I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on February 6th 1982. I only spent 6
weeks in the United States until my parents moved back to Germany with me after my
father completed his work experience in the states. I grew up in Schrobenhausen,
Germany where I got my first guitar by the age of 12. I soon went on to play the
electric guitar in a band when I was 14. This was only a student band but after a
couple of years the first serious steps were taken. I founded the Rock band ULYSSES
together with Sebastian Berger who played the Keyboards. Unfortunately ULYSSES never
had a live gig, but a three track demo was recorded. At the same time I helped out
the local band “Innersense” for a performance as a bassist.
In May 2001 I met Michael Euringer and Harry Torment. Together we started the AOR
formation YOURINGA. Since then the band played many live gigs in the Munich area
and released one album called “Test of Time” in 2009. Besides that YOURINGA songs
can be found on two local samplers as well as on a self tilted EP. YOURINGA also
contributed the track “Hypnotized” to the Simple Minds tribute album “swimming towards
the sun” in 2002. Influenced by bands like Van Halen, White Lion and Journey, I wrote
many songs for YOURINGA in the typical 80’s AOR style. At that time I also started
to get familiar with digital recording systems.
Also in 2001 I was asked to take the lead guitar position in the Power Metal band
PHANTOM’S KISS. The group played a couple of live performances until it was put on
hold for an undefined time.
Together with PHANTOM’S KISS’s lead vocalist Harry Torment, I started a new Melodic
Rock band called HAWKMOON. Sadly this project never really kicked off.
In 2004 I entered another group consisting of Harry Torment and Florian Lederhofer
from PHANTOM’S KISS. The lineup also contained Ozzy S. and Markus Herzinger who had
success with the AOR formation “2nd East” in the early 90’s, especially with their
album “Heart on fire”. This new group was still looking for a name at that time.
Eventually I named the band after a song on my all-time favorite album “Mood Swings”
from Harem Scarem. The opener “Saviors never cry” inspired to the band’s name SAVIORS
CRY. Together with Anita Herzinger and later frontman Falco Muench (ex-Empire, Germany),
who replaced Ozzy S., this band rocked the Munich area as a Hard Rock Cover band
performing songs from AC/DC to ZZ Top. But also lesser known Melodic Rock jewels
like Talisman, Skid Row and Tyketto were noted on the set list.
After playing lead guitar in many bands for years I started my own one-man-project
in 2006. RISING WINGS was born. This project allowed me to write, produce and sing
my own songs. The first EP “Rising Wings” containing three songs was recorded in
a small studio near my hometown. Influenced by albums from Hardline, Giant and Dare
the songs were produced in a typical 80’s Melodic Rock style. The drums were played
by Markus Herzinger and Faloc Muench, both members of SAVIORS CRY. Besides the drums
I played all the instruments on the album and also designed the artwork. The EP received
good critics from German Hard Rock magazines “Rock It!” and “Break out” and local
newspapers as well. Some copies of the CD even got sold in Japan.
Opening a myspace account brought a bigger attention to RISING WINGS. I recorded
my 2nd EP the same way I did with my debut CD. At the end of 2008 “Higher” was released
with a total of five tracks on it. SAVIORS CRY vocalist Falco Muench played the drums
and the production took place at Klangwasserstudios once again. “Higher” received
very good press as well. The magazines “Hardline” and “Powerplay” released very positive
reviews of the CD and webzines like “Rockingboy” acclaimed the quality of the Melodic
Rock songs. In 2009 I got interviewed by Rob Evans for AOR Underground, which voted
“Higher” 4th best demo of the year. The EP’s opener “Rising Fire” was released on
a local sampler called “SOB rocks Earth Vol. 3” later that year as well.
In 2009 I also released the single “Mittendrin” to support the youth work in my hometown
2010 saw a break in my life. Due to my job as a civil engineer I moved to New York
City. I continued to write songs for RISING WINGS in order to release a full length
album at some point. After finding a recording studio in New York I recorded one
song at the end of 2010. Bobby Santiago from the Queens based band “Bloodwork” played
the drums and Ray Balconis of Studio Ray mixed and mastered the song after I recorded
all the instruments including the vocals. The single “Times of Rain” was then released
in February 2011.
When I came back to my Bavarian hometown later that year I jammed with a couple of
guys at an open stage gig. This worked out really well that eventually a band was
formed: The SMALLTOWN REBELS are playing Hard Rock Classics specialised on the 70’s
and 80’s with a lineup that consists of Hans Klebel (Life & Beyond), Bene Rauscher
(Lobster Club), Franz Raßhofer (Joe Leila) and Cordula Wiedenmann.
Before I moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for work in May 2012 I finished off songs
I recorded in the year 2009 at Klangwasserstudios. Together with additional songs
that were recorded in the summer of 2011 at Studio Ray in New York there was finally
enough material for a Rising Wings Longplayer.
During my time in Kuala Lumpur I was able to jam with a couple of local live bands
in the course of 2012 and in early 2013. Unfortunately there was not enough time
to finalize the long planned full length album due to my job as a civil engineer.
I moved to Singapore in May 2013. As it was time for a new “sign of life” for Rising
Wings I’ve put together the “Lonely Is The Night” single that contains the song in
two versions. It was released in November 2013.
I returned to my hometown Schrobenhausen in 2014 where I played a gig with the SMALLTOWN
REBELS at the Schrannenfest, the local city festival. In 2015 I joined the SCHWARZBAUER
band for a huge gig at the Stereowald Festival in Aichach.
Later that year it was time for a new project: Together with some colleagues from
work I founded the band HYDRAULICA. With a lineup of Christoph Soier (Lobster Club),
Jürgen Kukol (Ackermanns Blüten) and Stefan Schnitzler (Jeff Vader) we’ve got a set
of Hard Rock Covers and own songs.
In 2016 I released a single containing the song “Standing As One” that I wrote for
the Bauer AG as their official company song.