Kerstin Michels

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Kerstin Michels

The 2 Minute Interview

Kerstin Michels has THE best job. For her employer Event Inc. she cycles through Berlin, Germany and the world to find the most wonderful locations, the best caterers and the most amazing agencies. Well, maybe it’s exhausting at times, but she gets to see a lot and meets tons of funny, bizarre, friendly and crazy people – us, for example. Kerstin says about herself that she is in a good mood ninety-nine per cent of the time, is good at refurbishing old furniture, and says „huh?“ all too often, at least when friends don’t stop talking about all their needs and worries but forget that she is deaf on one ear. Van Gogh feature! That´s probably why she missed the “Keep off the grass”-sign last time. Wait, that doesn´t make any sense! She really has got our heads spinning…

 

Name: Kerstin Michels
Age: 26
Location: Berlin
Occupation: Location Scout for Event Inc
Shoe size: 39
Favourite place: Marmolada on a sunny day
Kontakt: kerstin@eventinc.de

 

How did you celebrate your last birthday? Enjoying time with my favourite people. Unspectacular, but fantastic!

 

Berlin is…. Always exciting and always different. And sometimes it’s just a small village.

 

How do you spend a perfect Sunday? Either sleep-in and have breakfast in bed OR: get on my bike at 6.30 in the morning and cycle all the way from Friedrichshain to Grunewald and back again – while the city is still sleeping. And then have brunch. Either way, have a good breakfast!

 

Rules for a good party: A great location – what else am I to say!? But no matter how unusual the location might be – in the end it’s the people you spend the evening with that count the most.

 

What do you spend too much money on? Food, good drinks and old furniture. But that’s ok.

 

What quality do you value most in people? Honesty and the ability to accept criticism.

 

What is the current wallpaper on your phone? A picture of „The Rose Table of Perfect“ by James Lee Byars, taken during my last visit to the MoMA PS1 with Anne.

 

iOS or Android? iOS – I just can’t cope with Android. I have the Apple virus.

 

What is your greatest weakness? Chocolate and ice cream. Preferably both.

 

What is your contribution to help improve the world? Concerning co2: I always try to use my bike to get everywhere. Apart from that‚ I try to be considerate – it’s the small things that make a difference.

 

How does the “Keep off the grass” sign get on the grass? Ups, I’ve never noticed.

 

If we came to visit you, what would you cook for us? I wouldn’t cook anything at all. But my boyfriend would make sushi and homemade matcha ice cream.

 

What are you afraid of? I usually don’t find out till I’m afraid… and that frightens me!

 

When did you last try something new and what was it? Sneak Preview at the movies last Monday. Whiplash was showing – I probably would never have watched it otherwise. But I was completely hooked! I wonder whether I’ll be as lucky again next time.

 

What should no one know about you? Oh, there are lots of things no one should know. But of course I can´t tell you.

 

Which question should we have asked? Definitely not: What is your favourite thingamajig…

 

Last words: Should sometimes be left to others.

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 04. März 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Felix Ermer & Viktor Dik

Felix Ermer & Viktor Dik

The 2 Minute Interview

Felix and Viktor are two thirds of the BROOKLYN SOAP CO. Together with Jonas, third man on board, they founded the currently freshest label around for natural men care after their extended stay in Brooklyn – hence the name. Once back in good old Germany, there were absolutely no cool and eco-friendly cosmetic products “for him”, so the boys just decided to roll up their sleeves and get their own hands dirty clean. Felix and Viktor are darn cool dudes ­– each of them modest, clever and really good company, but together they´re simply unbeatable. We’re already looking forward to seeing them again at our press event tomorrow at the Vater & Sohn store. We don´t really know what all of this has to do with Spiderman, the Rudi-Völler-Memorial-Hairdo or jam on toast. All we know is, that we are all very glad the idea for a self-rotating spaghetti-fork didn’t work out so well. That just would have been so much more impractical for hair care.

 

Name: Felix Ermer / Viktor Dik
Age: 25/ 26
Location: Hamburg
Occupation: Founders of Brooklyn Soap
Shoe size: F: 44, V: 42 1/3 in Air Jordans, 42 2/3 in Reebok Classics
Favourite hairstyle: F: Rudi Völler’s haircut at World Cup 1990 plus the muzzy. This look was ground breaking.
V: Business in the front, party at the back.
Contact: fe@bklynsoap.com / vd@bklynsoap.com

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What do you do first thing in the morning?
F: Have a shower.
V: Scroll. From emails to Spiegel Online to instagram to twitter.

 

Ever been to Brooklyn?
F: Sure, of course. Brooklyn is an unbelievably inspiring borough and the birthplace of creative entrepreneurship. Viktor and I began writing our concept for Brooklyn Soap there.
V: Yes! Six months on a bed-sofa and high life in Bushwick.

 

The most important piece of advice you’ve ever got?
F: Be ambitious but stay humble.
V: Not addressed to me personally, but from Michael Dell: If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.

 

What do you prefer: clean-shaven or full-bearded?
F: Either way, keep it neat.
V: A well-groomed beard always works.

 

Who do you think is the most handsome man in the world?
F: I don’t like the word handsome. But there are a lot of good-looking guys: James Dean, Sean Connery aka James Bond, Lothar Mathaeus.
V: …probably Robert Redford – the only man that can pull off the “Great Gatsby” in a pink suit.

 

What brilliant idea would you like to have had?
F: Craigslist.
V: At the age off ten I had an idea for a self-rotating spaghetti-fork. Two weeks ago I actually saw that exact fork in a shop window just around the corner…Shoulda coulda woulda.

 

What´s the one thing you can do better then anyone else?
F: Improvise.
V: I´m really good at reverse parking and looking extremely cool at the same time. Working part time for a rental car company for two years finally paid off!!

 

What are you afraid of?
F: Having no way out.
V: Heights.

 

What’s next?
F: There are so many things coming our way at the moment, I can hardly name them all. There is development in all directions.
V: What is there to come after a self-rotating fork?!

 

Close your eyes and think of something nice. What comes to mind?
F: The evenings at Tipsy Parson, my favourite restaurant in NY.
V: The North Sea and tideland.Which language would you like to speak perfectly?
F: Spanish
V. According to my Xing profile I can speak Spanish and French at an intermediate level. Maybe I should start there?

 

Why can only women save the planet from doom?
F: Is that so? I have no idea.
V: No man on earth could ever look better in a Catwoman suit than Halle Berry.

 

If we came to visit you, what would you cook for us?
F: Pasta. And then I’d serve Zott Monte’s pudding for dessert.
V: Either apricot-filled Portobello mushrooms served on Camargue rice with peanut chutney and avocado truffles or – more likely – jam on toast.

 

When did you last try something new and what was it?
F: Just recently I sat through 6 hours of “The Nibelungen” at Thalia.
V: Netflix. Big mistake!

 

What should no one know about you?
F: I am Spiderman.
V: I’ve never let someone other than my mother cut my hair.

 

Which question should we have asked?
F: What’s your favourite colour?
V: What’s the difference between a duck? (www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6qycL-lNHc)

 

The last words:
F: Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.
V: “And everything you get, ya gotta work hard for it”. – Notorious B.I.G.

Kevin Junk

Kevin Junk

Kevin Junk

The 2 Minute Interview

Kevin Junk runs the incredible blog wolfauftausendplateaus. He writes about pop and sub culture, queer social criticism, club-culture, fashion and art and reflects on Berlin and the aesthetics of everyday life. He is Head of Essays at Im Gegenteil, writes about love & sex again and again for queer.de and reviews e-books and books on cultural studies with gusto for Fixpoetry.com. And as if that all weren’t enough, he also organises readings, is co-editor of the Übergang Magazine and has just finished his first novel. But above all, Kevin is goodness in person. We first met him at the muxmäuschenwild Off The Record gathering for bloggers. Who knows, maybe we’ll get him to write for us, too? We’ll be paying him with gigantic pieces of yummy gluten-free cream cake!For everyone out there who desperately needs a good read: We’re giving away three of Kevin’s bound “Berliner Befindlichkeiten” plus a neatly packed goodie bag! Feeling lucky? Send an email with the subject “MOOD: ICKE” to hurra@muxmaeuschenwild.de.

 

Name: Kevin Junk
Age: 25
Location: Berlin
Occupation: freelance writer
Shoe size: 44
Favourite quote: Do something. (Susan Sontag)
Contact: kevin@wolfauftausendplateaus.de

 

Apparently wolves have re-established themselves in Germany. Ever seen one? I grew up near the Eifel; there was a wolf park there. Great Animals. And I have little wolf at home, too.

 

What do you think is the greatest problem of your generation? Lack of humility.

 

Your favourite curse word? Scheiße.

 

Describe yourself in one sentence, please. A wolf on the outside, a bear on the inside.

 

Have got any hidden talents? When I’m drunk I’m really good at writing poetry – but only when texting my best friend.

 

What do you spend too much money on? Records. I’m trying to find a good balance between 70s disco divas, 90s techno and current releases.

 

Which forbidden thing would you do if there were no consequences? Bans never prevented me from doing things in the past. But I would eat a piece of cream cake because I actually have a milk allergy.

 

Which book should everyone read? My Tender Matador by Pedro Lemebel. It’s a novel about an attack on Augusto Pinochet in the late 1980s. The characters are incredible: the dictator’s crazy wife, the radical left wing macho, an old pansy… a great book.

 

Tell us a joke! Ah, I can’t on command!

 

 

Which piece of art would you like to call your own? Apollo and Daphne by Bernini. An impressive sculpture. (I did manage to immortalize the face of Daphne on my skin in form of a tattoo, at least.)

 

Which personality (dead or alive) would you like to have coffee with? Klaus Mann, the son of Thomas Mann. He wrote some great novels.

 

If we came to visit you, what would you cook for us? Ceviche. My partner taught me how to make it. He is from Chile. Although Ceviche is traditionally a Peruvian dish.

 

What are you afraid of? Having to tell a joke on command.

 

What would you change if you had the power to do so? Abolish gainful employment and introduce a guaranteed basic income.

 

What were you recently moved by? The death of Pedro Lemebel.

 

What should no one know about you?

That I sometimes buy things at Tchibo.

 

Which question should we have asked? What book I read last.

 

The last words: “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom” – William Blake

Foto: Miguel Jara Yurazeck

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 18. Februar 2015 | Tags: , Keine Kommentare

Joe Newman (of Alt-J)

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Joe Newman (Alt-J)

The 2 Minute Interview

 Joe Jerome Newman is in a band called delta, ummm sorry, Alt-J (!). Cause this is where the band name originally comes from – the british shortcut for the greek letter. You know this cute little triangle…sorry again kind of loosing it. Even more interesting is that Joe spends his nights sleeping naked, has the perfect joke to tell and would love to crossdress at least once while having a coffee and singing ‚Stand by me‘ with his dead cat. You know what!? This is all yours!

 

Name: Joe Jerome Newman

Age: 28

Location: Leeds

Occupation: Musician

Favourite Place in Berlin: Anywhere with our dearest friend Michael Culme-Seymour.

Contact: altjband.com

 

What do you do first when you get up in the morning? Rub everything out of my eyes.

 

Who is the most inspiring person you know? Gus and Thom

 

What is your favourite song to sing under the shower? Stand By Me – Ben E. King

 

 

I could live off…? Marmite

 

What is your favorite German dish? Wiener Schnitzel (joaar… Anm.d.Red.)

 

Name a magic spot anywhere in the world? Chapel Porth beach – Cornwall, England

 

What is beauty for you? Two humans harmonising.

 

The hype about what person/product do you find unnecessary? James Franco as an actor I get – everything else I don’t.

 

Which clothes are a no go to wear on stage? Shorts and sandals and capes.

 

What do you wear at night? In bed? Nothing.

 

I am proud of: Our albums so far

 

What is your biggest weakness? Eating toast too late

 

Should one really always speak the truth? Never always but most of the time is always safer.

 

What is the biggest advantage of being an artist? satisfaction through expression.

 

With which person (dead or alive) would you love to drink a coffee? My first pet cat – yoyo – i would be drinking coffee he would be licking water.

 

Cats or dogs? Equality for all!

 

Can you tell us a joke? I went to a premature ejaculation conference – there was no dress code – so i came in my pants.

 

How does God look like? Christian traditions of depiction has led me to believe that God looks like us but with a better beard.

 

If we visit you at home, what would you cook for us? I would force my mum to cook a curry.

 

What would you change in the world if you’d had the power to? Trick the top 0.1% in thinking that more money can be made from renewable energy than from fossil fuels.

 

When was the last time that you were really overwhelmed? Just watched a film in my Hotel – Calvary – Brendan Gleeson always gets me.

 

When was the last time that you tried something completely new? I was forced to figure out how to eat a Lychee – failed but it tasted like a nice crunchy milk fruit.

 

Which Superhero power would you love to have? The power to barley remember peoples names or fly.

 

What would you do if you were anxiety-free? Cross-dress.

 

What should nobody know about you? No comment.

 

Which question did we forget to ask? How many fingers am I holding up?

 

Your last word:

Trousers

 

Foto: Gabriel Green

 

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 29. Oktober 2014 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare