by Jasmine Louma
Ska-punk Trumpeter Finds His
Born in northern Germany, and relocated to West Berlin, Matteo
Kormannshaus, 24, has lived in Berlin for 11 years.
As a trumpet player in a ska-punk
band called Minni the Moocher, and a student of musicology and
economics at the technical university of Berlin, Kormannshaus
acknowledges that Berlin is a special city, full of unique
“I like the possibilities of
this large city,” Kormannshaus said. “You can do whatever you
want, and you really can choose what you are doing in your free
Though Kormannshaus listens to
different types of music, including reggae, funk, soul, jazz and
classical, he plays in a ska-punk band because of the energy he
feels when he plays. With its upbeat, lively songs, ska is the
perfect genre to play live, he said.
In addition to interacting with
his audience, Kormannshaus finds it important to play with
others as a form of “musical communication.” Through
collaboration, he finds that he can create interesting sounds
and beats by listening and responding to others’ music.
As the only member of the band
from Western Berlin, he notices it is harder to distinguish a
difference between people from the East and West as the years
pass. Sometimes the architecture is the only way to tell that
there was any division at all, but everything else seems to
fade, he said.
Once he has completed his
studies at the university, Kormannshaus would like to work for a
record label and become a music producer.