Yates shares his favourite Berlin hidden gems
Not everyone knows what its like to go from a DIY bedroom-pop artist living in NSW, to a full-time producer operating halfway across the globe in Berlin. Yet that’s the case for YATES, an artist whose mix of soulful pop mixes live and electronic elements into something utterly unique. Since being discovered almost by chance in 2014 he’s been carving a niche of pop/soul/r&b tunes with a lot of heart – a sound perfectly encapsulated on his 2016 debut EP ‘Mercury’.
YATES is one of those artists that is constantly evolving, and there’s no better proof of that than his just-dropped EP ‘Holiday Apartment’ Still recognisably Yates, it’s effortlessly eclectic while showing a much more personal side. To celebrate the release of ‘Holiday Apartment’ via Sweat It Out, we asked YATES for his favourite hidden spots in his current home of Berlin, Germany.
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A cosy cafe with a retro feel to it. It’s a top spot to get a warm waffle with a scoop of ice-cream and to catch up with some friends. They’re always playing pretty cool tunes in there and there’s no wifi available, which I like. You may have to fight off the odd hungry sparrow eyeing off your waffle or the occasional thirsty wasp sipping at your freshly pressed orange juice, which is all part of the experience.
I enjoy setting up a perch here to drink a beer and watch the sun go down.. At the bottom of the hill is a pond and at the top there’s a restaurant called Nola’s with an amazing terrace. If you’re lucky you might catch an outdoor bar open at the back exit of the park. I had my first and probably last hoola hoop disco sesh there.
When you walk in you’ll first notice the cook working away at his craft to the rhythm of greats such as Hotel California and Riders on the Storm. I love the work that has gone into decorating this place which you can also see in the dishes he creates. The cook adds his own special ingredients and uses a nice contrast of colours making the very tasty dishes look dashing.
I always find an excuse to walk into these small nursery florist type shops ever since I started decorating my home with plants. If it wasn’t for this, I probably wouldn’t have noticed that you are also more than welcome to take a seat and have a bite to eat there. It’s also guarded by two large tropical parrots.
This is a rooftop location situated on the top of a multi-story carpark, so there’s plenty of space. It has a wonderful view of Berlin and they also run live shows up there. It’s where I met my now good friend Rene Corbett who I worked with very closely on my most recent EP.
FEATURE IMAGE BY EMELIE FLOOD
PHOTOS BY YATES
INTRO BY MAX LEWIS