Christian Zander AKA The Emperor of Antarctica was born in Denmark and grew up in Hans Christian Andersen's hometown, Odense. In 1998, he dropped out of high school accepting a job offer from a local ad agency. After that, he worked in Copenhagen on Nike, work which resulted in the first Cannes D'Or Grand Prix given to Denmark since 1961. He then went on to work on the Lego brand at PR firm 'Sigma' before co-founding 'Bottega Areté, an experimental design group and artist collective, in 2002. Bottega Areté were pioneers in the digitally driven VJ scene in Scandinavia in the early 00s. In 2006, he relocated to Bucharest and worked between Denmark and Romania until 2008, when he returned to Denmark to start his solo practice as 'the Emperor of Antarctica' - working on graphics for music, the design of Copenhagen luxury hotel apartments Stay Copenhagen, and as the Art Director for Danish headphone brand AIAIAI. From 2011 till the end of 2012 he relocated back to Bucharest to focus on his own studies again. Focusing on aperiodic patterns and programming. He keeps a tight relationship with us here at AIAIAI and for that we're eternally grateful.
Ulrik AKA Uggis is the editor of Eyes & Ears. He works at AIAIAI where he handles written communication and internet-related dealings and when he’s not sat in AIAIAI HQ he finds the time to be an awkward Trekkie who nerds about music and occasionally contributes to Dazed Digital.
Long-haired, leather-clad, impossibly tall Ole likes Rock 'n Roll and is not afraid to look like it. When not blogging for us or attending gigs in Nørrebro's grubby rock bars and clubs, he studies Ideation at KEA with a focus on music.
Previously affiliated with the now sadly defunct but still legendary Copenhagen club, Dunkel, the Dunkel Radio crew are comprised of Najaraaq, Daniel and Andreas, three very musical, bright young things who make it their business to report from the global electronic underground. Expect discerning tips, in-depth interviews and quite a few curveballs from the Dunkel Radio Crew who also DJ at Studio A from Time to time.
Videomaker and fashion enthusiast documenting life at 24fps. Created Copenhagers.com back in the fall of 2011, with the idea of promoting people, places, brands, ideas, projects and to give visibility to all the creative peeps who keep doing what they love. When Mattia is not suplying us with neat camera action, he runs Norsk Mand and makes videos for Hypebeast.
In the 90s Kristian grew up among the villa fences in the province. He lived a comfortable life – building caves and made soup of snails and horseshit over open fire. In his early years, he painted the streets along the gutter in the dark hours. It was where he learned the basic rules of communication and visual expression. Today – years later – he lives for the experiments and challenges of visual expression in sculptures, installations, videos, photos and paintings. Kristian works with light and in layers to express moods and tell stories. Right now he's doing his master degree at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, school of Design.
Dark Matters are Lasse, Rune, Ida and Nicky, four deeply creative minds, who work with video projection, light and artifacts to transform venues, music, film and TV, aiming to surprise themselves and their audience at all times. They've worked with everyone from Adidas to Kenton Slash Demon and manage to remain very down-to-earth and nice about it despite ample opportunity to get annoying and stuck up, which is just one of many reasons that we're chuffed to have them contributing to Eyes & Ears.
Hans was born in 79, graduated gymnasium/high school 1999 and graduated arch school january 2007. He's also a pizza & burger enthusiast, a lover of falsetto music (has man crush on Prince) a cardboard sculpturist and a former project manager of the architects association with a receding hairline who's plotting & scheming while blogging for us... *phew* Hans sure is a lot of things.
After 19 years in Denmark, Rasmus swapped smørrebrød and the little mermaid for undergraduate studies in northern California in 2010. When he's not rocking data structures and algorithms as part of his computer science major, Rasmus spends his time chasing Berlin's techno scene, the UK's dubstep offspring and various house scenes from afar and also finds the time to write for Soundvenue. On top of the nerdy satisfaction those pursuits yield, he channels some of that fanboyism into his blog Going Other Places as well as his radio show on KZSU Stanford.
The growing toddler that is our blog has amassed quite a few talented, new contributors, which is why we're renaming it and giving it a separate contributor page. That does of course call for a celebration. Come party down and drink Red Stripes with us tonight from 5-8!
What do Amnesty, Snoop D-O-double-gizzle and AIAIAI have in common? They all got nominated in the Midem Marketing Competition, that’s what. Our creative director is going to Cannes this weekend to present the project and attend the award ceremony. Fingers crossed!
Betcha didn’t know that we plan to hit Copenhagen Fashion Week like a fashion-hungry freight train? Well, we do! And this particular audio-riffic locomotive will consist of a tight little line-up of local DJs, our latest products and quite a few fashion-specific surprises. If you’re at the Gallery fair in Forum, we think you ought to bring over your champagne glass and say hi, come have a gander at our latest products, and, check out the spectacularly swag AIAIAI Sound Taxi that we'll drive into Forum for your personal enjoyment.
Kasper's band is touring Germany at the moment. Do we really need to state the obvious? Go see the boys tear it up at venue near you!
This year we'll be hosting a booth at NAMM, so swing by and meet the AIAIAI team. During our stay we'll be unveiling our latest collaboration with a man who needs no introduction, but will get one anyway: Jay-Z's legendary sound engineer and music director, Young Guru, is our new partner in crime and we have exciting things in store. Come by our booth for a drink, to meet Young Guru and to learn more about the TMA-1 universe. We're also hosting a little soiree with our friends from Teenage engineering. More specifically, it's a Stones Throw Records showcase with support from OBEY Records Radio, which effectively means that you'll have to drop all prior engagements and excuses to party down on Friday the 25th.
Tomas barfod, the versatile creative and intrepid AIAIAI product developer, found the time to participate in this rather interesting project that gave him a challenge: make a track in 24 hours, using a car and a modest selection of gear, which (not so coincidentally) happened to include the TMA-1 Studio.
Now that everyone's had ample time to get over New Year's Eve, we thought it was high time to get back into the swing of things with a Friday bar. Dive headfirst into 2013 with Tomas Barfod on the decks and free Red stripes for all.
That's right, we hooked up with Acrylick for a Backyard Boogie. But this particular boogie was no ordinary boogie as it featured the totally and utterly amazing hip hop legends from the Pharcyde!
From hip hop to horror-step, goth to Grimes, trap to techno, rock to rave and so on and so forth, here’s a list of the best in show from 2012. It’s been another righteous year for music and it’s only fair that we share the major players and remarkable rhyme-sayers that filled the AIAIAI airwaves. Those who enter 2013, we salute you with the AIAIAI Best of 2012 Playlist!
This December, Core77 curates and produces a unique pop-up store in New York City that embodies the creative designer community, and our Capitals are the exclusively featured headphone.
It’s been a good long while hasn’t it, acid fiends? This Friday in December it’s time to get down on a full-on educational tip as we give you an old, acid house mini-documentary that provides you with a good indication of just how befuddled grown ups were by this whole acid house malarchy.
It’s always a pleasure to collaborate with our discerning pals from Ghostly International. Not only are they one of the world’s best record labels, they’ve also gradually evolved into multi-armed powerhouse of style, art and design with notables like Sougwen Chung, Matt Shlian and Charles Bergquist on their expanding roster of visual artists. Check out the video that features a variety of Ghostly tidbits, a few AIAIAI headphones and merry New Yorkers getting it on.
Copenhagen's feisty grime queen-slash-visual artist is decorating our shop window in a Christmas stylee. If that isn't a great excuse to get a glögged-up buzz on we don't know what is. Come say hi on Thursday from 5pm - 8pm where we'll be serving up glögg, x-mas treats and delicious house music courtesy of the Dunkel Radio kids.
Want to see the documentary that depicts the rise, tribulations and subsequent rise of the world’s best operating independent hip hop label? It’s all about the Stones Throw Kickstarter project.
We love Martyn. We love Boiler Room. He rocks TMA-1s like a true champ. No point in stating the obvious. One for all you lovers of the weekend. Check out Martyn's latest Boiler Room appearance and experience delight on an almost unnatural level.
In October 2012, AIAIAI partnered up with the great Stones Throw Records at local record shop Mount Analog to support the newest addition to their roster, the synth-freakery knowns as Chrome Canyon
There are many different ways to promote your message. Our buddies from the utterly excellent Parisian label/party crew/website ClekClekBoom made a trippy video featuring producers Bambounou and French Fries getting rowdy in the kitchen. A true Friday post, if we do say so ourselves.
His name is Dances With White Girls and he made us a mix. That’s all you need to know, really. But, in the name of general inclusivity and spreading the good DWWG word, we can tell you that he’s an NY-based producer/DJ/rapper, that he releases slammin tracks on Plant Music and Throne of Blood and that he presumably likes to dance with white girls. Don’t we all?
Our graphic designer’s band have partnered up with Nokia for an open-ended project that splits their new track into 16 different sequences, effectively allowing anyone to switch it up and create their own interpretation of the song. Check out the video for the details on how it came together - and to see Kasper rocking make up in the middle of the day.
The brilliant KiBiSi have come up with another brilliant concept: XTABLE – the table that uses kinetic power instead of electricity, and adjusts manually via a hand crank that saves energy and keeps users active.