I started playing guitar at the age of six and bass at the age of nine. I had my first gig when I was eleven years old. Since then Ive been a musician. Most of the time I used to be a bass player and vocalist, but meanwhile I concentrate on playing guitar. Though Im still a singer.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
My first concert was Deep Purple at Westfalenhalle/Dortmund as far as I remember. Must have been aroung 1972.
What gear do you use?
I play American Special Stratocaster, Telecaster, ES-335, Les Paul Custom. ESP Kirk Hammett Signature, a flamenco guitar custom made in Granada, an Ovation acoustic and a Fender Jazz Bass. Amps: Engl retro tube, Mesa Boogie Recto Verb, Fender Twin Reverb, Line 6 Valve II,
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
When I was a child my first ever favourite bands were The Who, The Kinks and Creedence Clearwater Revival. At the age of nine or ten Deep Purple became my favorite band, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Besides that I always loved Soul Music: Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes and Earth Wind and Fire. When I was 14 I started listening to Frank Zappa, King Crimson and Van der Graaf Generator, who became my favorites for quite a while. Since then my taste in music hasnt changed a lot.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Last year we formed a new four piece band named Hysenberg. The line up is guitar, bass, drums and vocals/guitar. I sing play guitar and wrote the stuff. The music is something that can hardly be described: Its close to progressive rock, sometimes indie, sometimes classic rock. But its for sure a rock band with its very own particular style. We just finished our 4 track demo and we hope to record a full album next year. There will be some shows coming up this winter.
I still play with Hip Hop band Too Far Gone. Barryblack doesnt exist anymore as a permanent band, but sometimes reunites for a concert every now and then.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Steven Wilson, Mikael Akerfeld, Guthrie Govan, Marco Minneman, Ritchie Kotzen
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
I once played at Reichstag in Berlin as a support act in front of maybe a hundred thousand people. I played some festivals in front af fairly huge crowds. The smallest venue I ever played was called Blumenbar in Berlin. There were about 20 people but it was totally overcrowded.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
In the Court of the Crimson King, The Lamb lies down on Broadway or Whats Going on