Berlin is the epicentre of Europe’s music scene, making it the perfect home for artists. This week, BIMM Berlin’s Head of Live Performance, Shon Abram, shares with us his favourite gems in the German capital.
Shon is a singer, songwriter and actor who moved to Berlin five years ago from Los Angeles, California. He attended Berklee College of Music and has performed with Michelle Shocked, Imagine Dragons, Robin Williams and Steven Spielberg. Since moving to Berlin, his solo work has flourished and his band, YY, has taken the music scene by storm.
Here is Shon Abram’s Guide To Berlin:
If your friends were visiting Berlin for one weekend only, where would you tell them to go?
The great thing about Berlin is that no matter where you turn, there’s always something new to discover and things are always changing rapidly. If the weather is nice, the Freiluftkino’s outdoor cinemas in Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. Also, 45 minutes outside of Berlin is Tropical Islands, which is a water park inside an old blimp hanger. Also, taking a boat and just riding through the canals and the Spree River is great. During winter… make sure you’ve gathered your friends, because it’s only dinner parties!.
Where’s your favourite place to eat in Berlin and why?
I love food, so where to go really depends on what type of food I want. Let me list a few different options:
German – Imbiss 204
Vietnamese – Hangmee, District Mode
Asian – Cocolo Ramen Mitte, Transit
Turkish – Mustafa’s Kebab, Tadim, Izmir Koftecisi
BBQ – Chicago Williams
Mexican – Chapparo
I am trying to cook more at home though… hmmm!
Where’s your favourite place to listen to music in Berlin and why?
Bar Tausend at S Friedrichstr. It’s hidden, yet is one of the best places to go and hear everything from jazz to hip hop… and it’s live, live, live!
What makes Berlin so different to LA, where you’re from?
The question I get asked most is “Why did you leave LA for Berlin?” There are few places on Earth where you can create, be challenged and inspired, and explore who you are. Berlin is constantly changing, with new artists arriving daily and new ideas being thought of and shared. The people you meet and the free spirit that this city embodies allows anyone, from any background, to come and find themselves without judgement. OK, winters are rough, but once that sun comes out, you can go to the lakes, Mauerpark or travel to other cities cheaply… you can’t beat it. Most importantly, as an artist, it’s the perfect place to try new ideas and collaborate with others.
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