the hunt for denim in berlin Marco I page 05 Marco (24) Dedicated to the night life The RAW area is a fascinating urban space in downtown Berlin. Surrounded by four walls this area is filled with nightclubs, training boxes, art exhibitions and graffiti. A real cultural melting pot. It’s 11am and suddenly a drunk guy shouts “where is the party?” “We just got here” we shout back. “Do you wanna party with me?”, he shouts back in a tone that makes it obvious that he is still drunk from the night before. We see some guys building up for a fruit market where we meet Marco. He has been living in Berlin for eighteen months and moved here from Bayreuth near Nürnberg to study for his diploma in marketing and communication. He plans to pursue a career within event planning. Designing and marketing it offline as well as online. Why did you come to Berlin? »Well… I was raised in a small town called Bayreuth and I needed to move to a bigger city to enrol into university. I wanted to study marketing and the choice then came down to Berlin. The city has a big club scene and that was one of the main reasons to move here. I have been planning and executing events for a couple of years now and I hope to make that a way of living some day. Berlin has great opportunities for me to learn more within this field«. How does the RAW area play a part in the club scene in Berlin? »I would say it plays a big part. Come back tonight and you will see what I am talking about. We have some really cool clubs here, especially Cassiopeia is one of my favourites. Three floors playing all kinds of music, hip hop, funk, ska, dancehall, progressive, sludge, heavy, bastard pop, drum step. Whatever you like you will find it here! «. What is Berlin to you? »Berlin for me is the opportunity to show who you are; a space to be yourself and show your true self. Berlin inspires me with its club scene, the gigs – I’m trying to build up a network since it is impossible to arrange events on your own. You need to know which strings to pull; you need to know people that can cover all the areas of making an event. I am trying to find out what music directions are hip in Berlin, what kind of audience comes to the different clubs and how they set it up according to music themes and so on«. »Whatever you like you will find it here!« What is an ideal event? »That will be an electronic event with fast and loud music in a dark environment. Lots of bass and preferably some kind of dungeon that would make a cool atmosphere« What was the craziest party you ever went to? »That’s gotta be “The Fusion”. It’s a three day festival where we partied nonstop catching only a few hours of sleep every once in a while. There was so much crazy stuff going on there. Lots of people, loud music and dancing on the streets. It was crazy Some of the things that happened you wouldn’t believe if I told you; there you have to go yourself and experience it«.