ampersandman 12


Berlin DE   Jan 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Indie rock music from the 90s onwards

Welcome to my profile and to FAWM 2020.

Happy to be a part of this community, see all of you again, and get to know new people. Since I discovered FAWM in 2014, February has become my favorite month of the year.
So, for those who come across my page for the first time: I am a guitar and bass player residing in Berlin, Germany.
I play in a band, which is called JaaRi. Find and like us here:
We released an album last year, which you can listen to here:

So what up for this year? My plans are:

* Write more songs on bass guitar
* Write lyrics in German. This is something I could almost never pull off up to now and used to avoid. I have never been a fan of songs in my native language, about 98 % of music in German is crap, and the language itself is pretty awkward to fit to melodies. Nevertheless, we decided to write the next JaaRi songs in German, since @jonasmarr1983 and me have too much of an accent to sing English convincingly. So there I am. At least I discovered I can translate songs so I don't have to start from scratch. Let's see if I can succeed.
For those who are interested:

MacBook Pro, ca. 2012
LogicPro 9
Addictive Drums 2
Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen)
Ibanez guitar Roadstar II RG450, ca. 1986
Marathon Bass guitar, ca. 1994
Rode NT-1A Microphone

Nothing fancy, but sufficient
UPDATE 01/30:
I released my album Secular which was my big project for FAWM 2017.

UPDATE 02/05:
I just started a new job this month and am unsure how much I will be able to participate. So far I'm frantically recording in the evenings. But towards the end of the month it looks like I'll be abroad.

UPDATE 02/11: Aaand it slows down. Family and work take their tolls. Haven't recorded a thing in 4 days now. Bummer.

UPDATE 02/26: Thank you all people who left comments with me being absent. I will get back to you in March. I will just have to accept that this is not my year. Birthdays, concerts and now this business trip which requires me to be drunk every night make it impossible to write and record.

Songs (12)

#1 Paint The Stars 18
Feb 1
#2 No Shame 13
Feb 3
#3 Zuviel 13
Feb 3
#4 Little Blue pt. I 10
Feb 5
#5 Little Blue pt. II 13
Feb 8
#6 Andi 12
Feb 12
#7 Jakob 9
Feb 15
#8 Animals, pts. 1 and 2 2
Feb 27
#9 Rest Your Tired Bones ZONG
Feb 29
#10 Deine müden Knochen ZONG
Feb 29
#11 An deiner Seite ZONG
Feb 29
#12 Little Blue pt. III ZONG
Feb 29


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  • @iwilleatyou  Feb 27

    Ok whatever. So I'm a freak. Freaks shape the world.

  • @iwilleatyou  Feb 24

    Finally checked out that video link...Knorkator Mich verfolgt meine eigende Scheiße.


    Does that make me weird? A freak? a pathetic numbskull? All of the above? What can I say but AMEN. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 20

    Thanks man. Production-wise, I've just spent a lot of time preparing templates. I know what sound a song is going to have, so pick an appropriate template and go from there - aside from the vocals, it's easy to get a workable mix without having to do much work at all.

  • @waltermosch  Feb 19

    Hey, danke fürs kommentieren!

  • @adnama17  Feb 17

    Thank you so much!!! <3

  • @adnama17  Feb 17

    Thank you so much!!! <3

  • @maxigoethling Feb 13

    Ich nutze hauptsächlich Spitfire libraries, besonders die performance legatos von Symphonic Stringsbund Chamber Strings. Dazu Die Symphonic Reihe der Woodwinds und Brass section und ab und zu die Solo Strings für den Charakter.
    Ich verbringe aber die meiste Zeit damit es wirklich realistisch klingen zu lassen. Dauern tut das je nach Komposition 5-15h.

    Mein workflow ist aber ziemlich streamlined mittlerweile. Für Dream of Solitute hab ich für alles weniger als 5h gebraucht. ✌️🤗

  • @nateger  Feb 12

    Thank you for the kind words on my track! I appreciate you taking the time to listen for leaving such encouraging feedback 😀

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 11

    Thanks for your comment on ‘Night Feeding’ - especially like the idea of one night blending into another!

  • @loudlemons Feb 8

    Thank you so much for your comments! It is my first time doing the FAWM and given the quality of its community, I'm positive I will participate again next year!

  • @candle  Feb 7

    Thank you for all the listens & comments. I truly appreciate it! If you're interested, you can find out more about Jeskola Buzz at

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 5

    Thanks! Yeah, we kept an eye on our youngest, but YouTube reacted pretty quickly to remove the Elsa stuff once it hit the headlines.

  • @iwilleatyou  Feb 5

    You're too funny. I will definitely check that link out later....catching up on reciprocating. Thanks!!

  • @iwilleatyou  Feb 5

    Well I definitely condone and support puking in one's mouth. It recycles food and assists with environmental concerns. Or something like that.

  • @aflinner  Feb 5

    Thanks for the comments on “Underwater,” glad you liked it. I don’t let it bother me if a chord progression has been used before, as long as it only serves as inspiration-fodder and doesn’t sound *too* similar overall. Bound to happen. 🙂

  • @brandondale72  Feb 5

    Thanks for the kind words on, "High Tide". Appreciate the visit 😀

  • @dulcimeric Feb 5

    Liked your Secular album. Especially Bare--well done!

  • @judypie  Feb 3

    Haha, that is SUCH a classic dead person move

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 1

    Thank you for your kind Word on Du bist auf glas. And for The suggested correction <3
    I look forward to hear what you Come up with.

  • @judypie  Feb 1

    Thank you for listening to Love on a stick. I think the ‘exit pop’ is also my fave part! 😁 I can’t take any credit, all Pete’s production!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 1

    Schön, dich hier wieder anzutreffen, und ich freue mich schon auf deine neuen Lieder, nachdem ich letztes Jahr leider hier nicht anwesend sein konnte. Wünsche dir einen kreativen und unterhaltsamen Februar!

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 1

    Superb to be back and see so many talented familiar faces 👍. Can’t wait for your output matey . Let’s gov

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 1

    Happy FAWM friend

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 31

    Dude can not wait to get stuck in. Have a fantastic fawm . Can’t wait to here some non Thai sounds , from the lovely Thailand 🤣

  • @jmadison  Jan 31

    I just listened to "Cape". What a fun 90's alt-rock sound!

  • @sph  Jan 29

    Wünsche dir auch viel Spaß!

  • @zecoop  Jan 29

    Fuzz for the win - I *love* that crackly, breaking up fuzz on your album. 😀

  • @atitlan  Jan 26

    I don't know what happened to me and the most recent Desert Sessions album, I noticed it on release and then somehow failed to listen to it. Now added to a playlist before I forget again!

  • @beat  Jan 19

    Very nice indeed!
    Zuerst dachte ich Martha aber dann war’s doch Colours das mir am besten gefiel, neben allen anderen!
    Die Geschichten der Bahnreisenden kam auch ganz gut rüber.
    Thx for the music!

  • @beat  Jan 19

    Hi, ich habe deine Lyrics Kommentare gelesen. Bilderbuch zum Beispiel finde ich, haben sehr gute Lyrics. Und sie mischen auch sehr clever englische Wortfetzen oder anderes ein, wie die Kids halt.
    Aber der eigentliche Grund warum ich hier zu dir schreibe ist dein FAWM Name. Ich weis was ein ‘ampers and’ ist, aber ich lese trotzdem immer amper sandman... also werde ich jetzt rüber auf Spotify switchen und mal reinhören ob ihr lullaby’s singt und spielt... und ich mach natürlich einen Marker hier um dir zuzuhören.
    Viel Vergnügen im Februar. Grüße aus Wien.

  • @valeriecox  Jan 16

    Hey there. I added you to the spotify playlist. Cool!

  • @cts  Jan 15

    *CTS tossing up the peace sign* - Whussup?

  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 14

    have the best FAWM this year!

  • @unkept Jan 13

    Looking forward to your songs again this year! I need to practice my German, so your German songs will be welcome.

    Your English singing has always been cool to my ear.

  • @philkmills  Jan 10

    I don't speak German, so I'm completely prepared to be wrong about this. 😀 But I am a major fan of someone here who sings in German...and then provides English translations. Maybe try and see what you think.

  • @guatecoop  Jan 10

    Btw, I think that your English singing is good. It never entered my mind about your accent until you mentioned it on your bio.

  • @guatecoop  Jan 10

    I can completely relate because my wife got me that record as a gift and I listened to it twice until yesterday. I was so let down because I loved every one of their albums before. I first got into them when they opened for Fugazi....what a lineup! I think I saw 8 shows of that tour.