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Jörn

Retail Assistant — Berlin

Name, where are you from?
Hello, my name is Jörn. I am originally from Bernau near Berlin. But spent the last 20 years in the capital.

What do you do?
I am currently working as a shop assistant in the Fred Perry Store Berlin Mitte Hackescher Markt.

Describe your style in three words?
Totum pro parte.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to in Berlin?
The best concert of my life also provided the soundtrack of my youth. The Satanic Surfers played their legendary album 'Hero of our Time' in the 'Wild at Heart' in Berlin Kreuzberg. It was the night I tried my first stage dive. After I gathered all my courage and stepped on stage to finally jump, the band stopped playing. Because the song was over. I was standing in the middle of the stage right next to the lead singer and there was dead silence. Everyone looked at me and the lead singer asked me, "Hey what do you want?" I told him I actually wanted to jump. Everything was quiet. He smiled and said: "Yes then you should be able to jump." The surfers started playing right away and I jumped. When the concert was over, the band invited me and we spend the night together until the sun came up. It was a blast.

Which German subcultures have influenced you?
I was lucky enough to get to know the old Berlin, as it is shown in pictures in the work of Wim Wenders: 'Sky over Berlin'. It was in this setting that I had my first contact with the punk scene. But this was already old and I belonged to a new generation for a long time. We had the freedom as children of the turnaround of this city, which from today's perspective was completely different to discover with our skateboard. Which created the prerequisites for us to have a larger spectrum available. In any case, this created completely new possibilities for me to mix and act out straight edge hardcore, rockabilly and punk completely freely and far from all fixed definitions.

Best German musician?
Tocotronic.

Where is your favourite independent venue in Berlin?
The Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg. A large park on the eastern edge of the Pankow district, Prenzlauer Berg. The summit twins are among the higher elevations in Berlin.

What is Berlin’s best-kept secret?
The best-kept secret in Berlin is that you have to be true to yourself to survive.

Best place to hang out in Berlin?
Soviet memorial in Treptower Park. Here you can skateboard or just chill in front of an incredible backdrop of relief art, monuments and a beautiful park.

The first track you played on repeat?
'Motorcycle Emptiness' by Manic Street Preachers.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'True Till Death' by Chain Of Strength.

One record you would keep forever?
'The Best Of Madrugada' by Madrugada.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Trouble' by Elvis Presley.

A song you wished you had written?
'(Are You) The One That I‘ve Been Waiting For' by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Nico' by Mäsh.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Holiday Road' By Lindsey Buckingham.

A song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Warsaw' by Joy Division.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Final Goodbye' by Comeback Kid.

Any new bands you’re into at the moment?
Mäsh - punk/glam band from Berlin.
Möstly Crüde - punk band from Berlin.
Blades - hardcore punk from Berlin.

Name, where are you from?
Hello, my name is Jörn. I am originally from Bernau near Berlin. But spent the last 20 years in the capital.

What do you do?
I am currently working as a shop assistant in the Fred Perry Store Berlin Mitte Hackescher Markt.

Describe your style in three words?
Totum pro parte.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to in Berlin?
The best concert of my life also provided the soundtrack of my youth. The Satanic Surfers played their legendary album 'Hero of our Time' in the 'Wild at Heart' in Berlin Kreuzberg. It was the night I tried my first stage dive. After I gathered all my courage and stepped on stage to finally jump, the band stopped playing. Because the song was over. I was standing in the middle of the stage right next to the lead singer and there was dead silence. Everyone looked at me and the lead singer asked me, "Hey what do you want?" I told him I actually wanted to jump. Everything was quiet. He smiled and said: "Yes then you should be able to jump." The surfers started playing right away and I jumped. When the concert was over, the band invited me and we spend the night together until the sun came up. It was a blast.

Which German subcultures have influenced you?
I was lucky enough to get to know the old Berlin, as it is shown in pictures in the work of Wim Wenders: 'Sky over Berlin'. It was in this setting that I had my first contact with the punk scene. But this was already old and I belonged to a new generation for a long time. We had the freedom as children of the turnaround of this city, which from today's perspective was completely different to discover with our skateboard. Which created the prerequisites for us to have a larger spectrum available. In any case, this created completely new possibilities for me to mix and act out straight edge hardcore, rockabilly and punk completely freely and far from all fixed definitions.

Best German musician?
Tocotronic.

Where is your favourite independent venue in Berlin?
The Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg. A large park on the eastern edge of the Pankow district, Prenzlauer Berg. The summit twins are among the higher elevations in Berlin.

What is Berlin’s best-kept secret?
The best-kept secret in Berlin is that you have to be true to yourself to survive.

Best place to hang out in Berlin?
Soviet memorial in Treptower Park. Here you can skateboard or just chill in front of an incredible backdrop of relief art, monuments and a beautiful park.

The first track you played on repeat?
'Motorcycle Emptiness' by Manic Street Preachers.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'True Till Death' by Chain Of Strength.

One record you would keep forever?
'The Best Of Madrugada' by Madrugada.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Trouble' by Elvis Presley.

A song you wished you had written?
'(Are You) The One That I‘ve Been Waiting For' by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Nico' by Mäsh.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Holiday Road' By Lindsey Buckingham.

A song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Warsaw' by Joy Division.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Final Goodbye' by Comeback Kid.

Any new bands you’re into at the moment?
Mäsh - punk/glam band from Berlin.
Möstly Crüde - punk band from Berlin.
Blades - hardcore punk from Berlin.