was born 1981 in Duisburg, Germany, where I still live today with my
wife and our three children. I'm a trained music dealer and I work as
a salesman in a small music shop since 2000. Above all I am a believing
christian and totally crazy about music.
Around the age of ten I began to take a great interest in music and
all kinds of instruments. Whenever we were visiting relatives or friends
I was always eager to try out their pianos, keyboards or synthesizers.
On my 12th birthday my parents gave me my first musical instrument:
a Kawai keyboard FS-680.
Over the years I learned to play keyboard and piano through the autodidactic
way. I enjoyed really good music lessons at the secondary school. I
am very thankful that our music teacher gave us intensive lessons in
music theory and harmonics. That helped me a lot to understand music
and to make great progress in learning to play my instruments.
When I was 16 years old I began to play the bass guitar. The electric
guitar followed when I was 18 and with my tight savings I bought my
first effect pedal in a secondhand shop: a KORG ToneWorks AX30G multi
effect unit. Now I was able to dive into the wonderful world of effects
and this fascination for creating own sounds has not gone ever since.
Already in the early '90s I got enthusiastic about synthesizers and
the sounds they produce. The KORG workstation 01/W FD that a friend
of my family bought new at that time instantly made me to a fan of that
Japanese brand. On the basis of a Kawai 100F that a friend got for free
out of his school's inventory I began to see the sonic and functional
advantages of analog synthesizers. But it was not before 2004 that I
was finally able to buy my first own synthesizers - a KORG Poly-61 und
a DW-8000. It was no short-lived romance so I added various analog and
digital synthesizers to my sonic palette over the years. I also use
them live on stage. And I play all my keyboard instruments solely by
hand without any help of sequencers or pre-programmed patterns. What
you can hear in my recordings has been played by hand.
I was influenced by the music of the following artists and bands (in
Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Joe Jackson, Jamiroquai, Kraftwerk, The Police,
Simple Minds, Sting, Tangerine Dream,
Toto and Steve Winwood.