Playlist: Sascha Chaimowicz

Zeitmagazin Mann editor Sascha Chaimowicz has created a playlist for us that’s designed to spread good cheer

Whether or not it is necessary to have a Zeitmagazin just for men became the topic of a heated discussion between all of us here in editorial, and also between myself and my good friend Nina, whose opinion as an industry professional I value. The 43 customers from the luxury sector who have bought ads would immediately cry “yes!”. And it’s also not surprising that the invariably cheery Christoph Waltz, who seems to effortlessly juggle his roles as a family man and father in Charlottenburg and a sought-after actor in Los Angeles, is on the cover.

Curiously we eye the editor responsible: all of 31 years young, Sascha Chaimowicz is behind the whole thing and moved from Munich to Berlin especially for this job. It was so nice of him to put together his favorite songs for us and kick off our last day in the office for the week. Happy Friday, everyone.

What did you study? And how did you end up in your career?

I studied medicine, but gave it up after a few semesters to become a journalist. Then I worked for six years at Neon magazine, finally as deputy editor-in-chief. I’ve been an editor at Zeitmagazin since May, as the responsible editor overseeing Zeitmagazin Mann, our new men’s magazine that is now on the stand.

How did you get interested in music? Is there anything special you remember that started it?

My taste in music was influenced pretty early on by my mother, who’s from London. I remember how on car rides with us kids – I have a younger sister – she would listen to Toni Braxton, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Mariah Carey. I started buying my own music at 14, mostly hip hop from the USA.

One of the first and still one of the best concerts I ever when to: Afu-Ra at the Muffathalle in Munich. I was around 15. I still remember really well how everyone in the audience rapped along with the Afu-Ra line “The microphone have sex with my lyrics”. If I think about it today, I have to laugh about the awkwardness of that line, but in the moment I decided was going to go to a lot of hip hop concerts. And I did. And I still do even today. By the way, that song is called Whirlwind Thru Cities.

What’s your favorite song (at the moment, of all time)?

That changes all the time, of course, but spontaneously I’ll say: Grandma’s Hands by Bill Withers is one I really love. And currently: Daddy Lessons by Beyoncé.

What song will save even the worst party?

Sadly, I think it’s a misconception that an amateur DJ can suddenly turn everything around at a party with one super song. The attempts often end rather miserably, like when someone drunkenly runs to the laptop and puts on Gold Digger (by Kanye West) and is the only one who goes crazy to it. It’s all a matter of timing.

It would rather need a soulful transition song, one that gets people moving out of their lethargy, something by Stevie Wonder for example. And when everyone’s moving and the party’s in full swing, then you can pull out really crass things, let’s say: 212 by Azealia Banks.

What was your best moment as a DJ?

Rather the most bizarre and actually worst moment, because it was just a few months ago. I was supposed to DJ at a big summer party in Munich. I had composed a playlist for after midnight. Then suddenly I had to jump in for someone at 6pm.

There were about 100 people standing in front of me, including kids and grandparents. At first I stubbornly stood by my program: the first song was by the Berlin rap-duo Sxtn and was called Deine Mutter. I liked it a lot, it was aggressive in a funny way. Unfortunately, I had forgotten how the hook of this song went: “Ich ficke deine Mutter ohne Schwanz. Ich rauch dein ganzes Leben in nem Blunt.” (“I f**k your mother without a c**k. I smoke your whole life in a blunt.”) It was really bad. I was really ashamed, no one moved. I think people were really shocked, and I got really hot. I stopped song in the middle.

Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.