For ‘In Berlin’, we speak to friends from Berlin’s rich music scene about their favourite places and things in the city. This month, Dimitra Zina from Piranha Record.
When did you move to Berlin?
October 16th, 2015. I think it was a Friday and pretty sunny for Berlin standards.
Who is your top Berlin artist at the moment?
There are many artists whose work I like. Some of my favourite ones include The Polyversal Souls, Àbáse, Dengue Dengue Dengue and, of course, the artists I work with: Alhousseini Anivolla, Farafi and Rasha Nahas, to name a few.
Tell us your go-to places to eat and drink.
If I had to pick, I’d probably suggest Nathanja & Heinrich for a coffee, Zweiner’s for a drink and good music on vinyl, and YAAM or Gretchen for a concert, as they always have nice bookings. For food, Knödelwirtschaft is a good place for some German flavours. Other than that, there are plenty of good Turkish and Middle Eastern restaurants – just take a walk around Kreuzberg or Neukölln and you’ll rarely go wrong.
What’s the best way to spend one really good day here?
On a sunny day, I’d definitely recommend taking a walk down the river. The overall Maybachufer area is my favourite to chill by the canal, have a coffee, and why not, maybe even take a small airboat and have some fun on the Spree. There are plenty of parks and nice areas all over Berlin; one just needs a bike.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
The fact that there is everything for every taste; food, cafés, bars, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, concerts… The city feels truly alive. And of course, those who are in it are the ones that make it so special. I’ve had the luck to meet many great people while living here and to experience so many beautiful things. I guess this is what keeps us all inspired in Berlin at the end of the day.
And your least favourite?
Lack of sunshine during winter. Plus, the difficult housing situation can unfortunately get quite annoying.
Aside from those mentioned already, Festsaal Kreuzberg, Arkaoda, Badehaus, Katerblau should definitely be mentioned.
What’s the most gratifying thing about working for a label that deals with so much musical diversity?
I think exactly what you mentioned – the musical diversity and multiculturalism that exists at Piranha Records. Bringing all those sounds, from literally any place around the world, to the forefront. Giving the space and the means for the various musical cultures and traditions to be heard. And definitely, connecting with all those artists and getting to know their stories, as they always have something beautiful and inspiring to share. All these are the most rewarding things for me. It is definitely a challenging task, to swim against the flow, especially when the direction of mainstream media is far different – but, that’s also the beauty of it.
Dimitra Zina is manager and A&R at Berlin label and publishing company, Piranha Records. She’s been working in music marketing, promotion and management since 2015. More at: piranha.de