Drummer Brings his own Beat to
After living in Berlin for four
years, 24-year-old Peter Burri finds the city fascinating
because of its diversity, history and unique style it has
acquired after the wall came down.
He finds regular old buildings
in the former east, not necessarily the “historical” ones,
unique in the way they all have a particular appearance due to
their history. “These parts of Berlin are very rough – the
infrastructure wasn’t that good,” he said.
Burri is currently living in an
old building close to Alexanderplatz. Once you walk in to take
the four-person elevator, a particular dusty-attic smell
overwhelms you and the old-fashioned beige floral wallpaper
reminds you of the description of a communist building.
For the most part, adapting to
the lifestyle here has been an easy process for Burri. Berlin is
a cheap-to-live-in city – offering the younger generation a
great freedom of expression, cultural diversity and a variety of
activities to follow a not-so-monotonous lifestyle, he says.
Burri, a print and media
technology senior at the Technische Fachhochschule in the north
of Berlin, is also the drummer for the band Minni the Moocher.
He started playing with the band in 2005.
“I read on a newspaper that
this band was looking for a drummer so I went there to an
audition.” He made it on the second audition.
The band does about 30 concerts
a year, “that’s mainly the best part of the band, playing
live…it’s quite fun to see people dance in front of you and have
fun,” Burri said.