In The Studio: Jim Kroft

Here's what it looks like when you record an album within 48 hours.

Women In Music

What is it like working in the music industry as a woman?

Gig Photos: Jack Garratt

Photos and a very chaotic review of Jack's sold out show at Freiheiz, Munich.

Gig Photos: Noah Guthrie

Impressions from the talented musician's first gig in Stuttgart.

Audio Interview: Rhodes

The very talented and very lovely Rhodes gave us a call and it was great!

EP Review: "Adventures" by Tom Mitchell

Hey guys!

Over the past 4 years and 11 months, I've had the chance to work with a huge amount of people.
Whilst some of them just one-time collaborations (which is fine!), others visit us regularly on house in the sand.

I really enjoy following artists and bands (in a non-creepy way) and watching them grow.
It's exciting and it makes the world a much smaller place.

One of those returning champions is Tom Mitchell, who just recently released a new EP, which we are very excited about and will be introducing to you today.

Artist: Tom Mitchell
Title: Adventures
Genre: Folk
Label: Independent
Release Date: 19th December 2016

 Tom Mitchell is a singer/songwriter from Bristol, UK. His music is best described as handmade folk with its focus on vocals and guitar work.

Tom has been surrounded by music from day one and grew up to the music of Genesis, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and a lot more. 

At the age of 7 he was sat in front of a piano, four years later he started playing the guitar.
The guitar has never left Tom's side. In fact it lead him to play with acts such as Duffy, the Cadbury Sisters, Juey and John Madden.
In 2013 Tom finally started to sing and work on his own music and soon released his debut album "New World", which is just one of many releases now.
Click here to see all releases.

And just last month Tom release a new EP, "Adventures".

1) Energy Ball
2) Final Exit
3) The Cottage
4) Wind
5) Changeover

Opener "Energy Ball" greets you in the charming Mitchell manner.
A softly played e-guitar confidentally takes the lead and guides you through the track.
Accompanied by Tom's gentle and soothing voice and soft percussions, this song gives us a great idea of what to expect from the EP.

"Final Exit" continues to enchant us in the most calming way.
Again, the guitar arrangements offer a lot of depth, the percussions underline the highlights and allow the listener to sink into the song and let it take them to another place.

To complete the journey-esque theme of the EP, Tom Mitchell blows some "Wind" our way.
But don't you worry, it's no storm. Even though the atmosphere of the song gets rougher and more energetic, it's still a song which lets you soak in the lyrics. Instrumentation and vocals create a darker mood and will have you tap your feet.

To sum it up: "Adventures" makes it very obvious that Tom Mitchell is an experienced artist with impressive skills. Tom has the ability to create music which resonates with the listeners and gives them the chance to travel with him through his Adventures.

You should listen to these tracks: Energy Ball, Final Exit, Wind

Buy the EP here: Bandcamp

Tom Mitchell online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Tom Mitchell

Get To Know: B'More

Hey guys!

I'm sure all of us know have had moments where they didn't like what was going on with the politics, the enviroment they live in or maybe even the public in general.

I've found myself feeling oh so very confused and angry because of what was going on in this world a lot of times lately.

And of course, the more you think about it, the angrier you get.
But eventually you'll realise that anger and frustration will only make things worse.

Today I'm very excited to introduce to an artist who wrote a very positive song about what the world actually needs.

Please get to know B'More!

Who are you?
My name is B'More. No, I'm not from B'More, but my last name is Baltimore.
Real name Mckenzie Baltimore Jr.
I am a singer/songwriter from the British Virgin Islands.
I graduated from Full Sail University in 2013 and spent two years in Atlanta, working with producer Will Power of Superhotbeat. I don't particularly play an instrument but I would say I have the best instrument of all, my voice.

How would you describe your music?
I would describemy sound as Caribbean R'n'B.
These days it's just R'n'B or Hip/Hop or just Country or Pop. But I have managed to fuse my caribbean roots with my soulful voice.

How and when did you get into music?
I've been singing since the age of eight at my church in the British Virgin Islands.
I started doing local talent shows, events, regional queen shows and the word got around quickly.
I used to be a back up singer for my cousin who's name is Deanna Wattley.
It wasn't until 2014 when I heard about a competition called BVI Soca Monarch and entered for the first time and won. That created a lane and my own sound for me. I was named Groovy Soca Monarch King for that year. My music started reaching all over the Carribean and now it's here to you.

Your guilty pleasure song is?
Black Eyed Peas - "The Time (Dirty Bit)" ..... (I GO CRAZZZZZY) LOL

What have you released so far?
I have released two albums: "Whispers" (gospel album) and "Inside Out" (R'n'B album).

What's coming up?
I have a mixtape and an EP coming up this Spring.

Check out B'More's latest single, "What The World Needs" below:

B'More online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Text & Questions: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Anwers: B'More

Behind The Song: "Growing Apart" by Darren Campbell

Hey guys!

My favourite thing which I learnt during my journalism studies, was that you have to publish the kind of work you would like to read yourself.
I've always kept that in mind but sometimes had to remind myself to focus on the content I'm genuinely interested in.

Ever since I've fallen in love with music (which was ages ago), I always wanted to know more about the stories behind songs.
Back then I didn't have the chance to just ask the artists.

But now that I have, I'm definitely making use of it.

That's why there's another edition of our "Behind The Song" feature today.

- "Growing Apart" by Darren Campbell -

Darren Campbell is a singer/songwriter from Dundee, Scotland.

His sound casually combines the classic singer/songwriter elements with fresh sparkles of Pop music.
He has been making and releasing music for a while now and keeps on writing and recording.

Today Darren is here to chat about his recent release "Growing Apart":

"'Growing Apart' is a song I wrote about change.
At the time of writing, I didn't really feel distant from anyone close to me, with the exception of my brothers who had moved to New York. I still lived in the same city as my parents and childhood friends.
The song is more about knowing that as life goes on, you will eventually miss the people that are close to you as life takes you all on different journeys and to different parts of the world."

Check out the music video for "Growing Apart" here:

Buy it: iTunes

Darren Campbell online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & about the song piece: Darren Campbell

Song Of The Day: "Shape Of You" by Ed Sheeran

Hey guys!

I don't often talk about things which annoy me on here, but today I just have to address something.

It's incredibly frustrating to read comments about an artist's newest song when they say
"I miss his/her old stuff." or "they changed too much".

We all change. We all grow. We all develop a different taste.
Nobody stays the same.
Neither do artists.
They change. They grow. They develop a different taste.

And with a different taste comes a different sound.
Art is personal, change is personal.
Your enviroment allows you to change and grow.
So let those artists change and grow.

It's human.

That being said, I'm very excited about Ed Sheeran being back in the world of music!

The well-known singer/songwriter, who sold out Wembley Stadium not once, but three times in a row, took a year to get away from Social Media and the music industry.

Today, on January 6th, he's back with two new singles off of his upcoming album "Divide".

We've decided to chat about the slightly more controversial track, "Shape Of You", today.

"Shape Of You" greets you with a hypnotizing instrumental and Sheeran's vocals playing with the deeper tones.
You can clearly hear Ed's signature sound elements; the looped rhythm guitar as well as the multi-layered vocals.
The song dives into the world of Pop music in the classiest manner - musically, it's anything but shallow; the amount of details speak for themselves.

Lyrically Ed Sheeran headed for change and it's great. He's written enough songs which have proved his ability to write deep lyrics ("The A-Team", "Thinking Out Loud"), so let the guy have fun.

Watch the official lyrics video for "Shape Of You" below:

- stream it -
- buy it -

Ed Sheeran online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit! 

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Atlantic Records

Performance Of The Day: "Weathered" by Jack Garratt

Hey guys!

When I was doing the "end of the year" post recently, in which I listed every post we published in 2016, I realised I hadn't written about my favourite song of the year.

That actually surprised me because I've told a lot of people to listen to the song,
I just never got around to post it on here.

But the time has come, today I'll be sharing one of my favourite songs with you.

- "Weathered" by Jack Garratt -

Jack Garratt is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter from London, UK.
The musician who grew up in Buckinghamshire, UK started making music, or "noises" as he calls it himself, at a very young age.

With a talent not too many people have, Jack manages to combine multiple genres and creates a sound which is mix of electronic beats, dirty e-guitar riffs, jazzy piano parts and a voice that's just a varying as the instrumentals; ranging from a warm, deep voice to a brilliant falsetto, to moments where nothing is raspier than Garratt's voice.

So far he released three EPs:
Remnants (2014)
Remnix (2014)
Synthesiac (2015)

And earlier this year, Jack Garratt celebrated the release of his debut record, "Phase".

His skills and sounds received the BBC Sound Of 2016 award, as well as the Critics Choice Award at the Brit Awards 2015.

His endless amount of gigs, festivals and sessions is always filled with some surprises.
From covering the Spice Girls classic "Wannabe" on tour, to his mindblowing Live Lounge cover of "7 Days" by Craig David and "Senorita" by Justin Timberlake.

Whilst I would highly recommend to check out the music video (and studio version) of Jack's song "Weathered" (click here), I personally adore his live performances of the song.

For the BRITs 2016 Critics' Choice Session, Jack played a stripped back version of "Weathered".
 He usually does his acoustic performances with an electric guitar but picked up the steel guitar for this one.

This song has a very personal meaning to me, which I don't want to write about - simply because it's too personal.

However, I think it's pretty easy to dive into this song, whether you connect with it or not.
The lyrics tell a beautiful story and have so much meaning.

The way Jack arranged this version really underlines the intimacy of the song. Guitar and vocals duetting, Jack's voice varying from calm to raspy and intense.
Even with an acoustic performance, this guy manages to showcase the dynamic his music stands for.

I could ramble about this for days, but who would want to read that?

Have a listen instead!

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

Thank you for your visit! 

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Jack Garratt / photography by Steve Turvey

EP Review: "The Last First One" by Neil Noa

Hey guys!

Happy New Year!
I hope you've all had a great start and are feeling well.

With today's post we're officially kicking off 2017 on house in the sand. Here's to another year of presenting some of the finest music to you!

I personally cannot wait to see how many artists we are going to discover this year. Last year we got to introduce you to some incredible artists who quickly made it onto our favourites list.

Over here, we have a feeling that 2017 is going to be filled with fantastic releases and debuts.

Today we are going to tell you more about Neil Noa's debut EP.
Yep, we're kicking it off in style!

Artist: Neil Noa
Title: The Last First One
Genre: Electronic, R'n'B, Soul
Label: Independent
Release Date: 8th December 2016

Neil Noa is a solo artist from Liverpool, England.

The first piece of music the musician has uploaded was his song "Forever Gone".
Out of 6000 entries for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Contest, Neil Noa made it onto the shortlist with the song, which is also featured on the EP.

His debut EP "The Last First One" has already gotten Neil the support of the BBC.

1) On Repeat
2) Forever Gone
3) Same Placed Heart

Opener "On Repeat" sets the scene for the EP in a very graceful manner.
The very sensual beats give the song a lot of grip but still leave room for the artist's voice in order to lead you through the track.
As the listener, you get to take a very calming vibe away from the song. The production of the instrumental is so well done, it allows you to discover all the details.
Neil Noa's soulful and enjoyable vocals alone are reason enough to listen to this release.
However, his writing skills should not be overlooked.

"Same Placed Heart" just broadens the variety of the EP.
Even though it sticks to the laid back atmosphere of the EP, it still stands out.
The relaxed and soothingly played guitar duets with the vocals and therefore creates a depth that gently dives into the world of R'n'B elements.
You can easily find yourself lost in the song, as it is enchantingly hypnoticing. Neil's voice deepens the intensity in a passionate, yet smooth way.

To sum it up: "The Last First One" is a fantastic debut EP.
It gives you a great idea of what to expect from Neil Noa, yet it still leaves you wanting more. By achieving that effect, the musician has created a brilliant way of introducing himself to the public.

You should listen to these tracks: give the entire EP a spin!

--> Get the EP here. <--

Neil Noa online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Neil Noa

End Of The Year: 2016

Hey guys!

WOW. The year is over. (well, almost!)
Please allow me a moment to reflect on the year. I have to warn you, it might get really cheesy.

Like I said before, it's been a weird year for the most of us.

2016 has taught me a lot of things.
I've realised what art and creativity really mean to me and how I define creative happiness.
Creating something is not just a career choice, it's a need I have and I'm forever grateful I get to share it online.

I have also learned a lot of personal things; such as - one should never have to apologise for not wanting to be with someone.
Or, that it is important to take responsibility for this planet we live on. 2016 was my first year of being vegan and learning more about animal cruelty. It made me realise how much I want to help those creatures whose voice isn't heard by everyone.

It was a year of understanding that impulses and quick decisions can bring you a lot of happiness.

I started the year with a trip to Manchester in January. I travelled alone but had the best company once I arrived. After years of talking online, I got to meet those music friends in person. I got to see so many special places in Manchester and met some wonderful new friends.
It was one of those trips that made me realise how simple it can be to make new friends. 

In April my wonderful friend Jim Kroft asked me to join him for his 48 hours recording marathon.
Jim and his band decided to record an album within two days, in order to raise money. The money (+19.000€) funded a boat which later helped saving refugees from drowning in the sea.
There has never been a project like this one, which made me so incredibly thankful to be a part of. The time in the studio was emotional, inspiring and is probably my favourite memory of the year. I saw people unite for a wonderful and much needed cause and it was magical.

This year I got to watch so many of my friends work their behinds off. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing passionate people succeed. I'm forever proud to be in this community.

I've also learned that no matter how lonely you might feel, there are always people who have got your back. Sometimes you just don't see them at first.

I've learned that believing in your dreams will always pay off.

I've learned that sleepless nights are worth it.

And I've learned that life isn't always butterflies and fairy lights.
Sometimes motivation and inspiration leave you for a brief moment, and it will scare you. It makes you questions your decisions and makes you think you went wrong.

But it's always worth it to make it through those moments.
After every low comes a high. Always.

Alright - I hope I haven't bored you to tears with all of this, but once I started writing, I couldn't stop.

Just because I'm a weirdo, I've decided to list every post we've published this year.
This is a fantastic way to look back on 2016 and it also helps me to figure out what kind of content we need more of.

I'm incredibly proud of the content we've created and the names we've worked with.

Absolutely every artist and every band I got to work with this year has been a dream.
That's something to be thankful for.

I would like to say a massive thank you to all members of the house in the sand team who have done such incredible jobs and have been nothing but fabulous to work with.

So here we go, below are all posts we've published in 2016:

Access All Areas:

And that's it for this year!

I hope you've all had a good time. I'm forever thankful to have this platform and I hope that we will get to spend a lot of time together in 2017.
Enjoy the last few hours and have a great start into 2017.

The only advice I can give you, in order to make the next year a good one, is - be compassionate. Help others, protect others and you'll feel truly fantastic.

Lots of love!!!

Thank you for 2016!

Credits // Text & Image: Vanessa Jertschewske

Best Of 2016: a video

Hey guys!

I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that 2016 was a weird year for the music industry.

Many exciting artists have joined this fast-paced business, and unfortunately, many fantastic artists have left it.

One thing I've always wanted this little website to be, is positive. Rather than focussing on the frustrating moments and losses of beloved and respected musicians, I want us to remember the exciting and cheerful moments.

In 2016 we have extended our team who went out and took some brilliant photos of artists all over the world. 
You can check our photo best of by clicking here.

Today I'd like to focus on the videos that have been published on house in the sand this year.

As of today, I'm the only one interviewing acts and filming videos for HITS.

This year we have celebrated house in the sand's fourth birthday for which 26 of my favourite artists have performed a song for us.

In 2016 I got to collaborate with friends, interview some of my favourite acts, spent 48 hours in the studio with an incredible team, go on tour with mates and showcase some fantastic music. 

And whilst doing all of the above, I also got to meet a lot of amazing people, which is my favourite perk of it all.

Working in front of and behind the camera has been a massive learning process this year and it's been a lot of fun.

There have been times where I've felt really intimidated by the challenges and my own expectations.
Interviewing artists who have been asked every single question there is at least twenty times, can be a tricky situation to master.

But afterall I'm incredibly proud, because the video below makes me smile.

I've had the chance to film with insanely talented people who have been absolutely wonderful and fun to work with.
I couldn't ever take this for granted and I'm forever thankful for all these amazing opportunies.

I hope our "Best Of 2016" is going to entertain you! 

house in the sand online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your continued support!

Credits // Text, Image & Video: Vanessa Jertschewske | Music: Jack Garratt (free download via twitter)

Best Of 2016: Music Photography

Hey guys!

With 2016 coming to an end, it's only right for us to start the "Best Of" post-marathon.

I love reflecting on a certain amount of time.

Whilst preparing this "Best Of" photography edition, I realised how many incredible artists we've had in front of our lenses this year.

2016 has been the first year of me working with a team of photographers.
Even typing that feels surreal to me - it's absolutely wonderful.

I'll be posting another write-up in which I'll talk more about that.

For today I really want us all to focus on the photography.

house in the sand has really made the jump from being an online blog written by a small town girl, to becoming an ever growing music publication.

This has allowed us photographers to go out and capture some fantastic gigs.

At this point I would like to thank our talented photo team who have not only created incredible work, but have also helped me to take things to another level.

Below are my personal favourites of 2016!
By clicking on the artist, you'll be lead to the full gallery of the gig.

(note: next to every artist will be the name of the photographer, please head to our "about the team" page to find all their social media links and show them some support.)

Gabrielle Aplin // Manchester, UK
- photographed by Vanessa -

Lewis Watson // Manchester, UK
- photographed by Vanessa -

Hannah Grace // Manchester, UK
- photographed by Vanessa -

Martin Kelly // near Stuttgart, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Kodaline // Stuttgart, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

All Tvvins // Stuttgart, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Chris Pate // Burgrieden, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Revolverheld // Stuttgart, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Jim Kroft & band // Berlin, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Jack Garratt // Munich, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Martin Luke Brown // Munich, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Robbie Cavanagh // Liverpool, UK
- photographed by Alex -

Barn on the Farm // Gloucester, UK
- photographed by Vanessa -

Jess Kemp // Amsterdam, NL
- photographed by Saar -

The Hush Sound // Detroit, USA
- photographed by Reva -

Ryan Vail // Stuttgart, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Noah Guthrie // Stuttgart, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Hyena // near Stuttgart, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Birdy // Manchester, UK
- photographed by Alex -

Dan Owen // Manchester, UK
- photographed by Alex -

Bear's Den // Amsterdam, NL
- photographed by Saar -

K.Flay // New York City, USA
- photographed by Gina -

Tom Odell // Munich, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Jane's Party // Munich, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

The Beach // Munich, GER
- photographed by Vanessa -

Bastille // New York City, USA
- photographed by Gina -

The 1975 // New York City, USA
- photographed by Gina -

Porter Robinson & Madeon // Seattle, USA
- photographed by Cissy -

Matt Austin // Detroit, USA
- photographed by Maggie -

Olivia Lane // Detroit, USA
- photographed by Maggie -

Thank you for your visit!
And thank you for your support!

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Photography: Vanessa Jertschewske, Alex Lloyd, Saar de Graaf, Reva May, Cissy Ding, Gina Garcia, Maggie Clark