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.
Every time somebody comes visiting me in Berlin and I show them proud and happy all my favorite places I realize that there is one thing that causes distraction: Men! Of course Berlin is also full of beautiful women, but apparently the Berlin men have something special that you cannot find in any other place. By reading the books of Klaus Mann I discovered that the appeal of the Berlin men already existed since the 20s. Right in the heart of Europe Berlin attracted all kinds of different types of personalities that maybe didn’t fit in other places and had their own sexual attraction. Their power of attraction lies not only in superficialities. Berlin men have the bad boy appeal that you can only get if you don’t care about having a big car or a giant house with a pool. Even if they might get slowly over the “poor but sexy” thing, the Berlin men are not interested in the stereotypical ego-boost status symbols (girls, cars, pools) and this is their secret formula to their sexiness (at least in my opinion).
But yet again, we should not limit our horizons. Today I have a special revelation for you: Handsome and interesting men do not only live in Berlin. The Italian fashion brand Antony Morato went on a venture to different Metropolises to discover interesting characters who are in love with their city. “We wanted to describe the cities which influence everybody’s imagination through the eyes of men like us, through the same eyes with which I saw and still see these cities when I look for ideas and inspiration” says Lello Caldarelli, Chairman and Art Director of the brand. As media partners of the project we will present you somebody from Berlin next week. For now we would love to take you to a trip to discover Barcelona, London and Naples through the eyes of three unique guys. Check out the videos of the project after the jump.
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.
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!
If you book a kick-ass huge venue like the stunning Kraftwerk Berlin it is pretty obvious that you are in for some series action. And boy, the Nights by Absolut Berlin edition was one hell of a party. The Swedish Vodka brand turned this industrial cathedral into an exotic jungles. Concret columns contrasted the lush greens, cut with laser beams and butterfly rain.
The obvious highlight of the night was the live laser couture performance by London-based Studio XO who equipped some dancers with stunning sculptural mirror dresses that shot laser beams onto their fellow dancers and surrounding crowd which were than reflected by mirror foile elements and mirror accessories creating one hell of a spectacle for the eyes. But look for yourself, a huge set of party impressions are to be found after the jump. Enjoy!
Berlin is certainly a shopping paradise for vintage fashion or unconventional clothing. Still there was a lack of a good retailer offering the whole range of men’s fashion. This changed for good, thanks to the opening of menswear retailer Wormland. Inside the newly opened Mall of Berlin Wormland offers over three floors of different menswear styles. Browsing through the shop on the opening night we met up with really nice people like the guys from Dandy Diary. Also we found some fashion items from our favorite designers like Julian Zigerli that we would love to call our own. And what makes the shopping experience a sexy time too: Hot eye candy Tony Ward is presented all over the shop since he is the model from their latest campaign. Some impressions of the opening night for you after the jump.
On Saturday evening 4 of our 7 anniversary specials came together for one big special night at an exciting new venue in Berlin-Mitte. We celebrated the opening of our WE ARE BERLIN group exhibition with many of our talented photographers and artists, the release of our guest contributors new photobook BEARDICTED with the special barber shop photobox, the third edition of our BERLIN FILM NIGHT with our partners Mobile Kino and interfilm and our 7th anniversary party with a live concert by Berlin-based electropop band Pitchtuner and a DJ sets by our Tati The Fruit Salad a.k.a. DJ Obsalat amongst others. It was a super fun night for us and we are happy you all came, thank you so much! Two more anniversary specials are coming up, starting this Sunday with our Seven Suppers and next week Thursday with the Cinéma de Mode event as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week. Enjoy the impressions of Saturday night after the jump.