Dirk Darmstaedter is a singer, songwriter and producer from Hamburg, and BIMM Hamburg’s new tutor for courses including ‘Songwriting Styles and Genres’, ‘Pre-production for Live Performance Workshop: Songwriters’ and ‘Live Performance Workshop: Songwriters’. From 1988 to 1995 he fronted the indie pop band The Jeremy Days, recording five albums with them, selling over 250,000 units, touring Europe and the US, and working with a host of esteemed producers in New York, London and Vienna. He ran Tapete Records for 12 years, hosts the radio show ‘Sounds Like Dirk’ on Radio Bremen Zwei and still records and releases music on his label, Beg, Steal and Borrow.
CAN YOU SHARE ONE OF HAMBURG’S HIDDEN GEMS WITH US?
OK, this may not sound very rock and roll, but Hamburg is full of great parks. Check out the Jenisch Park in Othmarschen. It’s Hamburg’s oldest landscaped park and is truly magical. Stroll through it, then make your way down to the Elbe near Teufelsbrück and start thinking about poetry and chord changes.
YOU HAVE ONLY ONE WEEKEND IN HAMBURG. WHAT DO YOU DO?
Breakfast in Ottensen, followed by walking the beaches down by the Elbe during the day, and dinner in St. Pauli. Then it has to be catching a band at Molotow Club or Knust and nightcap drinks around the corner afterwards.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC IN HAMBURG?
WHAT MAKES HAMBURG SO DIFFERENT?
The clubs. The Elbe. The people.
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Photo Credit: Olaf Heine