Approximately 11am on the 2nd August 2015. I had just arrived at Berlin Schönefeld airport and was being talked to in broken English by a young Chinese man – my first direct point of contact to City Travel Review, the company I had arranged to come to Berlin for a month with. At one point he simply turned and asked me ‘Do you like Coldplay?’. I was not feeling very reassured.
There’s a curious tendency to almost wholly disregard European music, especially that sung in an alternative language to English. Of course, for native English speakers it’s natural to be drawn to music sung in your own language. Yet, I theorised that there had to be a wealth of great bands out there on the continent, and fully aware that I would have to wade through some fairly interesting bands in the quest, I set out to find them.