29 episodes

Natalia Anderson talks with female, non-binary, trans and intersex musicians and DJ’s based in Switzerland.

Helvetiarockt is the Swiss association focusing on gender equality in music. Through its grassroots projects such as producing, djing, band workshops and songwriting camps, it offers platforms for young people of all levels to discover music and be part of an empowering community. Helvetiarockt raises awareness about gender inequality in the music industry and supports, promotes and connects professional female, intersex, non-binary and trans artists.


About Natalia Anderson (Musician, DJ and journalist)
Natalia started out in the music scene playing guitar, singing and later DJing in London's vibrant music scene. She has since taken her party sounds to Switzerland and continues to DJ under the name NAT FRM LDN. Natalia enjoys talking about music as well as playing it and worked as a VJ / TV presenter and music journalist for various events and platforms in the UK and beyond.

http://www.tunefultv.com I http://www.tunefulradio.com
http://www.natfrmldn.com I Twitter / Insta / Facebook : @TunefulTV

Production Credits
Concept: Natalia Anderson in collaboration with Helvetiarockt
Presented and Produced by: Natalia Anderson
Music by: Season 1 - Juli Lee , Season 2 - Jessiquoi, Season 3 - Jackie Brutsche and The Jackets.

Musicians in Conversation Helvetiarockt

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Natalia Anderson talks with female, non-binary, trans and intersex musicians and DJ’s based in Switzerland.

Helvetiarockt is the Swiss association focusing on gender equality in music. Through its grassroots projects such as producing, djing, band workshops and songwriting camps, it offers platforms for young people of all levels to discover music and be part of an empowering community. Helvetiarockt raises awareness about gender inequality in the music industry and supports, promotes and connects professional female, intersex, non-binary and trans artists.


About Natalia Anderson (Musician, DJ and journalist)
Natalia started out in the music scene playing guitar, singing and later DJing in London's vibrant music scene. She has since taken her party sounds to Switzerland and continues to DJ under the name NAT FRM LDN. Natalia enjoys talking about music as well as playing it and worked as a VJ / TV presenter and music journalist for various events and platforms in the UK and beyond.

http://www.tunefultv.com I http://www.tunefulradio.com
http://www.natfrmldn.com I Twitter / Insta / Facebook : @TunefulTV

Production Credits
Concept: Natalia Anderson in collaboration with Helvetiarockt
Presented and Produced by: Natalia Anderson
Music by: Season 1 - Juli Lee , Season 2 - Jessiquoi, Season 3 - Jackie Brutsche and The Jackets.

    Kety Fusco

    Kety Fusco

    In this episode Natalia speaks with harpist and composer, Kety Fusco backstage at one of her gigs and after her sold out concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall. We discuss changing the reputation of the harp, Kety shares her thoughts on music conservatories and making the harp more accessible to young people.



    About Kety Fusco



    Kety Fusco, graduate in Classical Harp at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, specialized in Master of Arts in Music Performance, has embarked on a revolution in the harp world. Two years after her graduation, she released her debut album DAZED under Caterina Caselli's Sugar Music label and she was nominated for three categories at the last Swiss Live Talents Awards (CH) and played her compositions in the hall of the Federal Parliament in Bern.



    Kety spoke about her album DAZED 'This album is the result of my instinct to make the harp do a voice. Each composition in fact has a main harp voice, which tells a musical story, enriched by violent, mostly digital electronics. I started like this, trying to use a harp as if it belonged to a woman's voice. In DAZED my harp sings...".



    Thanks to her instinct and willingness to change the connotation and reputation of the harp, Kety has been invited to prestigious festivals and venues, such as Locarno Film Festival (CH), Vision Du Reel Film Festival in Nyon (CH), Arena di Verona (IT), Rockomotives Festival (FR), Kino Siska (SL) Paleo Festival, La Notte della Taranta, Montreux Jazz Festival, Waves Festival (AT), Mama Festival (FR), for the President of the Swiss Confederation etc. She was also invited in summer 2022 to open the French tour of the well-known musician Agnes Obel.



    Kety Fusco reached one of the most important milestones of her career in 2021, when she was invited by the United Nations to the SDG Global Festival of Action, virtually sharing the stage with Patti Smith and Ben Harper.



    Currently, Kety Fusco is continuing her sound research work, she has published a Horror soundtrack made solely with Harp sounds that she has collected in a personal digital database called Beyond The Harp, and declared as the best library of the month by Musitech magazine; Fusco is also making a soundtrack for Swiss TV and completing her new album THE HARP, Chapter 1 which will be released on the international label Floating Notes Records: Using the materials of which a classical harp is made (wood, metal and gut), Kety Fusco produces sounds and ambiences that suggest its deconstruction, manipulates its sound with electronic pedals, scratches and destroys the bow on the low strings of the harp, screams inside the sound box. With the composition of the record, Kety is designing a new harp, with which she wants to change the reputation and alter the vision of this magical instrument.



    The album THE HARP will be part of a trilogy, and will be performed live in its entirety starting in March 2023.







    Audience Questions



    If you have a question for the musicians in conversation, simply send a DM to Helvetiarockt on insta!

    • 36 min
    Anya Della Croce

    Anya Della Croce

    In this episode Natalia speaks with Anya Della Croce who is the Executive manager of the french speaking office of Petzi, and a production and tour manager. We discuss the difference between the roles of a production manager and tour manager, the importance of grass-root venues for the music industry and what we can do to support them. We also talk about the subject of ticketing systems causing extortionate prices for fans of music.



    About Anya Della Croce



    Anya has been active in the music business for over 20 years. She has worked in many different positions such as booking agent, press officer or production manager before becoming the head of booking at For Noise Festival in 2008 and at Fri-Son between 2014 and 2018. In 2011 she started her own company PASS PASS offering communication and production services in different cultural fields. She has been working with The Young Gods for many years as a production manager and tour manager. Since 2019, she runs the french speaking office of PETZI, the swiss federation of nonprofit music venues and festivals. PETZI represents over 200 clubs and festivals in Switzerland.



    Glossary of terms mentioned



    Backline - refers to amplifiers, speakers, and all other instruments and equipment that are positioned behind the band or the rhythm section on stage during a concert.



    Nightliners -  Large tour bus or coach for bands. Capable of accommodating 30 to 40 people and driving large distances at one time.



    Mentioned in the podcast



    DIVERSITY ROADMAP



    LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER - TICKETS



    Audience Questions



    If you have a question for the musicians in conversation, simply send a DM to Helvetiarockt on insta!

    • 40 min
    Jackie Brutsche

    Jackie Brutsche

    In this episode Natalia speaks with Jackie Brutsche (aka Jack Torera) who is a musician, filmmaker, visual artist and performer.  Her band The Jackets also provide the music for this season’s podcast!  We discuss the loss of her mother during childhood and how that inspired the personal documentary film, ‘Las Toreras’, the importance of creativity in her life and her experiences as a fully independent artist.



    Trigger Warning: Brief mentions of mental illness and suicide.



    About Jackie Brutsche



    Swiss-Spanish artist Jackie Brutsche (aka Jack Torera) grew up in Zurich and now lives in Bern. She works cross-disciplinarily as a filmmaker, artist, designer, performer and musician. In 2001 she graduated from the Zurich University of the Arts with a degree in fashion design in 2001 and in film directing in 2006. She produces her own films, theatre pieces, art and music projects in which she deals with the topic of happiness in life in the broadest sense and in various forms. As a singer, guitarist and songwriter, she has been playing in multiple bands releasing recordings and music videos.



    She is currently working on her documentary film about her mother with the working title "Las Toreras" (RECYCLED TV, RECK Filmproduktion Zurich).









    Audience Questions



    If you have a question for the musicians in conversation, simply send a DM to Helvetiarockt on insta!

    • 41 min
    Aline Bianchi

    Aline Bianchi

    In this episode Natalia speaks with Aline Bianchi who is the founder and Product Manager of Norma Music! We talk about royalties, copyright, licensing and synchronisation and Aline also gives advice to artists planning a release. We talk about setting up her company Norma Music and discuss some of the unique challenges of working in the Swiss Music Industry.



    About Aline Bianchi



    Aline is one of the two Co-founders of Norma Music, an artist and label services company based in Ticino serving and collaborating with independent musicians within Switzerland.



    Her music experience lies within marketing, manufacturing, distribution and royalties. Prior to that she studied hospitality management in Lausanne. She has always worked in the indie world, starting with leading indie distributor PIAS in London in 2014 where she gained insights into the “scary” world of copyright by reporting Continental Europe royalties for PIAS’s distributed labels such as Ninja Tune, City Slang, Full Time Hoppy and Sub Pop.



    In 2016 she left PIAS and moved to a much less analytical role: Marketing for indie Label Distiller. There she ran all campaigns alongside the department’s head and personally managed the production process of physical releases, took care of digital & d2c distribution, coordinated the creation of marketing and creative assets for campaigns with collaboration of external creatives, UK radio and the in-house press team.



    She strongly believes in originality, creativity and risk-taking. For me, the best part about working with independent artists is being able to create something personal and unique to them, while being able to make decisions together. Technology and the evolution of the music business model today allows for artists to be more in control and build trusted teams around them that can help them grow and connect with the industry without giving away any rights.



    She relocated back from the UK and founded Norma Music in 2021 together with her partner. It has been operating officially since early 2022.





    Audience Questions



    If you have a question for the musicians in conversation, simply send a DM to Helvetiarockt on insta!

    • 39 min
    Cégiu

    Cégiu

    In this episode Natalia speaks with Helvetiarockt beatmaking coach, Cégiu. She is a musician, producer and composer and also managing director of Music Box Entertainment, co-manager of Other Music Lucerne and board member of SONART.  We discuss capturing insect sounds in field recordings, starting your own company as a musician and the importance of social security. Cégiu also gives advice for people wanting to begin activism.



    About Cégiu



    Cégiu (Céline-Giulia Voser) is the managing director and owner of musicbox entertainment gmbh. She is also involved in the concerns of Lucerne's musicians as co-director of Other Music Lucerne, a networking and promotion centre for Lucerne musicians, is a board member of SONART – the Swiss association for musicians - and is currently setting up the Ableton FINTA user group in Switzerland. She works as a mentor for Pop-Büro Stuttgart and Ableton among others, for the latter at the School of Popular Art in Berlin.

    Cégiu is a musician, composer and producer. She performs and releases music in various formations and leads workshops such as "Beatmaking/Producing" as part of Helvetiarockt Music Lab. She is also a solo artist and has released three albums, "Cégiu's Skinny Souls" (2016), "Restless Roots" (2019) and "Glowing Goodbyes" (2021). 





    Glossary of terms mentioned



    DAW - Digital Audio Workstation. A software program for making music: recording, editing, mixing, and manipulating sound.





    Audience Questions



    If you have a question for the musicians in conversation, simply send a DM to Helvetiarockt on insta!

    • 39 min
    Nadia Mitic

    Nadia Mitic

    In this episode Natalia speaks with Agent, Artist Manager and Artistic Director of Le Port Franc in Sion, Nadia Mitic.  We discuss how the skills she learned as a teacher, helps in her music career today, the importance of building relationships and networking in the music industry.  Nadia also gives practical advice to people wanting to work in the music industry and to artists and bands, when it comes to planning a release and building a career.
    About Nadia Mitic
    After a short stint as a teacher, followed by a master's degree in geography, Nadia Mitic has dedicated herself to contemporary music since 2009. She has been an artist agent for 10 years, founder and partner of the Swiss booking agency Glad We Met, artist manager in actual music and press officer for various Swiss and foreign artists. Since 2020, Nadia Mitic is also a programmer at the Port Franc in Sion. With more than 10 years of experience and a solid network in Switzerland and abroad, she regularly shares her experience and professional knowledge during trainings, expertise or round tables for the FCMA (The Fondation CMA is the most important institution in French-speaking Switzerland for advice, networking and further education courses for musicians in French-speaking Switzerland), the CAS in management in the fields of actual music, the HEMU (Haute École de Musique), the SAE Institute, the EJMA-VS, Culture Valais or the city of Neuchatel.
    Audience Questions
    If you have a question for the musicians in conversation, simply send a DM to Helvetiarockt on insta!

    • 41 min

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