How I Stay Alive: Camille, France.

Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with an abstract poem created through that month’s selection of responses and, thus, transform Berlin into a poet.  January‘s theme is How I Stay Alive.   Camille, France. “Let’s say that first of all, there’s my “official work” which is translating, I do some various articles and translate and write for publications. Then, we get into my hobbies but I still survive off my hobbies a little bit, so selling vintage, pop-ups a few times a year and I’ve just started trying to sell stuff online too, so there’s that. Then…. We get into the sketchier, I-need-rent, Craigslist segment of how I survive, so...

EP Watch: Kojey Radical – 97:Pure

Keep your ears peeled. Kojey Radical is staking his claim as one of the most formidable emcees in the UK. His EP release 97:Pure is more of a double single that acts as a wake-up call to those sleeping on his gruffness. Sitting at the intersection of hip-hop, grime and spoken word Kojey is carving out his space and what a space it is.   97   With the wave of 90s nostalgia still prominent and pervasive, Kojey kicks off this release with an anthem the tagline of which is ‘I’m bout it bout it like it’s 1997’. The song is a meandering celebration that moves from Kojey’s brazen call that ‘all young kings get beheaded’ a veiled reference to the Basquiat piece ‘Most Kings’ all the way to his hushed self-representation in the first verse. The musical motif that acts as a backbone to the song is a high...

Mary V. – “With Frank Sinatra” | Domicilium

Mary V. is a song writer with an old soul. Her quirky lyricism manages to amuse and cut deep within a single measure. Her performance at Domicilium was deeply moving and colored by the love story she lived while she was visiting her home state of Washington. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found at https://www.marcseestaedt.de. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month. If you’re in Berlin, come through for a warm, welcoming night of incredible artistry.

“Joan Is My Mother’s Name” – Craig Teatime

The night of our life, And the home that could be, It’s mostly just a room, With enough beds for a group of sleazy English lads, Or the accounting department catching a weekend off, To quench that age-old ambition Of a weekend bender abroad.   Ha-ha, see – It’s less of an apartment and more of a factory, Our Airbnb. I’ve heard of the Czech spring rising — Until the tanks closed in on those soft children And the Vltava was stripped of all its blue, Closing tight and killing any chance of life, The way that those who can close, do. Yet still for us, This is Prague in autumn, The music from the greasy bar rising up to the window sill that’s Broken and doesn’t close, Mind the shower’s cracked tray, Skin oils cold on bed clothes. The host knows, But what’s there to say – it was...

Mary V. – “All I Can Do” | Domicilium

Mary V. is a song writer with an old soul. Her quirky lyricism manages to amuse and cut deep within a single measure. Her performance at Domicilium was deeply moving and colored by the love story she lived while she was visiting her home state of Washington. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found at https://www.marcseestaedt.de. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month. If you’re in Berlin, come through for a warm, welcoming night of incredible artistry.  

“/ʔ/, /θ/ & /ð/” – Ziska Killat

Your first language is nostalgia. When I learnt to spell at school They told us not to say “SS” But “double S’’. What do you know about mouths? You have to stamp your little letters With spit to send them out. Who got to pick the sound of your voice? Do not say “SS”. “S”s require spit. They draw attention. How old is all this intention? Just born and full of sounds Your first language is nostalgia. Be observant of the stops. This one is full of stops. Do not say “SS”. Do not say “socialism” anymore either. Obstruct the airflow in the vocal tract Before vowels. Prevent vibration. Mouth dry and pausing. Wait, neatly – accommodate – attention. Your first language is nostalgia. Your first language comes with stories. So make good use of your teeth. Fought, sought, thought – Thinking, thoughts. Cause turbulence, Plot holes and dental friction:...

The DubTalk ft. Hamza

Hamza’s newly released EP “Tracks from Mars” was one of the key windows we got into the outcome of his practiced craft. He performed the EP’s title track as well as “One Two”, both tracks clearly demonstrating his self professed obsession with writing short, dense lines painting tales in pictures. His performance of his poem “Impassable Stretches” was our second opportunity to see him at work, albeit in a different frame of mind. For Hamza, rap and poetry occupy two distinct modes of expression that, although sometimes utilizing the same techniques, scratch different pieces of his artistic itch. If you’re pressed for time, you can see the performances on our new series “TRAX”, which is a compilation of all of the performances from The DubTalk.Related Links: Raymond Antrobus‘ collection of poems The Perseverance. The HBO series, Def Poetry Jam, from which you should find clips. TQ’s track “Westside” Scott Storch’s Wiki. Mike...

JAMZ ft. Hamza | The DubTalk

Hamza Beg was our guest for this month’s episode of The DubTalk. Though he isn’t usually one to freestyle, the spirit of the session overtook him, and he jammed out with us like a pro. JAMZ is our new series which compiles all of the best musical moments from The DubTalk so you can enjoy them when you’re in the mood to groove. We’ll be posting an episode of JAMZ every month in the lead up to the release of The DubTalk, so stay tuned. Episode 302 of The DubTalk premiers on Friday at 1700 CET! Hamza’s EP Tracks from Mars is available for listening and purchase on BandCamp. Editing, Mixing, Mastering done by Phips Witt who can be found on his website. Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe.

Olivia Shaw – “This Blaze Was Not a Mystery” | Domicilium

Olivia Shaw came to the Domicilium stage bearing pages from her journal. In an honest and vulnerable set, she offered us insight into daily musings, struggles, and inner turmoil. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found at https://www.marcseestaedt.de. Don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

TRAX by Hamza | The DubTalk

Hamza is the second guest to be featured on this season of The DubTalk. As you know if you’ve been keeping up with the weekly updates, we’ve decided to upload shorter compilations of some of the best moments from the episode in the lead up to its release. Our first new series is TRAX, a collection of all of the pieces performed by our guest. Hamza’s first piece is the title track off “Tracks from Mars”. He opens his EP with a clear statement of intent and style, which he delivered in the studio in his typical understated nonchalance. The second piece is a poem entitled “Impassable Stretches” wherein Hamza comes to a realization about depression while sitting in a chapel in solitude. His third and final performance in the K12 was a cheeky little number from “Tracks from Mars” entitled “One Two”. This track is a nod to all...