Notorious Hamburg Graffiti Writer OZ sadly passed away last night while painting at the trainline near Hamburg Central Station. OZ was one of the oldest and most known writers in Hamburg and all over Germany. He influenced the face of the city like no other and he will be missed by the whole scene, fans and of course his family and friends. R.I.P. OZ ! Via.
Whenever Chet Faker kicks out a new mix, it’s a must hear! I love his curation of tracks in his very own unconventional way. It’s like a history lesson in good music. His new Mix for australian based Shop KLOKE is one of it’s kind and a perfect background for your sunday chillout.
My friends of art publisher DRAW A LINE asked me to shoot a making of video for one of their upcoming prints by Berlin based artist OSIF SEIKSUH. The goal was to show the complexity of creating a Lithography in combination with the amazing aesthetics of the old printing machine at TABORPRESSE Berlin.
I got assisted by my man Martin Wolf who helped me in this 2,5 days shoot with the second camera! I still like to see the heaviness of the machine in combination with the final artwork and I think it will help to understand the whole process of Lithography.
As you may recognized I’m a little bit off since the last weeks. The reason is that I have the opportunity to spend the summer on the beautiful of IBIZA and work on a the biggest project I did so far. Together with my colleague Sylvie and a lovely team around us we walk on the paths of the IBIZA music scene and the developement of the IBIZA club culture since the 70s. On a daily basis we digg deeper and deeper and meet more interesting people from old Hippies in the north to Superstar DJ’s and club owners in the southern parts.
It’s amazing to work under these conditions, exciting to learn so much about the island, see all these special places, meet the most interesting people and of course in the end capture all this on film to show it to the world someday. It’s still a long process and even though we love our daily dip in the evening sea it’s also a lot of work but again and again I realize how glad I am to call this my job.
The picture above shows the CUFF crew in front of their villa in the north of IBIZA. They are great and for me AMIN EDGE & DANCE throw one of the coolest partys at Sankeys every Thursday.
Another Tumblr? Ohhhh yezz! But this one is special. It’s about my own photography only. I don’t know why I didn’t decide to do this earlier next to my snapshot Iphone Travel and pivate tumblrs, but I really already love it! It’s great to scroll through more than 40k pictures in my Lightroom library and find more and more pics I like and present them in this ongoing collage! Make sure to follow me over there and watch out for new pictures on a regular update!
On Saturday we are hosting one floor at Place Magazine Berlin Open Afterparty at Cassiopeia. We are really excited because we decided to go back to our roots and don’t take the dancefloor too serious (okay we actually do). This means we really play whatever we like even it is a little different than usual. So drop by at the party and if you hate our floor you can escape to the LookyLooky / Bassgang or Place floor for some twerk ass dancing. Make sure to follow A MILLION on Facebook for some more updates on our next gigs.
Last week adidas invited me to play at their #mizxflux worldwide launch party in Berlin. since I didn’t had much time for any preparations I played freestyle and took it as a little workout for my next gig. In the end I liked the set and was happy that I accidently recorded it. I heard Pharell who passed by liked it too. HaHa.
My best discovery on this rainy day is Ben Khan’s new 1992 EP. Fuck, how good is this? It totally reminds me on Jai Paul but since Jai does everything but dropping a new release – 21 year old Ben is kicking his ass big time! Def. a boy to watch out for in the future!
I also love the video by New York based duo BRTHR (I’m really getting depressed since they are 21 as well!)! Check out their vimeo for some very fresh stuff to watch..
My latest film for ABOUTNOW comes (again) from New York, where we met Kiernen Costello of aNYthing to take a closer look behind his brand from the Lower East Side. It was kinda hard to shoot the film because everything was organized very last minute and we just had one day to shoot 9 Interviews all over New York. But with the help of Kiernen and the people around him it was kinda fun in the end. I like the result for it’s rough pictures and editing but I would have wished, that we would have had more time to digg a little deeper in the New York topic. Maybe next time than! Make sure to jump over to ABOUTNOW to see more pictures by my man Stefan Haehnel! More BEHIND THE SCENES picture after the jump… Read more…
Last year I spend a week in Toronto were Nicolai Nierman and me produced some films for iGNANT and Mercedes Benz. As a little side project we were visiting some interesting people around the city and shot little portraits of them. For our last video we met up with Reilly Hodgson who is running the brand NO FUN PRESS and the Fanzine Blood Of The Young over there. We had a fun day sneaking through Toronto and hang out with the nice guys of his crew. It was basically the perfect situation to shoot a portrait, where you instantly connect to the other person the totally trust you in what you are doing.
In postproduction I wanted the film to break out of the “boring” portrait structures. We wanted to connect the film to the aestehtics of their Fanzine and overall lifestyle and so we broke the linear structure through different kind of songs and the usage of OFF-Footage you normally wouldn’t take in. I like the result and for me it’s still fun to watch the video. Make sure to jump over to their Online-Shop and support Reilly and the Toronto fam. !
ABOUTNOW was asked by NIKE to exclusivly shoot their new F.C. Real Bristol Collection. This imaginery football club was founded 15 years ago by japanese designer Kiyonaga for fun but developed into a little hype over there. Now F.C.R.B. is entering the rest of the world and we are happy to be a part of it.
For the photoshooting at Yorck Studios Berlin I was asked to do a little Making Of. But since I was kinda bored of standing behind the photographer an doubble-grab their frames I decided to experiment a little bit on location and in postproduction. I like the direction the video took and I think there is a lot of space to work on if you think outside the normal 16:9 frame. See all the pictures over at ABOUTNOW or pasted in the streets of Berlin.
You are propably super bored of my New York Posts, but we are really working our asses off everytime we are there! I really can’t sit still in this city. So many opportunities, such an visual impact. In this Episode we visited Kevin from A Shine & Co in Chelsea Street Market. My man Martin came up with the idea and so I left him doing his thing and sat back to get a nice fresh shine on Martins old Desert Boots. Good Job boy! Follow his work here and make sure to hire the kid for you’re next projects! Jump over to ABOUTNOW to see some more pictures!
Another one from our last visit to New York City. We met Osoré Oyagha from Ale Et Ange in New Yorks Garment District to film a little Editorial for ABOUTNOW. I kinda like the whole mood of the film although it was a little Hit & Run since we just had half an hour for the whole shoot!
One of the best sets I heard in the last time. I love the combination of Baile Funk and Trap shit. I’m sure it will be the next big thing. At least I’m gonna drop it in my next sets for sure! Check out this amazing remix of my last summer fav. Brasilian Track FALA MAL DE MIN (heard it everywhere in Rio) by Kojack! Love it!
Bevor a couple of weeks I spend 24h in Spain with my boy Willy of Dressed Like Machines. Since he enjoyed driving the new Mercedes GLA 45 AMG along the amazing Coastline all the way from Malaga to Granada I was busy filming him to produce a little Editorial for ABOUTNOW . It was a Quicky because the schedule was as tight as …. . We exactly had 5 hours to make it in time without knowing the area. I like those challenges but I also recognized that you can’t do a lot. So I came up with idea to start somewhere in the mountains and let Willy drive to the sea (actually it was the other way around
)Anyway. Nothing big, but I still like the mood of the film and it was fun rolling with the boy.