I have been playing music since my teenage years.
I took a degree in orchestral percussion but then decided to be a drummer in bands and play rock n’roll, jazz, funk, latin and whatever needed to be played, often adding backing vocals from behind the drums. I moved to England in pursuit of fame and fortune and there started to write songs.
After years of touring and recording in England, Ireland (N and Republic), Germany and Luxemburg, I mothballed my drums -I still keep a few kits, just in case- moved back to Germany and decided to concentrate on singing and songwriting. Some say it’s only because a guitar is so much easier to carry.
This is certainly true, and I do enjoy the occasional gig in a small club without a PA, where I can just walk in, open my guitar case and my mouth – and we have music. But the other reason is, when it comes to music, what really gets under my skin is a good song well sung. Never mind clever arrangements, it’s the song that counts.
Nowadays I play solo and in the duo MartinMartin with the excellent Martin Linke on piano and harmony vocals. I / we play some carefully chosen, dismantled and newly re-constituted classic songs by some of the greats, but mainly my own songs.
Some of these can be found under “Songs”, I hope you enjoy them.
I am currently working on an album.