Ran Dosis is a German/American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and musician. Born and raised in a multi-cultural and artistic family in Heidelberg/Germany, Ran Dosis discovered his passion for music at an early age. Taking piano, singing and percussion lessons in his childhood, he also over the years taught himself the guitar, bass, various synthesizers, talk box and music production. After years of creating demos, rehearsing and performing in Germany, Ran Dosis decided to move to New York City. He is currently working on his new album called Age Of Flamboyance.
S2S: Born and raised in Heidelberg a rather small and conservative city in Germany you decided to move to New York, a pulsating metropolis in the United States. Why New York City? Were there other cities you were attracted to?
Chance and coincidence brought the collective “Herz & Leber” – which translates to – Heart and Liver together. It was during one of the legendary “Wild Wedding” parties at Brunnen70, where they spontaneously created a dance party – striking their audience in awe. Based on this unique experience the two founders decided to create a series of parties that would hold a surprise for their audience with each event they put together. They are known for engaging every single crew member and to amaze with their performances. S2S met up with Benny aka Bensøn Tack to portray the development of his crew.
S2S: Herz & Leber- Heart & Liver? Who came up with the name for your crew and what does it mean to you?
Musician Mike Richards, a true Welsh original, set up home in Berlin after 20 years of touring the UK and Holland. Forming his band after 3 months of arriving with Rowan Smy – guitarist and producer of Tricone Studios, Mirko Schmitt – drummer, drum teacher and session drummer from Berlin and Aries Guinto, bass guitarist and sound engineer from the Philippines. The band recorded and released their debut CD Anything & Everything in 2012, a compilation of songs written by Mike over a number of years, then produced and arranged with the help of the rest of the band. S2S met up with Mike to find out what led him to settle in Berlin.
S2S: The Black Flag in London referred to your music as “laid back Blues Rock.” How would you personally describe your music and what development has it passed through?
The 2nd Berlin Music Video Awards were held on May 28th – May 31st at Platoon Kunsthalle in Berlin Mitte. S2S talked to Aviel Silook and Konstantin Dellos, founder and PR manager of the annual festival that puts filmmakers and the art of music videos in the spotlight.
S2S: What made you believe that Berlin needed a platform and annual event evolving around music videos? How did you develop your idea?
Aviel: I love music videos and it was a pity for me that this art form lost it’s glory…I didn’t know if Berlin needs it or not, I just did what I wanted to do, regardless of the market’s needs.
Maxim Vaga, a true Berlin original, creates a modern take on blues which allows your mind to dip deep into the history of ghostly shanties of barge haulers of the Volga river. This Friday June 20th 2014, Maxim Vaga will perform at the St. Georg in Kreuzberg. S2S met up with the musician who is inspired by great lyrical word jugglers like Poe, Kafka, Orson Welles and Knut Hamsun.
S2S: Why did you choose ‘vaga’ as your artist name?
Maxim Vaga: Well, there are several reasons. The most obvious reason of course is the connection to ‘vagabond’, but also the word ‘vague’ – which for me has a positive as well as a negative connotation, in the sense that indecisiveness can sometimes create a balance. After I wrote the song, ‘Hunger’, I read a book by John Fante, in which the main character was reading a novel called Hunger. I read this novel after. It fit surprisingly well to the song I had just written. I did some research about the author, Knut Hamsun, and found out that he was from a Norwegian area called Vaga. It was a chain of coincidences that made me keep the name.
Bisque Rage Vol.6 Berlin is an all-day Berserk video challenge on June 14th that plans to gather 150 berserk filmmakers from all around Europe to shoot and make some original, creative and experimental moving content in just 9 hours.
After a big success in Sweden, Korea, Switzerland, France and Denmark it was about time to take the sixth challenge to Berlin. Leo Marthaler is one of the organizers. Stephanie Tendler got the load-down.
S2S: If you could participate this Saturday what would the theme of your film be?
Leo Marthaler: BB (The Barefoot Basterds) – It would definitely involve explosions, Currywurst and machetes, and it would be a love story, I like that … A man meets a girl and explosions. Kind of like Lola Rennt.
On May 28th, the first global Menstrual Hygiene Day will ‘break the bloody taboo’ and open up the conversation about menstruation. With more than 130 international and local organizations on board, people are coming together to raise awareness about the fundamental role that menstrual hygiene management plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.
S2S spoke to Danielle Keiser from WASH United, the Berlin-based initiator and award-winning international social impact organization that uses the power of sports superstars, interactive games and positive communications to change attitudes and behaviors around sanitation and hygiene at scale.
S2S: How did the idea to have a Menstrual Hygiene Day come to life? How did your organization become aware of the problems related to menstrual hygiene?
S2S met the singer, poet, cabaret artist and Celtic harp playing musician who was a member of the cult group Who’s Rachel? which was based at Tacheles in Berlin from 1987-95. Recently, Ken recorded a new cd with the producer Sarah Brightman.
S2S: You have encountered Berlin before and after the wall came down. Are there unique experiences that stand out in your memory?
Ken Parsons: Massive question. In short: before the wall came down and in the early 90’s it was more edgy, punky and had a huge squat scene in Mitte and P-Berg. It was like San Franciso in 67. Endless festival. Magic. These days it has got the ‘place to be’ label stuck to it. True but ‘trendification’ can be as bad as gentrification.
S2S spoke to Clara Fohrbeck one of the founders of the project who developed the idea, due to the fact that she herself used to work behind the Bar of betahaus Berlin.
S2S: How did you come up with the idea for bartenders? Was there any special experience you had working behind the bar of betahaus?
With her unique look and “Berliner Schnauze,” fashion designer Esther Perbandt is anything but ordinary. Her androgynous silhouettes are blurred with deconstructed details, referencing classical menswear. S2S met up with the Berlin designer who was born and raised in Berlin and stays true to her individual style, no matter what the rest of the fashion world might say.
S2S: You state that you were already fascinated by fashion at an early age. When did you get to the point of actually transforming that passion into your personal career, your vision?
Esther Perbandt: I made up my mind at the age of 12. I grew up without TV. Instead there was a huge treasure chest with dress up clothes. So, already as a kid I was mesmerized by adopting different identities. Some even would say that it was boring to play Barbie with me, as I was more interested in undressing and redressing them, rather than constructing a proper plot.
On April 24th Fellini Gallery is opening the exhibition “Captured Nature.” The theme of the show focuses on each individual’s critical perspective arising from and reflecting on the experience of natural surroundings. William Blake observed: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” The works selected for this exhibition demonstrate the artist as active perceiver, entwined in a role played by the body as catalyst for perception. The reflections of self entail a totality not merely about that which is inside the skin, but an integrated total environment. “If we don’t experience ourselves in this way, we mistreat our environment. We treat it as an enemy. We try to beat it into submission, and if we do that comes disaster,” already warned Alan Watts. The visitors of the exhibition are invited to decide these questions for themselves.
S2S met up with Stefano Bosis who is one of the seven contemporary artists exhibiting his work within the exhibition “Captured Nature.”
On April 24th Notes from Underground will once again let the cellar walls of St.Georg shake. The setting with the old murals in the heart of Kreuzberg is an insider tip apart from the brilliant luster and hipsterchic. Follow the sounds rising from the underground that will lead you down into the former wine cellar.
Martin Goett one of Heidelberg’s most talented singer song writers will open the night, touching the hearts of his audience with his gravelly voice. Followed by the international brass-toting, Berlin based band Strangers by Day. Drawing on influences from 50’s and 60’s rock ‘n’ roll with raw vocals and incorporating smooth harmonies from the doo-wop and soul groups of the same era, Strangers by Day deliver original tunes with a gritty vintage vibe. Join them for a night that will end with the finest vinyl tunes from the newborn label finowzoo.
S2S was in Interview with Angela Cory and Uri Mohilever from the band Strangers by Day.
The SilverWings at the airport terminal Tempelhof is one of the oldest clubs in Berlin and has an unparalleled history. After World War II, the American Air Force used the airport as a military base (Berliner Luftbrücke). During the Cold War, Soul- and Country Musicians such as Johnny Cash played in the rooms of the “Club Silver Wings”, as it was then called, then serving cheeseburgers with French Fries. This way the American G.I.s brought their homely lifestyle to Berlin and had an impact on the scene and culture of the capital. This unique atmosphere today is host to numerous parties and events.
Different!!! Is the theme of this Easter Sunday at the former US Army Officer’s Club.
This weekend, from March 21st-22nd the former department store “Kaufhaus Jandorf” will open its doors to Fashion Circus BERLIN – a fashion and design festival with runway shows, exhibitions, a large designer market, as well as delicious food provided by Bite Club. In its third installment, Live Networking Fashion & Art (LNFA) and Montagsmarkt, a platform for young designers, creatives and collectors, collaborate on Fashion Circus BERLIN. S2S spoke to Valeria Klapproth of Montagsmarkt, one of the initiators of this year’s event to get some insights on Fashion Circus.
S2S: How did the idea for Fashion Circus Berlin come to life and how does this event compare to the atmosphere at a circus?
Valeria Klapproth: Katja Weber of “Montagsmarkt” (with Vania Kukleta) and I met some time ago in Berlin. Together, we made the decision to transfer the market concept which originated in Switzerland where I am from, to Berlin. Some weeks ago LNFA approached us, asking if we were interested in organizing a designer market with them.
Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication, which is inherently found in the elegant minimalist style of WOMAN.MADE – a collection of hand-made jewelry created from raw materials. S2S talked to Stephanie Johne, the creator of WOMAN.MADE who calls the world of fashion, music, art and interior design her experimental playground.
S2S: Three years ago, in 2011, WOMAN.MADE was born. What was your initial inspiration for your project?
Stephanie Johne, WOMAN.MADE: I was just about to finish my studies in art history at the time, writing my thesis about Jean-Michel Basquiat who greatly inspired me. I knew that this was the beginning of a new era for me, and at the same time, it was like a breakup with my previous life. Since Basquiat accompanied me for such a long time, I kind of felt like I was about to lose a good old friend. I wanted to keep his spirit and all the ideas that popped up while reading about him alive. That was the moment when I decided to found WOMAN.MADE – dedicated to Basquiat’s former T-shirt brand with the name man.made. However, he was not well-known for this – actually, I remember this aspect was only briefly mentioned in his biography – but the name stuck and the idea to create my own label was born.
New Yorkers are often envious of the spacious and relatively affordable apartments many people in Berlin can call their home. But not all of its inhabitants are fortunate enough to have a roof over their heads. Streets of Berlin is a video platform, which focuses on poverty and homelessness. The page was founded by Omid Mirnour, a 22 year old from Aachen who came to Berlin in April 2012 to study Media Management. Mirnour noticed very quickly that Berlin has a much higher density of homeless people than other cities. In fact, the prominence of people living on the street is so drastic that it seems to have a desensitizing effect on the rest of Berlin’s residents. Many Berliners easily overlook and ignore others in need. Mirnour wants to change that.
S2S: What is your personal motivation for Streets of Berlin?
Omid Mirnour: I started to ask myself with every encounter I had how this person was put into this situation? What has to happen so that you become homeless? Did every single person living in the street have to endure a stroke of fate? How do you live as a homeless person and what happens to you on an everyday basis? All these questions built the foundation for this project. So one day, I rented a camera and asked homeless people if they would be up to telling me something about their lives. The first stories that I heard startled and fascinated me so much that I wanted to hear more from the streets of Berlin. This is how the project slowly started coming to life.
The mission of S2S is to encourage the flow of creative energy and to bring people who are kindred spirits together for collaborations. With that in mind, The Trouble Notes, Hashart, and a bunch of other amazing folks will all come together for “Notes from Underground” at one of our favorite venues – St.Georg.
Follow the sound that will lead you to the depths of St.GEORG. Instead of stumbling into Ritter Butzke take the stairs that lead you down to a cellar with raw walls, graffiti art and an edgy vibe, which will be the setting for “Notes from Underground” this Friday.
Not for the sake of wanting to be different, but because it is boring when same and same alike mingle, we are inviting you to an unusual collaboration – a collection of the finest tunes presented by musicians that have come together from the streets of New York City and Berlin.
Are you looking for a cool location for a photo shoot, a fashion show or an exhibition? Your search is over. David & Galstaun Studio is Berlin’s premier photography studio and exhibition showroom, owned by Matthias David and Simone Galstaun. Located in a stylish loft in the heart of Prenzlauerberg’s Kastanienallee, David & Galstaun Studio offers a sprawling space of over 220 square meters that can be rented for your productions.
Station to Station met up with Simone Galstaun to take a peek behind the scenes and find out what drove David and Galstaun to create this amazing studio space that most recently hosted the fashion showcase for the label Birke van Maartens and was the setting for an exciting event within the Berlinale 2014 last Saturday.
As a DJ collective they go by the name Bass Gang. Creating a gateway between Hip Hop, Ghetto Style and electronic influences, their main intention is to create a new sound, differing from the standard Hip Hop tunes. Their music perfectly matches the urban edge of Berlin.
You spotted an incredibly strange flyer that you absolutely had to photograph and share on Facebook with your friends. You thought, wouldn’t it be great if an entire website would be dedicated to these postings. Guess what.
Notes of Berlin is exactly that. The incredibly funny, participatory blog is an homage to all the notifications that can be found daily all over Berlin. Stefanie Tendler chatted with its initiator Joab Nist.
S2S: In October 2010 you launched „Notes of Berlin,“ how did the idea for the blog evolve?
Joab Nist/Notes of Berlin: The idea came to life in Berlin. In 2004, I moved from Munich to Berlin, because of the city, not because I was accepted to University or due to a job offer. I was impressed by everything Berlin had to offer, even just riding on the subway. Everything was the polar opposite to Munich and since I always have had a passion for photography, I never left my house without my camera and came to Berlin with the intention to take a lot of pictures. I stayed alert when I walked around the city, stepping into corridors to get some insight, inspecting every place I encountered very intensively.
Made from a selection of handpicked, high quality fabrics, the young label BIRKE VAN MAARTENS creates fashion with timeless elegance, fused with folding techniques and embellished styles. The first collection which will be launched at Berlin Fashion Week in January 2014, plays on antonyms of purity. We met up with Birke van Maartens to reveal some of the secrets behind her label.
S2S: You get your inspiration from Origami, the Japanese traditional art of paper-folding. How does Japanese culture inspire you, what do you like about this unique folding technique and how does it affect your designs?
FIER management launches FIER vitrine during Berlin Fashion Week AW14/15. A curated selection of emerging avant-garde and contemporary fashion and accessories designers will present their collections at this year’s new fashion show organized by FIER management. Elise Ballegeer, a New Yorker designer based in Berlin will be part of the exciting event, introducing her latest fashion collection.
S2S: In 2009 you decided to leave the Big Apple to come to the German metropolis with the famous TV tower to realize your vision of a personal fashion label Elise Ballegeer. You impressed the fashion cognoscenti with your two collections at the fashion week last summer and were rewarded with success. What made you leave New York City and come to Berlin?
Burak Ōzdemir believes that contemporary society has lost enthusiasm and “become foreign to the poetry of love.” Musica Sequenza rediscovered the Seicento, a period in Italian history and culture which occurred during the 17th century. Ōzdemir explains that “especially in Italy this century was devoted to the relinquishing of god-fearing sentiment. Women were described as diaphanes, love became a storm cloud, their enchanting odor a sweet allurement.”
Originally Till Leinen and Jonathan Schmalöer wanted to realize diverse projects without a commercial attempt. They sprayed walls with digitally constructed designs, created Christmas cards and even produced short film clips. 4-5 months ago the idea for a clothing line came to life. The evolvement of the initial idea to the actual end product took some time, as Till and Jonathan only wanted to publish results they were 100 % satisfied with.
On December 1st the two designers launched their online store: Hashart!
For almost a decade Jule and Anni have been sharing styling tips, gossip and stories about their love lives. Both in their prime (around 30) they are living in Berlin. Anni is married, Jule is single. Anni can write, Jule can take pictures. A dream team on a mission, focused on the lonely hearts of this city that seemed to be in need of a new singles magazine – Im Gegenteil (Au contraire). Their goal is making themselves and others happy!
S2S: How did you come up with your idea for Im Gegenteil?
Jule/Im Gegenteil: We were at a bar in Neukölln on a girl’s night out and we started pondering about how many interesting singles we actually know and how it would be amazing to get them all into one room. We reached a point where we realized that the issue of most of the singles was meeting the right person in Berlin. I personally can also relate to this matter and Anni has tried hooking me up many times already.
Abigail Dyer, a dramatic soprano born in West Orange, New Jersey, is part of this year’s “30 Tage Kunst,” a cultural series in Berlin launched by the actor Hans Brückner in the year of 2009. This year it will be hosted by the orangelab located at Ernst-Reuter-Platz. Artists and people interested in art have the entire month of November to watch and enjoy a variety of different acts and performances. Stefanie Tendler of S2S met up with Abigail Dyer to discuss her passion for Wagner, the city of Berlin and a fortunate meeting that had an influence on the development of her early career.
S2S: You trained as an actress in Adler Technique, as well as a singer in Berlin. Has there been a tight connection between you and this city ever since?
It all started one fateful summer night along the east river in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, when violinist Bennet “The English” Cerven was playing a loft party overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Fellow musician B-Zy Brain spontaneously joined him in an impromptu jam session. They found their third member, drummer Olli/Oliver Maguire, on the road and became The Trouble Notes. After New York City, London, Dublin and Prague, The Trouble Notes’ whirlwind tour finally led them to the streets of Berlin. Stefanie Tendler struck up a conversation with Bennet Cerven and The Trouble Notes when she discovered the trio playing at Warschauer Strasse the other night.
S2S: What meaning does street music have in your life as a band?
The Trouble Notes: There is no better way to show people what you do than to stand on a corner (or under a bridge!), pop open a case and just play.
Practicing artist, emeritus professor of sculpture at Kunsthochschule Weißensee, and most recently founder of The Stallmuseum, Inge Mahn turns 70 this autumn. To mark the event, how does this prolific creative force choose to celebrate? With an exhibition, of course!
Inge Mahn’s fourth solo exhibition at Emerson Gallery Berlin, entitled “Canon” serves as a comprehensive retrospective of four decades of her artistic output. Unbroken by walls and doors, the airy single exhibition hall of Emerson Gallery Berlin, on the banks of the river Spree provides ample space for long unseen works of art to appear in a discourse with new pieces created specifically for this retrospective. Stefanie Tendler talked to Inge Mahn and gallerist Russell Radzinski.
“You have to take your time and wait for the right moment to come.
Don’t push and shove too much.
Patience is the key to success!” Hans Brückner
November is a dreary month – especially in Berlin! But at least Berliners can look forward to an exciting program of visual and performance art every single evening this coming month. Musicians, authors, actors and visual artists will entertain and amaze the audience with a truly exceptional program during 30 Tage Kunst (30 days of Art) at the orangelab. Station to Station met up with the actor and initiator of 30 Tage Kunst, Hans Brückner.
You don’t notice the orangelab when you come up the stairs from the subway tunnel. Located on West Berlin’s Ernst-Reuter-Platz 2, a traffic circle close to the Technical University Berlin, it blends in with the other rather gray buildings amongst where it is situated. This former server room of an IBM office in a landmarked building, doesn’t seem like the ideal spot for Berlin’s art and cultural scene.
Two very different cultures are part of her identity, with a Dad from Ghana and a Mom from the northern part of Germany called East Frisia. She grew up in Mönchengladbach in a very sheltered home, raised by her Mom and has followed a rather straight path in life, confidently taking one step at a time. The real fun started after she graduated from University – the excitement of freedom and self-fulfillment.
S2S met with Ashley to find out more about her life in front of the camera as well as her passion for being behind it.
“Unaufhörlich dreht sich alles um den Sex“
Purpur in German (‘purpure’ in English) – or crimson is the description of a color between red and blue. Trying to define purple you will have your difficulties as the color chart range ends where the spectrum of ultraviolet and infrared intersects – on the edge of conspicuousness. Using a multitude of associations, nuances and facets 13 designer and artists from Berlin, Sana’a and New York display their work in the exhibition PurPur that positions itself in the area of conflict between sex, identity and society.
that’s a Japanese expression that aptly describes the last few months. Somehow, over a very short timespan, a very eclectic group of people coalesced to partake in the idea of ‘crossing borders.’ In the case of Station to Station, the transatlantic cultural magazine, those borders are the Atlantic Ocean, a time difference of six hours and vastly different cultural perspectives.
So, it was that on July 26th, on a warm summer evening, that we gathered by the River Spree to publicly celebrate the launch of Station to Station. And, thanks to Russell Radzinski who hosted us at his Emerson Gallery Berlin, that celebration was a memorable one. The atmosphere was relaxed, the presenters were energized and the audience was enthusiastic.
“I prefer to consider electronic club-music as a unique thing. And this means to me no idols, no icons, and no heroes.”
Matteo Bovio, also known as Qubo is a DJ and Producer, born in Varese, Italy in 1983. When he was eight years old he began to play the piano. From then on his passion for music kept growing and he became familiar with the guitar and bass. But his passion for music didn’t stop with instruments…
S2S met up with Matteo Bovio to find out how he discovered his true love – electronic music.
S2S: Do you have a special memory regarding your first encounter with electronic music?
MB: I consider myself lucky because ever since I was very little, I’ve been surrounded by true music lovers. If I think of the people who have influenced my musical culture, the first thing that strikes my mind, is that all of them shared one thing: an open attitude.
“When you have content the form almost finds itself automatically.”
Berlin turned into a catwalk this week. Fashion Week Berlin attracts designers and everyone who is influential in fashion. Movers and shakers in the fashion industry, media representatives and celebrities came together in Berlin to see the trends of the next season.
Fashion also played an important role for S2S Berlin this week, but not with fashion on the catwalk or what you would buy in a boutique – not yet at least.
The world of fashion often focuses on beauty, perfection or flawlessness and it doesn’t stop there. The cuts of clothing are designed for bodies with certain proportions, neglecting those with a different physique, plus size folks, and people with physical disabilities. Lisa Polk and Christian Schinnerl dealt with this topic and designed clothing for people with Trisomy21– Down Syndrome. As clothes off the rack do not fit, due to sleeves that are too short, collars that are too tight or simply the length of the shirt that doesn’t suit their body proportions, they decided to start creating a shirt collection. Stefanie Tendler of S2S talked to Polk and Schinnerl about their amazing project.
The fight for acceptance and tolerance continues!
This June 22nd Christopher Street Day was celebrated for the 35th time in Berlin.
About a million people took part in the parade and the CSD finale, marching on the street for the rights of gays, lesbians, transsexuals, transgender and inter- as well as bisexuals. This year’s main theme of the parade was discrimination.
The CSD is held in memory of the Stonewall Riots that took place on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a bar on Christopher Street, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The Stonewall Riots were a historic series of violent rebellion by the LGBT community, against biased treatment of homosexuals and other sexual minorities by the police.
The Street is one of the most exciting stages for musicians – here they can experiment and are allowed to go wild. However, not all musicians are comfortable encountering the immediate and authentic reactions of an accidental audience. There is no hiding from the reaction of passers-by. Yet, the amazing thing is exactly the fact that there are no boundaries. There are no limitations of time and space when it comes to street performances, as it is entirely up to the band to decide how long and where they feel like playing.
“Serwaa steht Dir gut”!
“Serwaa looks good on you!“
Regina Dwomoh was born in Kumasi, Ghana but grew up in the German city Mönchengladbach. In 2002 she decided to move to Berlin to go to acting school. Yet she always felt attached to her native soil and the cultural diversity of her home country. The colorful fabrics that represent Ghana hold a special meaning to her, so she decided to create Serwaa – a fashion label focusing on bed linen, which is hand-crafted from high quality African materials. Stefanie Tendler met up with Regina to find out what inspired her to found Serwaa.
S2S: How would you describe Serwaa?
RD: You’re not going to look like a wallflower with Serwaa [Regina flashes a big smile]. Serwaa is cheeky, proud and self confident. For me it is the feminine gateway of the continents, wanting to cross territorial borders.
Everyone is allowed to ride you…
Hopping on and off as we please, you don’t seem to mind.
Whether we consider ourselves part of the mass or have decided to part with it, you don’t differentiate. In the wagon of the underground everyone is a commuter – a traveler heading somewhere, from station to station. What changes are the expressions decorating the faces of the passengers. Depending on the time of day or the intensity of the intruding sunlight these sometimes seem grey and tired but also can be lively and content.