ampersandman 16


Berlin DE   Jan 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   All-time Favs: dEUS and the whole Belgian scene, New Model Army, Motorpsycho, Compulsion, Alice in Chains, At The Drive-In, The Notwist, Radiohead, Die Ärzte, Brand New, every band of Andrew Falkous, Thrice, Kashmir, The Beatles, Blackmail, Slut, Scumbucket, Blur, ... Trail Of Dead | Current favs: Babymetal, Zeal And Ardor, Slipknot, Igorrr, Adam Angst, Nadine Shah, Porridge Radio, Circus Trees ...

So here we are. 2021, and my eighth FAWM already. Crazy how time flies.

I'm a guitar and bass player from Berlin, Germany. I also love the mixing and producing side of music, so I always put more work into my demos than necessary. Apart from my own recordings I play in a three piece band called JaaRi. While you are at reading this, please leave us a like, will you. Some FAWM songs have already found their way into our set.

Last year's FAWM was off to a good start, but with a new job starting and so much else going on, it kinda trailed off and crashed. So this year's premises look a little better: we're in lockdown again, not much else to do, it's all up to my own weaker self.

My targets this year? I had the idea of doing "A FAWM of firsts". In every song I try to use a tool/technique for the first time.
Else I'm in the mood for BIIGGGG guitars.

What else is new? I made the switch to LogicPro X and thus can't rely on my recording routine. There will be lots of searching, trying, failing, despair and swearing. I am so much looking forward to it.

Pronouns: he/him (Super privileged healthy white male cis dude, doing my best to be an ally to all who aren't)


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  • @zecoop  4 weeks

    No worries - I just wanted to hear some of your stuff! (No pressure to listen - I get it) 😀

  • @zecoop  4 weeks

    Oooohhhhhh.... Bass VI 😀

  • @unkept 4 weeks

    Update on my song "Interview.""
    I did get the second interview, and yesterday they offered me the job (Ausbildung.)

    I have to wait on my language exam results, but as long as I passed that, I can sign the contract...

    Thanks for your support again this year! FAWM and its community has helped me a lot.

  • @reklov  4 weeks

    Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! 😀

  • @metalfoot  5 weeks

    What is this word 'sleep'? 😉 Yeah, I slept during February. Lockdown with instruments close to hand means a lot of quick sketch songs!

  • @audrey  5 weeks

    Thanks for your kind comment on "No Hurry".

  • @brisk  5 weeks

    Ha, thanks for kind words about "Nine Lies". Listening back I liked this one a lot more with a few days perspective. You are right, I've been a bit of a misery in my liner notes. I'll try to tone it down a bit next year! I think it must be a natural "get the criticism in first" defence mechanism that isn't really appropriate on FAWM.

  • @ayehahmur  6 weeks

    Heck, aye. Remember gigs? It'll happen, we'll get back there and I'll probably double the number I go to for a while to make up for what I've missed. Might even do some myself!

  • @mahtowin 6 weeks

    Sich in den Foren jetzt rumzutummeln lohnt sich. Hab Dich da grad entdeckt, reingehört und was ich höre, gefällt mir total gut!

  • @psyt 6 weeks

    Thanks for the comment. 😀

  • @iwilleatyou 6 weeks

    Thanks for the listens!

  • @sph  6 weeks

    So ein Ärger mit dem Bass VI - wünsche dir aber eine schöne Zeit mit dem Gerät. Habe ja auch schon immer wieder an eine Baritone Gitarre gedacht, aber eigentlich ist der Keller voll...

  • @b3nut 6 weeks

    Thank you again as well, this first FAWM has been a lot of fun, I dind't produce as much as I wanted to but it gave my creativity a kick in the pants. 😉 I really enjoyed your music! Looking forward to next year, and any time you want to collab on something don't hesitate to hit me up!

  • @nadine 6 weeks

    Vielen Dank für deine liebe Nachricht! Auch dir Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum gewonnenen FAWM. Hab zwar noch nicht alles von dir durchhören können, aber fast alles heruntergeladen 😉
    Wegen deinem Angebot habe ich dir auf FB ausführlicher geantwortet. Das ist grad etwas komplizierter. Ich würde so nen Sound echt feiern! Sag mir Bescheid wenn du die neue Gitarre eingeweiht hast!

  • @complexissimple 6 weeks

    Could you edit the liner notes on our 4 way video collab song so it says "they" instead of "she"?

  • @dzdandcunfsd  6 weeks

    👍 I applaud you!

  • @reklov  6 weeks

    Sag mal, wie weit bist du denn mit der Video-Collab? Will nicht drängeln, will's einfach nur wissen - bin neugierig!

  • @beat  6 weeks

    Ja, Sometimes. Sehr schön das es dich anspricht. Wie reserviert man das hier? Willst du das machen?

    Kommentare, ja, ich hab meine Beiträge geleistet und jetzt hör ich mich so langsam durch meine watchlist. Das macht richtig Spaß. Da sind einige gute Rocker auf diesem Planeten...
    bin schon gespannt was von dir noch kommt.

  • @mattwdunn 6 weeks

    Thanks man. I’ve got a lot of templates that I use so I can get ideas down quickly. There’s also a lot of first takes used

  • @nadine 6 weeks

    Dank dir! Mensch warat du produktiv! Du knackst die 14 Songs noch oder? Du musst mir später mal erklären wie du dir "Weight" vorgestellt hattest und wie deine alte Band klang. Eilt nicht, bin nur neugierig! Viel Erfolg

  • @guatecoop  7 weeks

    Well, I’ve listened to some tonight and you are really doing great things. I will be back to listen some more. Great to hear your music again!

  • @sph  7 weeks

    Eine Bitte: hör mal hier rein und bewerte den Plagiatsfaktor 😀

  • @nadine 7 weeks

    Die rohen Vocals zu "Weight off my shoulders" sind nun da. Nun sollte man keine Probleme mehr haben Strophe von Refrain zu unterscheiden. Oder 😁? Danke nochmal für's Aufmuntern! Ohne dich hätte ich den Song wohl niemals weitergemacht.

  • @b3nut 7 weeks

    Be happy to take a stab at a track for you! shoot an email to theb3nut at gmail dot com

  • @hbusse  7 weeks

    Thanks for the listen and comment on Anger!

  • @mattwdunn 7 weeks

    Thank you for the great comments. I’m glad you get the grunge vibe from it. I’m been binging on Soundgarden and Alice in Chains the last few weeks so it’s rubbing off on some of my writing

  • @nadine 7 weeks

    Hey, danke für deine Kommentare auf meinen Songs! Es ist schon krass, was hier so passiert. Ich glaube, dass zu den meisten meiner Songs Kollaborationen entstehen. Pyromancer wird auf jeden Fall fertig gemacht, da habe ich tatsächlich schon alles bis auf Schlagzeug besetzt! Danke für den Tipp!

  • @nightwing521  7 weeks

    Re your comment on my song "Sing!":

    No, I actually stumbled over your song while working my way methodically through the list of all Songs looking for a particular one that I had seen before and forgotten to note the address. I will say that seeing your title the same as mine made me look 😁

    Anthemic is, indeed, what I was thinking of: "Sing" by Pentatonix ( and "Just Sing" from the movie "Trolls World Tour" ( were the primary inspiration for these lyrics.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  7 weeks

    Good! I'll let you mix the audio too 😉 I'll try to get it to you ASAP Feb. is slowly ticking away.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  7 weeks

    I'm an idiot with any video editing. For my part on the 4-way collab I'm just going to send you a video and a separate audio track of the playing, that should synch up. Does that work? reklov had already synced the first two bits up nicely. I'd just end up doing something ridiculously stupid to it hahah. I should get it done tonight or tomorrow at the latest.

  • @beat  7 weeks

    Flat Earth, flat anthem...
    Thx fürs reinhören.

  • @reklov  8 weeks

    Danke für den Tipp. Und - angekommen?

  • @reklov  8 weeks

    Jein. Ich habe ihr eine zusammengebastelte Kombi aus complexissimple's und meiner Version nebst den Lyrics geschickt, damit sie einen besseren Gesamteindruck bekommt.

  • @reklov  8 weeks

    Hi! Habe dir ne Mail geschickt mit Links zu unserer Video-Collab.

  • @sourcedecay  8 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on "Swimming in the Sun"!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  8 weeks

    Thanks, and yeah same here about scared to do an actual hearing test, though panning that one will eventually be beneficial to my mixing. I know how much better I hear out of my right ear now 🤣 As I could hear that tone for 4 or 5 seconds longer at least in the R channel

  • @trolls2 8 weeks

    thanks for listening to my song 'Lemonde" glad it wasn't a chore!!

  • @brisk  Feb 12

    Ha ha, glad you liked it. If the chords are sophisticated then I'm some kind of idiot savant, as I haven't got a clue what I'm doing, but thanks so much!

  • @nadine Feb 10

    Bitte gerne 😀 Freue mich schon deine fertigen Songs zu hören.

  • @mikeb Feb 8

    Thanks for the comment on my week 2 challenge song!

  • @mccannrs Feb 7

    I appreciate your detailed comment on my song! I'm super new to Ableton and I haven't even tried any plugins yet so I will definitely look into that. I also really need to get a decent pair of monitors, that should help with mixing. Thanks again!

  • @mmmmarcus Feb 7

    Thanks a lot for the comment on You Fucked Me Up. Felt great to get started this year.

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 7

    PS. I did a bunch of templates pre-FAWM to get ready, so can just hit record and the mix is halfway there. It's good for productivity, if you know what you want, but does have the effect of meaning I'm writing a bunch of similar-sounding tunes...

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 7

    Haha, I heard that story too!

    Prolific? Yeah, I tend not to write outside of FAWM anymore - so I just store up riffs and ideas through the year, keep a spreadsheet... Our summer is best in late Jan/early Feb, so I take time off work then - also helps with the back to school process, etc. We have heaps of public holidays around now so it only takes a few annual leave days to get weeks off at time, and I buckle down and do it as much as possible!

    Then I spend the rest of the year looking for moments to squeeze in a bit of proper recording, haha!

  • @cblack Feb 4

    Ha! Headphones indeed. 😁

  • @sph  Feb 4

    Jetzt muss ich doch mal fragen: hast du dir einen der Hooky Bässe bestellt?

  • @chroes  Feb 3

    Hellohello, danke für das nette Willkommen hier! 👋

  • @nadine Feb 3

    Thanks for your nice comment and telling me about FAWM. I'm having lots of fun here m/ I'd really like to finish "Wrench in the works" someday. Let's see what happens.

  • @corvisier Feb 3

    Merci ami !

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 3

    Thanks! But no fun is allowed. Not until 2024.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 3

    Vielen Dank für die wunderbare Art, diese Worte zum Leben zu bringen. Die Musik klingt sehr atmosphärisch und verleiht dem Lied etwas "Zeitloses" und "Universielles", was wunderbar ist. Ich mag auch die Art und Weise, wie Du die Worte stimmlich vorgetragen hast, vielen Dank für diese wunderschöne Collab!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 3

    Hey! Vielen lieben Dank für die Vertonung von "The sweet, painful truth"! Ich habe Dich bereits als Collab hinzugefügt. Bin ganz aufgeregt, den Song zu hören! 😀

  • @b3nut Feb 3

    Thanks for the kind comments on my first FAWM track!

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 1

    Thanks! The bass is EZbass routed through BIAS AMP 2.

  • @jinx  Feb 1

    Hey there fellow Berliner! (although I'm not a native, so I feel a bit awkward saying that, haha) Happy FAWMing.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 1

    Howdy Mr. Ampersand, happy Fawming to you, sir!

  • @adnama17  Feb 1


  • @mctown Jan 31

    All ashore... enjoying songs on soundcloud... I mainly do lyrics first with people here ..if you're interested let me know. DG

  • @arthurrossi Jan 31

    Hey! Ich hoffe, es geht Dir gut. Freue mich schon auf Deine Musik. Viele Grüße aus Linz!

  • @seemanski  Jan 29

    Hey man, thanks for taking the time to listen to my pre-fawm track. I really enjoyed your number, the guitars are super slick.

  • @dasbinky  Jan 29

    Those axolotls are beauties!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 28

    Happy FAWM!!

  • @roadreg  Jan 27

    Your short 'n sweet influences section also has me instantly sold, but it turns out you're already on my watchlist so that was easy heh

  • @helene  Jan 27

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 24

    WOOHOO> great to see you matey. Bring on 2021 and full on musical wonderment and if you need and logic tips feel free to ask. Its all i am an expert in 😉

  • @cairobraga  Jan 22

    we have the same "FAWM age"? neat! great to see you back, let's make some words-organized-by-rhythm!

  • @reklov  Jan 21

    Es ist mir ein Vergnügen, gemeinsam mit dir an der deutsch-amerikanischen Freundschaft (Video-Collab) beteiligt zu sein!
    Ehrlich gesagt habe ich keinen Schimmer, wie ich das machen soll: Mir die Musik der Vorgängerin aufs Handy laden und sie über Kopfhörer abspielen und simultan das Video dazu machen? Oder alles sauber vorproduzieren und später im Video dazu mimen? Wie würdest du das machen?

    Beste Grüße,

  • @cts  Jan 20

    *CTS tossing up the peace sign* Hey man! All the best to you as well. Good to see you back!

  • @unkept Jan 18

    Es ist schön, dich hier wieder zu sehen! Ich freue mich wie immer auf deine Musik.

  • @bootlegger Jan 18

    Hey glad to see you back again this year! Good luck! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 14

    Glad you enjoyed my 2020 Spotify playlist!

  • @beat  Jan 13

    Grüße nach Berlin und bitte some great music im nächsten Monat. Freue mich schon.