I’ve been following musician Shawny Sander for a while now on social media. She’s the cool girl next door with a twist on grunge style coming from Berlin. Which also reminds me of another city I need to visit soon.
I had the chance to get an insight on Shawny’s taste and what exactly makes her tick. Check it out.
LB: Hey! Introduce yourself.
SS: Hey, my name is Shawny Sander, I’m 20 years old and I’m from Berlin. Currently I’m working on my first studio album. Besides all this stuff like producing my video and writing songs, I’ve modeled since I was 14 years old, but music was always my passion.
I grew up in a small town near Berlin. In school I was always “ the weird punk girl” , which was listing to “weird” music. The people in my school never understood the music I listened to like Nirvana, Joy Division, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Cure, The Smiths, Silverchair, Radiohead, Soundgarden, Hole etc… So at sixteen I moved into the city and I went to a specialized school for music. Since I moved to Berlin I’ve met so many wonderful and creative people. I’m deeply grateful for the ones, who helped me to make it possible to produce my music, which is influenced by all those “weird” bands. ;)
LB: What’s your favorite thing about Berlin?
SS: My favorite thing about Berlin is that you can go into the street in a pink fluffy body suit and nobody would call you an idiot. They would probably like to take photos with you. Berlin is a very open-minded city, and there is such a great music scene.
LB:What was your first concert? and your last concert?
SS: My very first concert… I think it was a concert of my friend’s band; 70’s rock music. The last one was probably “The Underground Youth”. They play Psychedelic / Shoegaze music. Such a good band!
LB: How do you decide what to wear each day?
SS: Well, I guess it depends on my daily mood. Normally I grab my ripped Jeans, decide for a top and then I build up my outfit with accessories.
LB: What’s your most prized possession?
SS: In any case-my guitar. The emotional value is invaluable.
LB: Who do you look up to and why?
SS: Oh, there are so many people I look up to. There are of course musicians like Robert Smith, Ian Curtis, Thom Yorke, Kim Gordon and Kurt Cobain, also filmmakers like Tim Burton and Sofia Coppola. The reason why I look up to those people? They are simply people who do what they want to do. There are good in what they do, because they live for it.
LB: Who’s your favorite female singer? male singer?
SS: Ok that’s a tough question. My favorite female singers are probably Rachel Goswell from Slowdive and Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star. I can’t decide between these women. And my favorite male singers are Kurt and Ian. Their voices are quiet unbeatable.
LB: Name one habit that you wish you could break.
SS: I wish I could hold a conversation better than a wet bar of soap and when I’m bored of something or someone It’s impossible for me to hide it in my face. Sometimes I wish I could turn this habit off.
LB: If you could switch places with anyone living or dead for a week, who would it be and why?
SS: I just want to be a boy for a week. I want know how it feels to punch other boys and play “how to be a heartbreaker”.
ph credits: Eva Erven (second photo) / GABO for Elle Germany (last photo)/ other photos c/o Shawny