Home is where your stereo plays started with a broken heart and a selection of songs. While words failed to get through to the admired person, a mixtape and the represented artists on it should fix this lack of communication. It didn’t work out too well for the two loved ones, but it gave birth to a personal music-compilation-series, which has steadily grown over the past 15 years. Songs were picked with love and diligence, covers were crafted and titles were conceived. Once I start digging through these tapes and CDs I recall special moments, places and faces of people, that I recorded these compilations for. These tracks are the soundtrack of my life!
Fabian Siekermann grew up in a small town close to Wuppertal. But quite a few places within Germany and abroad, where he lived ever since (such as Adelaide/Australia, München, Konstanz, Gothenborg/Sweden, Freiburg, Hamburg and Berlin), he calls “home”. After his social service in Munich he studied sociology, art- & media and political science in Konstanz. It didn’t take too long to realize, that music is his passion and to put emphasis on working in the field of music and cultural management. As an intern he worked for cultural institutions like the Goethe Institut Freiburg, Junges Musiktheater Hamburg and Munich’s college radio M94.5. After receiving his masters degree at the University of Konstanz he went on a journalistic road trip through the United States aiming on tracing (the roots of) contemporary folk music.
Since 2008 Fabian Siekermann has been living in Berlin. After an internship in the press department at Berlin Verlag he was employed over a project based period at Netzwerk Neue Musik funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Subsequently he worked as a freelancer for communication agency a&b one and as the head of the press and communication department of ohrenstrand.net, till the funding and the project expired. After an occupation at Berlinale he decided to work in the social schooling field engaging with handicapped students. Apart from his work under the moniker of Home is where your stereo plays | hiwysp.de he is offering customized street-art tours via the agency Go Art! Berlin.