work together to make HITS the platform that it is.

It's no secret that our "Behind The Song" features is one of our absolute favourites, which is why we will have a few BTS pieces featured in our magazine.
And of course we'll also continue sharing them on here, which is exactly what is happening today.

Andi Fins took the time to chat us through the story and writing process of his latest single.


- Behind The Song -
"Stan's Copycat" by Andi Fins


Andi Fins is a Berlin based musician, originally from Bavaria.
Growing up in a small town in the Bavarian country side, Andi dreamed of a place to go to and make music full time - and so he went to the capital city.

Now in Berlin, he started working as a pianist/keyboarder and writer for German acts such as Elif, Mark Forster, Clueso and many more.

His previous solo albums ("A Chapter Missing Its Book", "Dreamer" and "How Will Our Hero Get Out Of This One?") attracted a loyal fanbase. His singles have received airplay, have been played on TV shows and have been featured on multiple Spotify playlists.
His track "Stan's Copycat" is based on a personal experience which we get to learn about more today.


Here's what Andi told us about "Stan's Copycat":

"I met someone through an online dating platform and we were instantly writing messages to each other. For some reason she thought I was British and I thought she was from New York, having a real funny conversation until we exposed ourselves just being two ordinary Germans, but finally decided to go out for a drink together on the same night.
It was my first date in quite a while and maybe my second one ever in the illusive online dating app world, so I was curious and kind of nervous, too. She suggested this bar where she finally showed up in real and it looked like we liked each other.

After the second beer, unlike me she turned out to be a dating pro and said: "Hey, don't take it the wrong way, but you sounded better in writing than talking face to face." So now I felt really overburdened and we took a last drink stuck in the uncertainty of blurring speech bubbles.

Out on the street, she sent me back home and somehow I got an idea for another song. We recorded live as a trio (bass, drums and me on the keys) in the studio (Zodiaque), where I used to do almost all of my tracks.
I call it recording paradise because the guys who run that place are technical and musical geniuses and we are actually friends and share a similar taste of music, which makes it so easy to work and create the right sounds together.
They are pretty well equipped with all this analog gear one wish they had. Unfortunately I can't afford hangoing out there every day, so I have my own little space at home, too, where I continue working on the basic tracks from the studio and start collecting ideas with my piano and synths.

The other guys in the band are recording guitars and percussions at their places and we're sending tracks back and forth, so the songs get their colours. And finally we go back to the studio to mix it. All of us like vintage gear and sounds like an old Höfner bass, Fender amps and smooth drums.
I use a ms20 synth, but also a modern prophet and nordstage as well.

Compared to my earlier material, the new songs are more band inspired. I don't do any pre-productions at the time, just sending the rough song sketches to the other guys and then we're meeting a couple of times in the rehearsal space to go over it.
Everybody adds more flavours to it and is kind of playing around until we get a cool version of the song, which we'd like to record."


Listen to "Stan's Copycat" right here:




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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Words (about the song): Andi Fins | Image: Anne Krausz

Gig Photos: Dermot Kennedy at Albert Hall, Manchester (May 2019)




Hey everyone!

We've been back for a little less than a week and you've all just been so welcoming, so thank you.

It's so exciting to not be doing it all alone, but having an incredible team of talented and kind creatives with us this time.
We're excited to have a new member, the super talented Victoria Schofield from Manchester, UK.

She will be added to our about page super soon, so you'll get to learn more.
Her first show shot for us was Dermot Kennedy's gig in Manchester, we have all the photos for you below.

For now, we'd love to see you support Victoria online, you can find her links right here:


website
| twitter | instagram


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Date: 11th May 2019
Venue: Albert Hall, Manchester (UK)

Headliner: Dermot Kennedy


Dermot Kennedy is a singer/songwriter from Dublin, Ireland.

His style is influenced by his love for hip-hop and poetry, his music mixes acoustic and electronic arrangements with R'n'B and hip-hop elements. With a voice so distinctive and powerful, it's no surprise that his music has attracted fans from all over the world.

Dermot's music has been compared to artists such as Bon Iver, James Blake and James Vincent McMorrow, yet he clearly has found his own signature style.

He met Glen Hansard by chance on the streets of Dublin and invited him to the studio years later while working on new recordings. While Hansard wasn't able to make it to the studio, he offered Dermot ten minutes on stage at his sold-out Christmas show, giving him the chance to perform in front of a big audience.

 Soon enough, Dermot Kennedy got to celebrate his huge success with the acoustic driven "After Rain", a song that quickly wrack up hundreds of thousands of streams.
Despite all the praise he got for the acoustic sound, he decided to incorporate hip-hop elements in the making of his debut EP, "Doves & Ravens", which was released in 2017.


You most likely have heard his single "Power Over Me", a track written with honesty and performed with passion.

Besides performing at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, SXSW and Austin City Limits, Dermot has been gigging all over the place.
To see if he's playing in a city near you soon, visit his website and scroll down for the tour dates.


Listen to "Lost" right here:




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Have you seen Dermot live before?
Do you have any favourite songs of his?


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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Photography: Victoria Schofield | **a ticket and photo pass have kindly been provided**

Cover Of The Day: "Someone You Loved" (Lewis Capaldi) by Jonas Brothers




Hey everyone!

It's so good to be back!
Our hiatus to focus on the magazine was necessary, but we've missed being here to share our music finds with you.

Even though our comeback wasn't half as glorious as the Jonas Brothers reunion, we're still excited to see them appearing pretty much everywhere.

Now if you've been reading house in the sand for a while, you might remember our COTD feature which we created to share cover versions we really enjoy.

Covers can be a tricky things for artists and they're not for everyone, but sometimes it's just super interesting to hear a different take on hit songs.


- Cover Of The Day -
"Someone You Loved" (Lewis Capaldi) by Jonas Brothers


The BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge has brought us some legendary covers, whether that's Jack Garratt's brilliant mashup of "7 Days" and "Senorita" or Hozier's version of "Do I Wanna Know?".


During their time in the UK, the Jonas Brothers appeared on the show and covered Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved".
Covering one of the UK's biggest songs right now isn't exactly the easiest task and comes with a bunch of expectations.

Joe Jonas is opening the track taking first verse and chorus and not only have the fans in the comment section been wow'ed, so have we.
Showcasing his lower range, he starts of smooth but grows more powerful as the chorus approaches.

With Nick taking second verse and chorus, we are now getting to hear a very smooth and lighter approach to the song.

Kevin is leading the band on the acoustic guitar, creating the backbone of the band while the electric guitar and drums drive the arrangement.

If you are familiar with the band's sound, you'll recognise some of the key elements in their version.
While they've definitely made the song their own, they've kept the emotional message behind the lyrics and really did this beautiful track justice.



Watch their performance of "Someone You Loved" right here:




Want to catch the Jonas Brothers live?

US dates:



EU dates:



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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Image: Jonas Brothers

Song Of The Day: "Citizen Of The World" by Josh Savage



Hey everyone!

Music deals with so many emotions.
It reflects our deepest and most unique stories, it documents our feelings and sometimes it presents history.

When music is influenced by politics, not only does it connect like-minded people, it also vocalises what can be difficult to express.

We are thrilled to see more and more artists use their voices to share their opinions, whether that's on stage, on social media or through their music.

Today's SOTD is one of those songs that makes you think and stays with you for a while, so enjoy it.


- Song Of The Day -
"Citizen Of The World" by Josh Savage


Josh Savage is a singer/songwriter originally from Winchester, UK and is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

His sound is so versatile that you just need to file it under Alternative.
So far Josh has independently relesed two EPs; "Spaces" (2014) and "Quatre Épines" (2015), the latter showcasing Josh's French roots.

In 2015, Josh played 79 shows with Sofar Sounds - all across America and Europe, in just 5 months. You can stream the documentary made on the road right here.
Over the years Josh supported artists such as Jack Savoretti, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Razorlight and more.

His singles, "Whisper In The Snow" ft. Alice Pearl and "Ghosts" have racked up hundreds of thousands streams.
He followed up that success with "Blue Luck", a gripping and powerful song which introduced his fans to his eletronic side.


And now he's here with "Citizen Of The World", a ballad which will most likely make you think and reflect.


Although the song has been kept very simple and only features Josh's voice and the piano,
the lyrics dive deeper into the emotions a lot of feel towards today's politics and movements.
The way his warm voice delivers the honest and powerful lyrics really allows you to settle into the song, to feel the emotions, to think the thoughts that led him to writing the track.


Josh told us that he wrote the song after the result of the EU referendum: "I've had the fortune of playing my music around the world and met the most wonderful people on my journey. The song is about their "kindness without borders" which rekindles my faith in humanity and gives me hope."


No matter what style or emotion Josh goes for, he always manages to send a message which allows his listeners to feel understood and represented.


Listen to "Citizen Of The World" right here:




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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Image: Josh Savage

Gig Photos: Hippo Campus at Rams Head Live, Baltimore (May 2019)




Hey everyone!

We are extremely lucky to have a team of talented and passionate creators - it's so empowering that we all get to create content showcasing music we love and then get to share it with open-minded readers who give new music a chance.

Being able to do this alongside like-minded writers and photographers never fails to make me feel like the luckiest person, and I just felt like telling you. So please excuse the cheesy words.
(But let's be real, you weren't really expecting anything else, now were you?)

Earlier this month our DC based photo lady Gabby went to see Hippo Campus and brought us a bunch of photo impressions back.

As always, make sure to support Gabby by following her on social media:
website | instagram

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Date: 7th May 2019
Venue: Rams Head Live, Baltimore (US)

Support Act: Samia





Samia online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram









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Headliner: Hippo Campus


Hippo Campus are an indie-rock, alternative band from St. Paul, Minnesota (US).

Founding members Jake Luppen (vocals, guitar), Nathan Stocker (guitar, vocals), Zach Sutton (bass, keyboard) and Whistler Allen (drums, vocals) started out in 2013 and started playing with DeCarlo Jackson on trumpet in 2017.

The collective has performed has performed at iconic festivals such as SXSW, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Summerfest & Reading and Leeds and have performed on Conan.

Their releases not only got them praise from NPR Music who named them as one of their favourite artists of 2017, but have also built a loyal fan base which just keeps on growing.


Hippo Campus brought their atmospheric tracks to Rams Head Live in Baltimore,
we have the photos for you below.



Check out "Bambi" right here:




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What's your favourite Hippo Campus track?
We'd love to know!





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Photography: Gabby Ames | **a ticket and photo pass have kindly been provided**