Category Archives: interview

Disastronaut in Berlin – Interview with Jeff Reed

Jeff is becoming a regular on our radio. He comes over from the UK for a blitz visit to Berlin, and always, and nicely so, ends up in our studio talking with his old friend Adrian Shephard. Now, if these were cold war times, and the calendar would say 1973, and the thermometer would indicate -32ºC, we could probably tell different stories about Jeff’s visits to West- Berlin. Because, why would someone visit West-Berlin so often and only for 36 hours, if DDR is everywhere around you with their spies,…

Braille Satellite, Oscar Olias talks about the festival

On a rainy but delightful Sunday afternoon Oscar Olias came to our studio to talk about the Braille Satellite festival. The festival is held in Lithuania. The location is somewhere in the countryside. It is a place where contemporary archeologists can walk into old Soviet relics. Oscar talked about how he got in touch with the Lithuanians. He mentions his special relationship with Matas Labasauskas, the co-organiser of the festival.  Some of the performing artists are introduced. We play their music. We get to know Oscar’s vision. You need to…

Barbara Lazara performs An Enzymatic Meshing Machine

Barbara Lazara is a kind of regular on our radio. Adrian Shephard went to see her performance that rounded of a residency at Errant Bodies in Berlin. Adrian had a little talk with her before the show. You will hear this of course. Barbara talked about a very interesting observation. She said that one of the ways to take our DNA is to get a bit of saliva. And she continued that the same DNA had to contain lots of information on languages that we, as mankind, once used. This…

Beyond the Echo chamber -interviews and music with Matt Black of Coldcut

To celebrate the release of Coldcut’s new album ‘Outside The Echo Chamber’ (feat. Switch / With You., Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Roots Manuva, Ce’Cile, Junior Reid, Toddla T and more), Sounds of the Universe  hosted a soundclash between the original Ninja Tune founders with legendary producer and On-U Sound mastermind, Adrian Sherwood. The Wirebender went along and interviewed Colcut’s Matt Black.   It’s tempting to ask why no one thought of it sooner. Coldcut (Matt Black & Jon More) and Adrian Sherwood – kingpin of the legendary On-U Sound label – are…

The Wirebender presents: Interview with Alec Empire

What better way to celebrate the Wirebender’s third birthday with Radio On than an evening out with Ranjan Kumar and Atari Teenage riot? Radio On’ s man in the UK caught up with Alec Empire prior to the ATR gig at Under the  Bridge in London. Alec took time out to talk  to Ranjan about his career, ATR and his late night reading materials.  Alec Empire has completed a soundtrack for the German sci-fi thriller Volt.  Volt is written and directed by Tarek Ehlail and stars Benno Fürmann, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Ayo Ogunmakin,…

Radio On Brandstifter – Interview

On one of those normal anonymous mid-winter days in Berlin, when half the world is coughing and the other half is sneezing, on a day that the sun peeked through the clouds, and the U-Bahn trains were full of people who didn’t know where to go, and thus ended up travelling between stations, on such a mid-winter day that makes you think and hope that springtime is not far away, and that soon the rents might go down again, and Berlin will return to being a dirty poor town, without…

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…

Tuesday 28 February at 16:00hrs – Interview with Brandstifter

We are all orphans here, too close to the fire, afraid it will go out soon. Under signs of lost cats in a rain of love letters torn to pieces we hide that the streets are words written in asphalt calligraphy; walking them, you become a reader of hidden language On Tuesday 28 February at 16:00 Berlin Time we will talk with Brandstifter.  We will exclusively discuss the weather and how it connects to the cosmology of the Alltag. So many links  

Radio On Kino – reportage from Mim King interviewed by Adrian Shephard

It’s often the case that visitors to berlin explore and discover more than the residents. The performance artist Mim King has been coming to Berlin years before the wall came down and has a particular relationship with the city. In this interview she positively ‘plops’ herself (her words) as she reports on the kino museum in Potsdamer Platz (free entry on Thursdays 16.00-20:00). ‘It’s full of astronauts, aliens and angels’ – Ever wondered where that armor ended up from ‘wings of desire’ ? Yes it’s here as well ! –…