#MusicMadeUs / Who, What, Why

Who What Why: Daria Kickler

30th November 2020

As part of our Music Made Us campaign, BIMM student Daria Kickler tells us what inspired her route into music, why she chose to study Songwriting, and what drew her to Berlin.

Who inspired your route into music?

Without a doubt, Taylor Swift. As a child, I was always eager to perform in school plays or write songs with my best friend about the latest gossip in our class. But it was Taylor Swift that introduced me to the concept of a singer-songwriter. For years, I even had an article about Nashville that I cut out from the newspaper pinned to my bedroom wall.

What made you choose to study Songwriting?

Songwriting and storytelling are my main focus and motivation in music. I adore lyrics. It’s the first thing I notice in a song and what lingers with me long after the song has finished.

“I don’t think I would be interested in a career in music without being able to write it myself.”

To be honest, I don’t think I would be interested in a career in music without being able to write it myself. So, when I contemplated the different options of studying music, songwriting hit the nail on the head.

Why is Berlin right for you?

Berlin for me is a combination of childhood impressions and new discoveries every day. I was born in Berlin but moved around a lot in my childhood, so coming back here felt like home and an adventure at the same time. Berlin makes me feel like I can decide who I want to be on a daily basis. Also, I love being able to go to the supermarket without running into an old acquaintance from high school.

Our Music Made Us campaign is told through the students, graduates, journalists, experts and passionate people who have been shaped by music. Discover their stories here


Loulou Baylis

Loulou is BIMM's Copywriter and joined the Marketing Team in March 2019. Loulou's main passions include music (especially anything to do with Fleetwood Mac), writing, and going on adventures (while trying not to get injured in the process).