Composing begins for me in the late 1980s when I started a little school band with my classmate Hague Nusseck. Being the keyboarder and singer I soon began to compose songs and write lyrics. We created a series of songs based on modified Blues patterns. Only two years later we had first performances, by then joined by a drummer and lead guitarist.
Our first band name, BBQ Mushroom, had less to do with the consumption of substances, as with an insurance damage we had caused to a wooden outdoor barbecue hut, a so-called “Grill mushroom”. The nature of the damage became more distinct after our band’s renaming into Burning Mushroom. The change of name though was mostly due to the fact that the first name seemed unspeakable for many people and was therefore difficult to remember.
In the early 1990s our music became more and more elaborate. In addition to blues and rock sounds hints of jazz, funk and soul were added to our songs. Angela Schäfer joined our band as a saxophonist. Songs like Lady Memphis and Emigrant For Love date back to this period.
1994 the band broke up. I moved to Copenhagen, where I lived for nearly nine years and where I created tunes, such as the love song Always from 1999.
When I returned to Hamburg in 2003 I brought with me a number of songs, not worked out by then. In 2004 I wrote Katie, a song that had been stuck with me in one form or another for several years.
In 2006 I started a collaboration with guitarist Thomas Kirschler under the name of Quickbourn, writing the entire lyrics for the progressive rock album Beyond Ground Zero, which we published in 2008. This album also includes a new, more rhythmic version of Katie.
During this period I also write songs like Storm, One In A Million and Star, a song for my then still unborn daughter.
From 2010 to 2013 I reworked some of my songs together with guitarist Kai Steltner. He also added the distinctive solo part to the title song Storm.
Since the beginning of 2016 I have been working increasingly on new demos, resulting in songs like Sea Change, The River, Hejrah!, Money and Fountains Of Love.
Many more are currently in progress …
The reportoire issued on these pages comprises only a small part of my compositions, of course. Demos that I have carried around with me for a long time are finally to be be worked out in the coming months, even if they are only to be sketches. And in the process, of course, new ideas are developing as I go.