A Guided Tour of Berlin with Konrad Black

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We're in Germany for a stroll around its capital city, Berlin. Our guide of this bustling city is music producer and performer, Konrad Black.

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Disenchanted with the drum and base scene that started his production career, Konrad Black effortlessly evolved his style, and soon went on to found the acclaimed Wagon Repair label. To co-inside with his new intricate sound he relocated to Berlin, moving from producer to performer and filling out gigs all over Europe.

Where’s the best place for a first date?

Berghain! You'll definitely know where you stand with someone right from the get go, and if things are going well then there're plenty of cozy corners to get better acquainted.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Wunderground Music

Where’s your preferred place to chill and clear your head?

During the summer months both the field at Templehof airport and the grassy hill at Mauerpark are nice spots to lay back and get some much needed sun, the latter being because it's right behind my house. A walk through one of the many graveyards around town is also good for some perspective. That actually came about one day as I was walking home on one of those really long walks you sometimes find yourself on, you know, it's sunny and you missed the U-Bahn so you just start walking.

On the way home it just seemed that every shortcut through what I thought was a park ended up being a graveyard. There must have been four or five along the way. I found it quite peaceful and again, the sun was shining which made it all the more pleasant of a walk.

Konrad Black

Where serves the best breakfast?

Right now for me it's Industry Standard.

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Where’s your favourite place to have a quiet drink?

The Forsberg a great little speakeasy that by day is the working studio of painter Charles Forsberg and by night a quaint little bar that serves a mean cocktail. Some old prohibition era favourites, some of his own devices. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only.

Konrad Black
PHOTO CREDIT: I Heart Berlin

What to wear...

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SHOP: Only & Sons Long Sleeve Shirt | Publish Colton Trousers | Timberland Boots

Where’s your favourite place to have a messier night?

Where does one begin, no wait, where does one end, that's the tricky part. It's Berlin so there's an endless supply of bars and clubs and everyone talks incessantly about them, so let's skip to the messy part.

Let's say that the best place to end up after a long night can sometimes be as simple as hitting up your our local Kniepe, or pub; the local bar on every corner with the old timers, the dart boards and the cheap beers. Many a morning has turned into an afternoon at the Kniepe....especially when the darts come out.

How would you describe your city’s style?

Nobody has put it quite so succinctly as Berlin's former Mayor Klaus Wowereit did in 2004 when he said "Berlin ist arm, aber sexy" which, when translated, means "poor but sexy". Berlin is certainly not as poor these days, but it definitely still rings true as a general style description.

Konrad Black

Where are your favourite places to shop?

Darklands, Apartment, Kuboraum and Aurelia Paumelle.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Bruce Eye Wear

What song sums up your city?

Two songs that sum up this beautifully drab cityscape for me are Fad Gadget's Collapsing New People (either the London Mix or the Berlin Mix which features Einstürzende Neubauten for that full Berlin 80's industrial feeling), and David Bowie's Sense Of Doubt from Heroes. Both records were recorded in Berlin at Hansa studios and both capture sonically what I love about the city.

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