One of the highlights of studying at BIMM Berlin is meeting really talented people from all over the globe. Daniel Viseras is just one of these. A Spanish student who’s traded the renowned climate and castles of Granada in southern Spain for the cosmopolitan excitement of bustling Berlin. We spoke with Daniel about finding his niche, exploring musical opportunities and the differences between his old home and his new.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GRANADA AND BERLIN?
It’s difficult to choose just one difference, as I don’t think Granada and Berlin have too much in common. But if I had to say the biggest one, I’d go for the distance it takes to get places. While all the streets are very wide in Berlin, in Granada everything is more concentrated. Here in Berlin, you need public transport for pretty much everything. In Granada, on the other hand, you can cover a big part of the city in a 20-minute walk.
HOW DOES THE MUSIC SCENE IN BERLIN COMPARE TO GRANADA?
The music scene in Granada is very big for such a small city and some very good artists come from there. But the number of opportunities in Berlin makes its music scene way more appealing for artists. Here, there are always bands seeking a guitarist, bassist or drummer, plenty of venues and many touring bands that need support acts. It’s more difficult to grow as an artist in Granada because the pool is smaller.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE BIMM BERLIN?
When I decided to study at BIMM, I had two main reasons for choosing Berlin. Firstly, I felt hyped about the city pretty much every time it appeared in a conversation. Everyone said it was such an alternative place where it’s easy to find your niche (my expectations were successfully met!). The other reason was the cost of living. Berlin is very cheap for a capital city. Actually, I think it’s cheaper than Madrid; so living here is more affordable than other big cities in Europe.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU ASK YOUR FAMILY TO POST YOU FROM GRANADA THAT ISN’T AVAILABLE HERE?
There are three things I always ask for. The first is olive oil. We make our own olive oil from our own olive trees and I wouldn’t be able to find that quality and flavour anywhere around here. The second is a good Serrano ham (I don’t need to explain why). The third is a bottle of Alhambra beer. This is my hometown’s local beer, the best one in Spain, and my favourite.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT STUDYING AT BIMM BERLIN?
My favourite thing about studying at BIMM is the way a bunch of people from completely different parts of the world can come here and build their own music scene. For instance, I’m in a band in which every person can speak a language that the rest don’t understand!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE MOVING TO BERLIN TO STUDY AT BIMM?
The best two pieces of advice I would give are:
- Don’t forget where you come from. This is a part of your DNA, so combining it with the new experiences you’ll undertake here will make you a richer person.
- Work hard. Even though sometimes it’s a bit tricky to appreciate, every bit of effort you put into something will benefit you somehow.