ampersandman 15


Berlin DE   Jan 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Indie rock music from the 90s onwards

How time flies. Suddenly itโ€™s 2019, Iโ€™ve passed 40 years and I am taking part in my 6th FAWM. Can you believe that?

Happy to be a part of this community, see all of you again, and get to know new people.
So, for those who come across my page for the first time: I am a guitar and bass player residing in Berlin, Germany. Currently I play in three bands which is crazy enough even without the attempt to record solo songs. If you want to check them out, here they are (and leave some Facebook likes while youโ€™re at it):

Kalteis: and
David Judson Clemmons Band: and

Nevertheless I am inspired to the brim. My plan for this year is to embrace the 90s kid that I am and make energetic songs with noisy guitars. My favorite discovery of last year is a band called Ovlov and I also loved the latest Cloud Nothings album. And lots more that you can listen to in this playlist:

Last year I bought a Jazzmaster guitar and now am trying to get used to a completely new guitar sound, so thatโ€™s another reason I am trying to make that one my main instrument.

Please say hi to my JaaRi-bandmate @jonasmarr1983 whom I got to join! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  • @cherok40  Mar 16

    Thanks a lot for your kind comments. Very much appreciated!

  • @edwardsmusic Mar 15

    Hey, thanks for commenting on "If You Give Love, You'll Get Love". Your mention of a misheard lyric added a slightly unique touch of humour to the comment.

  • @tamsnumber4  Mar 13

    Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Reach For The Stars", I appreciate the listen!

  • @leomozi  Mar 13

    I really appreciate your honesty on how much โ€œBEGโ€ sounds like โ€œSoma.โ€ By the time I realized the similarities I just wanted to push through and finish writing it since it was the end of Feb. Iโ€™m definitely going to have to change the melody and chord structure if I decide to keep the song in my toolbox.

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 11

  • @johnstaples  Mar 11

    Thanks for listening and commenting on The Raven! Regarding vocals, I'm putting them right where I like them! ๐Ÿ˜ In my opinion too many rock songs bury the vocals and I prefer them to be the most prominent and since I am mostly writing music for me...! Think of my rockers as folk songs with rock instrumentation! But thanks for the advice!

  • @kahlo2013  Mar 8

    That would be awesome! Iโ€™d be happy to post any demo you are able to do!

  • @timfatchen  Mar 5

    Another long-termer I've missed. Rectifying that!

  • @unkept  Mar 2

    You've had a great FAWM! Loved hearing your new tunes. I really hope to hear you play in Germany some day, I plan on being back. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @max  Mar 2

    Wanted to compliment your 16-year old on the art-work on all your songs. Really nice.
    Listening to your tracks on soundcloud, the art-work of the last three years are real eye catchers. Very creative.

  • @unkept  Mar 2

    Congrats on your FAWM this year! I hope to catch up on your songs soon. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sapient  Mar 1

    Ha ha, thanks! My desire to push on and do a double FAWM makes me question my own humanness...!
    Congrats on getting the very last song to be posted! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • @oneslowtyper  Mar 1

    Congrats Robert, you crossed the finish line with one to spare, which is quite an accomplishment with all the other things taking up precious time.

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 25

    Hey, thanks for commenting on Satan, that's so kind of you. The brass samples are inbuilt on my Nord Stage. I've not had it long so I'm using FAWM to experiment and explore. That one is a brass trio and Iike it because you can actually differentiate the trumpet and sax in it.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 23

    Mmmm! Cloud Nothings. And Japandroids?

  • @mmmmarcus Feb 19

    Thank you very much for the comment on After The Storm! Happy to hear you liked the track!

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 18

  • @adnama17  Feb 17

    Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @eargoggle  Feb 12

    Oh whoops, you didn't ask me that! Ha! Well anyway, thanks for for listening....

  • @eargoggle  Feb 12

    Hey thanks for your comment about Story Song, I did not play the drums on that, I programed them and then ran them through my amp with a distortion pedal, miced that and sent it onto the 4 track cassette.

  • @scottlake  Feb 12

    Thanks for checking out my bass riff song. You are right about the chorus but I printed the effects as I recorded. Also as Iโ€™m not really a bass player I cheated by recording sections of the riff independently. The chorus covers up some of the messy playing. Recording it over wonโ€™t fit my FAWM schedule. But I appreciate you taking the time

  • @xfloorpunchx Feb 11

    Merci for your kind words again !

  • @twyllodrus Feb 10

    Danke fรผr den netten Kommentar zu "Truck-fuck". Du hast absolut recht. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 8

    Thanks for your comment on "My Slippers". I totally agree, the flow of those lyrics is so nicely done that the music just fell into place. A joy to write.

  • @lain Feb 2019

    Danke ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @lain Feb 2019

    Thanks for listening and for your comment on "Devil" - I appreciate a lot and I am happy you liked the song ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jcuempire  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the nice words about Here. Iโ€™m anxious to hear what you have this year.

  • @candle  Feb 2019

    Hmm... can't believe I hadn't watchlisted you in years past. Well, I just fixed that I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @candle  Feb 2019

    Thanks for your comment on Slacking. I always try to explain my process - at the very least to analyse it myself so that I can continue to change my M.O. & continue to progress. It's no fun writing the same way over & over again.

    I'll be back later to catch up on your tunes.

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @xfloorpunchx Feb 2019

    Merci for your comment! Yes, they are. I want to make a full album where all the songs are linked to each others ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wish you all the best.

  • @quintonbarnes  Feb 2019

    Thanks so much for listening to 'Icecold'! I agree with your recommendations, I was thinking it needed more but didn't want to go overboard with no inspiration...thanks for the ideas!

  • @kovbleu  Feb 2019

    Thank you so much for listening to "Tidal Wave." I really appreciated your kind comments and hearing that the song moved you.

  • @tootoobee  Feb 2019

    Thanks for listening! And a huge thank you for the helpful tips for Electude! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @xfloorpunchx Feb 2019

    Merci so much for your feedback on my tracks. I'm using Superior Drummer with the Evil Soundpack ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great FAWM!

  • @unkept  Feb 2019

    Thanks for listening to my songs, and especially for the feedback ideas on Hypnagogic! I'll be sure to revisit it after FAWM. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 2019

    Hey. Thanks for listening. The droning is tanpura machine, which comes from classic Indian music. Itโ€™s customary to pick a pitch and then have various instruments jam over that pitch. It would be odd (in fact pretty much impossible) in that genre to change in the middle of a session and would require retuning instruments. Since we often jam with Indian musicians we like to do sessions with the tanpura too and play different instruments around that pitch. It might not be your taste, but that likely has to with cultural conditioning. Happy FAWMING.

  • @unkept  Feb 2019

    Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you enjoy the songs! Yours have been excellent as always.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2019

    Cheers for the comment matey and I am actually missing snowy England would you believe !! Will get my ear around more of your beauts ASAP

  • @adnama17  Feb 2019

    Hello! Looking forward to your stuff this year!!!

    And thanks for the Spotify playlist. I'm usually too lazy to make my own, so I'm always stealing them from other folks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2019

    Yo yo . Good to see you back . Looking forard to some listens when I get better WiFi here in Thailand ๐Ÿ‘

  • @leepat  Feb 2019

    Hurray for 90s kids over 40! Have a good fawm!

  • @enigma4711  Jan 2019

    Happy FAWM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @nuj4x Jan 2019

  • @honeybadgerfolk Jan 2019

    Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ Looking forward to hearing your stuff too!

  • @unkept  Jan 2019

    Looking forward to your work this year! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @acousticmaddie  Jan 2019

    Hi nice to see ya.Yeah happy FAWM

  • @roadreg Jan 2019

    I'd definitely be open for a collab in that vein! I'll have to see what time I'll have available once February comes around!

  • @sph  Jan 2019

    Na dann, lass die Jazzmaster klingen! Viel SpaรŸ dieses Jahr!

  • @roadreg Jan 2019

    Dropping in to say it's cool to see another Ovlov fan here! You'd probably also like Stove then - they're one of Ovlov's break-off bands. My friend got to open for 'em last year and they're really good. Have a good FAWM!