Berlin is known worldwide for being home to one of the most influental and thriving scenes for electronic music and club culture. Countless musicians and DJs are based here and are successful with their productions and in the clubs, not just here in Berlin but also all over the world, often with the “Made in Berlin” seal of approval.
Jan Blomqvist is one of the young talents of Berlin’s electronic music scene that managed to stick out of the masses and within only a few years he gained a huge fanbase that reaches far beyond the city limits. He grew up with the success of legendary clubs such as Bar25 and its follow-up Kater Holzig. Now he plays in the most popular clubs in the world and at big festivals. His music is a clever fusion of melodic electro-pop, deep house and minimal techno – a combination that melted the hearts of many club goers and music lovers. His last EP was released back in July and features his summer hit Time Again which is one of his most impressive tracks to date.
We visited Jan in his studio on a lovely Autumn day and talked with him about his music and his relationship to Berlin before we went with him to explore some of his favorite places in the city. Enjoy our interview and exclusive photo series with Jan Blomqvist after the jump. We would like to give a warm thank you to Italien menswear label Antony Morato who supplied us with oufits for the photo shooting and inspired us with its #antonymoratoplaces focused on creative European cities. Enjoy the perspective on our city through the eyes of one its most promising musicians
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ESMOD Berlin the private design school invited 10 of their most successful and celebrated graduates from all the ESMOD schools around the globe. Two very respected and celebrated labels based in Berlin opened the show and for them it was pretty much a home rum. I’m glad I got to see the rising star Marina Hoermanseder’s new collection which I missed during fashion week and also to see the new designs of August Teboul, the queens of Berlin Avant-Garde, once again. All the other designers were totally new to me and it was a little bit like a trip around the world in terms of fashion. It’s interesting to see the different styles from other countries, though not everything was really our cup of tea. We selected our favorites for you after the jump. Enjoy!
Photo journalist Guney Cuceloglu used to take portraits of New York City and has proven to have quite the keen eye on how to capture the urban charme of the metropolis on the other side of the Atlantic. Now that he has relocated to Berlin he is faced with a different pace and aesthetic and is eager to explore the city from all its compelling angles. One of his first series of photos that he has been doing here is titled #BikeBerlin and is basically about people and their bikes in their Berlin neighborhoods. We selected our favorites from the series which were the boys of course. Enjoy some boys on bikes in Berlin after the jump and if it gets you into the mood to explore Berlin by bike than check out Claudio’s bike route guide.
Last week we had the pleasure to finish the celebration of our 7th anniversary with the dinner series Seven Suppers together with Berlin-based start-up Qozy. It has been my plan to do another dinner event that gives us a chance to meet some of our readers since our last one for our 3rd anniversary and I’m glad we finally did it again because it was absolutely charming. I think we have the cutest readers of all Berlin blogs! I wanna thank you all for coming, also our fellow bloggers from Paperboats, Berlin Loves You, Artconnect Berlin, as well as Kaltblut Magazine who followed our invitation.
All of our dinners were prepared by Matthew Maue, one of the chefs from Qozy. He was absolutely excellent and I already miss having him in my kitchen on a daily basis. It was a lovely experience working with the team of Qozy and I warmly recommend to you to try out their amazing service and book one of their delicious menues for you and your friends in your home. On their website you can choose from different options starting at 32 EUR per person for a 3-course menu. One of their professional chefs will come to your home, bring all the ingredients and prepare everything fresh in your kitchen, serve the meals for you and your friends and clean up the place afterwards. It couldn’t be more practical!
After the jump you can get some impressions from the last two of our Seven Suppers. Enjoy and we hope it will wet your appetite!
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
A month ago we already introduced you to the new innovative theater production bodieSLANGuage with a series of animated GIFs inspired by the concept of the play. Today the show goes into its second round of performances that will happen everyday until Sunday at 20h at Ballhaus Ost.
We saw the premiere of the piece last month and to be honest, it is the most amazing thing I have seen on a stage in Berlin in a very long time. If you read the first texts about the play you can already understand that it revolves around body language and incorporates sign language using deaf and hearing performers. But it was really impossible for me to imagine how this is going to be translated onto the stage.
The result of the work of the three choreographers from matanicola and the progressive wave and the 8 performers is hard to put into words. The play has several scenes that are quite different from each other. Some I would discribe as moving organic sculptures, other I would describe as traditional contemporary dance performances, some are solo singing acts and monologues or even comedic interludes. The play has a lot to offer and will never get boring and it never seized to amaze and surprise me.
I loved how the play manages to bring the performers together in one moving creature in the beginning and than showcase their very individualistic styles in the solo acts. All of the performers were amazing, but I was particularily impressed – once again – by Gal Naor who is also one of the choreographers (and was part of the House of Haunted House last year by the way). He functions as the medium between the deaf and hearing performers and in his solo parts he manages to be bizarre, gracious and just fucking cool at the same time.
I don’t want to spoil too much about the piece as it lives from its unexpected turns. I urge you to get some of the few tickets left for the upcoming shows this week as I can assure you that you will be impressed, regardless if you are a regular guest or a newbie to the world of independant theater. To warm your appetite we have some captivating impressions from our talented photographer Olga Khristolyubova after the jump.
Cate Blanchett in Slow Motion by Matthew Frost
Last week we hosted the first live Cinéma de Mode event as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week that has so far been an online series showing the best fashion films here on iHeartBerlin and on Two For Fashion who supported for this event. The outcome was great we were very happy to screen our selection of films to a full cinema. It was especially awesome for us to see your live reactions to our Fruit Salad show that we published last year. You can find some impressions of the event here on Facebook. As so many have asked about the films I hereby present all the films we showed (except a few that are not published online just yet). Enjoy our biggest Cinéma de Mode ever after the jump.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
On Saturday the fashion scene of Berlin got a brand new playground. The Berlin Alternative Fashion Week is dedicated to those designers that like to break out of conventions, that dare to be crazy, colorful, fun and sexy and have a good sense of humor and self-ironie. It was really a pleasure both for the eyes and for the heart to see models smiling and dancing and the catwalk, women with curves, men with silver hair, boys on heels, and I don’t even know how to put that crazy spectacular finale of Andrey Bartenev into words, but it was indeed spectacular and will not be forgotten so easily by the audience. The fashion was definately fun to look at, some really impressive, some a bit more on the trashy side, but really always entertaining. But have a look for yourself after the jump where we have some a lot of amazing impressions by our talented contributing photographer Olga Khristolyubova. Enjoy!
Last week saw the premiere of the brand new Berlin Alternative Fashion Week that celebrated its highlight on Saturday with two fully loaded and spectacular runway presentations showing the wild and fun side of fashion. It was really an amazing experience to see all these colorful and excentric individuals coming together. Berlin-based photographer Sebastian Pollin took a look backstage for us before all the magic started on the catwalk. Follow him on Facebook for more fashion photos. Enjoy his colorful impressions from behind the scenes of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week after the jump. A set with show photos will follow tomorrow so stay tuned for more!
When I think back and let my love life pass by in front of my mental eye I realize that I was pretty much a late bloomer when it comes to falling crazy in love. Of course I had my crushes, flirts and first attempts to releationships when I was a teenager. But the first time I can remember to be madly in love with someone was actually in 2003 when I was already 21. Coincedently this event in my life happened in parallel to the release of Crazy in Love by Beyoncé which I would describe as one of the few evergreens that came out in this Millennium and that I am sure we will still listen to for a long time…
After his lovely poetic film Berlin, Berlin: Autumn that we showed you a few months ago, talented film maker Nehemias Colindres released yet another beautiful Berlin film turning his one-off into a series of four that will each be dedicated to one of the four seasons of the year. His new film was shot in the Spring and even though we are heading into the fall now considering the warm temperatures it still feels quite right this moment. Enjoy the wonderful new film capturing Berlin in its best lights after the jump. Looking forward to Summer and Winter!