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NamNamBulu at the 2014 Blackfield Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
NamNamBulu is a synthpop/futurepop band consisting of Henrik Iversen (lyrics and vocals) and Vasi Vallis (songwriting and arrangement). After several charting albums, their 2005 release Alone reached #53 on the Deutsche Alternative Charts. The band split up in June 2005. NamNamBulu re-united in 2013 and performed many concerts to celebrate their 10 year anniversary, e.g. at Wave-Gotik-Treffen (after 2004). New material seems to be in the works.
The band is located in Switzerland/Germany. Vasi Vallis, born Greek, is responsible for composing and arranging the songs and producing remixes in the name of NamNamBulu. All songwriting related aspects from the first idea, arrangement and production, to the final track lays in his hands. Vasi is also doing the "NamNamBulu" remixes for other bands. Henrik Iversen (Norwegian/Danish) is singer and text author for the band. He would also be the one mainly performing on stage.
History Behind the Name
"The name goes back to about 1988, where in college Stefan & Henrik came up with the plan to make some music. So we did... with an Atari ST and a DX21 and DX7. Of course only one of the two could hack on the machine, so the other would have to do something else - in our case that was reading magazines. Stefan at the time was much into history, reading about the Vietnam war... he regularly bought a mag called "NAM" which was about this war. As we would alternate in reading and working, this became the first part of the name: NamNam.
The 'Bulu' has a totally different background. As we would use to go for a beer every now and then, we picked the BULU from an engraving that you could find on Swiss beer glasses from 'Cardinal' beer, just saying 3dl / BULU. What BULU means exactly, we have no clue, but we added it to the band name. There you go: NamNamBulu.
Well.... NNB never got far back then. Stefan made some instrunmental pieces, that I might still find on a MD (Minidisk) somewhere. But it wasn't until I met Vasi, that we picked up the name again - even though it might sound a bit funny still :).
By picking a band name away from the commonly used terminology, NNB is trying to avoid being stuck in a cliché, which would prevent the band from evolving in any musical direction that it might find applicable."
- Blind?, July 27, 2002 (EP CD)
- Memories, June 10, 2003 (Mini CD)
- Distances, July 14, 2003 (CD)
- Sacrifice (with Lights of Euphoria), September 30, 2003 (7" vinyl)
- Expansion, May 10, 2004 (EP CD)
- Alone, January 31, 2005 (Mini CD)
- Blinded!, April 25, 2005 (EP CD)
- Distances (Black edition)!, 2010 (CD Remastered Re-Release)
- Sorry 2014 (EP)
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