A Guided Tour of Hamburg with SESSION VICTIM

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We travel to Hamburg to check out the German city with popular house music duo Session Victim.

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Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and is the last stop from mainland continental Europe before you cross into Denmark and Scandinavia. We travel to the northern German city to catch up with Session Victim on what makes the city so popular.

You’ll go a long way to find a house duo that makes the most of soul, disco and hip-hop within house music. A lot of their sound will take you to the 70’s, as their ability to that is one reason why they are so popular. If hollywood were to remake cult classics like foxy brown and Saturday night fever, Session Victim will certainly be on the soundtrack.

Session Victim’s sampling sessions and spontaneous sounds has seen them build a successful reputation. This was evident when their debut LP ‘The Haunted House Of House’, released in 2012, became the benchmark of their success. That LP enabled them to be internationally recognised on the house scene.

It’s not just because they graft between studio time in Hamburg and Berlin that make them successful, but also the fact they’re friends of more than 20 years too. This is probably just as much of a reason why they consistently deliver, as they have that friendship coordination. So while they’re in Hamburg, we thought we will go around the city and learn where they like to go during their off-time.

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Where’s the best place for a first date?

If the weather is alright, my first choice would be the Elbstrand, watch the sunset over the harbour and have a drink at the Strandperle. For bad weather, I sincerely hope that a decent arcade bar will open soon, that is definitely one thing Hamburg is missing for me.

Elbstrand Hamburg
Photo Credit: prachtvoll

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

Taking a long walk in the Volkspark. We have quite a few nice parks in Hamburg but this one is my favourite.

Volkspark Hamburg
photo credit: panoramio

Where serves the best breakfast?

We often have breakfast at the Panter on Marktstrasse. It’s very close to our studio and we tend to stay the nights there.

Panter hamburg
Photo Credit: typisch-hamburch

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

I don’t go to bars a lot but if I do the toast bar in St Pauli offers good music and decent drinks.

toast-bar-hamburg
Photo Credit: Kyra Garske

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

Right now the PAL, exactly the kind of club we felt Hamburg was missing. Great booking, good sound and those kind of nice people you can have a fine messier night with.

Pal Club Hamburg
Photo Credit: elektropastete

How would you describe your city’s style?

I don’t really know, people sometimes say that the Hamburg mentality is a bit cooler and people aren’t so welcoming but I never had that feeling. The city is a bit cleaner than other big cities in Germany.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

Since our favourite shopping is vinyl shopping, Sternschanze still has many record stores within just a square mile. There’s lots of nice little non record stores too of course.

Burnout Record store Sternschanze Hamburg
Photo Credit: Yelp

What song sums up your city?

Bahamadia ‘Three The Hard Way’. The song has nothing to do with Hamburg in general but I bought the record the day I moved here and whenever I hear it, it takes me back to those days.

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