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Malte Sobecki

Store Assistant — Paris

Name, where are you from?
Malte Sobecki, I am from a small village in Germany but have been living in Paris for a few years now.

What do you do?
I spend my time outside with my friends, I take pictures, I print stuff on clothes, study foreign languages and I work at Fred Perry!

Describe your style in three words?
Pacino Donnie Brasco (dream big).

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to in Paris?
It was a small gig by the Parisian band Supernova and my favourite song of them is the same as the band name 'Supernova'.

Which French subcultures have influenced you?
I can’t name a particular subculture, it’s the people who surround me!

Best French musician?
I just have to say Charles Aznavour... I love the song 'For Me Formidable'!

Where is your favourite independent venue in Paris?
That’s a hard one because there are so many! But I would say La Java, we went there almost every weekend before the pandemic. I like it a lot because you never really know what to expect but in the end, we always had good nights!

What is the best-kept secret in Paris?
Unfortunately, I can't tell you about the BEST-kept secret! But I can tell you about a guy in the neighbourhood of Strasbourg-Saint-Denis who has acquired over 3000 caps on a trip around the world, which are now waiting to be worn in a storage room.

Best place to hang out in Paris?
In the Belleville district, no doubt!

The first track you played on repeat?
'Hip-Hop' by Dead Prez. My old friend Max played it on his Sony Ericsson phone at the bus stop about ten years ago, I couldn't get enough of Dead Prez then.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Bette Davis Eyes' by Kim Carnes. That's a hard one but I think I'll go for this classic by Kim Carnes, simply because I've listened to it continuously over the years.

One record you would keep forever?
'Schreib es mir in den Sand' by Frank Schöbel.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"In a French-ass restaurant
Hurry up with my damn croissants
I am a God"

From 'I Am A God' by Kanye West. I’m not sure if it’s inspiring but it sure is funny.

A song you wished you had written?
'Last Christmas' by Wham! If I had written this song, I would be able to pay all the outstanding bills in the world every December and people would have less stomach ache when they open their letterbox.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Going Through It' by Skepta. When I lived with my friend Victor, we listened to that song every morning at full volume.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Cornucopia' by Black Sabbath. It's rare that I listen to Black Sabbath but this song goes off for me.

A song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'La Dolce Vita' by Ryan Paris. We're dancing like in the dolce vita!

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'I’ll be here in the Morning' by Townes Van Zandt. A gentle way to end an all-nighter!

Any new bands you’re into at the moment?
'Menace II Society' by Mall Grab - Yes! I’m into Mall Grab at the moment, a talented producer and DJ from Australia. Give it a listen!

Name, where are you from?
Malte Sobecki, I am from a small village in Germany but have been living in Paris for a few years now.

What do you do?
I spend my time outside with my friends, I take pictures, I print stuff on clothes, study foreign languages and I work at Fred Perry!

Describe your style in three words?
Pacino Donnie Brasco (dream big).

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to in Paris?
It was a small gig by the Parisian band Supernova and my favourite song of them is the same as the band name 'Supernova'.

Which French subcultures have influenced you?
I can’t name a particular subculture, it’s the people who surround me!

Best French musician?
I just have to say Charles Aznavour... I love the song 'For Me Formidable'!

Where is your favourite independent venue in Paris?
That’s a hard one because there are so many! But I would say La Java, we went there almost every weekend before the pandemic. I like it a lot because you never really know what to expect but in the end, we always had good nights!

What is the best-kept secret in Paris?
Unfortunately, I can't tell you about the BEST-kept secret! But I can tell you about a guy in the neighbourhood of Strasbourg-Saint-Denis who has acquired over 3000 caps on a trip around the world, which are now waiting to be worn in a storage room.

Best place to hang out in Paris?
In the Belleville district, no doubt!

The first track you played on repeat?
'Hip-Hop' by Dead Prez. My old friend Max played it on his Sony Ericsson phone at the bus stop about ten years ago, I couldn't get enough of Dead Prez then.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Bette Davis Eyes' by Kim Carnes. That's a hard one but I think I'll go for this classic by Kim Carnes, simply because I've listened to it continuously over the years.

One record you would keep forever?
'Schreib es mir in den Sand' by Frank Schöbel.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"In a French-ass restaurant
Hurry up with my damn croissants
I am a God"

From 'I Am A God' by Kanye West. I’m not sure if it’s inspiring but it sure is funny.

A song you wished you had written?
'Last Christmas' by Wham! If I had written this song, I would be able to pay all the outstanding bills in the world every December and people would have less stomach ache when they open their letterbox.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Going Through It' by Skepta. When I lived with my friend Victor, we listened to that song every morning at full volume.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Cornucopia' by Black Sabbath. It's rare that I listen to Black Sabbath but this song goes off for me.

A song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'La Dolce Vita' by Ryan Paris. We're dancing like in the dolce vita!

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'I’ll be here in the Morning' by Townes Van Zandt. A gentle way to end an all-nighter!

Any new bands you’re into at the moment?
'Menace II Society' by Mall Grab - Yes! I’m into Mall Grab at the moment, a talented producer and DJ from Australia. Give it a listen!