Music

Berlin Music Artists to Watch Out For

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MIKEY. photo: Rebecca Dorothy

“What’s going on musically in Berlin?” – you ask? Don’t worry, iHeartberlin comes to the rescue. We put together a list of artists who are pushing the capital’s music scene right now. These artists are far from interchangeable, or even remotely comparable. They stress what Berlin is today: An international, inclusive and diverse metropolis. Their music is the product of a city where you can do what you wanna do. Berlin’s creative freedom is what brought them or kept them here, and still is what makes our city different from other places. The results are loud, emotional, strikingly weird at times, sometimes obscure and sometimes catchy as f***. Let’s take a look and a listen…

Andy by Andy
on October 31st, 2017
in Music, People, Videos

What Techno Can Teach You

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photo: Alexander Popov

Techno is obviously not a new subject on this blog. After all, whether you like it or not, it’s one of Berlin’s most defining characteristics, the basics of which have already been discussed by Andy, the club culture expert we’re blessed to have on board. But, this time we look at techno from a little different angle.

Like with any social phenomenon that gained cult following, the subject is quite controversial. Although techno in general probably has more advocates in Berlin than it has opponents, there are still people willing (or less willing, but nevertheless reckoning) that they just don’t get it and regard the term ‘’club culture’’ as a modern-day example of an oxymoron at best.

This piece goes out to all of you. As baffling as the notion of gyrating on a crowded sweaty dance floor – only beaten in monotony by the two-hour queue preceding it might be, there are particular things thoroughly positive about it. I really didn’t think so either. But a funny turn of events steered by my own curiosity and the goodwill of some wonderful friends proved me wrong. And here are my takeaways:

Michalina by Michalina
on October 27th, 2017
in Music, Party, Stories

Staatsoper für Alle – A Collective Experience of Passion for Music

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Why is public art and culture so important? Is it for our education? Prestige? Or a way to cultivate our society? Probably all these aspects are relevant. But after visiting the “Staatsoper für Alle” event this past weekend I experienced the relevance of free public art and culture first hand. On Saturday afternoon over 3000 people came together at Bebelplatz to listen to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony performed by the Staatskapelle Berlin led by Daniel Barenboim. Sharing collective cultural experiences is something that gives me intense goosebumps for many reasons. First of all, I was so impressed by this big crowd getting nearly instantly quite from one moment to another. Also it’s rare even in Berlin to see so many people from different ages and social groups come together to enjoy arts and music. Finally, I really felt the passion of the audience. These classical music enthusiasts did not show up to wear elegant gowns to the opera.  But instead, they brought their own little chairs or blankets to sit on the ground. Some of them were even standing for the whole duration of the performance. This passion is for me the ultimate proof that arts and music are vital for us humans and for our human society. While young and old, poor and rich come together to enjoy the arts our difference dissolve and the pace of our heartbeats rise while experiencing this form of joy.

We saw many cute couples or groups of friends who really enjoyed the music and the performance under the sun and the blue open sky over Bebelplatz. To imagine that this historical place who had experienced some troubled history is now a place where free music is performed to give joy to the public is something magnificent. We took some photographic impressions of the event for you to get a glimpse of what you missed. But no reason to be sad. During the next days several public screenings of the concerts of the Staatsoper will happen at Bebelplatz. All the dates and photos after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on October 3rd, 2017
in Music, Photos, Theater

275 Years Of Music – The Staatsoper Unter den Linden is back

Staatsoper Unter den Linden Reopening

photo: Gordon Welters

To put it mildly, the music genre most commonly associated with Berlin would probably not be opera. It’s not as ubiquitous as other forms of art – many of us have not even once been to such a concert. You may not even be aware how much can Berlin offer in the area – and I get it – going out to see an indie rock band involves less costs and planning than booking opera tickets. Well, this week you get the unique opportunity to experience opera on a world class level for free as the Staatsoper Berlin opens its doors after a long-lasting break. Read on to get all the details.

Michalina by Michalina
on September 29th, 2017
in Events, Music

Lollapalooza goes Berlin Horse Race – Festival Impressions

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After last year’s visit at the Treptower Park the joyful music carnival that is the Lollapalooza Festival unfolded its tent at the unusual location of the Hoppegarten horse race course. Embedded into the normally unused inner circle of the race course the festival had a much more straight-forward set-up than in recent years at the park and and the former Tempelhof Airport which made orientation much more efficient. It felt like it was also easier to locate and reach all the special areas of the festival such as the Fun Fair that was once again hosted by Absolut, the Kidzapalooza grounds and the Urban Nation exhibition cube.

Like last year we had the pleasure to visit the Lollapalooza with our partner Absolut. It was hard to miss their involvement in the festival thanks to their big bottle-shaped gate to the fun fair that also acted as a viewing platform, as well as multiple big glittering bottles. At the Absolut bar they served their newly revised Absolut Lolla cocktail made of Absolut Lime, wild berry soda and fresh berries. There was also a couple of other fun activities such as the photo booth, a flower crown workshop à la Midsommar and a little performance inspired by the Swedish tradition of Saint Lucy’s Day with illuminated creatures and a glowing unicorn. Some impressions of the visually stunning festival below…

Frank by Frank
on September 12th, 2017
in Music, Party, Photos

Techno, Salsa & Pharmacy Windows: An Interview with Natalia Escobar

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photos: Alicia Kassebohm

A power woman with many careers: Natalia Escobar is many-faced, ‘many-named’ and many-talented’. Ultimately, when she served the first sounds to ever push Berghain’s new Säule floor through wave rhythms, drony Techno and experimental Electro a bigger audience came to realize that Miss Escobar is a Berlin force to be reckoned with. Yet, where others reach artistic capacity, the Colombian beauty seems to only really get going: Art exhibitions in various cities, making her own music under different aliases, DJ sets for Vivienne Westwood or the Techno Temple itself. If you don’t have her on your radar just yet, she should be now! Catch her DJing this Saturday at our 10 Year Anniversary and read on about Natalia’s favorite dancing spots, her beautifully simple love for Berlin, and her upcoming, first ever EP.

Andy by Andy
on September 1st, 2017
in Music, People

The Abstraction of Pop by Aérea Negrot

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The question is not, what is Aérea Negrot doing, it’s more: What is she NOT doing? The Venezuelan-born, Berlin-based artistic all-rounder works in every art form that comes to mind: She sings, performs, produces, DJs… She became internationally known for her collaboration with the dance floor superpower of “Hercules and Love Affair”, but only referencing this stage of career would limit her art. Her eclecticism jumps from pure energy behind the decks, over a love for experimental productions, to a voice filling a concert hall with every tone from a high falsetto to a roaring baritone. We still remember her mesmerizing avant-garde performance at Volksbühne. Before she’s spinning our 10 Year Anniversary event this Saturday, we met up with the Queen of Versatility and talked about dirty club corners, drunk aunts, and her exciting upcoming projects.

Andy by Andy
on August 31st, 2017
in Music, People

A Berlin Techno Song Against Trump

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The Berlin crowd fosters its inclusive and multicultural status by standing up against intolerance and bigotry. ”Donald” by Uma Burel is yet another example. This time, Berlin expresses its protest with what it does best: techno.

The song comes from Uma Burel‘s very first EP on the OffBeat Music Group record label that comprises two songs reflecting different approaches to the story we can currently see unfolding before us. The hypnotizing beat we’re featuring today – ”Donald” – is a disturbing, gloomy picture filled with hate and dread. The other one, entitled ”Se7en”, is more of a smooth minimal house track to leave you on a positive note, hoping for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Michalina by Michalina
on August 30th, 2017
in Music, Videos

Do you want to go to Lollapalooza with us?

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Lolla is back! After half of Berlin celebrated inside the green forests of Treptower Park last year, the Lollapalooza festival is once again unfolding in the green, but this year in a new location: The Hoppegarten racecourse. On the 9th and 10th of September it’s time again, to sing, dance and enjoy music.

As we loved the experience so much last year, Lolla’s official partner Absolut invited us once more to be a part of the third Lolla Berlin experience. Only a S-Bahn ride away from the city center we can easily enjoy our beloved shower at home and sleep in our cozy beds at night. And isn’t that essentially what makes city festivals so great? Admittedly, the amazing line up this year does also play a crucial part. We seriously can’t wait to go all Lolla and are giving away tickets to you guys!

Andy by Andy
on August 22nd, 2017
in Events, Music

This New Festival Brings Partying to a WHOLE New Level

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Aja Jane, photo: Walid Ghanem

Berlin’s queer nightlife is vibrant, diverse and yet divided, full of holes and ruptures. If you want your own little party island, you will find it but finding that one common ground seems almost utopian. But now, WHOLE United Queer Festival wants to prove that there can be a queer common ground where we put all differences aside and dance together – at Europe’s first queer electronic music festival! Anyone familiar with what’s hot and what’s not after sun set might rub their eyes looking at the festival collaborators  Pornceptual, Members, Riot, G Day, Female:Pressure, Liber Null Berlin, and TrashEra. It’s literally like your favorite Saturday nights went on a date and made a baby.

Andy by Andy
on August 16th, 2017
in Music, Party