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.
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.
Hollywood actor and all-round talent James Franco thinks Berlin is really sexy. That’s why he likes to come here and already had two solo art exhibitions here at Perez Projects. But he also thinks your girlfriend is sexy. And he would like to tell her that in person through a nation-wide campaign by Coke Light. I think your girlfriend might like this so have a look after the jump what he has to say to her.
Time flies! I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks that have gone by since I was at the launch event of the EcoSport Challenge in Düsseldorf. At the time 8 enthusiastic teams drove off into the sunset with their brand new red Ford EcoSports and since then they have competed against each other in 6 different challenges. The challenges had the guys do some pretty funny and awkward things. They had to dress up as gorillas and buy bananas, make a crazy photoshoot, become shepherds, dance their asses off and make a battle of heroes. Now there is only 2 teams left and for the sixth and final challenge they had to do some good deeds. Now it’s up to the people voting, liking and sharing all their Instagrams, Tweets and videos and of course the challenge masters Alina from Frida Gold and Jan from Viva to give their final points. Who’s gonna win the EcoSport Challenge? Check out the videos from both teams for the final challenge after the jump and give them some support.
Summer has surprisingly pop upped like a shop on Torstraße and is hopefully going to stay for a while. Instead we would love to say goodbye to our winter bellies. They grew around Christmas, became pregnant on Easter and have no intention to leave any time soon. Thankfully, this city is full of amazing fitness opportunities to choose from. But honestly speaking the regular sports would take quite a while to reshape us to the perfect sommer-lake-body. Extreme situation require for extreme measures. Therefore we recommend you to try Yoga and especially Hot Yoga. Going from the natural heat of the city to the artificial heat of a studio may seem absurd at first. But I reassure you that few things will make you get fit and toned again as this extreme way to exercise. Read our full yoga guide to Berlin to find out the best suited yoga studio for your kind of workout needs. Also there will be a really big Yoga Festival here in Berlin where you can check out different workshops and yoga styles at a beautiful lake scenario. After the jump a stunning series of images that combines yoga and vivid, neon-lit typography shot by the Berlin photographer Björn Ewers. Happy Summer work out to everyone.
Shooting videos of special moments, blogging about our latest adventures and taking selfies with our friends – all these disciplines of the new social media have become a normal part of our lives, just like writing a diary, sending postcards and taking analog photos used to be in the olden days. But while our old photo albums and letters to friends were only interesting to those who were close to us, our Twitter feeds and Instagram channels are now consumed by a much bigger audiences. So our pictures and words are now in competition with those of others which means we are always trying to be more creative, surprising and unusual with the impressions we share…
The new Ford Ecosport Challenge is exactly about that: Being unusual and standing out and sharing it with the world. In the last couple of weeks Alina from the band Frida Gold and VIVA host Jan have become the spokespeople for the challenge and were looking for the most creative and unusual people who were willing to share their adventures during the competition with the world. And as luck has it they did find them!
With all the current hype around the Oscar selfies, various Instagram selfie memes such as #aftersex, #iwokeuplikethis, #nomakeup, as well as elaborate feature articles about the topic in renowned newspapers and magazines it was bound to happen: a selfie casting campaign.
As already reported last week Alcatel ONETOUCH is looking for the new faces of their upcoming global advertising campaign with the help of an Unexpected Casting. To have a chance to win you only have to do one easy thing: submit your own selfies. A jury of three famous individuals will pick the best selfies amongst all the submissions. Amongst them is one expert of self-portrayal: uber-successful fashion blogger and now-celebrity Bryan Boy. I’m sure he has a thing or two to say about selfies as he has already published hundreds of them. His fellow jury members are Cool Hunting co-founder Evan Orensten, and Fake Leather founder Adriana Gastélum.
A little how-to-guide on taking the right selfie after the jump.
When I look around me in the streams of social media channels of Facebook, Instagram and co. it’s pretty obvious: We are living in the “Generation Selfie”. At first I was a little critical about the aspects of vanity and redundancy that came along with this new trend. But by know I have come to understand this as yet another form of communication of youth culture and our contemporary society…
If you walk around in Berlin with open eyes and with a bit of attention towards the male sex you might have noticed: People love beards here. And it’s not just a hipster thing like in many other big cities. Here in Berlin a man needs a beard, the bigger the better. Girls love, boys love it and can’t have enough of it.
I personally think that every man looks better with a beard. Certainly there are men who look amazing without it too, but surely will look even better with some facial hair. I guess it’s no coincedent that the core I HEART BERLIN team of Claudio, Devid and myself sport a beard as well. And it’s no coincedent either, that one of our favorite series on the blog is the Beard Monologues by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm.
So with all this beard loving it was about time that someone wrote a book about it. Apparently this is what a good friend and work mate of mine thought. Together with author Kevin Clarke he compiled a great compendium of manly beards with lots of photos and texts about the history of facial hair, the styles in different cultures and it’s meaning and appearance in pop culture and fashion. The book was released by Berlin-based publisher Bruno Gmünder and has the spot-on title BEARDS – An Unshaved History. You can win a copy now on our Lucky Thursday! They also have their own dedicated beard lover Facebook page – make sure to follow.
Every year the Berlinale presents cinematic masterpieces from a variety of artists. But instead of hoping those geniuses of film will fall from the sky the Berlinale also does something for the education of those on their way to stardom. The Berlinale Talents is a discussion forum for filmmakers from around the world and those simply interested in listening and learning. We are giving away 2 tickets to a couple of great panels this week! More after the jump.