Berlin, Germany
Stas, 33
Music Manager
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a bit about Stas

What are you working on these days?

I work at K7 Records, home to the famous DJ Kicks mixes, in a beautiful converted crematorium in Wedding. We also look after a large number of smaller independent labels, specialising in everything from underground electronic music to more obscure and unusual world music releases.

What drives you mad these days?

Not a lot. I like to let the little annoyances in life slide, sit back and watch the world unfold and change around me.

What makes you happy?

Like I mentioned in “What drives you mad?”, sitting back and watching life unfold around me. This could be a slow walk in a park, watching my dog play in the dog run, unexpected pleasant conversations with strangers, a street side beer in the sun, catching up with friends over some wine or enjoying the bizarre and beautiful characters that the Berlin nightlife has to offer.

When was the last time you cried?

Watching A New Hope just after we lost Carrie.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Check out Wind by Venetian ambient artist Gigi Masin. I've been obsessed for over a year now, which is a good sign!

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Berlin has a wealth of fantastic vintage stores, Made In Berlin is a great example.

What’s your go-to café in Berlin?

Bonanza is the best coffee I've had in my life!

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

I love Auguststraße and I will indeed detour from whatever route I’m taking in case it’s near. During the day you have an abundance of art galleries, cafes, bars and shops. At night the stunning old-style street is lit by beautiful old street lamps.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Berlin but never actually do?

I honestly don’t think there’s something I love to do here that I don’t do, if I want to do it I’ll do it! I’ve recently enjoyed taking in the beautiful lakes.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I would take Carl Sagan to any of the many chilled out bars the city has to offer, so we could drink wine and talk about the universe until the sun came up. Then talk about the science behind the sun coming up.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

The board game cafe in Friedrichshain for an afternoon of geeking out.

What’s that place in Berlin you feel like only you know about?

I love the dog run in Hasenheide Volkspark. You can easily spend half a day sitting and watching what I like to call ‘dog politics’. The view of the old hunting path outside of the dog run is pretty stunning too.

If tomorrow was your last day in Berlin before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I’d get all the friends I’ve made here to the Grillplatz at Templehof Park (a disused airport with a lot of history, since turned in to a glorious park space) and drink wine and eat until sunset.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Most people will guide you towards trendy Kreuzberg or super-cool Neukölln, but I have a real soft spot for the more chilled and pretty streets of Prenzlauer Berg.

What’s the spot in Berlin you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Any dodgy bars or food spots loudly advertising cheap cocktails and bad grub to the visiting stag dos and hen parties. If you’re going to get married and you want to celebrate in Berlin, the city has so much more to offer you than this.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I'd head to the dog lake with Luna and a bottle of Sekt.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

I’m devouring books (I’m a bit of a science – and science fiction – nut, and more recently eastern philosophy) and comics at the moment, and I’ve been making music since I can remember.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

It has to be Berghain, it really is the best club on the face of the planet.