When it comes to disco-house electro, Danish DJ and producer Kasper Bjorke is the don. And he’s a pretty nifty tour guide too!
Hiding behind a thick crop of brown hair and rimmed spectacles with clean-cut Scandinavian style, Kasper Bjørke is instantly recognisable. Infusing tracks with retro pop beats and catchy rhythms his music is as equally distinguishable. Racking-up a load of hits with former band Filur, Kasper decided to go it alone, kicking things off hosting his own radio show and then releasing his debut studio album entitled Fool under his own name.
Music aside, Kasper resides in the cool downtown district of Vesterbro in Copenhagen. Having lived in the area for fifteen years, Kasper knows the city like the back of his hand. Unlocking the treasures of his hometown, i-D online catches up with the prince of electro pop to hear what the hip town has to offer, and we scooped an exclusive mix to accompany our virtual roam!
“I wake up and go down the small but busy street of Værnedamsvej to hang out at Falernum for a coffee and croissant. At night it’s also a cosy restaurant and wine bar. When it’s time for lunch I go to Simple Raw. They serve great raw food salads and fresh juices, the best hangover cure! After that I might meet up with a friend at Kaffe & Vinyl, they serve the best coffee in town and also have a great selection of vinyls to browse through if you are into buying records. Shopping for clothes mostly happens downtown, about 10 minute bike ride away. Here some of my favorite shops include Storm where they have a great selection of clothes, like Kitsuné, Ralph Lauren, Han, etc. And then there are of course the stores of Henrik Vibskov, WoodWood or Norse Projects – the three best Danish designers. For a cool suit to look sharp in, I check out the Hugo Boss flagship store, which is right by Kongens Nytorv. It’s a beautiful old square in Copenhagen from where you can walk over to idyllic Nyhavn, the old harbour. You can actually swim in the harbor at special locations in the summer; the water is clean enough.
I usually bike back to my hood and peak in at V1 Gallery, which is located in the so called ‘meatpacking district’ of Vesterbro. It would be overkill to compare it to the one in New York, but it has the same warehouse vibe with young, creative forces moving in for the past years. V1 Gallery was the first to move in and has some of my favorite artists on their roster, including Richard Colman, John Copeland, Matthew Stone, Wes Lang and Geoff McFetridge.
After dinner drinks can be sipped at The Union downtown, which is conveniently situated next to the nightclub Simons, where I also DJ sometimes. If I’m in the mood for some techno I might visit Culture Box or Dunkel Bar. On the way home, I can hit the laid back bar and DJ spot Bakken shortly before finally collapsing at home.”
Text: Rebecca Arts