SYMBIZ Unexpected Reunions

SYMBIZ performed at the Goethe-Institut alongside Muthoni Drummer Queen in April 2018 during an East African tour. They stuck around one more day to give a workshop about Ableton live production to a select crowd of upcoming Kenyan producers. One half of the duo, Buddysym, took part in our interview.

In Kenya I was surprised by…
how many people I met in Nairobi who are now living there, but who I originally met somewhere completely different.
 
In Nairobi I was reminded of Berlin by...

how many people I met there who are now living there, but who I originally met somewhere completely different. (Haha!)

A particular beautiful experience during my visit were…
the openness that we were received with everywhere. On the evening of the concert, as well as the day of the workshop, but also generally on the streets and anywhere else we hung out.

My favorite dish in Kenya is…
beans, beef and chapati. I had that for breakfast on two out of three days. It was solid.
 
My motto of life is…
not precisely formulated yet. But concerning a lot of the things we do, like concert tours, maybe the best fit would be: If we have the chance to do it, why in the world wouldn’t we?

 

The world is their home, and bass is their language: Buddysym and Zhi MC, better known jointly as SYMBIZ, are without a doubt one of the most exciting acts in the worldwide bass music scene. And literally “worldwide”: at home in the creative Berlin Kiez of Kreuzberg, SYMBIZ have not only gone to town at home clubs and festivals, but played everywhere where bass is the lingua franca. Their bass-heavy music brimming with Caribbean and African influences rouses dance fiends the world over.

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