Patrick Bodmer and Phillip Jung met as 15-year-olds on a tennis court. Some years later they founded M.A.N.D.Y., which today is one of the most successful electro acts from Berlin. More about M.A.N.D.Y. in an interview after the click.

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Manchmal loof dit, manchmal nich…


If you try to remember a really good party, there is one problem: most of the time you can’t remember anything. If I try to remember to best parties of the past months, I can at least recall that David Dorad was playing there. In an interview, the Berlin based DJ tells us which of his
performances he won’t forget.

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Channel X


The Makers: Interview with Channel X

The “X” in the name of the DJ and producer team Channel X stands for the unexpected and the endless possibilities that come with the production of electronic music. One of these possibilities is a perfect party – and Channel X certainly knows how to do that. More information and an interview with Channel X after the jump.

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Music Television re-invented


The Makers: Interview with tape.tv creator Conrad Fritzsch

That music television nowadays is poluted by cheesy reality shows and ringtone ads really is a shame to me. The non-stop music channel MTV Music that you can receive digitally is an ok substitute, but when you have that running in the background you get the feeling that they are playing the same videos over and over again. Stumbling upon tape.tv a few month back was somehow like finding the holy grail. Here I found a seemingly endless number of music videos played in a row. And not only the mainstream stuff, also some undiscovered pearls that make the whole thing worth while. You can even influence the playlist by entering an artist or genre that you like.

We’ve met up with Conrad Fritzsch, the founder of tape.tv, and talked to him about music, television and Berlin. More of that after the jump.

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It’s a mad world


The Makers: Interview with artist ATAK

A mouse chasing the cat, a hare shooting the hunter and an animal tamer jumping through a burning hoop. In his great picture book Verrückte Welt Berlin-based artist ATAK turns the world upside down. Every time I flip through it I discover more and more funny details which I haven’t seen before: There’s Ernie from Sesame Street sitting in a window and there’s a Matisse print hanging on the wall. The remarkable thing about ATAKs book is the rough and handmade look of his paintings. You can even see every brushstroke. And although it looks like a children’s book it surely is also suitable for adults.

ATAK is an all-round artist and always very busy. He’s drawing comic strips, illustrating books and writing columns. Above all he recently became a professor for communications design in Halle. So I really understand why it was so hard to get him on the phone. But fortunately I did catch him for an interview for our series The Makers. After the jump ATAK tells us what advantages Berlin has compared to Paris and London.

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