When I visited Berlin for the first time, shortly after the wall collapsed, it was also the first time I fell in love. I wandered through the no man’s land that was Potsdamer Platz at the time, holding my ruby-red hair girlfriend’s hand. I stood still, looking at the buildings on the east side, with their creepy bricked windows facing the west. The German Democratic Republic was history, and so was the Cold War.
Berlin 91 was actually the first video I worked on, two years ago. In a suggestive room in Copenhagen, I spent a few hours editing footage shot by Derek Williams in 1990 (thanks Derek! — see credits below). The genuine approach, along with the fact his images perfectly reflected my memories of Berlin in those days, convinced me.
My work on the video surely is naïve and unpolished, but shows a first approach. I wanted that to stay raw, on purpose.
- Dan Ecclestone / vocals
- Callum Gardner / backing vocals
- Paolo Clementi / guitars, viola
- Simone Silvestroni / bass, drums, synth, sound effects
- Written by Simone Silvestroni
- Arranged by Paolo Clementi
- Produced and mixed by Simone Silvestroni
- Mastered by Ian Shepherd
- Management by Christopher Carvalho of Unlock Your Sound Ltd
- Derek Williams, shot on location in 1990
- Silvia Maggi, shot on location (Berlin/Oranienburg) in 2019
- Group photo by Ornella Domenicali, Berlin 1991
- Ssgt. F. Lee Corkran
- Ralf Roletschek – Fahrradechnik technik auf fahrradmonteur.de
- Aerial view of Victory Column (Siegessäule) by Kordelianu Andrei
- Barbed wire design by freepik.com