Frank Spilker is a singer, songwriter and musician, and BIMM Hamburg’s new ‘Songwriting Techniques’ and ‘Artist Development and Entrepreneurship’ tutor. He’s the frontman and guitarist of indie pop band Die Sterne, who formed in 1992 and went on to great commercial success as part of the ‘Hamburger Schule’ – a German-language movement of Hamburg-based guitar bands with punk, grunge and pop influences popular across Germany in the mid ‘90s. The band have released 11 studio albums and toured North America, Mexico, France, Croatia, China and Japan, among many other countries. Frank is also an author, actor, director, board member of the VUT, and a musician with his solo project – the Frank Spilker Gruppe.
CAN YOU SHARE ONE OF HAMBURG’S HIDDEN GEMS WITH US?
When it comes to clubs and bars in Hamburg, it’s a constant game of hide and seek: you go there, everybody goes there; everybody goes there, you go somewhere else. I recommend checking out Central Congress at Steinstrasse or exploring the Reeperbahn and St. Pauli areas.
YOU HAVE ONLY ONE WEEKEND IN HAMBURG. WHAT DO YOU DO?
In the morning, I’d see what’s on at the museums and art galleries and, depending on the weather, go either east or west along the banks of the River Elbe to experience some nature. Then I’d have dinner at one of the Portuguese restaurants in Neustadt or Schanzenviertel, and check out some concerts, theatre shows or parties – especially Kampnagel, Golden Pudel Club, Polittbüro, Hafenklang and Molotow. Then I’d have a night bite at latino restaurant Cantina Popular. I wouldn’t sleep though – instead, I’d go to the Fish Market in the morning and carry on into the next day.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC IN HAMBURG?
There are a couple of clubs that are the right size for innovative music in general, like Übel und Gefährlich, Westwerk and Kleiner Donner… as well as those already mentioned above. Actually, there are quite a lot!
WHAT MAKES HAMBURG SO DIFFERENT?
It’s a city that’s becoming more and more aware of the importance of subculture and cultural innovations. It’s part of how Hamburg sees itself and wants to be seen – you don’t get that in Munich!
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