Category Archives: Berlin

Zsolt Sörés, The Interview

The evening after he had performed together with Faust in the Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin, Zsolt came to our studio for a lengthy interview. He talked about his experiences with Faust, but above all he painted a vivid impression of the life of an artist as a young man in Budapest before and after the regime change in the years 1989-1990. Zsolt talks with great enthousiasm about all the new music that he heard and how this changed his life for ever. Time travelling, spending an evening with friends, music…

Adrian Shephard and Simon Wade talk with Jill Newman about Berlin 1980, Ziggy, Iggy and much more

Simon Wade, in Berlin on a visit and Adrian Shephard talked in our Radio On studio with their long time friend Jill Newman. The starting point of the talk is the Berlin connection. Jill came to Berlin in 1980 as a young au-pair girl. She was hosted by a family who lived in a house somewhere near a lake, and found herself in a Cindarella scenario. She talks about the people she met in the post-punk days in Berlin, and what happened one Christmas day very long ago. The second…

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show #15 – Once upon a time, West Berlin

In recent history the Soviet Union disappeared; and shortly before that Great Britain became insular again. The borders of European countries were constantly in movement and created different formed stains on the map. All empires have left their marks in the minds of generations, but also in cities, villages and in the countryside. On Radio On we have had some guests who talked about West Berlin. In all this rising and falling, Berlin for sure had its share. In the years 1961-1989 it was a very unique sociotope. Lord Litter lived…

Aubrey! – A conversation with Aubrey Heichemer by Shephard/Van Alebeek

In an other program here on Radio On Adrian Shephard expressed his fascination for the Victorian Age, a time when electricity was believed to be an occult force. But it was also the time people believed in nymphs and other little creatures that could talk to us in our dreams or in the woods. Adrian lives in a different century, but, nonetheless, when in that century somewhere in the far east of Berlin, in a factory hall that was used equally by the nazi regime as the DDR funkadelics, but…

Brothel Moon, a Full Moon special in two parts by Shephard/Van Alebeek

Somewhere in deep Neukölln in a neighbourhood still ruled by Balkan gangs, where women were held as slaves and the poor people shared their food with the rats, Adrian Shephard and Rinus Van Alebeek sat in a small kitchen of a former brothel. Between them a bare table with on it a bottle of cheap sake and a packet of biscuits from Aldi. It was a full moon night. In fact they could see the moon peek in through the kitchen window, there, right behind the chimney. A woman has bounced the moonlight…

Radio On Money, an interview with I-Wei Judi Li by Shephard/Van Alebeek

The interview with critical thinker/artist and former banker I-Wei Judy Li was made in the kitchen of the former Staalplaat shop on the Flughafenstrasse in Berlin, Neukölln. There is mention of the upcoming Olympic Games in London which gives the talk a faint historic aura. I-Wei was born in Taiwan and moved to Canada with her younger brother while still in her teens: A father who loves ballroom dancing,  grandmother and an arranged marriage, being a banker in Kenia, belonging to an astronaut family, Obama as grandma, where are the big…

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show, episode 7 (The conflicting stories of Berlin)

The radio shows by LL slowly start to become indispensable for the new Berlin immigrants. Take this latest episode in which he says that Germany needed Max Greger after the war. So, who is Max Greger? And what does he have to do with Berlin? Then think of the world war scars and ruins that are still present under the streets and buildings of Berlin, and think how the sound of the liberators taught the Germans to dance in a different way. And then he digs up Oscar Sala, who…

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show #3, a Puzzling Portrait of Berlin

The third show by Lord Litter, yes… Apart from the continuing (his)story of Underground Culture as viewed by LL himself, this show is yet another visionary’s portrait of Berlin. LL manages to change his point of view, and his appearance with every new song he announces through a very little story. And every song, such as every story puts a little spell on you, the listener. If these were the Amazons, and some smoke would be blown up your nose, other visions would arise. Here it is Berlin as a…

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show (episode 1)

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show is a puzzling portrait of the Berlin subculture era. Present day voices state that there is no subculture. But those are present day voices. Lord Litter raised from the ashes of post war Berlin and went through the grim cold war era, only to emerge in a brave new town. Subculture then was a territory occupied by the untouchables, a caste that was of no interest to the prophets of consumerism. Subculture disappeared because every sociocultural expression became marketable. Why this program? LL listened to…