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RECORD STORES Hitsville vrs. Beat Retreat

We love Record Stores. We meet a veteran and a newcomer for a chat: Hitsville on Wallstraße is a true institution in Düsseldorf; Beat Retreat is the latest new kid on the block in Flingern on Ackerstraße. Both have one thing in common: their winning personalities.

Lauriston Avery

There are no wunderkinds in the art world, despite everything what it may look like, it actually takes years of concentrated focus and effort in the studio. Lauriston Avery has dedicated an extensive amount of time working in his New York studio, mastering the process of manipulating vernacular materials, such as soil, glue, feathers, mirrors, hair, and turn these into a provocative body of work.

Philipp Westerbarkei

A cold wind whistles as the minibus arrives at the grounds of the rehearsal stage of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duisburg. Voices, laughter and lively hustle and bustle can be heard. One of them catches your eye immediately because of his physical presence: Philipp Westerbarkei. We meet him this Saturday in Duisburg to talk about his current production, „Roméo et Juliette“ by Charles Gounod.

Selena | Sanescere

A dimly lit staircase at the (music venue) Zakk, music in the background and we meet Selena on the stairs. It’s been in the works for a while. Now it’s finally happening, in the context of the Fem_Pop Festival, and she smiles at us happily. She just played a concert with her band „Sanescere“ and now has time to talk to us. About music, family and her vision for Düsseldorf.

Tom Blankenberg

Music and silence are mutually exclusive. Generally speaking. However, the musician and sound designer Tom Blankenberg convinces you of the opposite. His sound threads weave silence into music. Now his first album has been released – „Atermus“. We visited Tom Blankenberg in his studio in a Flingern backyard.

BESIDE THE AUTOBAHN

What will be the sound of Düsseldorf in 2020? Meike Glass and Thorsten Schaar present six bands of which we hope to hear much more in the future. Brian Storm of Studio Rabotti, an illustration collective from Flingern, has illustrated the local musicians exclusively for us.

LATE NIGHT DIVES AKA Düsseldorf Spelunken

These places have stories to tell. Often frowned upon but still dearly loved. Things get a bit more excessive and wilder here than in other pubs. The ceilings and lighting are low and if only their walls could talk…

Brian Storm

Wim Wenders, Pharrell, Liam Gallagher and Frank Ocean, they all have received the royal treatment: an illustration by Brian Storm.

A day with Elvir Omerbegovic

He runs ‘Selfmade Records’, the most successful German hip hop label of the last ten years where rappers like Genetikk, Casper or the 257ers are or were under contract.  With his new label ‘Division’, he is responsible for RIN who represents a new generation of German hip hop artists. He is also the ‘President of Rap’ at Universal Music Germany, his fashion label ‘Pusher Apparel’ is selling like hotcakes and he has a private collection of sneakers and sweatpants. What drives somebody like Elvir Omerbegovic? THE DORF met the 37 year old at his office in Düsseldorf.

Kaspar van de Water

Kaspar van de Water is the brain behind Callshop Radio, a radio station, that is on air since April 2017. Together with Fernando Diaz, he founded the radio station following the example of independent online stations like NTS Radio and Red Light Radio from London and Amsterdam respectively.