Farsad Zoroofchi a.k.a. FAYZEN composed his first songs with the age of nine. Later, he discovered Hip-Hop and started busking in Hamburg; it was there on the streets where he also sold his mixtapes more than 20.000 times. Now, FAYZEN took the next step and recorded his album Meer which was published at Universal earlier this year. On this debut he presents Hip Hop in a way that is quite unique in Germany: FAYZEN’s music is intelligent and sophisticated and his lyrics are always honest and very personal.
In our interview with FAYZEN we talked about music by The Kills, Common, Florence & The Machine and Lou Rawls. More after the jump.
Today we have another part of The Berlin Experts series for you. We talked with the adorable couple behind one of the most inspiring Berlin blogs out there: the English expats James & Zoë from überlin. Established in 2010 as an online diary to record their Berlin years überlin has quickly grown into one of the most respectable online publications not only about all the cool things happening in Berlin, its fashion and music scene, but also about the challenging experiences of expats in the German capital. Enjoy their thoughts about Berlin and find out more about their work, after the jump.
There a many ways to do a concept album. Burak Sar aka SIS has chosen one of the most unusual ways. His new album Confidence, published in April on Cocolino, charts his journey training as a horse whisperer. Sounds odd, right? Well, the reason is: SIS actually began being a horse whisperer as an outlet to draw him away from this intense lifestyle and the secluded passion of music making. His experiences in this trade have now inspired his music. On his new album each track is named after horses from international breeds and the title of the album Confidence also refers to horse whispering as well: “The most important thing with working with horses is confidence. We grow together and learn from each other, you need patience and to develop trust.”
In our interview with SIS, we have talked about music by Ricardo Villalobos, Eko Fresh, Anita Ward, Michael Jackson, Apparat and Lady Gaga. More after the jump.
In the new edition of The Berlin Experts we talk with Linda, a young Berliner whose Instagram lindaberlin has been among our absolut favourites since we started using the popular photo app. Besides being always exceptionally aesthetic, her photostream has attracted our attention especially for Linda’s ability to capture the essence of our city from a different perspective, constantly challenging stereotypical images and classical visions of the Berlin we all know. Enjoy what the Berlin-lover Linda has told us about the highlights of our city,and her special connection to it, after the jump.
When it comes to sound there are no boundaries for Stimming. Sources in his productions have included a Coke can, a coffee machine, children’s toys, keys, marbles, a rubbish bin, loose change and an Ikea pizza cutter. His intricate beats and rhythm are testament to his long-running drumming skills, and his productions are rooted in his classical training. Born in Giessen in 1983, Stimming became accomplished at the violin, piano and drums by the age of 10, giving him a solid musical education and ability. In the beginning of June, he will release a new album called Stimming at DIYnamic.
In our interview with Stimming we talked about music by Solomun, Cypress Hill, Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave, Florence and the Machine and Mark OH. More after the jump.
Since I like Star Wars and have a lightsaber that a friend of mine gave me in my entrance, there had to be a beard theme with that topic as well. Besides I think Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi has a great beard. In this spirit: May the force be with your beard! Another beard photo set with and monologue by Bernard after the jump.
The fourth part of our interview serie The Berlin Experts puts the spotlights on the online magazine and event guide Don’t Panic Berlin represented by editor Indi Davies. Started off in 1999 as a free printed publication about arts and culture in the UK, Don’t Panic has hit the streets of Berlin a few years ago and since then it has been keeping us updated with all the latest arts, music, events, style and film news happening in our city and all around the world. Get an insight into Don’t Panic Berlin’s developments and its editor Indi Davies’ personal engagement with the city, after the jump.
Alicia approached me last year at the Berlin Festival and asked me if I would be willing to model for a photo series about bearded guys she was working on. I was quite curious about the project so we exchanged contacts and she sent me some of the photos that she had already done. I really enjoyed them and was happy to be her next special beard portrait. As if she would have guessed that I had a sweet tooth I became her first edible beard. While the other guys before me got decorated with flowers or confetti or minituare figures, my beard was frosted with cream and sprinkles. As fun as it looked, it was a sweet mess and a nightmare to clean. But I think it was worth the trouble as the photos came out quite fun. Enjoy more creamed beard shots of me along with my beard monologue after the jump.
For the third interview of our series The Berlin Experts we talked with Arne Eberle, founder and director of fashion agency Arne Eberle Press+Sales and editor-in-chief of Œ Magazine. For many years Arne Eberle has been supporting talented German designers, believing in their creativity and presenting the most outstanding collections not only at Berlin Fashion Week, but also at international trade shows and events. Among the highlights of his accomplishments is definitely the Collect Showroom for contemporary fashion, the ultimate platform to promote the quality, skills and creativity of local designers. Enjoy Arne Eberle’s thoughts on Berlin and its ever-growing fashion scene after the jump.
Soukie & Windish come from the North of Germany. Their hometown Bremen was not exactly known for its outstanding club culture, so a new DIY generation of promoters, producers and DJs started organizing parties at off-locations. Soukie & Windish were part of that scene and also started their DJing activities at thesetypes of parties.
Together they moved to Hamburg and in 2008 their first EP was published. Further releases followed and soon after they started performing at Fusion, the Bachstelzen parties and at the Salon zur Wilden Renate on a regular basis. In 2011 Soukie & Windish founded the label URSL together with Sebo and Madmotormiquel. Here they also published their debut A Forest.
In our Interview with Soukie & Windish we talked about music by Huey Lewis, Faith no more, Cro, Daft Punk, DJ Koze and Rihanna. More after the jump.