Spotlight: New Feature - Business Friend Filter - Aug 27, 2019
Benefit further from your existing business contacts by making the right connections.
Members with a Premium Membership can now filter their list of business friends based on the type of business (A&R, Publisher, etc.), country, and keywords. This makes it easier for members with a large number of contacts to see an overview and to more easily contact particular business friends.
Interview with Luciana Pegorer (Music2Deal Brazil /Music Trends Brazil) - Aug 21, 2019
Interview with Luciana Pegorer, the new representative for Music2Deal Brazil and CEO of Music Trends Brazil by Mario Christiani (CEO, Music2Deal)
Mario: Luciana, you are the new exclusive representative of Music2Deal Brazil. Please tell us more about your background in the music business and why represent Music2Deal in Brazil? Luciana: I’ve been working in the music industry in Brazil for over 20 years now. Since my graduation year I’ve experienced many areas of this industry, from being a musician (flute player), to producer, label manager at a major record company, label owner at Delira Musica, trade association leader, etc. Today I focus on building capacity to the Brazilian music ecosystem through Music Trends Brasil International Conference, a get together to discuss, learn, and network event that I organize and curate. MTB takes place in Rio de Janeiro every October. Brazil is one of the most musical countries in the world, top 10 global market, home of amazing and numerous musicians and music professionals from all areas. I’m joining Music2Deal because I see the lack of an effective online network to be able to connect and increase the opportunities for musicians, composers, artists, producers and the likes within our music industry and from our industry to the worldwide environment. I see Music2Deal as a complement of the mission I already fulfil with the conference and will make efforts to attract Brazilian members to the platform and make our country represented in this amazing worldwide network that connects the music industry. Mario: Sounds really great. As you mentioned MTB, what exactly is the MTB and how did it come into existence? Luciana: MTB is a conference that gathers 700+ professionals from the most different areas of the music business. From musicians and performers to DSPs and PROs, distributers, publishers, producers and record companies. It takes place in the historical downtown Rio, in an amazing 18th Century building. The main room is fully dedicated to high level …
New representatives for Greater China region - Aug 6, 2019
June Zhan joins Music2Deal. We are happy to announce and welcome June Zhan who joins the Music2Deal family as our representative for Greater China region.
"I am feeling thrilled to join Music2deal. Chinese speaking markets like China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, 20% population of Malaysia are getting even more vibrant and have a lot to offer and to be offered." said Zhan. "By using Music2Deal and networking with professionals all around the world is so much easier than blind searching. Without Music2Deal, often it's like looking for a needle in ocean on your own. Music2Deal is truly a user-friendly solution for any music related business!" June Zhan is an international booking agent also a music licensing and digital content expert with well-established contacts with publishers, collection societies, and labels throughout Asia Pacific. June Zhan currently holds multi-positions at Atb-intl, GoDigital Media Group, Midem and Music2Deal. Previously June Zhan served as Conference Team Director of the 25th and 26th Golden Melody Awards & Festival (GMA) 2014 - '15. Prior to GMA, her extensive digital music business experience also as Director of Digital Business Dept. at EMI Taiwan/Gold Typhoon Group, VP of Profita Music Publishing at Seed Music Group, Sr. Manager of Licensing Dept. at Rock Mobile China.
MIDEM 2019 Impressions - Aug 6, 2019
MIDEM took place from June 4th-7th, where Richard Rogers (Music2Deal UK), Peter Fosso (Music2Deal USA), Kathy Hahn (Music2Deal Canada) and I (Mario Christiani, CEO Music2Deal) joined this great event. The event was fantastic, very good organized, nice people and also the weather was perfect.
At MIDEM we presented the new update of Music2Deal.com and the feedback was really great. Normally I have around 50 or more meetings in those 4 days. But due to our update we got this time we had more than 200 meeting requests. Fortunately Richard Rogers completed a lot of meetings…… Enjoy the pictures
SHIBUYA SHOWCASE FEST 3d EDITION - Jul 30, 2019
Early birds rate period extended until August 31st for delegate pass 03, 04, 05 OCTOBER in Tokyo Music Convention in JapanIntroduce your music to Japan Meet up with the local & global music industry
Following the commencement of a successful launch in 2017, and 2018 with 35 international showcases and the participation of more than 100 international and local delegates (Japan, USA, Australia, Germany, Canada, France, Switzerland, Chile, China, Holland, Belgium,Hungary, Latvia, Luxembourg,, Malaysia,, ...), the SHIBUYA SHOWCASE FESTIVAL [SSF]) is renewed in 2019, on October 3, 4, 5. 2019’s SHIBUYA SHOWCASE FESTIVAL will hold three days of professional meetings and music and information on the music market in Japan. An unique opportunity for music bands and artists to introduce their music to Japan and for music industry players delegates to meet up and establish connections with the local & global music industry. Artists announced : Nicola Son (France), Santiago Valencia (Chile), Escalera al Cielo (Japan), Masaki69 (Japan), Mareo (Chile), Livingstone (France), Bo-Peep (Japan), Devell (USA), DJ Kaito (Japan), Iphaze (France), Bruce Mennel (Japan/France), Daven Andreas (France), Oly MC (France), Thorn (France), and more...
Music2Deal UK Unveils New Representative - Jul 30, 2019
Dominique De Comarmond has taken up the position of UK A&R Representative for Music2deal supporting UK MD & A&R Director Richard Rogers following a meeting at MIDEM last month.
Dominique was born in South Africa but is now based in London and is a wonderful addition to the Music2deal team. Richard said: "I networked with Dominique at MIDEM and realised her passion for music is exactly what Music2deal requires and it gives me great pleasure to welcome her as a representative to support me here at Music2deal UK. These are exciting times for Music2deal and the new Music2deal website has certainly drawn positive feedback. With Dominique’s tremendous enthusiasm on board we look forward to expanding Music2deal to a greater degree.” As an Artist, Songwriter, Composer and Music Journalist, Dominique’s focus has been to share diversity and equality in all the work she performs. Speaking on Wednesday (24th July) she said : ‘It’s an honour to be a representative and ambassador for Music2Deal. This company is a great social network for musicians and professionals that want to make their mark in the industry. With countless people from songwriters to producers, artists to musicians, it’s an incredible opportunity to be part of. Not only am I super excited to be a part of Music2Deal but as a musician who wants to grow my network, there’s no better place to look but here. Everyone should be on the lookout for this platform as I truly think it will make a difference to networking in the industry in a modern, digital era. I cannot wait to see what the future holds with Music2deal, being a representative who is proud of it but also a musician, where I can network and showcase myself’.
New speakers at BIME PRO! - Jul 24, 2019
A whoping 15 new confirmations have been added in the latest newsflash from BIME PRO, materializing next 30th and 31st of October and 1st of November at the Bilbao Exhibition Center, affectionately known as BEC!. This fresh batch of speakers is headed up by Amelia Hartley, Endemol Shine UK's Director of Music and Audrey Guerre, coordinator of European music venue and festival network Live DMA.
Other rippling confirmations are those of Mark William Vaughan, All Things Live Norway member, promoter of such bands as Rammstein and Todd Terje; and British musician-turned-producer and sound engineer for bands such as Elvis Costello or Bob Dylan, Mike Cave. Also making their BIME PRO debut are Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director of London's Music Venue Trust; and Juliette Olivares (Live DMA). Patricia Gabeiras, (Gabeiras & Associates); lawyer Manuel Ángel López of Sympathy for the Lawyer, law firm hyper-specializing in the music industry; Carmen Zapata, Manager of ASACC (Concert Venue Association of Catalonia) and president of MIM; and Joe Pérez-Orive, current marketing director at Live Nation Spain will also be returning once more to the Bilboan event. Closing this third speakers announcement are Carlos Seixas (FMM Sines); Alicia Álvarez (Radio Primavera); Javier Bragado (Photographer); Iñigo Corcuera (Mr Jam CMM); and Alberto Macías (AM Sound). In total, 15 new professionals join those already confirmed: Mathew Knowles (MWE, Beyoncé's father), Scott Cohen (Warner Music Group), Joe Rudge (Silent Partners), Tom Windish (Paradigm Talent Agency), Olivier Robert-Murphy (Universal Music Group), Marta Crespo (Music Supervisor) or Patricia Hermida (IMMF), among others.
New Success Story – 5 license deals - Jul 16, 2019
Sound Republica is happy to find the right connections on Music2Deal and made already 5 deals happen.
Sound Republica is a music distribution and promotion company based in Korea. They are offering a great opportunity to distribute and to promote music to all major and most of the minor DSPs in Korea. Terry Kim, Korea (Co-CEO Sound Republica): "In the first month of using Music2Deal, Sound Republica made five (5) license deals with some great artists and labels from the US and Europe." If you like to connect with Terry please contact him via the link below: And if you have made a deal via Music2Deal like Terry Kim, then let us know and we’ll promote your success! Just log in and click on ‘Contact’ (under the “i” icon) or contact our support team.
Need Dance Mix for release - Jul 16, 2019
New Music Business Opportunities in the group “Music Specialist”
Brenda Watty is releasing the single GIRLS NIGHT OUT, and our Ambassador Allen Johnston is looking for multiple mixes to release in several different countries. Allen gives the Music2Deal community the first attempt at making these remixes. Join his group via the link below or get in contact via Allen´s profile on Music2Deal if you want to remix this single for possible release.
Spain's leading music event BIME Pro and Music2Deal extend their partnership. - Jul 4, 2019
BIME started out in 2013 with its sights set on the music of the future, reaching out to America. Today it is a meeting point for all kinds of professionals from more than 30 different countries, working in all areas of music and other cultural and creative industries. It is a space for connecting continents, doing business, sharing knowledge and discovering the latest innovations in anything and everything directly or indirectly related to music.
BIME PRO consists of a general programme with talks and conferences by professionals from all fields of the creative industries, plus a series of special activities including: BIME PRO Fests: festival congress for the sector’s professionals BIME PRO Start Up!: a startup convention for young entrepreneurs BIME PRO Campus: training programme for students +2.000 professionals +1.000 companies +600 speed-meetings +220 speakers More about the benefits for Music2Deal members will be published soon.
ISA2019 / 32 works from 13 countries nominated for the International Sound Awards 2019 - Jul 4, 2019
Audio has become incredibly diverse in 2019, conquering innovative and tech-driven areas. At the International Sound Awards, the number of submissions that offer original approaches to audio software, 3D sound or virtual / mixed reality has risen sharply. Audio Branding Cases continue to be strongly represented, but social projects also use the power of audio.
The International Sound Awards are pleased to announce the nominees of the ISA2019. Thirty-two works from 13 countries convinced the international jury of ISA2019 and were nominated in several categories. The best submissions come from all over the world: Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Israel, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Spain, UK, USA. Learn more about the "ISA2019 Nominees". Detailed project descriptions and videos can be found here: https://www.international-sound-awards.com/nominations-2019/ The award ceremony of the International Sound Awards 2019 will take place on 19 September from 7 to 9 pm as part of the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. As in the previous year, Steve Blame, cultural figure of the music television, leads through the evening. Discount tickets for the ISA Award Show and the Reeperbahn Festival can be found via the link below:
Spotlight: New Feature - Contact Settings - Jun 15, 2019
Premium Members can choose which members, based on their type of business, can contact them via our message system or via the friendship request button.
Only members whose “Main activity” or “Sub-activities” match with the selected criteria can send messages and/or send request for a friendship with this member. For example, a Premium Member who is a booking agent can avoid being contacted by a distribution company or a publisher.
Artist and Musician Essentials – Reasons To be Cheerful Part 1 - Jun 2, 2019
Written by Richard Rogers (Music2Deal UK representative)
What do you look for when attempting to break into the music industry? What are the essential ingredients that help you on your way? Where can you ﬁnd information that propels you on to the next level as you choose a career in the mind boggling labyrinth that is the business of music? Here, in a regular series, our A&R man and Music2deal music expert Richard Rogers guides you through various tools printed or otherwise that Richard thinks are still worth shelling out for in 2019 to keep you ahead of the competition. The must haves for any musician, artist or songwriter. Basically the essentials needed with the information that you require with one or two not quite so essentials thrown in for comparison for good measure. Music Week and the Music Week Directory Let’s start off with a beauty. Music Week is the music trade weekly magazine that’s been with us for almost 60 years. Yup, established in 1959 it went ……
Interview with Alexandre Deniot, Midem Director by Mario Christiani (CEO, Music2Deal) - May 21, 2019
Mario Christiani: Hi Alexandre. So what exactly do you do at MIDEM?
Alexandre Deniot: I am the director of Midem. So, I’m in charge of this event globally. I manage all the teams from the conference team to all the partnership teams and I make sure that we provide the best service to our music community. Mario Christiani: Please tell us more about the upcoming MIDEM 2019 Alexandre Deniot: This year’s Midem will see multiple initiatives putting artists and creation centre stage as the beating heart of the 2019 edition. These will include the opening of the Artist Hub, a brand new area dedicated to artists and talent development, the fresh addition of Midem Studio Sessions by Dynaudio, a fully-equipped studio where international artists will record live in public. Regarding our conference program, our lineup is just amazing with the heavy players of the industry like the music mogul Troy Carter, (CEO and Founder, Atom factory), Sylvia Rhone (CEO & President of Epic Records) or the Nigerian Artist Maleek Beery just to mention few of them! Mario Christiani: Is there anything else you’d like to mention that will also be a special focus at MIDEM this year? Alexandre Deniot: Also the competition for upcoming artists, the Midem Artist Accelerator, we celebrate this year the 5th anniversary, the second edition of the Midem Songwriting Camp and over 30 live concerts on the Midem Beach. Midem will also welcome this year the ….
The Film/Television Music Guide - May 21, 2019
The music industry’s #1 source for placing your music into film, television, video games or other visual media.
With a circulation to over 10,000 Music Supervisors, Film Studio and Television Network Music Depts., Film/Television Directors, Post Production Supervisors, Music Editors. The Film/Television Music Guide is offering a25% discount off the cost of any to anyone who mentions Music2Deal.
Submit your case to the International Sound Awards 2019 - May 15, 2019
The time has come again to #MakeTheWorldSoundBetter The International Sound Awards 2019 promote and honor smart, innovative cases from music, audio and tech.
Listen up! Only 2 weeks left to go. Cases can be submitted by 31st May 2019. You can find information about the submission details here: https://www.international-sound-awards.com/isa2019/ The ISA2019 Award Show will take place on September 19 in cooperation with the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. The ISA is pleased to offer special discounts on tickets for the Reeperbahn Festival and the ISA2019: Conference Ticket 175 Euro plus VAT (regular price 255 Euro plus VAT), Session Only Ticket 104 Euro plus VAT (regular price 150 Euro plus VAT). Get a discount code here:
AVAILABLE TO MUSIC2DEAL MEMBERS ONLY - May 14, 2019
Are you an artist attending Midem 2019 and want to show the International attendees your talent?
Music Specialist has 3 separate showcases available for you at No Cost. Contact Music2Deal Ambassador Allen Johnston for more information
Midem announces music tech finalists for midemlab 2019 contest - May 14, 2019
Midem, the home of the global music community, today announces the finalists of this year’s Midemlab competition, sponsored by Deezer and Recochoku.
Marking its 12th edition, Midemlab seeks out the most promising international startups developing new technologies aiming to reshape the music industry. The chosen finalists will feature at this year’s Midem, taking place in Cannes, from 4-7 June. A reflection of the dynamism of entrepreneurship in the music industry, Midemlab 2019 received 177 submissions from 45 countries. Midem Director, Alexandre Deniot, says: “An interesting fact about the 2019 entries is that 70% of them are from startups founded in the last two years. The 20 finalists have been selected by Midemlab’s partners, Music Ally and Bluenove. Divided into four categories, they cover the entire spectrum of music innovation. It’s always exciting to see the companies present their concepts to a global industry audience and then track the great successes of each year’s finalists and winners.” Midemlab Successes Midemlab is the leading competition for innovative startups in the music industry and the wider entertainment business. Previous participants have raised millions of dollars in funding following their appearance at Midemlab, while others have been acquired by major players and many of them are now well-established in the music ecosystem. Previous participants in the contest include Soundcloud, the Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify) and BandPage (acquired by YouTube). 2018 winner, Asaii, was acquired by Apple just 4 months after their Midemlab participation and Skoove, also finalists last year, recently raised €3m. The Midemlab Finalists Package All Midemlab finalists will benefit from a one-to-one coaching session with Abbey Road Red to better understand how to pitch their startup. They will then introduce their company and project to an audience of decision-makers, international media, and potential investors. The four winners, nominated by votes from a professional jury, will have a one-to-one meeting with TechStars Music, the leading music startup accelerator, access to free legal advice from Jeff Liebenson of Liebenson Law, free PR advice from PR strategist Joanna Kirk, a free mentoring session with innovation specialist Yvan Boudillet, one free registration for Midem 2020, and more. The Midemlab 2019 Finalists: Music Creation & Education Big Ear Games (Finland) – A mobile music game to learn how to compose music Endlesss (UK) – A virtual space for live collaborative recreational music-making Jambl (Germany) – The new user-generated music platform Muzeek (France) – An algorithm that creates unique and exclusive music for videos Lonofi (France) – The first app using AI generated music for well-being and mental health. Music Discovery & Distribution Alissia Music (Germany) – A music service that recommends songs based on your mood and your musical tastes ……
MIDEM: Epic records chairman & CEO Sylvia Rhone to keynote - Apr 30, 2019
Epic records chairman & CEO Sylvia Rhone to keynote and receive 2019 hall of fame award at Midem Dina Lapolt to host keynote conversation
Midem, the home of the global music community, today announces the powerhouse pairing of keynote Sylvia Rhone with Dina LaPolt at the 53rd annual industry conference and that Sylvia Rhone will receive the Midem 2019 Hall of Fame Award, in association with Billboard. In her first ever keynote address Sylvia Rhone, Chairman & CEO, Epic Records (USA), will be interviewed by Dina LaPolt, Owner, LaPolt Law. P.C. (USA), in a truly unique conversation between two of the most powerful female influences in today’s music business, at Midem, on Wednesday 5 June 2019. Sylvia Rhone will also receive the Midem 2019 Hall of Fame Award in association with Billboard, during a dedicated event on Thursday 6 June 2019. The first African-American woman to lead a major record label, Sylvia Rhone will share insights from her illustrious career with the equally impressive Dina LaPolt, named one of Billboard’s Executives of the Year in 2018, in recognition of her contribution to the Music Modernisation Act. Midem Director, Alexandre Deniot comments, “Sylvia Rhone is at the helm of one of the most exciting and dynamic labels in today’s ever-evolving music ecosystem. The Midem 2019 Hall of Fame Award in association with Billboard, recognises her outstanding contribution to the international music business and her ability to build such an artist-driven label culture. Both she and Dina are two of the most inspiring and essential music executives on the global stage. As the artist and creativity are at the very heart of Midem, so Sylvia and Dina never cease in their efforts to protect creativity and generate the best environment possible for artists to thrive. So there is a great synergy between us and we can’t wait to hear what promises to be a hugely charismatic and enlightening conversation.” Since taking on the position of President at Epic in 2017 …
The New Update is Live! - Apr 25, 2019
The Professional Update 2019 was released on the 24th of April.
We are very happy to announce the new update of Music2Deal which was launched -on the 24th of April and we are sure that our members will -see great benefits. You can read more about the The Professional Update 2019! in our Music2Deal blog.
Music2deal Blog Red Box Interview - Apr 12, 2019
Red Box Main man Simon Toulson-Clarke was interviewed by our music industry expert Richard Rogers and Simon had a lot to say about the new Red Box album and the way the industry works in 2019.
Richard Rogers: Hi Simon and thank you for the interview for the Music2deal website, the online worldwide music industry platform. You’ve got a new single out called ‘This Is What We Came For’. The sound is fairly poppy and musically there are snippets where it harks back to both 'Lean On Me' and 'For America'. Was this intentional? Simon Toulson-Clarke: Not even slightly intentional! I think we have a sound and this song is a product of that...it's our own sound and it was true of us in the 80s, too. We were perhaps atypical of what was generally going on in the 80s but I think it is the reason that although we may not have as many fans as some bands those who love us love us with a total, immersive passion. To write 'intentionally' assumes a skill I don't possess. I write to please myself and my bandmates who also happen to be my closest friends. If it emotes with us we simply hope others may feel the same. And that's about all there is to our intent. RR: The excellent video for the new single ’This Is What We Came For' looks particularly exotic. Where is it and what made you choose that location? STC: It is Thailand, specifically the stretch of Indian Ocean coast near Ranong on the Myanmar border, a very beautiful and undiscovered part of the country. I was there…
New Update is coming - Apr 3, 2019
On the 24th of April Music2Deal will launch the Professional Update 2019!
Since our network is aimed at professionals in the music industry, the focus of this update is to provide you with more features, a much better user experience, and work more professionally with Music2Deal. It´s all about connecting with proven music professionals and then staying in contact about music opportunities to make business happen. Have a look at the new Music2Deal and how you can benefit from the new Professional Update 2019!
Music2Deal works for partnership - Mar 25, 2019
By communicating via MUSIC2DEAL – THE MUSIC BUSINESS NETWORK, Al Crespo and Allen Johnston (Music Specialist) met and developed a win win scenario for each other. After lengthy communication Al Crespo has created three (3) songs that are being digitally released over the next few weeks in Korea, India, USA and across Europe.
The first single Al Crespo's "Maniac On The Floor" has been released to all the major and minor DSPs in Korea. Here are links to those major DSPs. - Melon: https://www.melon.com/album/detail.htm?albumId=10261937#none - Genie: https://www.genie.co.kr/detail/albumInfo?axnm=81173056 - Bugs: https://music.bugs.co.kr/album/20237936?wl_ref=S_tr_01_04 - Naver Music: https://music.naver.com/album/index.nhn?albumId=2930644 - Soribada: http://www.soribada.com/music/album/PD0119787 - M.net: http://www.mnet.com/album/3248369 We also uploaded the official audio on our YouTube website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIRP9GzCxF4 AL CRESPO Surprising, versatile, big and full of energy – that’s AL CRESPO, a singer and producer from Berlin with Ecuadorian roots, right from the middle of the earth. His music, which is self-written and self-composed, is a fusion of Pop(art), Electro and that certain funky feeling. After collaborating with music industry legends like Herman Rarebell (Scorpions) and Bobby Kimball (Toto) releases AL CRESPO his new singles. Having been multiple years as a Hard Rock front man, playing innumerable concerts on many different stages worldwide, this wholehearted performer feels very attracted to the possibilities of this New Era of electronic music. The combination of real instruments and high-end electronic sounds pushes forward the creativity. “I really love to experiment with different stylistic agents in my music. This way every song comes fresh to the ears and it never gets boring, either for the audience nor for me. Besides I’m extremely thrilled about the idea of not only entertaining the audience on live concert stages, but also in discos and clubs.” Brand new EDM material is waiting to be launched: Maniac On The Floor, Make It Happen and On The Rocks. MUSIC SPECIALIST (asha.com) International distribution, publishing administration and consulting are just a few of the businesses offered by the Music Specialist. The Music Specialist’s mission to provide foundations in the Entertainment Industry and in business academics that will enable our clients to advance the field of social entrepreneurship with the highest quality performances and products that both educate and entertain. CONTACT: Music Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or via the link below
Troy Carter to keynote at Midem - Feb 19, 2019
Midem will host Troy Carter delivering a keynote on The Future of Music at this year’s conference in Cannes, 04-07 June.
He will address Midem's delegates for the very first time as one of the true leaders of the “New School” of music execs. A music manager and entrepreneur with a glittering track record, Troy Carter is an exemplar of the world-leading entrepreneurs crossing music and innovation taking to the Midem stage. Troy Carter, CEO and Founder, Atom Factory (USA), was announced last week in Variety as partnering with United Talent Agency (UTA) on developing, “innovative ventures in verticals including film, TV and theater”. Take profit of our regular rate and save €225 on your Midem registration to be able to meet troy carter at Midem 2019
Music2Deal Interview – Tom Beck - Feb 19, 2019
UK Representative Richard Rogers has interviewed the well-known German actor (inter alia Cobra11), singer and entrepreneur Tom Beck.
Richard Rogers (RR): For those that might be unaware. can you give us some background information about yourself please as I know you are more famous as an actor than as a musician/singer? Tom Beck (TB): My background is on the music side. I’m 40 years of age, I grew up in Nurnberg and I started to play the accordion at the age of 4 or 5, they were my first musical steps and then I played the organ and keyboards and then I started to play along to songs that I heard on the radio on the piano or keyboards and then i started singing to them. Then I started my own bands, the first one at the age of 12 and then I played at random weddings and stuff and played the things that people wanted to hear. I became the popular story of the bored man that sits there at the the piano trying to entertain the whole crowd, sometimes for 6 to 8 hours, a whole evening! Then i had other bands and started studying musical theatre and through that I started to do more acting and next to the acting I decided to do my first album and recorded that in 2010 and released that in 2011 and there have have been 3 albums with the last in 2015. So it’s been 4 years! I’ll be recording my 4th album this year. RR: On Wikipedia Deutschland it mentions you’ve released 5 albums? TB: Yes that is correct. Three studio albums and two live albums. RR: My German was obviously not good enough to understand. Enshultigung! TB: No worries. RR: So who were your influences musically? TB: Well i grew up in a very….