photos: Roger Sabaté.
The other week, I had a personal dream come true: my favorite Berlin musician performed for us at one of my favorite places in Berlin. The occasion was the Checkout Session concert series from Danish speaker brand SOUNDBOKS – and I can’t say how grateful I am to them for making this possible. In the end, it was such a smooth rally with a mind-blowing performance – I couldn’t be happier.
When SOUNDBOKS approached me some time ago and asked me to organize a concert for their payment sessions, it didn’t take me a second to pick the musician. I wanted Lie Ning to perform at one of our events when he made his debut last year, so this was the perfect opportunity. Before releasing his wonderful first single Tonight, I had already known him as a contemporary dancer and model – I even like to say muse – but I did not know at the time how much talent we were going to testify to him. The Berlin-born artist is really multi-faceted and he obviously loves having his fingers in many pies – a desire I can absolutely relate to.
But even when Lie Ning performs as a musician, he is much more than just a singer. There is a magic in him, which you can only witness by seeing him live. And I saw those awe-inspiring eyes I once had on the faces of many concert guests who were seeing him for the first time: with his silky voice, cheeky charm, and obvious passion, he effortlessly enveloped everyone. around his finger. I had several conversations after the show with people who couldn’t believe how amazing he was.
The setting for the SOUNDBOKS Checkout Session was really ideal for creating that special bond between musician and listener, as it was intimate and comfortable enough to get close to the artist. The courtyard of the beautiful Hallesches Haus in Kreuzberg turned out to be a perfect venue for this show.
The next Checkout Sessions will take place in equally cool places and with other Berlin artists to come. For example, tonight you can see J. Lamotta in concert at the very cool Bar Brutal in Neukölln. Register here to access the guest list and come enjoy the show! More dates are coming in October, so stay tuned for our event guide.
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