If you want to make a statement, make it trashy, make it bizarre, make it the Berlin Music Video Awards!

The Berlin Music Video Awards

What a great month June was.

The Queen was in town, I did a documentary and ended up on German TV.

Wow!

You couldn’t make it up.

But having said that, I’m not in the least surprised as this fascinating city of Berlin is just so brilliant.

Berln Music Video Awards
Berlin Music Video Awards – One must do everything and all!

It’s brilliant because there is so much to do and sometimes one simply cannot choose. One must do everything and all!

May is the beginning of such a season.

The merry season.

The oh-my-god-the-sun-is-shining-what shall we do next season!

One of such amazing events is that of the Berlin Music Video Awards.

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If you recall, last year I wrote a brilliant post about the first time I attended the Berlin Music Video Awards and

It.

Was.

Epic.

In fact, it was such a great event and a well-written post that it in my opinion, it was THE post that actually turned my blog into a completely different direction!

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Yes, it was the post that changed The British Berliner from being just another blog, to a post that opened the door to amazing things and fabulous opportunities coupled with hard work, a huge pile of enthusiasm and plenty of good old-fashioned gumption!

This year, I was able to attend quite a bit of the three (3) day and four (night) long event. Not only that but my husband – The Music Producer – was also in attendance AND our friends – Sticky Biscuits – were nominated for “best trash” category. Sadly, they didn’t win, but it was a great experience anyway and all part of the fun!

So let’s start with the nitty-gritty.

Myself at the Berlin Music Video Awards

WHAT IS THE BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS?

The Berlin Music Video Awards or BMVA is a four-day music video festival for local and international film-makers, producers, musicians and directors passionate about the art of music videos.

The festival includes full-length screenings, award ceremonies, live shows, workshops and after parties gathering a hip crowd from all over the world and is a great opportunity for independent artists and film-makers to get national and international exposure and to showcase their creativity while networking with emerging and established industry professionals.

Berlin Music Video Awards - Myself with the baby Berliner Bear!Created by Aviel Silook in 2013, the logo of the Berlin Music Video Awards has turned into three (3) bears standing tall and operating a video camera instead of two (2). One (1) bear for each and every year that the Berlin Music Video Awards has been in existence!

WHAT’S THE BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS REALLY ALL ABOUT?

BMVA2015 The programme.

Well, the Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVA) is an annual festival that puts filmmakers and the art behind music videos in the spotlight. It provides a platform for talented film-makers who are both unknown or who are famous and is a primary networking event for the video and music industry in Europe.

Filled with a vast selection of music video marathons, professional judges, live performances, camera workshops, 3D animation/VFX and editing, filmmakers and directors forums, and networking with fans, other musicians or film makers, and the industry. The BMVA is a platform for everyone, including people who direct, produce, edit or perform, to people who are simply truly interested in the art.

Absolutely anyone can participate.

Budget, label and names are not a determining factor.

Regardless of the language, genre or popularity of the work, the BMVA rewards and supports the inventiveness of video creators on items such as quality, originality and diversity.

This year, the third (3rd) annual Berlin Music Video Awards exciting event took place between May 27th – 30th, 2015 and attracted:

  • 150,000 views within a fortnight or two (2) weeks.
  • 60,350 fan votes.
  • 3,600 visitors.
  • 350 delegates.
  • 120 nominees.
  • 109 production companies from 25 countries.
  • 60 film production companies.
  • 21 international jury members.
  • 16 music performances.
  • 7 fantastic votes.
  • 2 after-party parties.

What a performance!

Myself with Naren, the ultimate prize winner, at the Berlin Music Video Awards in 2014.
Myself with Naren, the ultimate prize winner, at the Berlin Music Video Awards in 2014.

Being a press person, I made it my business to poke my nose here and there and to talk to random people about why and what they were doing at the BMVA, and I met a hell of a lot of interesting people such as:

Torsten – one of the V.I.P. co-ordinators who was awfully nice and told me that I should have been given a bracelet so that I could go backstage as “press.” I only actually got that bracelet pretty much on the last night but it was all good. Yours truly always tries to make it happen no matter the circumstance. And seriously, when has the little matter of not having a “members” or “backstage” bracelet, not having an invitation, or not even having a ticket, ever been an issue?!

It never has LOL!

David Hawkins at the Berlin Music Video Awards © Marie Capesius Photography.
David Hawkins at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
© Marie Capesius Photography.

I met David Hawkins one of the hosts and an American. Of course, being that it’s Berlin, the man is a hotshot of talent such as being a published author, a photographer, an actor and a co-owner of a radio station known as Liquid Radio.

I met Sarah O’Neill from Not Your Girlfriend DJ Set who was the resident DJ for one of the nights and is an Irish-Canadian lady who was born in Cork and grew up in Canada. She has been living in Berlin for five (5) years and was previously a designer.

The Berlin Music Video Awards - Roc Roc It doing his stuff at K17- The Club. ©Fausto Mattia Marino
The Berlin Music Video Awards – Roc Roc It doing his stuff at K17- The Club.
©Fausto Mattia Marino

I met the very mad but extremely funny Roc Roc It. He’s not only a comedian and one of the stage act performers for the BMVA but also one of the judges too! Roc Roc It is one of the performing acts from a collection of freaks weirdos and circus performers called The Squidling Brothers Circus Side Show and is a travelling German human curiosity and freak show performer. A really weird but lovable funny guy who is literally covered all over with tattoos and can swallow balloons and pull and lift things with his ear lobes! In fact, Roc Roc It made a brilliant performance by hanging an iron anchor by his ears LOL!

Paul Salamone getting cosy with the Berliner Bear at the Berlin Music Video Awards!
Paul Salamone getting cosy with the Berliner Bear at the Berlin Music Video Awards.!

Paul Salamone: One of the hosts and also one of our personal friends. He’s one of Berlin’s best comedians and is one of the leading founders of Berlin’s underground comedy scene. The man is a genius and I’ve known him for about eight (8) years when our various circle of friends were still trying to source-out what they reeeeeeally wanted to do in life and all the shows at that time were free, the price of you making a fool of yourself and doing a free-style-I-don’t-know-what-the-hell-I’m-doing-but-my-friends-made-me-do-it-stand-up-open-mic comedy thing or a few shots of cheap whisky to motivate the crowd!

You can find yourself and experiement. While in Berlin!
You can find yourself and experiment. While in Berlin!

Berlin is good for that as you can take your time and experiment on the various possibilities that this city has to offer.

I met Martina who was a member of the production team, a Stage Manager and was from Italy. Her job was to take care of the script, the running order of affairs, what’s happening, what is supposed to happen, and to work and build a team. She is an actor by profession and an opera singer!

Brunettes Shoot Blondes - Bittersweet
Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Bittersweet

I also met Evgeniya representing the Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes. They have become extremely successful and even managed to make a commercial for Opel the car company which brought them seven (7) million views on YouTube which is an amazing feat! Going viral was so unexpected that they had to have help in dealing with the media and the attention of the video. And isn’t that what many people who work with some form of social media want?

But to be honest, do you really want to go viral and if you do go viral, how would you handle it? Would you break the internet? Would you freak out? Or would you ask for help?

Photo@ Avisionn Photo

In fact, one of my posts went viral too: Gosh! Riga in Latvia is gorgeous. 10 reasons to go there right now! It was a shock as it was so unexpected but the people of Latvia didn’t think so. They loved it and they showed it by clicking and sharing. I ended up with 22,000 shares and likes!

On one post!

For that, I’m eternally grateful. Thank you so much people from Riga in Latvia!

Fisal Campbell - Somebody Else
Fisal Campbell – Somebody Else

I met Fisal Campbell a New Yorker, a King Fu Master, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and creative thinker. I found him of interest as he was wearing an English man’s top hat in the throng of the Berlin madness and was guarded by Pablo a video and web design expert of Uruguayan and German heritage, who lived in Bavaria and once upon a time use to be a real estate agent! His mission in life was to make Fisal and his band Somebody Else a popular house-hold name!

It’s so funny how this world is such a small place. Did I tell you that during my GAP YEAR days, I met a rather interesting couple in Hong Kong and then met the very same couple in Singapore!

I mean.

Really?!

Gosh!

In this case, in talking to Fisal who I have never in my life met before, I discovered that I actually knew his sister – Tamika Campbell – who I know as one of the funniest female comedians in Berlin and who is a bellyfull of laughs!

The Berlin Music Video Awards at K17 - The Club. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro.
The Berlin Music Video Awards at K17 – The Club.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro.

The venue of the BMVA this year was in the K17 club. Based in the student-land suburb of Friedrichshain, the K17 club had an intimate space where artists and performers could either hang out at the bar or learn some new talent and skills of how the brilliant videos were made or evolved. The outside yard was turned into an open-air party with a live D.J. and food hall outlets such as La Cuina, Gourmet Food, Crepes Mama and KlubGrill.

Berlin Music Video Awards

It had a very nice vibe. Natalia Kirby and Moises Richart the owners of La Cuina Gourmet Food in particular, were nice enough to give me various samples of their gooey seafood dishes that kept me warm and drove away the pangs of hunger. They are master rice-makers and make the most amazing paella with black rice, squid and a type of risotto along with a gazpacho manchego made with game and “pebrella” a herb grown only within the Valencia community!

Neue Heimat - street food, music and art in Berlin.

On the last day, the venue moved to Neue Heimat in the suburb of Friedrichshain and where a complete bevy of clubs, bars, village markets, food and art happens to be located.

The various categories and nominated artists and videos were of very high quality and films with great artistic value. Great cinematography short videos on the silver screen with 20% of the nominations coming from the online voting of the public and 80% of the nominations coming from experts in the field of established producers, film-makers, musicians and the music video industry from all around the world.

You know how much I like independent films. I like Hollywood blockbusters too and I’m certainly not averse to the likes of the apocalypse film – 2012, nutty films like Seven Psychopaths or silly films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels which I thought was hilarious LOL!

Emotional Fuse Box.

Yep! I’m weird like that.

For its 3rd edition, the BMVA festival was bigger, stronger and louder than ever before!

Over 4000 visitors from all around the world rushed to K17 and Neue Heimat to attend the event and enjoyed 130 music videos, live shows, workshops and mad after-parties. The glittering carpet and grand finale took place in the presence of Paul Cless, August Schram, Beissoul & Einius, Steril and Chris Craft.

The 13 category-winners this year are:

Paul Cless: Best Editor - Berlin Music Video Awards.
Paul Cless: Best Editor – Berlin Music Video Awards.

• Best Editor: Wolfgang Schröder | We Make Movies for “F**k That Sh*t” by The Synchronizers ft. The Evil Twin of Paul Cless.
• Best Narrative: Christian Alsan & Carlo Oppermann | Ambitious Films for “Wie Ich” by Kraftklub.

Best Concept: Brunettes Shoot Blondes - Knock Knock
Best Concept: Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Knock Knock

• Best Concept: Andrew Kovaliov | SYT-X for “Knock Knock” by Brunettes Shoot Blondes.
• Best Director: French directors MEGAFORCE for “Can’t Help Myself” by Brodinski ft. SD.
• Best Song: Chefhain Weltrekords | Fungayi Lange for “Millimaxi” by Pilskills.
• Best Cinematography: Stian Andersen | Creo K4 for “Skulls” by Röyksopp.
• Best Art Director: Loïc Andrieu | Emael Films for “Rouge” by Keffer.

Best Animation: The Prodigy - Berlin Music Video Awards
Best Animation: The Prodigy – Berlin Music Video Awards

• Best Animation: Mascha Halberstad | Superfelix for “Wild Frontier” by The Prodigy.
• Best Visual Effects (VFX): Factory Fifteen | Nexus for “Function / Void” by The Bug.
• Best Experimental: SHINY for “Volta” by Andrew Reynolds.
• Best Lo-Fi: Marek Partyš for “Nipomo” by DVA.
• Most Trashy: Rio Grande | Aufderlichtung for “Iron Man” by Babyman.
• Most Bizarre: Torsten Lang & Larissa Blau for “Time In-Depth” by Excessive Visage.
• The Final Awards Ceremony:

The Final Winners - MEGAFORCE at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
The Final Winners – MEGAFORCE at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

• Best Music Video 2015: The French directors MEGAFORCE. They were awarded a €2000 cash prize and 20 hours at Dailymotion’s studio in Paris.

The live performers were:

Live Performers at the BMVA

• Dong Kong
• Weaponised
• Pilskills
• Austrian Apparel
• Mr. Bruce
• Marc-Allen Gray
• Kat Vinter

Our friends - Sticky Biscuits. © Melissa Jundt
Our friends – Sticky Biscuits.
© Melissa Jundt

• Sticky Biscuits
• V
• Lunakid
• Yuki Matsumara
• Not Your Girlfriend
• Mopsey Meyers

Berlin Music Video Awards with Musk Ming at K17- The Club.
Berlin Music Video Awards with Musk Ming at K17- The Club.

• Musk Ming
• RocRocIt
• Chris Craft
• Steril
• Audio Ballerinas
• August Schram
• Paul Cless
• Babyman

Beissoul & Einius at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Beissoul & Einius at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

• Beissoul & Einius
• Ed Ed
• The Blaze

Hosted by:

The BMVA with Night Show Berlin • Daniel Stern and Stephen Paul Taylor at K17- The Club.
The Berlin Music Video Awards with Night Show Berlin • Daniel Stern and Stephen Paul Taylor at K17- The Club.

Daniel Stern
• David Hawkins

Mr. Bruce at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Mr. Bruce at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

• Mr. Bruce
• Paul Salamone
• Roc Roc It
• Julietta la Doll
• Evilyn Frantic

The quality of the nominated films were just astounding coming from such a young organisation. It makes me proud that we too have such an event that can rival cities such as LA and New York. I mean, if performers can come as far away as Australia and New Zealand, I think Berlin is onto a good thing!

See you next week!

Julietta la Doll, Evilyn Frantic and Aviel Silook at the Berlin Music Video Awards' Glittering Carpet and the Final Awards Ceremony.
Julietta la Doll, Evilyn Frantic and Aviel Silook at the Berlin Music Video Awards’ Glittering Carpet and the Final Awards Ceremony.

Berlin Fashion Week will be taking place right now from 06.07.15 – 10.07.15 so I’ll be out and about and trying to look fabulous. I’m also going to be participating in loads of fashion shows and networking events at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin (MBFWB) too! It’s going to be so exciting.

There will also be lots of free and open-to-the-public events such as Etwas Magazine Fashion Event: Catwalk Under the Stars II on 10.07.15. Take a look at the Berlin Fashion Week website and join in!

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

If you’re not in Berlin, you’re missing the point!

July is going to be quite exciting!

Watch this space!

At the Berlin Music Video Awards with Roc Roc It. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
At the Berlin Music Video Awards with Roc Roc It.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Have you ever made a music video? Can you imagine making a contribution or nomination? Would you swing an iron bar by your ears?

See you in Berlin.

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A light, a camera, and a broken arm: Action and drama at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

The Berlin Music Video Awards.
The Berlin Music Video Awards.

What a summer! May has been amazing and June is coming along nicely. Early summer is also the beginning of “the season” and what a merry time I have been having.

At the beginning of June, I went to a musical cabaret show that had Mozart break dancing and hip-hopping, and last week, I got really close to fun and laughter with Bill Bailey at the stand-up comedy show in Berlin and boy, have I got lots of stuff for you in June. Oh yes, so stay tuned!

Me. Myself & I. Summer In Berlin.
Me. Myself & I.
Summer In Berlin.

But what did I do in May? How can I forget? How can you forget? May was great for my young blog and thank so much for being supportive everyone, and either reading it, sharing it, or letting me explore the wonders of this fine city – Berlin.

Oh yeah, I digress. May!

Well, in that lovely spring-summer month, I was overwhelmed by death and destruction through Shakespeare, I went to a fabulous, glamour, slightly erotic show at the Friedrichstadt Palast, I went along to the all night museum event that takes place once a year. I went on a fantastic alternative walking tour that you really shouldn’t miss, and what I haven’t yet written about was that I was so lucky, so enormously lucky, to have randomly met a public relations person, who then invited me to come and check out the Berlin Music Video Awards.

Myself with Naren Wilks at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Myself with Naren Wilks at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

Yeah, you heard me. Me. To get on that most coveted guest list. A Music Award Event. In Berlin. Amazing or what!

The organisers were so lovely that after meeting me, they allowed me to hang out with them, meet, have drinks with, and interview some of the jury panel, guests of honours, performers,
prize winners, nominees, V.I.P’s, the photographers, the movers and shakers of the independent music world, and also the founder of the Berlin Music Video Awards and the man and brains behind it all; the young and enormously attractive: Mr. Aviel Silook.

Myself with the photographers. Courtesy of Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Myself with the photographers.
Photo credit: Pascale Scerbo Sarro

WHAT IS THE BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS?

Well, the Berlin Music Video Awards or BMVA is an annual festival that puts filmmakers and their art behind music videos. In the spotlight. Supporting both unknown and famous artists, it is a primary networking event for the video and music industries in Europe.

With a vast selection of music video marathons, professional judges, live performances, filmmaking workshops and networking events, the festival is not only a meeting ground for filmmakers, but also for musicians as well as all music enthusiasts, and boy, was it just.

It was crazy.

Berlin Music Video Awards - Gloria Viagra. Putting it out there!
Berlin Music Video Awards – Gloria Viagra. Putting it out there Eurovision style! Courtesy of BMVA.

The 2nd Berlin Music Video Awards was held between the 28th and the 31st of May 2014, at a hip industrial metalbox called the Platoon Kunsthalle in Berlin Mitte. In fact, I had been to this venue before! Not only was it about 10 minutes from my house, but it was also the venue of the Bloggers pre-ITB party, the place where I met travel and social media bloggers for the first time. Ever. In. My. Life!

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Well, the BMVA brings together independent and established filmmakers, musicians and all music video fans, through the live event of screening 120 nominated music videos and announcements of winners for each category such as Best Director, Best Animation, Most Bizarre, and Best Live Act.

Myself and the twins from Golden Wolf! Hilarious guys!
Myself and the twins from Golden Wolf!
Hilarious guys!

Live performances, camera workshops, 3D animation/VFX and editing, filmmakers and directors forums, and networking with fans, other musicians or film makers, and the industry. A platform for everyone including people who direct, produce, edit or perform, to people who are simply truly interested in the art.

Anyone can participate.

Budget, label and names are not a determining factor.

I was made very welcome by La Vern Marquez (Aviel’s Production Assistant / Social Media Person), Andrea (a very active member of the volunteering team), Carmen Talavera Armero (one of the main PR people), and Deborah Di Nauta (the Press Relations Manager). Carmen in particular was lovely and allowed me to hang out with her and interview as many people as I wanted, so I did.

I asked people to describe the festival event in one word. This is what they said:

“Independent.” “Trashy.” “Ambitious.” “Cynical.” “Bollocks.” “Enthusiastic.” “Lovely.” “Eclectic.” “Glitzy, but light-hearted.” “Teamwork.”  “Jagermeister.”

Golden Wolf with their prizes!
Golden Wolf with their prizes!

Here are some interview extracts from Golden Wolf: winners of the Best Animation category. Dog Blood – Chella Ride. They were a really fun bunch of people based in London but consisting of British, French and Spanish nationalities. I laughed so much while interviewing them. All I can say is that they wanted to eat their award, shared the huge bottle of schnapps with one and all, and danced both nights away. A great bunch of happy, young people! “We’ve been accused of being part of the Illuminati because people think we worship and sacrifice goats!” “Berlin is fantastic.” “This award will take us to the moon.” “It’s our first award and we’re going to boast about it!”

Naren Wilks was the overall winner for Best Production and also took home Best VFX Award for The Correspondents’ “Fear and Delight”.
Naren Wilks was the overall winner for Best Production and also took home Best VFX Award for The Correspondents’ “Fear and Delight”. Photo credit: Steve Jones.

Here are some interview extracts from another British artist  – Naren Wilks – for being the overall winner for Best Production and also Best VFX category: The Correspondents – Fear & Delight. “I make short films and this is the first music video that I’ve ever made.” “The BMVA is terrific.” “Festivals are better organised and better funded in Germany.” “I’m considering learning to speak German as Germany seems to be the place to be!” “I like to make films that appeal to people with a short attention span, and I want the film to be fun as well.”

I also interviewed one of the hosts of the evening, an American comedian based in Berlin called Daniel Stern, who had me in stitches over his very natty (fashionable) bow tie with expressions like “I thought it was amazing.” “That this award exists says a lot about Berlin.” “You can have an award that presents most bizarre, most trashy, and everyone explicitly understands that it’s a celebration of the nominees.” “I’m getting paid in Jaegermeister.” “The event is a little bit like playing pretend but it’s also definitely very real and authentic.”

Deborah, Carmen, Daniel, and Leila, at the Berlin Music Video Awards! Courtesy of BMVA.
Deborah, Carmen, Daniel, and Leila, at the Berlin Music Video Awards! Photo credit: Steve Jones.

I interviewed Andrea who is one of the active members of the organising team and the person to go to, as practically everyone directed me to her for anything that I needed or wanted! She described the BMVA staff team as “dedication and time.” “I’m simply amazed that it’s all happening.” “People who are trustworthy but willing to work for little or no pay.” “I love music.” “Make contact with people.” “The team are very dedicated: technical, filming and editing, working so hard.” “The BMVA is a chance for everyday people to connect. A mixture of mainstream and underground.”

Of course, I couldn’t imagine the night over, if I didn’t get the chance to interview the founder and Artistic Director, of the Berlin Music Video Awards. A guy originally from Israel, so humble and unassuming that I probably would have walked passed him a thousand times if he hadn’t been pointed out to me! A young man with huge ideas and a warm heart, seemingly loved and respected by all who came in contact with him. Mr. Aviel Silook.

Aviel and La Vern at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.
Aviel Silook (the Founder) and La Vern at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.

It must have been at least 03.30 when I interviewed him, as the after-party was rocking, people were drinking cocktails galore, and the noise level had increased 1,000 fold. Thankfully, there was the electronics room that was a fraction quieter, and so Aviel graciously and shyly, agreed to be interviewed by a girl whom he was meeting for the very first time. Me.

Why did you organise this event?

It’s not about winning. It’s about presenting cool stuff to people and to let everybody know what is going on right now.

What gave you the inspiration as the creator of the Berlin Music Video Awards?

I love music videos. I think it’s important to keep this form of art alive.

Sala and the Strange Sounds at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.
Sala and the Strange Sounds at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.

I heard only this morning, that music video is out of date but obviously, it isn’t!

As you can see, everybody is celebrating this form of art here. Everyone around us is an artist, producer, actor and film-maker, and they’re all here because they believe in this project and they don’t want to bury music videos. They’re all on a mission. Together.

It’s not about me as one person. I’m surrounded by 45 team members and each person is passionate and crazy, and they trust me. It’s about trust and passion.

As an Israeli, why did you choose Berlin as the home of your project?

It’s easier to attract people to such a city like Berlin. Berlin is highly rated and brings people together and as you can see. At 03.37 in the morning, they are still here, drinking, and having fun!

Berlin style! Photo credit. Steve Jones.
Berlin style! We’re gonna have fun our way! Photo credit. Steve Jones.

How do you think local Berliners see this event?

Local Berliners see me as an intruder because I came to the city with horrible German, and took the name from them. They asked themselves why they (the local Berliners didn’t do that). I tell them that they were sleeping, doing drugs, etc, but I was focused on my life and I wanted to make things happen. You can’t put the blame on someone who is making action. Things happen with hard work and passion.

Berlin has a lot to offer. Do you think that the Berlin Music Video Awards will really put Berlin on the map, as a city to be reckoned with?

I will not say that ever. It’s a big thing to say. We’ve done a great thing bringing 5,000 people together in 4 days, but that won’t put Berlin on the map. We’re not a film or music festival. We’re a music video festival. It’s a unique feature with unique people. I want us to grow but not just as a number of people or the size of a place, but as a platform for Berlin music video awards. It’s important to keep things fresh in a new forum so that things are more interesting than last year.

Live music and bands at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Photo credit: Steve Jones.
Live music and bands at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Photo credit: Steve Jones.

The Berlin Music Video Awards was created last year (2013). What have you learnt ?

We’ve signed up a lot of teams. I’m learning a lot and we’re trying to learn from past mistakes. It’s human to make mistakes. We’re trying to make things better and more accessible. it’s happening. No matter what. We’re making things happen.

Describe the Berlin Music Video Awards in 1 word.

Unique.

There you have it.

WHAT ABOUT THE FUN PART OF THE BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS?

It’s music and art. Of course, there was fun!

Being that I am a corporate trainer and I had other engagements that week, I was only able to join the BMVA folk on the Friday and on the Saturday. There was an after-show party and live music and D.Jing featuring “Son of Kick” and hosted by an American friend of mine – Paul Salamone. I had a merry time drinking free shots and free cocktails. Time home: 02:30.

At the bar! Shots and cocktails galore!
At the bar! Shots and cocktails galore!

On Saturday, there was the red carpet event, but I was so knackered from the night before that “The Music Producer” and I decided to have a sensible romantic dinner before hitting the festival and joining in the BMVA fun and mayhem, at about midnight. In Berlin, midnight is for wimps!

In fact, so much fun and engagement went on, that one of the prize winners had broken his arm running down the street, and his arm was in a cast! My lips are sealed, as to the intimate details.

That’s rock and roll people! Rock and roll!

Myself with Andrea and the lead singer of The Black Cheetahs. Courtesy of the BMVA.
Andrea, myself, and the lead singer of The Black Cheetahs, at the Berlin Music Video Awards. Courtesy of the BMVA.

The Final Awards ceremony took place and was hosted by an acquaintance of mine who I always seem to bump into these days Drew Portnoy & BAM (aka Nathaniel Hall – former member of the Jungle Brothers) with a special musical performance by SMASH HIFI now consisting of Leroy Thornhill from The Prodigy and Marten Hørger from The Punks. The time that I got home was 04:30!

The after-party was still going fantastically strong, I missed my train ‘cos I fell asleep on the platform, and people were either skipping around, or vomitting in the early morning sunlight!

Thanks so much for letting me interview you jury panel, guests of honours, performers, prize winners, nominees, V.I.P’s, La Vern, Carmen, Deborah, Sasha, Pascale, Elizabeth, staff members, everyone and of course, Aviel.

See you next year!

Myself and another London guy!
Myself and a London guy. We Brits are everywhere LOL!

This article is not sponsored and all opinions and the wonderful green shots of Jagermeister, are my very own! Every week for the months of May and June, I’ll be writing about summer time in Berlin, and what to do when you get here.

Next week, I will be writing about the the various outdoor summer festivals taking place very soon in, or near Berlin.

Don’t forget:

Berlin’s Mardi Gras the 36th CSD – Christopher Street Day Gay Pride festivity, will be on 21.06.14.

Are you coming?

Watch this space!

Me relaxing at the Berlin Music Video Awards, 2014.
Me relaxing at the Berlin Music Video Awards, 2014.

Have you been to a video music award? Are you an artist? Have you ever had Jaegermeister?

See you in Berlin.

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