a bit about Simeon
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am studying the Master Programme CBP at CBS (Copenhagen Business School) and working for the Danish Design Centre as well. A lot of my activities revolve around design, in many different forms and functions. I am very interested in what and why we buy and use, read, wear etc., as I see it this is the primary communication between humans, and for me, everything that has a touchpoint to this is design.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
My worst job... Wow, I have had many! But probably a cafe job, as I really don't enjoy the unnatural interaction between a customer and the service personnel. I like to be helpful and give good service, if reasonable, but sometimes it can be degrading. E.g. I also worked in an office, as a piccolo. Most people were nice, but others had a hard time realizing that there actually was a human being behind the uniform. It is not because I experienced anything extremely discomforting, I really just dislike the distance that is imposed sometimes.
Were you born and raised in Copenhagen? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Copenhagen?
Born and Raised
What’s your current hood in Copenhagen and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
Nørrebro - where I grew up. I left Nørrebro when I was 14yrs old, but returned a year ago, as I moved in with my girlfriend - close to where I grew up. Even though Nørrebro is nothing as it was back in the day, it still attracts people who seek an urban edge. I love that. Even though Copenhagen is not the most urban city in the world, I get the vibe on a warm summer night where everybody is out enjoying the little bit of summer we receive. I just wish that it was the rule rather than the exception.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I know it sounds cheesy, but I listen to a lot of different stuff. However, my go-to genres are Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae, Indie and a little classical in the mix as well. I love exploring new music, and often challenge myself to listen to things that I do not initially like. Probably the only genre that I haven't come around to is Heavy Metal. I just cannot seem to find the time and place to listen to it. I don't think I hate any kind of music, but I do get annoyed when people just listen to the same damn ten songs all time. We get it "Sorry" is a good party starter, but just try to be open to something new, that you may not have heard before!!!
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I have a high school sweetheart, so I have actually never been broken hearted. However, I often do fantasise about it, because it breeds such strong emotion that has fostered so many great works! Drake - Marvins Room, Marvin Gay - Here My Dear album (Just magnificent, hear the whole thing!), Banks (Vibezz!), Anything with a 3/4 beat goes, 808 and heartbreaks. You get the picture.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
The Wire is a great show, it's just so real. As a Scandinavian, I really enjoy the Noir vibe. Breaking Bad is of Shakespearian standard, really amazing. Rick and Morty and Adventure Time are two funny shows as well. And the Office (however you should have stopped when Michael left. You are wrong for that one)
Name some spots in Copenhagen that are good for a Tinder date.
1. LA BANCHINA - So romantic and private. It takes a while to get there, so you get to talk to her/him as well. 2. Out for a beer. We Copenhageners don't like to get too fancy, just a beer and a cig at your local pub is good! 3. Home - what most of you all will do anyways.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Try to take Steven Colbert down. I challenge you.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
All over. Just get inspired
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Just chill around. Sit in parks, read books at a café.
Where do you go in Copenhagen for a casual night out?
The pub or a local cafe. Try Ravnsborgsgade!
What’s your choice of transportation in Copenhagen and why?
Bikes - come on.
What are the Copenhagen spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The waters. Go the main canal, it's just beautiful. The local areas. Copenhagen is small, get out of the centre and into the "bridge areas" as we call them. Louisiana - Arguably one of the best museums in the world
What are the Copenhagen spots tourists should run from screaming?
The bad end of the walking street (Down by Rådhuspladsen), Eating in Nyhavn - I have never done it myself, and have no desire to, Chinese Restaurants in the centre.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Copenhagen. How do you spend it?
The Danish summer nights are extremely long, so outside eating dancing and having fun in one of the parks in the city.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Copenhagen. I know it is boring, but the summertime in Copenhagen is just beyond words.