ANCHOR 2020 Jury and Nominee Announcement

@Jim Kroft

We are beyond excited to finally present to you our ANCHOR 2020 Jury and Nominees. 
 
For the first time in ANCHOR history, the prestigious Jury members and emerging talents were announced at the same time today – via live stream and on-site. The unique event was hosted by Hadnet Tesfai and took place as part of “Reeperbahn Festival International - On-Site And Online” in Berlin. 
 
We don't want to keep you on the edge of your seat; curtain up! 

Jury

 “If you wanna be an ANCHOR judge you gotta get with Melanie C.!” The former spice girl just released her self-titled eight album. Despite the pandemic, she keeps on interacting with fans through frequent virtual live performances and Q&As. Even the crisis cannot stop this power woman!

Markus Kavka is a German host, author, and Dj from Berlin. His heart beats for electronic music especially house, deep house, and techno tunes. He traditionally opens one of the most prestigious festivals in Germany the Melt!- Festival.

The Australian punk-rock icon Brody Dalle resides in Los Angeles 
She was only 18 when she founded The Distillers with whom she has released three albums. And another one is on its way! 

Frank Dellé grew up with music from pop to rock to reggae in Germany and Ghana. In 1997 he founded the band Seeed in Berlin as one of three singers with whom he released five albums.

There is nobody that could fill in the position of head of Jury better than Tony Visconti. The music producer who has worked with music legends such as David Bowie and Paul McCartney has been part of the ANCHOR Jury from day one. 

Darcy Proper is a four-time Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer. She had the pleasure of working for international artists such as Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett, and David Garret just to name a few. 

Nominees

The Berlin-based artist Arya Zappa is one comprehensive work of art – musically, visually, poetically. She just released her debut album “Dark Windows” which is filled with synth-pop songs that were inspired by poetry, cinema, and mythology and reflections on the essence of being human. 

The duo ÄTNA defies all conventions by blending organic beats, recorded on enhanced drums with channeling vocals and pianos. The result is art-pop, futuristic indietronic, lush rhythms, and glorious vocals, evoking a longing that speaks of wanderlust. Their debut “Made by Desire” marks a new chapter in German pop history. 

Three successful albums, numerous sold-out club tours through the Benelux, and many more support shows; Eefje de Visser is ready to captivate the rest of the world with their Darkdrums, warm synths, catchy songs, and mesmerizing voice. They recently released their fourth album “Bitterzoet”. 

The Swiss ensemble L'Eclair is committed to groove. The six-piece playfully fuses funk with highlife, disco with dub, and even incorporates a few sprinkles of krautrock into an organic whole that defies all categories and works without vocals. Trippy times guaranteed! 
 
The French singer-songwriter Suzane first caught people’s attention after becoming the most programmed artist at the 2019 summer music festivals and winning several prizes. The “teller of true stories” sings about gender pluralism, sexualized violence, but also about the omnipresence of social networks. Her music is similarly multifaceted as she playfully combines the charm of French chansons with infectious dance beats and electro synths.
 
The Norwegian Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser aka Tuvaband has a knack for capturing strange magic in her songs. Her compositions range from delicate, piano-led folk to softly-soaring post-rock that wraps the listener up in their special atmosphere. Her second album “I Entered the Void” was released this year which deals with the balancing act between Passion and delusion, fears, loneliness, and identity.

Would you like to see how the Jury and Nominees were presented and hear what they had to say about the importance of culture, particularly music, in those eventful times? Watch the entire ANCHOR 2020 Jury and Nominee announcement here: https://bit.ly/3b3oq64

Despite facing many challenges and unpredictable obstacles the fifth ANCHOR – Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award will take place from 16.09 - 19.09 as part of the Reeperbahn Festival. Join us – virtual or in real life!

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