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‘Berlin 91’ official music video

↪️ in reply to A trip to freedom: from Berlin to Berlin (Minutes to Midnight) — On the 60th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, I’ve decided to release the last video from my album After 1989.

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 is actually the first video of After 1989 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 naive and unpolished, but shows a first approach. I wanted that to stay raw, on purpose.

Credits

Performers

Dan Ecclestone / lead & backing vocals
Callum Gardner / backing vocals
Paolo Clementi / acoustic & electric guitars, viola
Simone Silvestroni / bass, drums, synth, sound effects

Production

Music, lyrics, production / Simone Silvestroni
Arrangement / Paolo Clementi
Video editing / Minutes to Midnight
Master / Ian Shepherd
Management / Christopher Carvalho / Unlock Your Sound Ltd

Footage

  • 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

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