Our new BIMM building – Berlin’s hub for the city’s creatives – has now been open for one whole month. And we can’t believe the exciting events that have already taken place in such a short amount of time. From live performances to intimate workshops and student showcases, it’s all happening at House of Music.
The House of Music building is located in the R.A.W area at the intersection of Berlin’s two most creative districts: Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.
What BIMM events have happened so far?
International Industry Evening
On 9th May, international representatives from around the world (including Israel and Iceland) joined us at the House of Music. Alongside industry guests, tutors and BIMM students, they took a tour and saw our state-of-the-art facilities.
Throughout the evening, guests also enjoyed performances, talks and networking opportunities, such as:
– DJ set by J.D. Eliot – one of BIMM Berlin’s Music Production students
– Welcome speeches by College Principal, Nick Donovan, and Business Development Director and Executive Principal for Germany, Vaseema Hamilton
– Performance by Miss Nöyd – one of BIMM Berlin’s Songwriting students
– Q&A with Fink – BIMM Berlin’s Songwriting camp leader who has sold over 200,000 albums worldwide and received three prestigious BMI Songwriter Awards for his work with multi-award winning soul singer, John Legend
– Performance by The Flavians – a BIMM Berlin band who are performing at Glastonbury this summer
As you enter the ‘East Side Gallery Berlin’, you step into another world that heightens all your senses. The graffiti art, the street performers and the street food; it’s such a sight. And the new BIMM Berlin campus perfectly captures this flair. It’s a privilege to practice music in such a creative environment with excellent facilities and technology. They’ve created a great home in the House of Music.
– Thruda Jonsdottir, Icelandic Representative for BIMM
Our new building has also housed smaller, more intimate workshops with students led by the events and guests team. MOD Devices ran a little DUO crash course with students for a very exciting future project. “We love getting involved with students as they embody how the future will sound”, said MOD Devices after the event. Watch this space for more information on their upcoming collaboration.
Once a month, a selection of BIMM’s most talented students showcase a short set of their latest work at the House of Music on the ground floor stage. May’s session was hosted by Another Nguyen and featured performances from the likes of Mila Ziska, Esther Eden and Substereo.
These intimate sessions are open to the public and free of charge. They also encourage current students to meet and collaborate with each other. So, why not come along to the next one?
What are the facilities like?
Our new building will be completed in September with a range of incredible facilities in House of Music, such as:
- State of the art recording studio
- Two huge live performance spaces
- Several Mac labs
- Tutorial rooms
- A variety of teaching rooms
- A community networking space
- Access to more than 20 professional rehearsal room (courtesy of our noisy Rooms partners)
- A small public live stage on the ground floor (where we host our Lamplight sessions)
- High-tech equipment, such as instruments and backline PA from some of the most prestigious brands in music and industry-standard production software and hardware
What’s the history of the building?
The three-story House of Music is one of R.A.W’s oldest and largest remaining industrial buildings. Originally built in the mid-19th century as a railway premise, its eight-metre-high ceilings were used for train maintenance.
It recently had a complete renovation, transforming it from a derelict shell that was completely gutted to a specialist centre for music education and the wider industry. To ensure that sound insulation measure for studios, rehearsal rooms and performance stages could be fitted properly, the building’s floor space had to be lowered by half a metre.
Today, our position in House of Music features over 2,000m² of space spread across two floors. We share the space with other innovative music industry companies, such as Music Pool Berlin, the leading consultation office for freelance musicians.
BIMM’s new futuristic campus is at home in R.A.W. Students from all over the world meet in this former railway repair yard and slot into dozens of workstations with state-of-the-art software, laying down tracks in dedicated recording facilities that will rival anything in town.
– Chad Matheny, Music Business and Live Sound Tutor