This is the second Easy Being Free podcast. My good friend Sister Chain stepped up for another experiment on a stroll through night time Berlin. Do artists enjoy more freedom than the rest of us? Have a listen.
How much freedom – or what kinds of freedom – do artists enjoy? Do us regular Joes have a rosy view of that self-employed existence?
In May 2018 I interviewed singer, songwriter, poet and writer Sister Chain in Berlin. She is part of the duo Sister Chain & Brother John as well as the bands Spinster Sister and The Hunters.
Artist freedoms for everyone?
After attending a night of poetry reading at the Curious Fox Bookshop in the Neukölln part of Berlin – where Sister Chain had read some of her poetry – we walked back to her home in Kreuzberg and talked all the way.
I among other things brought up the obvious issue of enjoying a livelihood without a boss. Must be the ultimate freedom, right? Not necessarily.
There are more important freedoms. Some that arise from friendship, from honesty as well as not all the time adhering to the gender roles that society is lining up for us.
Freedoms that are definitely not specifically tied to the life of the artist.
We also talked about her life in Berlin and a bit about her origins in Tel Aviv and how things change or don’t change when returning to one’s hometown.
A practical note: Experiment
As the first podcast this second one is also an experiment. Recorded a few days after the first one. Unlike most podcasts which are recorded in studios I recorded this outside while walking. It presented some practical issues regarding both sound and keeping one’s focus on the interview. The conversation strayed a bit. But on the other hand allowed for a laid back exchange and the surrounding ambience colours the listening experience. As far as we know we both asked about drugs along the way as well as experience both traffic and bird noise.
I have uploaded the podcast to Mixcloud, so I could include some music in it as well.
The first seven minutes of the interview I filmed as well to give you a sense of the place and situation. But for obvious reasons I couldn’t hold a camera like that for an hour or more. So see below.
I hope you enjoy it!
Sister Chain & Brother John (website)
Podcast video intro
Sister Chain & Brother John – On The Roof (Live In Copenhagen)