MOVING TO BERLIN
Phillips and Conrad reflect on leaving Brighton for Germany’s capital
We moved to Berlin in 2010. But it took us a couple of years until we officially started the studio. At the beginning Yukiko was more of a collaborative effort. We started making small music videos in our backyard and living room before setting up our first studio space (in an ex-swimming pool complex – very Berlin!).
Moving to Berlin and giving up our jobs in bigger companies was a risk, but we really wanted to do our own thing and stretch our creative limbs. We needed a bit of time and space to experiment and we wanted to work under our own conditions; Berlin allowed us that.
We mostly worked for friends and with friends at first, expanding our creative network. At the beginning we would say yes to everything and do everything regardless of whether we knew we had the time. We would just get all our friends involved and make it work.
We worked from home, until we found the Stattbad (the pool building; Berliners know the place, as it moonlighted as a techno club). That would be our studio for the next couple of years.
Admittedly it was chaotic, but a glorious chaos. We would work through the night a lot but doing it with our friends, for our friends was really fun and energetic.
The swimming pool space was conveniently big enough for film shoots and photo shoots. That was liberating coming from our tiny apartment, which we continuously destroyed for shoots. Now we have a really elegant and quiet space next to other designers and architects.
It was a big change, but the time was right. It seems to reflect our current working methods a bit more, which are far more organised.