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City walk with Jens Friebe : From ballroom to ballroom

In the Video for the title song of Jens Friebes new Album sees the musician in a single shot, as he step firm falls short of a Heath landscape. Friebe is wearing a pin-striped pajamas, a necklace of gold plastic beads and red nail Polish. His gaze is intently directed at the camera, he sings in the: "Fuck Penetration!" Two companions, also in pajamas, singing the chorus of the Anti-Macho anthem.

If you agree to a city walk with Jens Friebe, he wears also a necklace and nail Polish, but otherwise with a pair of Chinos, a leather jacket and a cotton bag in the Kreuzberg road. The Route proposed by Friebe, begins, however, in Alt-Treptow: from the new festsaal Kreuzberg to the old festsaal Kreuzberg. So from the flood ditch, where Friebe on may 25. January, the final concert of his album tour, will play the legendary Venue in Skalitzer street, which was gutted by fire in July 2013.

Here Friebe has played since the beginning of the 2000s concerts to many of his albums, clever, melancholy, in the right Places, fun Shows. "It was a very special, atmospheric Loading, with the gallery above, and with good people that have made him – and still do." The new Location is a worthy successor, says the 43-Year-old. "The programme has remained good and the Sound is maybe even better than in the past."

In Kreuzberg on the theme of gentrification down over los jumps a formally

So, for the Winter, mothballed webs of the club of the Visionaries, the Silesian road. Later Monday morning, everyday traffic, not a party hustle and bustle there. Just to the right of the construction site is buzzing Cuvrybrache, where office and commercial buildings. "Oh, I thought the rehearsal rooms and art studios!", says Friebe and saves the Grin.

Even if you do not want to be aware of talk about gentrification – "because they all say eh always the Same" – you just can't run through Kreuzberg, without a starts the topic. That's why at least here: "If even a left-social democratic government could handle any moderately socially responsible housing policy, you might think: Okay, then that is not perhaps too simple," says Friebe. "But the KPÖ in Graz has proven that it is." Could googling each one by yourself. Indeed, are there, in the provincial capital of Styria, in Austria, last beautiful, affordable public residential buildings were created.

regional patriotism is only in the Hip-Hop important

Only a few more steps, in a nameless backyard Studio in the Silesian street, has admitted Friebe at the beginning of 2018, the new Album "Fuck Penetration", together with Berend Intel man and Chris Imler – the two Berlin-based Indie warhorses were also involved in Friebes previous panels, "The car is no matter, the main thing is that nothing happened to you" (2007), "Change" (2010) and "naked fear take off your clothes, we go" (2014).

The title suggests, what is confirmed during the conversation. Friebe a more entertaining conversationalist, ironic, and quietly. In view of the on naturally trimmed wood facade of a whole foods market comes to him: "In Helsinki, there is a Church made of this wood. Everything inside in a cosy ski huts-Style with bright cushions. A Hygge-Church!“ – whose God wear probably Norwegian Sweater, Rooibos vanilla tea to drink, and Board games.

Friebe lives in Kreuzberg, he likes the area, could imagine but also to live in other parts of the city. "I'm not a regional patriot," he says, "this is something that the Hop is rather in the Hip-important to the Identity of the various Hoods".

"How many White trash there was actually, over the years?"

again and again the path leads past concert clubs, at the Lido ("since I have never played"), or at the Bi Nuu in the station of Schlesisches Tor, which holds Friebe as a rainday location for the festival hall Shows in the first time after the fire in high honor. Then at the private club in the basement of the former post office. "When I was new in Berlin, in 2002 or so, I was here more often, at parties, once on a comic Songwriter competition, where I occurred out of competition, and I don't know exactly why," recalls Friebe.

at that Time, the Club was still under the railway market hall in Kreuzberg, only since the beginning of 2013, he is in the Skalitzer Straße. Clubs Hiking now, once, die, and rise again. "How many White trash there was actually, over the years? Five?“

further it goes on and on, a construction site is noisy, the power high rail. "Around the corner Christiane Rösinger lives," says Friebe and suggests a greeting to his old companion on the road.

Oh, and since I live over a girlfriend, had helped him to overcome a creative crisis. "You said,' I listen to your crying any longer. Do you write from now on, every day for a month. And then I'll decide whether or not this is shit! This worked surprisingly well.“

"clothes moths have forfeited my empathy"

The chicken house-roasted chicken scented cloud in the corner of görlitzer Park are marked. Friebe recommends for sensible food in the Vietnamese Restaurant Huong Quê in the Wiener Straße 61. "They have very good meat replacement stuff, I'm a vegetarian. The wrong duck is super!“ Although: "I would at any time, if you would taste, well dress and eat moths. Species whose business model it is to eat other people's clothes, have forfeited my empathy.“

The path leads diagonally left, in the direction of the Spree forest pool. "I try to go every two days for a swim. Always a kilometres in various locations. Swimming is the only Sport I can bear. If I even for a Minute jog, I will immediately heartbreaking,“ says Friebe.

Now the Wiener Straße back to the Kotti, then around to the left, past the billboards and bus stops with thigh-slapping-sexist electric market advertising. The Friebe, of course, stupid, but: "I'm sceptical about bans in such areas. If officials decide what is sexist and what is not, it can go really wrong. In the end, everything is forbidden, what kind of has to do with Sex. But if I could decide, I would be, of course!“

A more Hygge-and-wood facade of a Biomarkts, then Friebe is in front of the property and the ruins of the old Banquet hall Kreuzberg, through the gate, you will see the not-so-extremely littered the yard. Posters, Graffiti, all the doors are tight. "The Sad thing is, it looks from the outside as if everything would be fine." There's no fist clenches, there glistens no tears, sentimental Friebe.

The demise of a vibrant subculture

five years Ago, at the time of the fire, he remembers, was a threat to the SO36, Knaack-Club had to close. "You had the feeling: Now is here made everything flat," said Friebe. "And that is exactly also the festival in the burns hall, quasi-symbolic of the demise of a vibrant subculture."

A small detour to the Südblock.-low-rise building, are only a few meters, a tea is still in there. An extremely friendly Location here, of course, the capacity is no comparison with the dining hall. "Our Small work of art," says Friebe, he means it with Affection. How often he stood on the stage, as a guest of the local Popgröße Christiane Rösinger organized musical Revue series, "Flittchenbar". In November, he was here Album Premiere, Friebe alone with Half-Playback, as a preparation for the big Tour with a Band.

time for home. Friebes gaze wanders across the square to a charcoal grill restaurant. The balloons hang from the opening ceremony. Funny, he finds, here the development was to be the other way. Not long ago, a Commerzbank branch office was in the rooms.


25. January occurs Jens Friebe at festsaal Kreuzberg, flutgraben 2,. The entrance costs 18 Euro, Tickets are available at: www. festsaal-kreuzberg.de.

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