ampersandman 9


Berlin Germany   Jan 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Indie rock music from the 90s onwards

I've joined FAWM in 2014 and since then February is the best month of the year for me.
I live in Berlin, Germany. The last year brought some changes in my musical life. My longtime band, Sand.IG, broke up for good. Instead I joined another project, which will be called Kalteis. And since November I have the incredible honor to play alongside of one of my longtime favorite musicians, David Judson Clemmons. You can check out his bands, JUD and The Fullbliss as well as his solo work (I highly recommend his album "Life In The Kingdom Of Agreement" as a start) on Spotify, iTunes or wherever there's music on the interwebs.
Last year I have made an album called "Secular" which I'm hoping to release before February. Now, FAWM #5. No big plans this time, except I thought of using beats and loops as a starting point this year in order to shake my songwriting routines. Less Rock, more Electronica. As a not-so-wise man famously said: "Well see what happens."


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  • @andybalham 1 day

    Thanks for the fantastic result of our random collab. Well worth the wait! 😀

  • @jacobeverettwallace  1 day

    Hey dude! Thanks for the kind comment on my collab with @jacobeverettwallace! To answer your question, they aren't real drums. We used Logic Pro X to record, and I programmed the drums (painstakingly so because Logic decided to have a hell day and bug out on us every few minutes.) But hey, it all worked out eventually! (-Troy)

  • @radicalmguy  2 days

    Love it dude! Definitely post it as a collab, sweet job

  • @coolparadiso  3 days

    thx for getting back to me - your feedback mirrors what a lot of people have said. so we might leave it.i thought it needed a bit more but maybe not. My favourite raw material is actually song 1 stories past I think that needs some skilled work - see what you think. maybe im getting a bit to perfectionist !

  • @adforperu  4 days

    Sorry yes, I actually posted half a message in the thread there really, ha! I meant to say I recognised the bearpit for sure (we stumbled upon Mauerpark on a Sunday after I did the marathon and it was a magical place! Think it was last year I did a song about it). aha, so Schönhauser Allee is the part where he's under the tram track right? Just got a vivid memory of being around there possibly looking for Burgermeister (the one in the little hut). Glad we found as it was the best burger and chips I've ever had. Me and @judypie went to Stuttgart at Christmas and we were delighted to find they had a Burgermeister..... we got there and ummmm, it was a fast food joint! You can't steal the good Burgermeister name like that, Stuttgart!

  • @totallynotaspambot 6 days

    Be greeted and thanks for the comment! I hope the machine continues to run! Beep!

  • @radicalmguy  1 week

    Sorry for the delay, here's the stems for Red Dress!

  • @jcuempire  1 week

    Thanks for listening to Marv. It's a weird story and, like you, I have no sympathy for him, but it's more interesting to use the antagonists view point sometimes. The stuff at the beginning was actually from an early electronic toy called a Speak & Spell and it was for another song but it just kind of worked out. Thanks again

  • @mungus  1 week

    That's a very high compliment, thank you so much, I must admit, there were a couple of moments I was reminded of Brand New when writing it too, I hope It still manages to walk it's own line?

    Thanks for listening!

  • @brownium 1 week

    Thanks for giving Blessings and Promises a listen!

  • @hazzard 1 week

    thanks for your comment on yves klein blue!! i'm glad you were inspired to listen from the title- i changed it at the 11th hour! i'm listening through your stuff & so far love your style!

  • @jibbidy34  1 week

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @santadharma 1 week

    Thanks so much! Glad you found us on the podcast and liked what you heard. Hope your FAWM is going well.

  • @radioovermoscow 1 week


  • @iwilleatyou 1 week

    The point is personal therapy. Make songs that are therapeutic for *YOU*. Fuck all else what anybody else does. You think I write a song about a guy's fly open and a dick laughing at me because I want to impress somebody? Fuck that. It's all for me me and me. Just for the record, i dig what you got but that shouldn't matter. Only *YOU* should dig what you got. Everybody else's comments are icing on the cake.....but not the cake itself. Keep at it brother.

  • @acousticmaddie  1 week

    Thank you for you comment on my german song (and correction)<3
    I did write it yesterday and then I got really nervous after putting it up as I have never had a school teacher in german and thought it might sound really bad.
    I spent 3years in Berlin and learned basiclly by speak to people and attend meetup groups, (and watch movies at Alexanderplatz same over and over till I started to understandthats good with dubbing 😀 ) so I dont really know the grammar (would probably not pass grammar of tested) even though I really tried to read myself trough der, das, die (I cheat sometimes by mumbling "dö' )
    So I (altough I like challenges I got really nervous doing this ) I am really happy that you said the song was ok.
    My biggest hug to Berlin and to you.

  • @julesbf 1 week

    Thank you for your comments onForgotten.

  • @unkept 1 week

    Thanks for the feedback on my songs. 😀 I've really enjoyed all of your stuff so far! I listened to Moonlit Road several times in a row.

  • @radicalmguy  2 weeks

    Thanks for the feedback, my man. Definitely interested in that collab you suggested if you still want to!

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    The last two tracks are where I started to feel a little better. Finally able to eat a bit!

  • @mjayp 2 weeks

    Thank you for the excellent comments on my song Ella! Regarding the drums... I knew there was something not quite right! That’s actually why I added speaking parts, to cover some of it up. There are 2 drum tracks in that song, and I completely forgot to make one of them swing! A fresh pair of ears really helps! I have since amended them, and it sounds much better. I’m running low on phone battery right now, but will definitely check you out later.

  • @acousticmaddie  2 weeks

    Thanks for your kind words on Maria von Mossau.

  • @mmmmarcus  2 weeks

    Wow thank you for the nice comment on "Regret"! I'm humbled!

  • @totallynotaspambot 2 weeks

    Blup-blup-blup. What is this? They create song pages for marketing purposes now? They are far more advanced than we originally thought! Beep.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  2 weeks

    Always appreciate your feedback, brother! RE "Crumbling Bones", you hit on several things I noticed as well after I had a chance to let it sit. Too close to the elephant, ya know? It was fun to do, but I'm definitely going to rearrange it. I'll probably play this one out live at open mics to see how it feels first. Not being a drummer is something of a roadblock in arranging, so playing live is my best way to really dial something in. But I really appreciate your ear for dynamics. I did a quick remix after I came back to it and dropped the drums out of CH2 for the first two bars and broke back in full after the 6minor. Helped some. Anyway, thanks!

  • @adnama17  2 weeks


  • @andybalham 2 weeks

    Hi. I've sent you an email with some music. Let me know if it works for you or if I should try something a little different.

  • @helene 2 weeks

    Welcome back!

  • @karlsburg25  2 weeks

    Cheers matey. Yeah i call it a typical me song 😉

  • @jibbidy34  2 weeks

    Hey! Thanks for stopping by and listening to I Didn't Know 😁

  • @gromwaf 2 weeks

    Hello and thanks for the comment... I'm sorry for my vocals...

    stay true...

  • @andybalham 3 weeks

    I can certainly come up with some music. In your bio you said you wanted to try some electronica, so perhaps I could try something along those lines?

  • @radioovermoscow 3 weeks

    I work in news... say no more.

  • @totallynotaspambot 3 weeks

    Be greeted! If you see anyone claim I am a spambot, it's fake news. 😉 Beep-bup-bup-beep.

  • @grenzgaengerin  3 weeks

    p.s.: aber wir können gerne in deutsch schreiben...mein Englisch ist sehr schlecht 😉

  • @grenzgaengerin  3 weeks

    Thank you very much for your're was last year - now is another time 😉
    I'm looking forward to your songs.

  • @andybalham 3 weeks

    Hello sir. I have just noted that we have been paired together in the random collab challenge. I for music and your good self for lyrics. When inspiration strikes please send them to andybalham at hotmail dot com and ping me on my soundboard. Looking forward to it.

  • @alboe 3 weeks

    Tomorrow's the big day, I hope you'll have a great FAWM.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  3 weeks

    I feel like you are probably also a Pavement or Dinosaur Jr. fan. I could be wrong.

    But I could be right.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  3 weeks

    Btw- LOVE that blisterning solo at the end of Another Summer Come and Gone! The tune reminded me a little of the band War On Drugs.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  3 weeks

    Thanks for recommending the videos! I love getting those out to people who are new to this thing. 😀

  • @arthurrossi 3 weeks

    Hallo! Schön, Dich wieder hier zu sehen! Ich wünsche Dir einen wundervollen und kreativen Februar!

  • @piney  3 weeks

    Thank you! You too!

  • @sph  3 weeks

    Menno, jetzt bin ich schon wieder zu spat mit meiner "Zydeco Terror Turtle"

  • @aflinner  4 weeks

    Welcome back! Glad you liked "Keep You Safe" on the showcase yourself thread. Have a great FAWM!! 😀

  • @kovbleu  4 weeks

    Hello!! So good to see you back as well! Happy FAWMing. 😀

  • @ericdistad  4 weeks

    Hi @ampersandman - Thanks for your kind words on Achievement Unlocked - I'm glad you liked it! The solo weirdness - there is a "slight" delay on the guitar for space - but apparently in the mastering process, the compression brought the delay up in the mix and made it sound a bit more messy... I hadn't noticed it until you pointed it out, so thank you for mentioning it! 😀

    Have a great FAWM!

  • @unkept 4 weeks

    @ampersandman , I wasn't watching the clock as I wrote the song... and I was doing a few other things at home as well, but it could not have taken more than two hours of my time to write "Somewhere Else."

    I'm much faster with my workflow than I was last year! Hopefully that means I'll be able to hit 14 easily this year, but there is also that inner critic I'll have to deal with. 😉

    Thanks for listening, I'm glad you liked it. I also think the solo is a bit rough around the edges, but it was good enough to move on with my day and get the Skirmish over. 😝

  • @sheamiejay  4 weeks

    Thanks for the kind words. My FAWM songs will be a little more pared down, production-wise. Looking forward to checking out your work come Feb.

  • @karlsburg25  4 weeks

    Wow thanks so much for purchasing the song. Every bit counts. The guy who is running it is an amazing bloke. He travels continually through India and Nepal setting up projects to help the underprivaleged, so i didn't really need any persuasion to get involved. Massive thanks again x

  • @karlsburg25  4 weeks

    You too matey. I may be a bit down on output this year but cannot wait to get something out there!. Hope you well

  • @fearlessflight2014  4 weeks

    Good to see you back! 😀

  • @sph  4 weeks

    Sail on, psychonaut! Bin gespannt, was du so machst.

  • @unkept 5 weeks

    It's almost that time.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  5 weeks

    Right back at you, brother! Always enjoy your creativity. Cheers to a great FAWM!

  • @adnama17  5 weeks

    Hey there!!!!!!!

  • @cts  5 weeks

    A big hello and shout to you!