BACKSPIN International Sessions at SPOT

BACKSPIN* International Sessions is a brand-new hip-hop export and international cooperation project platform, which will be launched at SPOT Festival on 3rd and 4th May.

Hip-hop has been dominating the German and Danish charts for years, yet there have never been any structured attempts to develop cooperation and export across the border – maybe because hip-hop is naturally regional when seen from the (DK) MC’s point of view because of the language barrier. However, the song-writing and production are not limited by language or nationality, and as such Backspin International Sessions aims to help unlock the major, dormant export and cooperation potential found between the Danish and German hip-hop markets and scenes.

BACKSPIN International Sessions will unite the following Danish and German hip-hop MC’s, producers and song writers: Opti Mane (DE), producer Asadjohn (DE), Joey Bargeld (DE), producer Darko Beats (DE), JOSVA (DK), and NIKOLAJTP (DK) + Danish producers (TBA). The participating musicians, producers and song writers will join forces for 48 hours of stimulating co-writing, networking, and recordings before the session culminates in a joint live performance at the festival.


  • Workshops and recording sessions from 10:00 – 20:00 on 3rd and 4th May in the recording studio at Sydhavnen
  • SPOT Showcase on Saturday 4th May 23:15-0:15, at the venue VoxHall.

BACKSPIN International Sessions is launched by BACKSPIN themselves in cooperation with FACTORY92 (Hamburg) and SPOT.

* BACKSPIN was founded in 1994 and is the oldest active hip-hop magazine in Germany. BACKSPIN has successfully made the digital media transition and today runs a YouTube Channel with almost 250k followers, boasting 90 Million views and a founder, Niko BACKSPIN, who has become a true German hip-hop influencer in his own right.


Joey Bargeld – MC (DE)
Bargeld is the German Translation for „cash“. He released three EP’s with the producer team
Kitschkrieg from Berlin and his first Album is supposed to come out in 2019. His super-power is to
be completely wrecked and crazy funky at the same time.
In autumn 2017 Joey Bargeld joined Trettman, the most hyped act that year, on his “#DIY“-Tour as
supporting act. Ever since he’s considered a secret tip. (Photo: °awhodat°) 

Opti Mane – MC (DE)
He is a bon vivant and loves to chill. Opti Mane stands for quality and enjoyment. He chooses his flow and rhyme scheme well thought through and always kills the tone with his linguistic joke and his atmosphere. This goes for his live performance as well. He is a born entertainer. At his shows, he takes the audience through a journey of relaxed dreams. He is established in the German Memphis-RapUnderground scene for ten years now and it is time for him to get to a bigger audience.

Asadjohn – Producer (DE)
Asadjohn is one of the defining architects of the new german rap generation. He is the man who produces the beat of your favorite track. He is known for the breakthrough mixtape „City Tarif“ of Haiyiti, a fresh young artist from Hamburg and has worked with many artists like LGoony or Juicy Gay since then. The hype is real. He determines the progress in german rap as well as the young rappers he works with.

Darko Beats
Darko Beats has a large variety of sounds to offer. From laid back to turn-up Trap-Beats everything is possible. Most people know him from the production of the german insider tip Joey Bargelds first EP „Zuecho“, where party is guaranteed. Since then he worked for numerous artists like AchtVier and Nate57, where you can see his diversity.

Niko Hüls
Niko Hüls is a famous Hip-Hop journalist based in Hamburg, Germany. He is known for his unique,critical but personal interviews. He interviewed everyone in Germany who is worth to be interviewed and is the CEO of one of the oldest Hip-Hop magazines in Germany called BACKSPIN.

NICOLAJTP is a singer and rapper from Aarhus record label Our Agency. NICOLAJTP’s lyrical narratives in Danish make room for reflections on the ups of downs when you are young while Oliver Kuso’s productions provide a perfect framework for a modern hip-hop universe.

JOSVA – MC & Producer (DK)
20-year-old JOSVA from Aarhus both sings and produces his own material – he has also produced for artists like Artigeardit and PAY. JOSVA was featured on Artigeardit’s 2.0 EP, but now he has his first single out under his own name. JOSVA is part of the Aarhus label PAIDMEN Music, which is also the home of artists like PAY and Omar.

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