Born in Husum, a small coastal town in the far north of Germany, my parents soon moved to Hamburg with me where they raised me in an unspectacular but friendly area surrounded by the apple trees of the „Old Land“ – a famous fruit-farming region. Experiencing a rather lucky and sheltered childhood my relation to music had an average teen quality. Listening to the music that was present in those days and for my age, like ABBA and The Beatles, the main impulse in my life as a German teenage-boy was trying to spend as many hours as possible playing soccer with friends. Remember the days prior the invention of smartphones – we had a real life!
It was the attempt of my best buddy to keep me from an usual soccer-afternoon by playing Mike Oldfield’s “Platinum” record to me that changed everything. Blown away by what I heard, this kind of music was a game changer. The intensity of Oldfield’s electric guitar-playing on that album opened the door to a whole new world. I was hooked!
Every single penny of my pocket money from then on was invested in vinyl. Living in Hamburg, many of the celebrated musicians I discovered stopped over on their tours right in front of me, so I needled my father to get me to a concert – I was just thirteen!
Music became the driving force in my life and I wanted to be a part of it – not just listen to it. I was fourteen years old when I started playing guitar and instantly formed my first band. We were three guitar players in a band without a bass player when I discovered my ability to play whatever was needed. Switching to the bass for my bandmates was actually the first step to become a multi-instrumentalist.