Playlist: HITS magazine

To celebrate the release of our first print issues, here's a playlist featuring all artists involved.

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.

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.

Find us on YouTube!

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8 years of HITS

28th February 2020 //

Hey everyone!

It's our 8th birthday!

Usually whenever we celebrate another year of being online, we tend to have a big party and announcement.

And we are going to have one of those this time too, just not today.

In a couple of weeks we will be lauching something we haven't done before, so please keep an eye on our socials to make sure you don't miss it.

But let's have a chat.

We have been a little quiet around here for quite some time and instead of throwing something exciting out there, I wanted to sit down and tell you why we haven't been the loudest and busiest.
It felt more right to just have a chat for our eighth birthday, after all - with age comes wisdom.

So, in 2019 we slowed down a bit, for multiple reasons.
The most obvious one would be the making of the magazine. Since it was just Chris and myself, creating 80 pages of content did take up a lot of our time. While the designing and strategizing mainly happened in the late hours, our days included researching, scheduling, writing and emailing.

Once the mag was out, I found myself in a weird headspace. We got so much wonderful and heartwarming feedback from readers, labels and the artists themselves, and trust me, I was bawling my eyes out reading them.
But I felt like I didn't let myself enjoy it was much as I should've - once it was out, I was wondering what was next - instead of enjoying what just happened.

And I think a lot of us can relate to that, afterall it's sort of what social media tells us. We post one thing, seconds later it's kinda already forgotten and we need to work on the next. That's a weird dynamic.
Sure, you can't blame social media for everything, and certainly I don't want to - I wouldn't have HITS if it wasn't for the internet and social media.

But in a way this led to feeling a little paralysed. Who knew "Perfection leads to procrastination which leads to paralysis." actually rang true? (We probably all knew.)

As for me, posts started performing a little less successful than before and it terrified me. Instead of realising that that's because our readers have lives and also see so many other posts in their feeds, I spiraled into a loop of "nobody cares" and "nobody wants this".

So I kinda lost myself to the pressure of performing well in the algorithm - and if I have learned anything it's "don't do it, kids!". Seriously, don't do it. Create what you want to create and know that there probably are a ton of people who care.

Of course you need to keep an eye on numbers if you want to lead a business, that's part of it and that's good- but don't let those numbers control you. And don't take them personally, whether they are up or down.

You might be able to tell that I'm writing this with a lot of hindsight and that's truly thanks to a handful of close friends.

So as mentioned way above, (I've really typed up a storm there, haven't I?) we have something coming up. It's not completely ready to launch just yet and instead of rushing out something half done, we'd rather wait a few more days.

And I want to end this post by saying thank you.

It's something I try to do regularly, but I just want to make sure you all know how thankful I am that you care enough to even click on this link.

The past eight years have been a wild ride and I've been lucky enough to work with some of my heroes thanks to HITS.

To every artist, label, publicist, manager, tour manager and crew member we've ever interacted with - thank you, getting to navigate through this madness alongside all of you is an absolute treat.

To everyone who has ever read a piece, watched a video or liked a post on social media - thank you, your interest and love for new music is so inspiring and we wouldn't be here after all these years without you. 

Here's to however many more years to come!

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words & Graphic: Vanessa Jetwash

HITS we love: #1

7th February 2020 //

Hey everyone!

New feature alert!
We're trying something new!

"HITS we love" is basically a little collection of songs we are currently loving.
In the sea of new releases, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and give every song its own feature - so with this one we are showcasing a handful of tracks for you.

It was so much fun curating this selection and we truly can't wait to hear what you think!


"Cinnamon" by Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams is taking over the industry by storm, not missing a single beat.
Of course, the lead singer and songwriter from Paramore isn't new to this at all - but with her solo journey every day seems to be eventful.

Dropping part one of her upcoming debut solo album, Hayley shared the first five tracks to let fans experience the stories the same way she did.
"Cinnamon" definitely stands out with its mysterious and fully empowering vibe. The main message - "I'm not lonely, I am free" - is carried by a funky beat, danceable rhythms and of course Hayley's expressive vocals. It's a discovery of independence and we are so here for it.

- buy and/or stream "Cinnamon" here -

Hayley Williams online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram


"No Way Out" by Cobi

Cobi first blew our minds with "Don't You Cry For Me", one of the most powerful songs we had heard at that time.
Since then, he kept on releasing brilliant track after brilliant track. His latest single, "No Way Out", has us holding our breath.

The honesty with which he sings the lines and tells the story of mental health struggles so openly is exactly what makes this song soulful, personal and relatable. Cobi's voice guides you through the track so beautifully and really allows you to connect with the words in the most vulnerable of ways.

- buy and/or stream "No Way Out" here -

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


"Look Who's On TV" by ROE

It's really no secret that we are massive ROE fans over here, now is it?
But how could we not be? She's a genius and keeps on releasing incredible songs - "Look Who's On TV" being no exception.

There's an undeniable amount of talent coming from this fantastic songwriter - her arrangements are full of depth, her lyrics share stories of an entire generation and her voice presents those stories so truthfully.

- buy and/or stream "Look Who's On TV" here -

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


"Everything Sounds Like A Love Song" by X Ambassadors

X Ambassadors have been on our radar for ages, their songs have been blasting through our speakers for a while.
"Everything Sounds Like A Love Song" is one you'd file under "absolute stunner". The melody so beautiful, the instrumentals invite you to dream, the vocals so powerful you can't help but listen to every single word.

This one is one of those tracks where every single element just works perfectly and creates a stunning piece of art.

- buy and/or stream "Everything Sounds Like A Love Song" here -

X Ambassadors online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram


"In And Out Of Love" by Oh Wonder

We hope you're ready for a hauntingly beautiful love song - because Oh Wonder have delivered once again and we can't get enough.
The rather dark piano melody might make you think that it's a sad song, but it's really just a beautiful thank you note. The gratitude of finding your one, your partner is so prominent in the lines. Josephine's and Anthony's vocals blend together so perfectly and create the most beautiful harmony to compliment the message of the song.

- buy and/or stream "In And Out Of Love" here -

Oh Wonder online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram


"hurts like hell" by Wrabel

It's a little ironic that a voice as beautiful as Wrabel's can break your heart, isn't it?
Well, it's the lyrics that really hit you.

Wrabel presents the words with such honesty and lets you basically hear the pain the experience brought onto him. As sad as the song is, it's also beautiful. It captures heartbreak and the pain that comes with it so beautifully and definitely offers comfort in its very own way.

- buy and/or stream "hurts like hell" here -

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


We hope you enjoyed the first edition of HITS we love!

To make sure this feature is as good as it can be,
 please let us know what you think and what you'd like to see us do with it in the future.

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Images left to right: Oh Wonder, Hayley Williams, X Ambassadors, Wrabel, Cobi, ROE

Song Of The Day: "Time" by Jack Garratt

6th February 2020 //

Hey everyone!

Jack Garratt is back and team HITS is thrilled!

We have been fans of his sound since we first heard "Water", back in 2016.
Soon after we got to interview him and had a blast. His live shows are mindblowing and his tweets are hilarious.

As the cool kids say - what's not to stan?
(Note: we are not the cool kids and have no idea what that means, but let's roll with it.)

Please join us as we dive into Jack's new music.

- Track Of The Day -
"Time" by Jack Garratt

Much like we were, the world was introduced to Jack back in 2016.
He won the industry over with "Worry", "Breathe Life" and "Surprise Yourself", showcasing a huge ability for multi-tasking on stage with his mindblowing setup.

Winning awards and selling out shows globally soon became the norm for Jack, yet it came with a lot of confusion and times of feeling alone and scared. Those emotions and experiences have led the musician to writing and recording his new record.

He just announced the release date for his second album, "Love, Death & Dancing", which will be released on May 29th and is available for pre-order.

Jack says about the upcoming album: "The album was written from the point of view of someone who has a functioning sadness, who has had his day-to-day depressions and anxieties that have influenced the decisions he's made. The album is about that functionality, that day-to-day battle, conversation, tug of war."

The first installment of songs, "Vol. 1", is out now and features the first single, "Time", along with two other tracks which Jack will be playing at his upcoming live shows, you can get tickets here.

"Time" is gentle, yet lively.
It's a celebration of making it through hard times, of hope and of reflection.

His warm and soulful vocals immediately fill your ears, guiding you through the colourful instrumentals with such ease.

Jack plays with sounds much like a painter would with drops of colour.
The outcome? Delicate, yet confident art.  

Each element has its place as they all collide into a journey of discovery. As a listener there's nothing more exciting than to sit down and listen to find as many layers as you can.

It's no surprise that Jack would come back with something so powerful and expressive.

Watch the music video for "Time" right here:

- buy and/or stream "Time" here -

Jack Garratt online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Image: Jack Wangner (via Island Records)