indieberlin review – Von Eden live in Privatclub on Tuesday


If you are in any way au fay with what happens in the German-speaking world in Berlin you will know the name Christoph Letkowski. Now where, you would think, do I know that name? Why, I would say, he’s the singer of the great band I saw the other night in Privatclub. You may continue tapping your teeth with a pencil, staring past my shoulder into the middle distance. Feuchtgebiete, I will say. Your eyes focus back to me. Ah, you will say. Unnoticed by us an old lady will walk past muttering under her breath and rolling her eyes and then disappear from our little scene.
Feuchtgebiete. (Translated as “Moist Parts”).
The book. The bestseller, written by Charlotte Roche, who used to be on MTV.
No, you will say, Feuchtgebiete the film. And Mr L was…
Yes, I reply and having grown a little weary with the literary device switch back into more conventional journalistic writing mode, whereupon both the muttering old lady and our two imagined selves vanish.
Feuchtgebiete is a smash-hit Berlin film, based on the book. The male lead was played by Christop Letkowski, and the same Christoph is the man who with his band Von Eden produced the song from the film.

The song, Land in Sicht, was also the big first single from the band Von Eden, and it and its own success has propelled Von Eden into the limelight. 

Thus it was that I found myself in Privatclub on Tuesday clutching a beer and watching dry ice rise to envelop us, surrounded by a whole lot of people, including, it has to be said, quite a lot of younger ladies. We were waiting for Von Eden. In among the dry ice, Von Eden appeared on the stage and in the space of the hour or so proved that they are to be no flash in the pan, no gimmick band, no one-hit-wonder.

Christoph is one of two singers and him and Ilka Aydin share the spotlight equally. No posy filmstar stuff here. The band is great, obviously all good friends and the groove is what carries through. Nicolai Ziel on drums shines especially and the band obviously benefits greatly from his upbeat, rhythmic drive.

The set starts out reasonably quietly, the hit, Land in Sicht, coming as the third song, and grows rockier as the evening progresses. Land in Sicht will appear once more as the second of the two-song encore.

Ilker Aydin, stagedives at one point as well as playing a Turkish song on what to my untrained eye I would describe as a Turkish ukulele (correct me here if you can!). The stagediving and the Ukulele song were not however the same song. Quite a relief! The band consists of acoustic and electric guitars, mainly double bass, violin and drums. Long may they live. 


Article by Mia Morris & Noel Maurice // photos: Mia Morris