Many, many years ago, there was this little boy whose uncle was this awesome guitar player. When the little boy was 7 years old, his uncle gave him a guitar and taught him how to play the most beautiful songs and… yeah, not my story!

When I was a little boy, I sang in the church choir for some months, played a song on a children’s keyboard (yes, one song) and played the recorder in school as all the other kids did, too. When I was about 13, I bought an old guitar from a friend and played a little bit, but most of the time I had other stuff in my head, until one day I was infected with punk rock and alternative rock, picked up the guitar, started to learn some chords and joined a band. We played some great concerts, even released some EPs and then we dissolved into thin air after we all lived in different cities.

So I dived into the magical world of molecular biology and tried to find some guys to play with, but most of them wanted to play something more ambitious than punk rock because we were adults now or they wanted to play cover songs while I wanted to play my own songs and tell my own stories. So I started to record my songs, never thinking about what to do with them. Just recording some songs because I wanted to do so. After a while though, I compiled some songs and released the digital album “The 1” as BiG FiSH RADiO. And I started playing solo in pubs. At first, it was really strange, as I had always played in a band and never alone, but somehow it was awesome to play your stuff in a totally reduced way with just an acoustic guitar.

Nevertheless, I also tried to find a band to perform my songs, found some guys who liked my stuff, we started rehearsing, one guy left, another one came and we played some gigs. But somehow it didn’t work out after all. And so I decided to pick up my acoustic guitar and to play without a band again. But not as BiG FiSH RADiO anymore, but simply using my name.

I read some books about how to be successful as a musician and listened to a lot of people who know how to make it and who gave me a lot of great clues about how to play my music. I learned that it’s not enough just to love playing music and what you need to do to become someone and then I had an epiphany: just screw it all!

I love playing music and that’s what this is all about. You do what you love. And it doesn’t matter if your music is ambitious and perfectly arranged or reduced and simple or whatever. The only thing that matters is that you love what you do. And there will be someone there who will also love what you do. I don’t care about being the Voice or someone’s idol, I just want to do what I love so much. And I’m happy, if you love it, too.



 Photo: Martina Franz




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