Back 2 Tape: Colourful Berlin

Adalbertstraße, Kreuzberg. In a center of one of Berlin’s many smart neighbourhoods. Long before a Royal Bunker gained a foothold here or Peter Fox sang about a city’s unwashed streets in “Black to Blue”, what is substantially a capital’s oldest graffiti was combined here in 1988. To this day it is one of a many mythological spots on a civic Berlin theatre – and proves that rap, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti have been a executive partial of a cityscape for some-more than 30 years.

A place where ideas are born

Berlin is diverse, international, shrill and nonetheless anonymous. Here, everybody finds place to give space to their ideas. You can accommodate late-night beatboxers on Warschauer Bridge, DJs display their skills until a early hours of a morning in Neukölln even on weeknights, and skaters of all ages training their slides and grinds in Berlin’s movement hall. In Prenzlauer Berg, where a Berlin Wall used to apart East and West, lies a atmospheric Mauerpark, an civic assembly place for locals, tourists, flea marketplace visitors, travel artists and newcomers. A touristic, nonetheless domestic, attractive, roughly enchanting place.

In 2018, on my highway outing for “Back to Tape”, we met Curse in his Berlin studio – and even afterwards it was clear: this was not my final incursion adult a Spree. And so it was a judicious effect that a collateral would also be partial of “Back 2 Tape” and that my large European outing with a Porsche Cayenne S Coupé would start and finish here.

Flying Steps: a singular Berlin success story

For me, a Flying Steps are something like a primary instance of a Berlin scene: from a PVC pad to a star stage. “In a past, MTV used to play all a time during a residence – though we always danced personally in my room,” says Michael “Mikel” Rosemann.

Michael “Mikel” Rosemann and Niko Hüls in a center of a “Flying Steps”

In a early 1990s, a internal Berliner detected dancing in Moabit with a organisation “City Rockers”. He schooled fast and shortly rose to turn one of a many gifted B-Boys in a capital. “On a weekends, immature people met adult and worked on a plan judgment that directed to execute all about hip-hop culture. DJs, rappers, graffiti artists and breakdancers collected underneath a sign ‘Stop! No violence!’ That’s when we knew: we wanted to be here.”

“Create your life as a dancer”

Rosemann has been a member of a Flying Steps given a premiere of a acclaimed and award-winning uncover “Flying Bach”. It was a usually breakdance uncover worldwide to be awarded a ECHO Classic Special Prize, and he was on theatre during each opening until a finish of 2015. Today, Mikel is theatre executive and is obliged for artist government and workshops in a internal B-Boy scene.

The “Flying Steps” from Berlin

In addition, a father of dual is dedicated to handling a Flying Steps Academy, where he also teaches immature talents of several ages. “Everyone who believes in it has found his approach into hip bound enlightenment and can live it out. How most he lives it out is his thing – and that is what creates hip bound so special,” says one of a world’s best dancers. Right in a heart of a collateral city, he is vital this dream together with his crew. And now, he’s flitting a rod on to a subsequent generations. With 35 teachers, 20 opposite dance styles and over 1,800 students, a Flying Steps Academy is a largest civic dance propagandize in Germany.

Hip bound is a family we select for yourself

My second stop in Berlin was sincerely similar, though during a same time, totally different. As a daughter of a Romanian mom and an Iranian father, Miriam Davoudvandi grew adult in Bad Säckingen, a sauna city in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. With texts from “Haftbefehl”, she self-identified as an newcomer during an early age, training to conclude a swat family and to doubt amicable exclusion. Confronted with influence in her tiny hometown, a publisher changed to Leipzig and, later, Berlin to study. There, she had interviews with Trettmann and MC Bogy and discussions with rapper Fler on Instagram – a commencement of her career as a initial womanlike editor-in-chief of splash! song repository in a male-dominated hip bound universe.

Niko Hüls and author Miriam Davoudvandi in front of a Cayenne S Coupé

Since a splash! repository close a doors, a 27-year-old has been operative in Berlin as a freelance media artist, participating in contention groups and DJing underneath her pseudonym Cashmiri. Miriam has been a hip hopper from a really beginning. She’s a genuine voice of her era – that also includes Helen Fares, Salwa Houmsi and Visa Vie.

Hip Hop: where everybody feels welcome

With her DJ sets, she takes caring not to play racist, sexist or homophobic music. This leaves all a some-more room for a song of womanlike MCs or non-binary people. Room for hip bound where everybody feels acquire and where there is no room for violence. “Rap needs to turn softer again,” says a former editor-in-chief. She is constantly relocating between dual worlds, she told a Süddeutsche Zeitung in Dec 2019: a “rap bubble” and a educational “feminism bubble”.

Niko Hüls and author Miriam Davoudvandi

Why do so few women rap? What do we do when we feel that a lyrics we grew adult with are apropos a amicable problem? Aren’t swat and feminism sum opposites? With her row speak “I’ve got 99 problems, though being a feminist listening to swat ain’t one”, Miriam Davoudvandi and her co-worker Lena Grehl have been addressing these questions for a prolonged time – and thus, starting a discuss about swat in multitude as a whole. She playfully succeeds in conveying a suggestion of hip hop, a values we find on my highway outing by Europe: crafty and empathetic, opposite and critical.

Back 2 Tape

In 2018, music publisher Niko Hüls embarked on a tour to a roots of hip bound in Germany in “Back to Tape”. Now, he’s stability his highway outing opposite Europe in a Porsche Cayenne S Coupé. In team-work with a hip bound repository, a Porsche Newsroom plan “Back to Tape” sheds light on informative influences by a 4 executive elements of hip hop: rap, DJing, breakdance and graffiti. In Part 1, Niko Hüls visits Berlin.


Text: Niko Hüls
Fotos: Markus Schwer