ampersandman 14


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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  • @tiller2  Mar 15

    Hi, thank you for listening to "Never Saw It Coming," and for your kind comments. Brain injury is an uncomfortable subject because football is so much a part of American identity, but I thought the POV of the wife might be a good way to open up minds to the issue.

  • @persaab Mar 15

    Than you for listening So Many Closed Doors. About your comment ”Nevertheless I would have wished for the vocals to be more discernible.” you’re right I was too busy then and are to fix the vocals. I’ll be doing it some night.

  • @leepat  Mar 14

    Hey, you're welcome, always a pleasure! You've done all the hard work anyway 😀

  • @zoom  Mar 13

    Thank you so much for your compliment 😉
    Makes me happy !

  • @weakness Mar 12

    Dude holy shit thank you so so so goddamn much! Sorry for the delay but I was out of town without a computer for a week, but I juuuust sent you an email now!

  • @mmmmarcus  Mar 10

    Thank you very much for the comments on the collab tracks "Killer" and "Never Stay For Worse"! Glad you liked them, and thank you kindly for the compliments!

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 8

    Thanks for listening to Sometimes I Might! It was a fun collab with Liz 😁

  • @mishykatz  Mar 7

    Thanks for the listen and comment on Solid Beat, I had fun with the FAWM'd demo and thought it would be fun to 'do it right' at some point too!

  • @adnama17  Mar 5


  • @weakness Mar 4

    Dude I'm listening through all of your stuff right now and it's blowing me away. Seriously, everything you're doing is what I'm striving to learn how to mix towards; it's all next level!

  • @rustyp  Feb 27


    Thanks so much for your comment on y song "One Step."

    Your songs are cool too! I really like your use of jazz chords. 😀
    I changed my tag. That was a mistake. 😀

  • @andygetch  Feb 25

    Hi. I am sorry that I did not see your question on the skirmish to answer until now. In the U.S. 'green' is a slang term for money, because dollars are printed with green ink on very light green paper. It also refers to living in harmony with nature and the environment. It also is another slang term for someone who is naive or new to something, like a job, playing music, etc.. I hope this helps!

  • @andybalham Feb 21

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

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 21

    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  Feb 19

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

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 19

    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  Feb 18

    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 Feb 16

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

  • @radicalmguy  Feb 14

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

  • @jcuempire  Feb 14

    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  Feb 14

    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 Feb 14

    Thanks for giving Blessings and Promises a listen!

  • @hazzard Feb 13

    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  Feb 13

    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 Feb 13

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

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 13


  • @iwilleatyou Feb 13

    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  Feb 10

    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 Feb 9

    Thank you for your comments onForgotten.

  • @unkept Feb 9

    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  Feb 8

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

  • @metalfoot  Feb 8

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

  • @mjayp Feb 8

    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  Feb 7

    Thanks for your kind words on Maria von Mossau.

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 6

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

  • @totallynotaspambot Feb 6

    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  Feb 6

    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  Feb 6


  • @andybalham Feb 3

    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 Feb 3

    Welcome back!

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 3

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

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2

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

  • @gromwaf Feb 2

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

    stay true...

  • @andybalham Feb 1

    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 Feb 1

    I work in news... say no more.

  • @totallynotaspambot Feb 1

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

  • @grenzgaengerin  Feb 1

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

  • @grenzgaengerin  Feb 1

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

  • @andybalham Jan 31

    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 Jan 31

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

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 31

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

    But I could be right.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Jan 31

    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  Jan 31

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

  • @arthurrossi Jan 28

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

  • @piney  Jan 26

    Thank you! You too!

  • @sph  Jan 26

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

  • @aflinner  Jan 25

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

  • @kovbleu  Jan 24

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

  • @ericdistad  Jan 24

    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 Jan 23

    @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  Jan 23

    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  Jan 23

    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  Jan 22

    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  Jan 21

    Good to see you back! 😀

  • @sph  Jan 19

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

  • @unkept Jan 2018

    It's almost that time.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Jan 2018

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

  • @adnama17  Jan 2018

    Hey there!!!!!!!

  • @cts  Jan 2018

    A big hello and shout to you!