Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Wonderland


Is everybody enjoying their Holiday season? I hope so =)

We still have no snow over here but I'm really ambivalent to it. On one hand, I love this winter wonder land feeling of a snowy landscape. On the other hand, I'm a lousy car driver  under snowy and icy cirmumstances ;)

Anyway, this Picture is just too beautiful and I wish you all a happy weekend with it!

Sunday, December 7, 2014


 *Drumroll* Finally, here comes the official album teaser for my upcoming album "Winter Eyes" which will probably be out in January 2015!! I hope you'll enjoy!

Now the artwork has just to be finished and then the CDs can be all pressed!! Yaay!! *feeling excited*

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RIP Robin Williams....and my view on depression disorder...

Hi folks!

Normally I don't write too personal or serious posts since I'm more of a private person. But this time it's different.

The world has lost a wonderful actor, versatile and with the ability to even play difficult character roles. Rest in Peace Mr. Robin Williams :(

We lost him obviously because of his depression disorder as public information goes. He committed suicide.
Now I've been reading different reactions. Among them were posts like "There is never a reason for suicide! I'm disappointed in him" "You always have the possibility to choose whether you look at things in a positive or negative way" etc.

The last sentence may be true for many people, including me, as I'm all for positive thinking and changing the point of view. However, if someone isn't just a little down or in a sad mood but REALLY suffering from depression, it's not a matter of "positive thinking" anymore. This person has a medical disease that needs to be treated.

I have a very close friend who has been suffering from manic depression throughout his whole life. His father did, and his grandfather did too. It is painful to witness how he is almost acting lunatic one time, refusing to sleep or eat, burning out all his energy for crazy "projects" that may have a psychotic touch in them, being absolutely immune to anything you may try to tell him.
Then the big break comes. He is lying in bed, refusing to even get up, just staring at the wall and blabbering how he failed throughout his whole life, how he is the biggest loser and ashamed of himself, not wanting to live anymore.
On top of this, he already had a heart attack some years ago. The way he is constantly refusing to eat, drink or sleep surely isn't exactly what helps his physical condition.

And then there are the ones close to him. Totally helpless and devastated. Living with the constant fear of losing him way too early. Legally, you can't force anyone to get treatment unless he is a serious danger for others or himself. May be the case here? In theory, but practically most people are released from hospital within a very short time if they had been dragged there against their will.

Like many others, my friend also refuses to admit that he is suffering from this mental disease. He claims that he is surely "not crazy" and therefore not willing to get any therapy or taking medicaments that would help him.
Society isn't a big help here because, let's face it, people suffering from depression are still too often called "just weak" and being told "to get themselves together". Who wants to be called crazy?

As we now see with the tragic death of Mr. Williams, society needs to change their attitude towards mental diseases as they are nothing different to physical diseases. Not putting a stigma on the suffering. But showing support and understanding.

That would be truly an amazing change.

Monday, August 11, 2014

More discoverings from Seerock festival - Sabaton

Hi folks!

I hope you are all doing fine and enjoy the warm summer sun.
I'm still stunned how many great bands I discovered at the latest festival, and to my shame most of them have been around pretty long already! O_O

Among them are these guys, Sabaton, if you don't know them already you should check them out! Great power metal from Sweden (My personal tip for all of you who are a little sportive: Sabaton's song "Night Witches" gives you chills while working out ;))

What else is going on? The fine tuning of the vocal recordings is going smoothly (but please don't count these hysterical moments รก la "WHY DOES THIS NOTE ALWAYS GO WRONG!!! AARRRGGGGHHH" *smashing something against a wall*)
But besides that, everything is fine ;D

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Demo snap "The Player"


The recordings to "Winter Eyes" are almost finished, only the vocals to the title track itself are still in progress. Then the mixing and mastering will take place.

Here is again a demo snap, this time of the re-recorded song "The Player". Some may know this song already appeared on my first album "Time has come". we gave it a complete new musical clothing yet the original song character remains. Let me know what you think:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Seerock festival 2014!

Hi folks!

So I'm freshly back from the Seerock festival in Graz and what can I say? It was a f*cking blast!!! So many great bands and me stuck in the front row ;)

Among my personal highlights were:

Status Quo
Blind Guardian

But the greatest experience definitely was TWISTED SISTER. They haven't been to Austria for 30 years and I must admit, I've never seen an show like theirs before. A league of its own really. Dee Snider is one hell of a frontman!

Some impressions from our crowd going crazy:

And "we" are very proud that the band has been thanking us with this banner ;)

Hopefully until next time!!!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sonata Arctica @Szene Wien, May 2nd 2014

On Friday I attended the long-awaited Sonata Arctica concert in Vienna. It was one of the best gigs I've ever been joking! The guys were in top form and delivered a high-energy performance with a brilliant mix of classic and new songs. The day after, I was hoarse and had blue hand palms from all the clapping ;)

The support band "Trick or Treat" had been unfamiliar to me but I was amazingly surprised, what a phantastic band - if you are into Power Metal, you should definitely check them out!

Here are some pics of me and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) aswell as with Alessandro Conti and Luca Setti (Trick or Treat):

This was the setlist:

 Little impression of the concert (not filmed by me, I needed my hands for clapping - see above ;))

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New month, new nomination!

Hello my friends!

Time for a little update =)
The past months have been pretty hectic - working hard in the law firm, working hard on the new record, treats in form of travels to Turkey and Prague. Oh, and making myself a new home which took lots of administration work (which I always hate LOL)

Then in March, my oldest kittie (13 years) got really sick and I thought I'd lose her...thanks to God she is fine again. But knowing that she may fall sick anytime again doesn't make one feel too happy...

The good news:
Now I have been informed that I am again nominated for the Starliners Indie Award 2014 and I desperately need YOUR help! Please vote for me right here:

The Starliners Indie Award 2014

Thanks so much! Until next time (Maybe I'll finally load up some recent pics!)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Iron Maiden's connection to my new album!! NEWSFLASH!!

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am glad to announce that the CustomBacking team have enrolled the services of the brilliant lead guitarist John Slater.
John will be playing lead solo’s on some of my songs.
John has toured Europe extensively, and after the singer Blaze Bailey did his short two album stint with Iron Maiden, Blaze formed his own band and toured Europe, the US and South America. John Slater was one of his lead guitarists.
Many thanks to Tom Shevchuk from CustomBacking, for bringing John in, and of course many thanks to John Slater.
For the songs that John will be playing on, all will be revealed in due course. Exciting times ahead, watch this space.

Here are some pics of the brilliant John Slater in "action":