Hey Warren; sup with it?
It’s Matt Cohen here. Yes, THAT Matt Cohen. Oh wait, not THAT one. The other one.
SOMEONE (screw you, Shawn) gave Craig the Intern the week off to attend a funeral, which I am now and was then, totally against, as I’m trying to build up some character in the kid, but here we are nonetheless. Me, of all people; tasked with annotating a podcast I’m on.
This week is part one of a two part series where Mack and myself traveled to Berlin, Germany- to attend the P-E-O-P-L-E Festival– a week long collaborative, super cool, super hippy’ish music festival held at an insanely cool venue.
PEOPLE describes themselves like this;
“PEOPLE will come together on August 18th & 19th, 2018 at the historic Funkhaus in Berlin. Beginning August 12, over 150 artists will gather at Funkhaus and the Michelberger Hotel to collaborate and compose new work, culminating with public performances across seven stages and a maze of studios in the former East German Republic radio and recording headquarters. Free of headliners and sponsors, PEOPLE has been known to be a revelation in uncertainty and surprise.”
All of the above was true, and it was a really special event to be apart of.
Other than recording two lives shows in front of unsuspecting German folk music fans, we also posted up on a staircase and recorded interviews with some of the artists involved.
This week, is part one of those interviews.
First up is Beirut’s Zach Condon, who Mack has a crush on.
Here is a fun quote from Zach, not from our podcast, but from a New York Magazine interview, which is a much better podcast
“One of the reasons I named the band after that city was the fact that it’s seen a lot of conflict. It’s not a political position. I worried about that from the beginning. But it was such a catchy name. I mean, if things go down that are truly horrible, I’ll change it. But not now. It’s still a good analogy for my music. I haven’t been to Beirut, but I imagine it as this chic urban city surrounded by the ancient Christian and Muslim worlds. The place where things collide”.
Next up we have Angel Deradoorian, who is a multi-instrumentalist, a fan of candy, and a rad person. Wikipedia tells me she is also know “mononymously as Deradoorian,” and that she lives in Los Angeles, California. Hey! That’s where I live too! Weird how I had to fly to Berlin to meet her when we probably were in line at the same Starbucks or something! The world is wacky.
After Deradoorian, we chat with Rasmus Stolberg, a Danish filmmaker, radio station producer, musician and Bingo enthusiast, for a chat about mostly Denmark and how much we hate the Skaarsgards.
Then we got a surprise poetry pop-in from Kill the Vultures’ Alexei Casselle who read us a poem! Poetry is cool.
Last, but certainly not least, we have Tom and Nadine Michelberger, who put the whole shindig together/let us stay in their hotel/fed us good food and gave us Rosé. These crazy cats bought this hotel and turned it into a place where artists can come, stay and express their creativity. The Michelberger Hotel isn’t just a place to sleep it’s an artist commune that’s family run! If you’re ever in Berlin you should totally check it out.
Anyway, we had an awesome time in Berlin with all these awesome people and now we get to share it with you. Plus, if you like this, next week we’re back with PART 2 of out P-E-O-P-L-E Festival interviews! What a time to be alive!
IMAGES: The Michelberger Hotel