I flew to a snow-covered Berlin on January the 2nd with Antony – a 27 years old musician from Kent who sings in a band called 'DEAR BROTHER' and rapidly became one of my best friends in London.
'Dear Brother' started playing together in 2014, they recorded their first single last year, shot a video for it and now getting ready to play as many live gigs as possible in the coming months.
“It has been a slow and steady progress” he told me on the plane. “After five years in London I was ready for a break and wanted to go somewhere I could perceive living in” he explained. When some friends found him a spacious and bright room in Neukolln for a month, Berlin seemed his best shot: “The price was so little that I immediately sublet my room in London and went”.
We spent just over a week together there. I remember we often used to walk to Tempelhof park, in Neukolln. Coming from a city such as London where gentrification is slowly "eating" every free square metre available, we were amazed by the fact that a disused airport could be gifted to Berliners as it was - without being pulled down and turned into a building site overnight. During one of our long chats there I said to him: "Cities are pretty much like people: everybody needs a place to think and this city has got its own one".
On my last day in Berlin, which strangely and sadly enough was the day before David Bowie would leave us, I took some time for myself and wrote a letter to my friend Antony. You can read it HERE.