SCHUHE. Bekanntlich kann man ja von ihnen nie genug haben. Leider hat mich der liebe Gott mit ziemlich großen Füßen gesegnet, deshalb werde ich wohl dem Klischee eines prall gefüllten Schuhschranks nie erfüllen. Aber gucken und träumen- das sollte noch nicht verlernt sein!?
Auf diesem Wege wollte ich euch den Online-Shop Mirapodo vorstellen. Onlineshops gibt es ja wie Pilze nach dem Regen, Mirapodo aber hat eine riesige Auswahl. Von Premium-Schuhen, über Sportschuchen zu Abendschuhen- ist alles dabei. Ich habe mich im Shop umgeschaut, um euch meine persönlichen Favoriten zu zeigen.

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Am 10. August wird der Gewinner ausgelost und benachrichtigt.

Viel Glück!

cover + story love. Numéro #135 August 2012.

Numéro #135 August 2012 : Anne Vyalitsyna by Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones

sometimes words are not needed. those images just speak for themselves.
photos via tfs

Karl, who?!

I already know that some people would love to kill me ( I'm exaggerating) after this post, but that's my opinion and I've kept an eye on this mess for a long time. I HATE KARL LAGERFELD. Not him as a person, but all the shit he's doing for the 34636462 brands. I once read somewhere: "Karl Lagerfeld is tireless." And that's the problem.

Everything seems to be like a field trip. Fendi, Chanel, Coca-Cola, Hogan, Volkswagen, Macy's and numerous other projects he's doing while taking care of his own brand Lagerfeld, photographing and designing costumes. And everyone seems to love it. "Oh...wow....amazing....stunning....fabulous....the master himself....Kaizer Karl!" I can't listen to it anymore. Is that talent?!

Sure, he's talented, but his work is not in progress, not innovative enough. He's not taking risks, not moving out of his safe champagne bubble! Does the lack of creativity come from all the distractions?

Take a look at Chanel Cruise 2013. What a horrible collection. Creepers at Chanel?! I know that is probably my problem, because I hate them, but the mix makes it so ugly. The hair, the make-up, the styling; disastrous. I totally understand the fact that Monsieur Lagerfeld is trying to keep up with the new, the trendy (I hate that word). But for what price? Mixing creepers with Harajuku-like hair & make-up and 18th century costumes won't help to keep a traditional brand like Chanel on the top.

photos via tfs

Interview with DJ Lukas Kloss

I love music. Well that is a quite impressive sentence, but at the same time a very trivial statement. I’m interested in music. That one sounds better, right?!  And how about: I have no idea how to make music and how to read notes.
But do I have to know musical terms to enjoy music?! No, not at all, because the psychological aspect of music is more interesting than the practical one. 
I had the chance to interview Lukas Kloss. Lukas is a Berlin born and raised DJ, but moved from the gentrified Berlin to Nuremberg in Bavaria. Starting to play in school discos and small events, he developed his skills and got booked by “Semester Musik” in Nuremberg.  The rest is history. Among the DJ’s he has played with, are well-known names, like Stephan Bodzin, Sascha Funke, Ben Klock, Timo Maas and many more.

Guess what? Your DJ sets a perfect for jogging. Every time I work out I don’t need to press repeat or next. Just one of your sets and an hour running passes by really fast.

Positive feedback always makes me happy. It's nice to hear that people really listen to the whole set from the beginning to the end. Indeed, DJ sets are perfect for jogging. The speed is almost always the same and it does not mess up the breathing. I myself listen to DJ sets and podcasts when I have time to go jogging, too!

Did your move to Bavaria influence your work as a DJ?

Definitely! In Nuremberg I've actually really started to play at big parties. In Berlin you’re a small DJ among many others. If you have the right skills and know the right people here in Nuremberg, it is certainly easier.
It all started with an open air party at Marienbergpark in Nuremberg. There, the former booker of the "Rakete”, the only relatively large house and techno club in Nuremberg, heard my music and wrote to me afterwards if I'd like to play my sets at parties at the “Rakete”.  Through the open air, I've met a lot of people in night life. Now I’m organizing my own parties and play sets on a regular basis. It’s something that is fun to do and at the same time I can gain a lot of experiences. I feel comfortable living here, and I am happy for having rapidly gained a foothold in Nuremberg.

What is your biggest goal? Playing a set at Berghain?

If I had to limit it to the musical, I actually achieve my goal every time I play my music in a crowded club and the people scream and make whistling sounds at each break, that kicks me enormously and I get goose bumps! Sure, it would be a big dream of mine to be able to play in a trendy club in Berlin once. I have already played at the former "Maria am Ostbahnhof", but if I could choose, I would personally prefer to play at Watergate rather than at Berghain. I think my sound is better off there. Otherwise it would be awesome to play on one of the major festivals, but I think that is and will remain a dream, but that's not so bad.

Is the process of creating a new set a spontaneous or a tedious one?

It’s different each time. Sometimes I do have a few new favorite tracks that work great together and I feel good about them. Then it goes fast. But sometimes it is difficult to make the selection so that the tracks fit together and the whole thing has a certain sequence. I'm not a perfectionist and I sometimes forgive myself one or two small mistakes in the mix, but sometimes it takes quite a while to pick the right tracks in order to mix a good set.

How do you feel about the whole David Guetta/Benny Benassi (fuckery)?

I have nothing in principle against this kind of music. A lot of people like it and have fun with it. For me personally, there is no heart behind it. Such producers always tend to make the same music, just because it sells. No question, they are good artists. David Guetta even had some really cool releases in the 90s, which I would play myself, if I had them on vinyl.
Nowadays I think it’s just all about the money. They only produce what people want and what they buy. That has nothing to do with sophisticated and well-conceived music. But I must honestly say that what they do, they do well. In the end everyone has to decide for himself whether to like or to hate this kind of music.

Van Morrison once said: “You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works. “Do you agree with that?

I think I've musically changed a lot over the last 3-4 years. In the past I was not much into house music. I always thought that this genre of music was cool, but at school parties or birthday celebrations I only played chart hits and went to hardcore punk concerts. My interest increased here in Nuremberg, because I met many people who have worked intensively with this kind of music. So I would definitely agree with that statement. If you would always do the same stuff, it would be boring; like playing the same tracks over and over again. I’m an artist, so that I can decide what I think is right and what I like.

What is your ultimate summer track?

Karri Chandler – 11th Hour / Stardust – Music sounds better with you

As a DJ you need to be very sensitive to listeners’ response. Do you feel pressured to ensure that the crowd is having a good time?

That is a balancing act, in my opinion; DJs are both, artists and service providers. Sure, I want people to have fun and dance to my music, but there are certain limits. I play for example, only what I like. I would never play a track, just because I know that people like it. As a DJ you have to do your own thing and develop a unique style. Only then you are interesting as a DJ and that’s the only reason why promoters will start to book you and why people want to listen to your music. On the other hand, DJ’s have to adapt to the predominant mood in the club. It all depends on what the DJ is playing before or after you, if you play at an open air or in a dark club. We need to be somewhat flexible. If you got all the skills, without losing your own style, then you're good..

Make sure you visit Lukas Kloss on soundcloud, facebook and on resident advisor.

Thanks Lukas for sharing your insights and good luck for the future. Thanks Theresa for your help.