Niko Hüls: I want to continue the success of BACKSPIN International Sessions at SPOT 2020

The director of Germany’s oldest active hip-hop magazine Backspin, Niko Hüls, has during this year’s SPOT Festival gathered a handful of Danish and German hip-hoppers under the name BACKSPIN International Sessions. The purpose was to unite and give an opportunity to exchange ideas, music and mindsets – and at last but not least to create something unusual: A Danish/German hip-hop collaboration.

The BACKSPIN International Sessions united the following Danish and German MC’s, songwriters and producers: Joey Bargeld, MC (DE), Opti Mane, MC (DE), Asadjohn, producer (DE), Darko Beats, producer (DE), NIKOLAJTP, MC (DK), JOSVA, MC and producer (DK), Lasse Qvist, producer (DK), Lukas Benjamin Leth, producer (DK), Benjamin Lasnier, producer (DK), and Oliver Kuso, producer (DK).

A lot has happened in the hip-hop scene over the last few years, both in Denmark, Germany and the rest of the world. In Germany, rap and hip-hop has developed into being one of the most popular musical genres, and the same tendency can be seen here in Denmark,” says Niko Hüls and continues:

The increased popularity has led to that the new generation of hip-hoppers no longer sings in Danish or German, but in English. They also think about hip-hop in the same way, thus the gap between Danish and German hip-hop culture has been reduced drastically, which is the reason why I have put together these two groups to produce something in collaboration. I got the idea for this kind of event four years ago in Finland, where they did something similar. After this year’s SPOT I want to do more. First of all, I will repeat the success at next year’s SPOT Festival, but I also have an ambition to extend the concept to the whole of Europe. Imagine a meeting here in Aarhus between Danish, Albanian, and Portuguese hip-hoppers. That would be exciting.”

The Backspin International Sessions concluded on Saturday during SPOT with a joint live-performance.

Photos: David Bayatpour

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