The Nomad Barber

The 2 Minute Interview

Liverpudlian Miguel Gutierrez is a barber, that’s a hairdresser+ then – old school and new class. Because Miguel loves what he does, no he lives it. He travelled the world with his shaving and hairdressing tools in order to have a look at all kinds of hairstyling cultures, to improve his own skills and give people a dapper hair cut at the most breath-taking locations around the globe. If you travel that much, you must yearn to just arrive somewhere and settle down – at least for a while? Almost. Because for a nomad by nature, a home just isn’t enough. So he recently opened the second Nomad Barber Shop in his second home, Berlin. Dear Miguel, we’re really happy you’re here. Please stay a while.

Name: Miguel Gutierrez
Age: 29
Home: Berlin / London
Profession: Barber
Shoe size: 9
Favorite hair cut: Textured scissor cut
Kontakt: bln@nomadbarber.com

Full beard or fully shaved?
Shaved

The most beautiful place you have ever been?
Nepal

What is home to you?
Liverpool

The best decision of your life?
Becoming a barber.

…and one that you regret:
Not travelling more.

Which things should not be missing in your suitcase?
Canon camera, muehle razor and my macbook.

Which three products should be in every bathroom cabinet?
safety razor, shave brush and pomade.

When was the last time you really laughed from the heart and why?
Everyday in the barbershop, it never stops.

What is the first thing you would do if you were invisible?
Fly to the moon.

The most important invention ever?
The aeroplane

Which celebrity (dead or alive) would you like to give a hair cut?
James Dean

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Scouse, a stew famous from Liverpool.

What are you afraid of?
Snakes

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
Meditation

What should no one know about you?

Any other question should we have asked?
I don’t think so ;)

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 13. Oktober 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Siems Luckwaldt

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The 2 Minute Interview

Business Punk? Siems Luckwaldt. Capital? Siems Luckwaldt. L’Officiel Homme? Siems Luckwaldt. Flair? Ok, we get where this is going. The man with the name that sounds like the hero of a big city column writes as a journalist for fashion, lifestyle, interviews and dossiers for the magazines mentioned above and many more. In addition, he produces editorial content for illustrious clients from the fashion and lifestyle area. The Hamburger native is proud as pie of his very own “Enough Magazine” that he got going together with his wonderful team. If you use the code word ‚muxmäuschenwild‘, you can download the current issue at half price here. At the moment, the third issue is being put together busily. After the focus has been on „change“ and „love“, this time it’s about all shades of the word „green“. We think that’s great and are taking this opportunity to ask all kinds of questions about sausages, changing the world and Cher. In that order and pretty damn inspiring.

Name: Siems Luckwaldt
Age: 38
Home: Hamburg
Profession: Journalist, columnist, publisher (sounds strangely boastful, but it’s true)
Shoe size: 43
Favourite word: virtually… Alternative: “That looks like a pound of sausages”
Contact: www.siemsluckwaldt.com

What can’t you get enough of?
The new.

What is good style?
Much more than fashion.

The best article you ever wrote?
That’s still to come, I hope, otherwise that would mean game over, virtually. I thought my portrait of Charlize Theron (appeared in Flair, issue 10/2015) was quite a success. Apart from that mostly articles that didn’t get a lot of attention.

What would you change immediately if you had the power to?
I would abolish power.

What forbidden thing should everyone have done once in their life?
Forbidden by whom? Law, morals, boss, mum? What doesn’t harm anyone else (or one’s self, best case) shouldn’t really need to be forbidden, should it?

The biggest problem with your generation?
I’ve just recently thought about that. I think our biggest problem is at the same time – that’s how I feel – a blessing: We grew up in a mostly analogue world, which I am thankful for, but are still “young” enough to not only understand the internet but to be part of helping to designing it. A kind of “generation in-between”.  Still being to able to think in more than 140 characters and having a longer span of attention than from one Pokémon-hotspot to the next is, in my view, definitely a strength.

The most exciting personality you’ve ever met?
The most exciting have often been those hardly anyone knows, not celebrities in the general sense. A few favourites: Diane von Fürstenberg, Marianne Williamson and Lisa Kristine (both for Enough), Florian Langenscheidt (for L’Officiel Hommes) and Candace Bushnell (for Flair).

Twitter, Youtube channels, social networks; why do we even need classical publications in the future?
I would have to ask: Why is there so much nonsense on those channels – apart from many exceptions, of course – and such a homoeopathic dose of the afore mentioned contents that are world-changing? The separation of classical and modern media – well, what exactly is modern anyway? – has really been redundant for the past five to ten years. I like stories that move, shake up, entrain, speak softly, have an important message, tell me about the life of a fellow human being that I would otherwise know nothing about. How that gets to me doesn’t really matter, especially in the year 2016.

Can words change the world?
Absolutely, otherwise we wouldn’t have given our magazine Enough the subtitle “Reading is change”. Because without words that make us think, rebut prejudices and broaden bottlenecks in our own horizons, that seize us emotionally, stir us and knock us over, no mind would ever move. And it’s the mind that controls the even more important actions. It all starts on a page. Even if it’s a page on a Kindle.

Which celebrity (dead or alive) would you like to interview? Anyone who knows me knows: Cher. For more reasons than „Believe“. And maybe Jane Goodall, who could tell me if we are really the “better” primates. And finally Stephen King, who would have to take me into his eerie-genius mind with him.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
If I’m expecting you, probably Vietnamese summer rolls and a sweet potato curry. If you drop in unannounced, I would improvise with whatever’s in the fridge.

What are you afraid of?
I am afraid of fear itself, but try not to …

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
That’s easy in our profession. I can remember visiting a “hot iron” course for an article. That was in the mid-nineties. I almost collapsed under the heavy weight. Another first was our sabbatical in 2014, where we spent 6 months travelling 23,000 kilometres through the USA. With a tent in our luggage as well as enough memory cards for 14,000 photographs. Which are still waiting to be sorted :/

What should no one know about you?
You’d expect me to say: I won’t tell because then it wouldn’t be secret anymore. But I have to say that I am less willing to censor myself and my life with each year that passes.
I am what I am. Take it or leave it. Namasté.

Which question should we have asked?
Have I mentioned our fabulous and passionately produced magazine Enough? Yes? Okay. But have you visited www.enough-magazin.de or your favourite app store? See, good that I mentioned it. Honestly, and everyone goes on about the millennials’ short span of attention. Let’s go!

Last words:
Just three: Love and light.

Photo: Oliver Nimz Visuals

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 21. September 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Tim Renner

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The 2 Minute Interview

There are politicians that have as much in common with their portfolio as well as, let’s say Bratwurst with the colour blue. In Berlin, that’s different – at least where culture is concerned. Because that’s a top priority and therefore a matter for the governing mayor. But because he, in the best case, is busy governing, there needs to be someone competent to take care of Berlins most important advantage of proximity. As a music producer, Tim Renner discovered and supported bands such as Tocotronic, Sportfreunde Stiller or Rammstein, was managing director of Universal Music in Germany, held a chair at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, founded and created the legendary and game-changing Motor Entertainment and, since April 2014, is Berlin’s Secretary of State for Cultural Affairs. Phew, just quickly need to catch our breath. Conclusion: the right man in the right post. Whether that will stay that way is up to the eligible Berliners voting on Sunday. Speaking of which, we took the chance to ask how one wins elections these days. And, of course, about saving the planet, basic income and the famous lonely island. Conclusion of the conclusion: Go and vote!

Name: Tim Renner
Age: 51
Home: Berlin
Profession: Miscellaneous
Shoe size: 42,5
Favourite venue: Maxim Gorki Theater, Schaubühne Berlin
Contact: via the Bureau

Do we have to have to address a Secretary of State formally?
Definitely (laugh)!

What would you like to be better at?
I’d like to be a little more patient – that would help in politics…

Can art save the world?
Who or what else could?

How does one win elections in 2016?
In the social media. Unfortunately, right wing parties have understood that best.

The biggest problem of your generation is:
We’re not growing up. And at the same time, it’s our biggest asset.

Why is digital better?
Because Tocotronic already realised that in 1995.

What are you proud of?
My children.

Please complete: Culture is to Berlin…
… What pizza and pasta are to Italy.

The famous lonely island, an iPod, three songs. Which ones?
Love will tear us apart, Love will tear us apart, Love will tear us apart.

You meet your 18-year old self. Which advice do you give yourself?
Study longer to have more free time. When I was 18, there were no standard periods of study…

With which celebrity (dead or alive) would you like to go out for a cup of coffee with?
Herbert von Karajan.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Whatever is in the fridge. I am both loved and feared for my creative cuisine.

What would you change if you had the power to?
I would dare to introduce basic income.

What should no one know about you?
Exactly how strictly I follow traffic regulations when I’m on my bike.

What question should we have asked?
How one manages to look good in old age (giggle).

Last words: Amen.

Foto: Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheit

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 14. September 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Franziska Schulze

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The 2 Minute Interview

Franziska Schulze is author, life coach, inspirational speaker and co-founder of Fucky Lucky Go Happy, one of the best blogs for yoga and spiritual lifestyle ever. Since August 15th, so since just now, she doing her own, new thing. At www.franziska.love , she offers a blend of inspiration and life coaching we haven’t seen in Germany before. Franziska doesn’t exemplify through her own life and serve as an Instagram-polished incarnation of the end-all and be-all. Franziska is on a journey and shares it with us in the YouTube videos she films herself. Which is just so honestly inspiring that we enjoy joining her and recognising ourselves in parts. But before we get there, let’s ask her about how it felt taking her career from PR-woman to yoga-blogger to life coach and YouTube novice. So let’s get down to the nitty-shitty – sorry, gritty!

Name: Franziska Schulze
Age: 33
Home: Berlin Mitte
Profession: Life coach, author, inspirational speaker, YouTube-novice
Shoe size: 40
Favourite place: Berlin, Bali, Los Angeles
Contact: hi@franziska.love

 

 

What is the first thing you in the mornings after getting up?
What I do before getting up is actually much more interesting. I always listen to my thought-machine as it slowly gets going and to what is starts producing. That way, I can immediately read how I’m feeling.

What should everyone have done once in their life?
Make a wrong decision in order to realise that there is no right and wrong.

Is there anything that you regret?
I have been wide of the mark many times in my life, tried things that didn’t feel good, hurt people, judged them and wronged them and then went on to learn what responsibility, forgiveness, love and the good life feel like. That’s why I can’t really regret anything.

What inspires you?
People and music. I met a pretty hot guy at a party recently who just slapped out such a profound piece of wisdom that I am now writing an article about it. It’s about how we have to feel really miserable before we change something. Music inspires me in a similar way. I’m currently playing the album „Muttersprache“ by Sarah Connor up and down, even if it might be uncool. Just because there is so much life and wisdom in the lyrics.

What are you no good at?
Technology and design! My new website was made by wonderful men who have no idea what I do, but put it all together with their pretty fonts, programming tricks and design. That’s what I call a fair division of work!
 
Where is humanity going? Are we on a good way?
We always are, because evolution has no opinion. Good and bad are just something we humans need because we need to feel friction. And from this friction comes progress.

Dog or cat?
Panther. Who is a dog – my dog.

Why is hate good?
Only those who can hate, can love. Imagine trying to find out how love feels if you couldn’t feel any other feelings. I think the universe was doing us a favour when it created polarity.

The wisest advice you can give?
Sit in the shit! Shit is there to turn it into gold.

With which celebrity (dead or alive) would you like to practise yoga?
Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine. I adore that woman. I bet her yoga outfit would be out of this world.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
I would invite you for coffee and cake. Home-made, of course.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid of anything?
Good question! I have come to the conclusion that I am grateful for my fear, because otherwise, I wouldn’t have the time to enjoy what I have just dared to do with franziska.love.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
On the day franziska.love went live, I didn’t work and just chilled in the sun. It was the first time I started a new job with a day off.

Which question should we have asked?
You should have asked me about the meaning of life. But maybe I’ll have the chance to answer that later.

Last words:
Life.

Photo: Nancy Becher

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 31. August 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Herbert Hofmann

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The 2 Minute Interview

Herbert Hofmann is originally from Landeck in Tyrol and studied Geography in Innsbruck and Stockholm. Which wouldn’t be particularly spectacular if Herbert wasn’t significantly responsible for one of the most style-forming Berlin fashion stores ever as Creative Director. The Voo Store in the court of the Oranienstraße really needs no further introduction – no other store is as representative for the modern, lifestylish, naturally casual and pretty confident Berlin as the fashion and lifestyle store in the rooms of a former locksmith’s shop. Who is the actual star: shop or products? If you ask Herbert, the latter is the case, of course. Carefully and with unerring intuition he chooses each piece personally and visits the fairs and stores of the world. Let’s talk rubber animals, Herbert!

Name: Herbert Hofmann
Age: 32
Home: Berlin
Profession: Purchaser / Creative Director
Shoe size: US10
Favourite designer: Raf Simons
Contact: @halloherbert

Why is fashion so important?
Fashion is a great means of expression and is fun, but I have never used the word ‚important‘ referring to it. Naked people are fabulous, too.

What do you find typical for Berlin?
Straightforwardness and tolerance.

Which fashion trend should never come back?
Skinny Jeans.

What does your home look like?
Like a Jungle.

Your biggest fashion sin?
I regret nothing! (I hope there aren’t any pictures of potential bloopers)

What are you proud of?
My friends and family.

What is good style?
Individuality. Just trying to buy and wear styles that you like and then combine them wildly – in the end, everything will fit together.

The hero of your youth?
Rudi Carrell

How would your parents describe you?
Independent.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Vegetable-soy-lasagne.

Which celebrity would you like to do a make-over for?
To each his own… Changes are good if you want them yourself.

What are you afraid of? Stupidity.

What should no one know about you?
Which music I listen to during sports.

Which question should we have asked?
Beyoncé or Rihanna?

Last words:
Friendliness.

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 24. August 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Haferkater

The 2 Minute Interview

Introducing: The tremendous trio of breakfast culture aka Levin, Anna und Leandro from the legendary, sticky and warm Haferkater in Berlin. After the three of them brought the Brits favourite breakfast dish (besides bacon, beans and scrambled eggs) porridge to Germany, to the Boxhagener Straße in Berlin to be precise, they were showered in praise and prizes – and rightly so. As the winner of the XYZ Award of the Deutsche Bahn, they’re even running a pop-up store in the middle of Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Can it get any better? That’s what we wanted to ask. But we then somehow drifted off to mountain hiking, ant-phobia and cucumber water.  How did that happen? Read for yourselves. P.S. Levin and his girlfriend are currently looking for a 2-room flat, so if you have any clues: levin-siert{at}gmx.de ;)

Name: Levin Siert / Anna Schubert / Leandro Burguete
Age: 28 / 25 / 26
Home: Berlin / Friedrichshain / Friedrichshain
Profession: Porridge Magician / Haferkater-founder / entrepreneur
Shoe size: 44 / 38,7 / depends on the country
Favourite topping: Holy Granola and frozen blackberries / strawberries / walnuts
Contact: levin-siert{at}gmx.de / haferkater@gmail.com / haferkater@gmail.com

Hangover: what really helps?
Levin: Porridge with a lacing of rum
Anna: Don’t drink alcohol. And if it’s too late, better try the Knusperkater: porridge with almonds, cashews, cedar nuts, crunchy bits and maple syrup.
Leandro: Sleep.

The best characteristics of your co-founders?
Levin: Never losing their sense of humour. Looking forward even when everything is going well already.
Anna: They’re boys.
Leandro: We complement each other well.

A day without breakfast is…
Levin: …a day without joy.
Anna: … probably one I’ve had to start before 6 a.m., which is pretty rubbish on principle.
Leandro: …unthinkable.

What would you work as if you hadn’t become a gastronomic entrepreneur?
Levin: As a musician or taxi driver. Probably both ;)
Anna: As a volcanologist, literary translator or long-term student.
Leandro: As a barista.

What do you do on a day off?
Levin: I work mentally and pretend it’s free time :)
Anna: What is that?
Leandro: Read the paper.

Your greatest (professional) success so far?
Levin: The Haferkater-Popup-Store in Berlin Central Station and convincing our parents that we’re not going to be broke tomorrow.
Anna: I can play three-and-a-half pieces of music on the piano.
Leandro: My two-year-old son.

What should no one postpone until tomorrow?
Levin: Wishing your parents a Happy Birthday…
Anna: Booking a holiday, enjoying the sun.
Leandro: Doing the dishes.

Which moment of your life would you like to relive once more exactly as it was?
Levin: An unplanned hike from Roses to Cadaqués in a thunderstorm. Without drinking water or a bus schedule for the drive back.
Anna: The moment of reaching the summit after three days of hiking in the Vosges.
Leandro: My first porridge at Haferkater.

The best advice you’ve ever received?
Levin: If you want to build a street, lay one stone after the other. And: If money doesn’t make you happy, you’re spending it on the wrong things :)
Anna: Love it, leave it or change it.
Leandro: Drink lots of water.

Dog or cat?
Levin: A big, greedy, sweet Golden Retriever.
Anna: Cat.
Leandro: Cat.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Levin: Definitely pumpkin-salmon-lasagne. If it’s a spontaneous visit: frozen pizza.
Anna: Sushi. And I would order it, because it just tastes better.
Leandro: A pumpkin-lentil hotpot with coriander.

What are you afraid of?
Levin: Ants. Especially the really tiny ones. And a day without coffee.
Anna: The sound mosquitos make when they’re about to attack.
Leandro: My tax counsellor.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
Levin: The Berghain without alcohol. It was pretty boring…
Anna: I went to Dunkin Donuts for the first time yesterday.
Leandro: Cucumber water at Cookies Cream.

What should no one know about you?
Levin: That I bred snails and frogs in my childhood.
Anna: That I always try to get out of interviews ;)
Leandro: That I really love sleeping.

Which question should we have asked you?
Levin: „What are you doing while you’re answering these questions?“
Anna: From which platform at the central station does the S5 leave? And the S7? And the train to Warsaw? And where can I buy flowers?
Leandro: In which city the next Haferkater will be.

Last words:
Levin: My favourite word: Pumpernickel
Anna: Doesn’t the legal notice have the last word?
Leandro: I leave those to Anna.

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 17. August 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Eyecandy

The 2 Minute Interview

Eyecandy makes eye candy. And this is how that works: Eyecandy are the crazy-creative photographers Fanny and Juliette from Berlin. Together, they create beautiful, colourful and tasteful things for the eye – eye candy, you see? So, you should have caught on to the name by now. Interviewing these two free spirits was quite a challenge, with them sometimes answering questions each on their own, sometimes in unison and sometimes one for the other. So much positive creative energy has to be let out into the world. In colour, ideally, as bright as possible. Or to put it in their words: eat, sleep, shoot, repeat.

Name: Fanny Böhme & Juliette Mainx
Age: 30/23
Home: Berlin
Profession: Photographer
Shoe size: 40/38
Favourite colour: all of them
Contact:hi@eyecndy.com

Colour or black and white?
Juliette: No doubt. Colour.
Fanny: Definitely colour

Why?
Juliette: The sum of all colours is black. So we have them all.
Fanny: Because we always stay true to our principles and strongly define our work over the colour. We want to stay nice and loud ;)

What does the inside of your head look like?
Fanny: Maybe one can picture it like a Technicolor wonderland made of paper art, flying objects, colourful liquids, broken rays of light and lots of fluffy, cuddly materials. At the same time, there’s an empty white room you get sent to sometimes.
Juliette: There’s a lot of chaos in my head. All the more reason to be glad that our visual language is so clear and minimalistic. So the pile of ideas and thoughts is turned into a very structured and neat picture.

What do you love about your job?
Fanny: The flexibility, the variety, the craft and the creating, that we have each other, the unlimited possibilities, our office.
Juliette: We do work a lot. There’s always something going on, we travel a lot and as soon as one project is finished, we’re already into the next one. But what Fanny said is absolutely right and I do get the feeling work and leisure are very close together.

What makes a good picture?
Fanny: My professor used to say: “Foreground makes a healthy picture”. Which is right, of course. It just doesn’t apply to our pictures. Our work is less emotional and more striking and graphical. “Symmetry is aesthetics for simple minds” might be more fitting then. A “good” picture can be defined by many parameters – a harmonious composition, a clear line, social criticism, sarcasm, complementary contrasts, having caught just the right moment, the authenticity, the surrealism. Whatever it is, the idea behind or the emotion in the picture have to captivate you in some way.
Juliette: Lame but true: the perspective.

The best photo of all times:
Fanny: Sandy Skoglund „Revenge of the Goldfish“ 1981 – an unbelievably artistic installation. Surreal, dreamy and at the same time slightly disturbing.
( http://goo.gl/uwRcce )
Juliette: I need to rewind another 20 years. From the 60’s: Jayne Mansfield in the heart-shaped bathtub. By Allan Grant. There is a whole series of her in her Mansfield Mansion. What really fascinates me is that it wasn’t staged, she really lived like that.
( http://goo.gl/cGhKBc )

What are you absolutely no good at?
Juliette: We’re both bad at arguing. At least with each other.
Fanny: A double somersault that ends in a handstand.

How do take a picture of someone who’s muxmäuschenwild?
Fanny: By letting him be himself and waiting for the right moment. If you find an emotional level, you can portray anyone authentically.
Juliette: The best place would be in our small, cosy studio. Somehow, everyone ends up feeling comfortable in front of our camera. Often with a bit of humour.

What can’t you get enough of?
Fanny: Good ideas, the sun and Juliette
Juliette: Pizza, pasta, ice cream. Haha.

What’s next?
Fanny: An #eyecandytrip and a grand exhibition with lots of bubbly.
Juliette: Exactly, we’re exhibiting our series “Don’t need it”, in which we photographed various Berlin characters together with objects they no longer need. We mainly portrayed musicians, Berlin greats, bloggers, artists and interesting characters. The objects are going to be donated to a good cause.

Which celebrity would you like to portrait?
Fanny: There are just too many. It goes all the way from Lily Cole to Jan Böhmermann.
Juliette: I’ve been asked that question a lot and there must be thousands of celebrities I’d like to photograph, but nobody in particular really. I’m less focussed on people and more on brands. I’ve always wanted to do a shoot for Swatch. And we actually did that this summer. I’m incredibly pleased every time I see the pictures.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
We’d probably invite you to our second home, the “Schnitzelbrothel”: The Mutzenbacher. An Austrian restaurant in our neighbourhood Friedrichshain.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
Fanny: A zucchini two weeks ago ;)
Juliette: I’ve been pursuing the motto ‚get out of the comfort zone‘ for a few weeks now. Just having a look at everything and trying to take a more relaxed view on things.

Last words:
Prost!

Photo: @eyecandyberlin

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 10. August 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Sway Clarke

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The 2 Minute Interview

Sway Clarke has Cuban-Jamaican roots, actually comes from Toronto but lives in Berlin. Which is good. Because that way, we get to enjoy his fabulous voice, which the press places somewhere between Lorde and Frank Ocean, much more often. How is that possible? For the New York Times, at least, he is the „next big thing“ – even though his first official EP ‚Bad Love‘ just came out. Well, we wanted to find out more and invited him over for some cross-examination. Which lead to a discussion of all kinds of topics, from colour-blindness to diarrhoea and toilets as a place to write. But whether Sway Clarke is actually his real name – we forgot to ask. Sounds like swag, definitely has swag. Cool dude! PS: yes, that really is his actual phone number further down. Give him a call!

Name: Sway Clarke
Age: 29
Home: Berlin
Profession: Musician / Trump-hater
Shoe size: 9.5 (US)
Favourite food: Ackee & saltfish
Contact: +491727350807
Toronto or Berlin?
Pretty hard to decide – but if I really had to choose it would be “The 6”! Sorry Berlin.

Do you have musical role-models?
Unfortunately, I don’t and I regret that a little. Sometimes, it takes much, much too long to find accords to my melody :(

Up late or up early?
Both…“I Don’t SLEEP Much“

How do you write music?
Mostly, I write on the toilet or in the bathroom. To me, the smallest room of the house is the most hallowed place on earth.

The famous island, one iPod, three songs. Which ones?
Stevie Wonder “As”
Radiohead “Climbing Up The Walls”
Kanye “Flashing Lights“

What is typical for you?
Muesli. I make my own muesli at home and eat it almost every day. On tour, too. Always.

What are you absolutely no good at?
Eating eggs and smoking pot. Totally useless.

Your favourite German word?
Flitzekacke (which is colloquial for diarrhoea). It was the first word I learnt at the Goethe Institute. It’s fun to pronounce.

Which event in your life has left the most lasting impression so far?
When my father left my family, that was a very dramatic moment of my life.

Which superpower would you like to have?
To read other peoples’ minds. But only, if I also have the power to turn it off again, too :)

Which artist would you really like to work with?
Stevie Wonder

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Maybe Indian. I really love it and have lots of different curries at home. Or, if we’re having breakfast: muesli, of course!

What are you afraid of?
Eggs and pot.

When was the last time you tried something new for the first time and what was it?
Hand out my mobile number in an interview. When? Well technically, the moment you guys publish this interview! :)

What should no one know about you?
That I bite my nails.

Last words:
Disney Ruined My Life!

Photo: Steven Glashier

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 03. August 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Susanna Kim

The 2 Minute Interview

PR and communications ace in the Bechstein Network by day, DJ par excellence by night. Susanna Kim, better known as DJ IAMKIMKONG, pretty much taught herself how to DJ. Since 2013, not only her friends are big fans of the Korean but the rest of the world is also hooked on her mix of Hip Hop and chart music. Always equipped with a banana as a perfect snack – “The ingenious jungle-sausage traditionally comes in its own soft pack” – she had already been working on the perfect iTunes playlist for quite some time when the designer Hien Le discovered her. Gigs in the fashion industry followed. We have already been dancing to her fabulous music at fashion shows and events in Berlin concept stores, her regular gigs at the Prince Charles and recently at the MELT! Festival. Finally, the superwoman from the Ruhr will let us in on secrets like how to liven up lame audiences and what helps to clear the dance floor when the party’s over. If you want to hear her live again soon, head for the MS Dockville! So now, let’s „shut up and dance!“

Name: Susanna Kim
Age: 36
Home: Berlin
Profession: Communications / PR & DJ
Shoe size: 37
Favourite record: Difficult question. But one of my first favourite albums was Erykah Badu’s Baduizm.
Contact: iamkimkong.com | Facebook | Instagram

Which song always works?
With the crowd? Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G.

Where du you personally go to party?
Ummm, to the Prince Charles.

Nobody’s dancing – what do you do?
First a drink, then Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G.

At which legendary party would you have liked to have been in charge of the music?
At my own wedding. ;)

Agency during the day and DJ-ing at night. When do you sleep?
Usually between night and day. And power naps help!

Please complete: I said a Hip Hop…
…the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop and you don’t stop the rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie the beat.

The three ultimate last dances?
The only thing that really helps is no more music. But before that happens, I like to play Purple Rain by Prince.

What do you sing under the shower?
I have actually never done that. I more of a car-driving-singer – but only when I’m alone, it’s better that way!

What would you like to be better at?
Oh, a lot of things. But mainly Korean.

Your greatest success so far?
Well, superlatives are a bit difficult, but playing at the Melt! Festival last Saturday with the Prince Charles Crew was definitely a total blast.

What’s next?
Surprise me! :D But I have been wanting to make more mixes for ages –  that’s definitely planned for August!

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Something Korean.

What are you afraid of?
The depth of the ocean makes me feel uneasy. The notion of floating across the open sea for days is creepy to me, but on the other hand I find the deep sea extremely fascinating.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
When I’m DJ-ing I’m always trying new things. Sometimes it works really well and sometimes I really botch it up and possibly end up playing Hypnotize… :D

What should no one know about you?
That I’m so bad at geography.

Which question should we have asked?
Why nougat makes me angry.

Last words: I like to leave those to others.

Photo: Eyecandy

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 27. Juli 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Paul Kupfer

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The 2 Minute Interview

Paul Kupfer is founder and managing director of soulbottles – a front line trooper of sexy sustainability, bottle maker and water drinker. The last-a-lifetime soulbottles not only look great, they have also spread incredibly fast in the past three years. And that’s really good, because mother nature, you and Viva con Agua profit from it – the latter with a support of 1 Euro per bottle sold. We can tell that Paul and his companions are planning a new coup because they have just started a new crowdfunding campaign, which we definitely do not want to mention here in any way. Nor should it play a role in the course of the interview either, as we came together to discuss pear-bean-bacon-menus and the hobbies of pensioners in the year 2070. So in this spirit: let it flow and may the bottle be with you.

Name: Paul Kupfer
Age: 27
Home: Berlin
Profession: officially managing director of soulbottles, but I like to say “world saviour”
Shoe size: 43
Favourite drink: water – surprise, surprise.
Contact: paul@soulbottles.com

 

You have the power to change the world over night. Where do you start?
That question is way too vague. How much can I change? Everything? And why over night? Well I would say I start with a good dinner and have a good think about it. Then I would probably start with the basic needs of all inhabitants of the earth and try to change the structures to steer us away from capitalism and towards more love. That’s a little vague, but so was the question…

You meet your 18-year-old self. Which piece of advice do you give yourself?
At 18, I was totally convinced that I need to finish university as quickly as possible. Now, I have a different view on that. I don’t know if I would tell myself that though. As most of the time, you can only see where your decisions have led you in hindsight. It was only because I had so much time next to studying that I could even found soulbottles with Georg. And I would tell myself not to pay so much attention to what others think of me. I got into music, travel and languages so late because I was always afraid of doing something wrong. I would try to put an end to that fear.

What can’t you get enough of?
The honest answer would probably be Game of Thrones. But for advertising purposes, I’m going to go with “The supporters of our crowdfunding campaign”.

Which moment changed everything?
An internship in London years ago. The company was so chaotic and out of it that it went click in my head and I thought: “If they work like this and still succeed, then I can do it with my own company, too.”

What are you proud of?
Of my Instagram account. No seriously: of soulbottles, of course. And that I’m doing something that I can stand by 100 % and work with people that I find exciting, inspiring and cool.

Who or what truly impressed you recently?
We have a new employee and during the job interview, he told me he took a year off to really learn Kung-Fu. His inner strength and peace really impress me big time.

Your most valued possession?
Well, the most valuable is probably my computer. But most valuable personally would be my bike.

The most important invention of mankind?
It’s still not finished yet, but it’s this thing that can fix all the destruction on the planet and take us to other planets, I just can’t think of the name right now…

Please complete: In the year 2070…
I’ll be 82, still in great shape, maybe married for the third time and busy tinkering with my electronic old-timer spaceship… THE hobby for pensioners in the 2070s.

Why is the soulbottle called soulbottle?
soulbottles have soul, that’s easy. We wanted to create something that has soul. Soulbottles are designed and produced with soul and dedication. And a soulbottle, contrary to a disposable plastic bottle, stays with you for a lifetime. A real soul mate.

Which famous celebrity would like to go out and have a glass of water with?
Oh, there are so many. But the Dalai Lama and Jack White are pretty high up on that list.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Pears, beans and bacon. That’s pretty much the only thing I learnt from my northern family… There’s a vegetarian option, too.

What are you afraid of?
That our crowdfunding campaign won’t get enough attention during this interview. ;)

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
I constantly have the impression of trying something new. Vipassana meditation left the most lasting impression recently. 10 days of silence and 8-10 hours of meditation per day. I never meditated before, so it was totally new for me. I was so impressed how much the senses are sharpened and how much I can make my mind concentrate.

What should no one know about you?
I’m a really big Tegan & Sara Fan. So much so that it’s actually a bit embarrassing.

Which question should we have asked?
Paul, how come you are starting a new crowdfunding campaign again after only three years, what amazing thing are you planning this time?

Last words:
Ciao.

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 20. Juli 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare