torsten 6


Leipzig DE   Jan 2018  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Neil Hannon (best songwriter ever, no joke), Belle & Sebastian, Cole Porter, Pulp and - as a Category of it's own: Songwriting teacher Pat Pattison.

2019 is my 2nd FAWM: Last year I wrote three and a half songs. This year I'd like to translate some more Jazz standards to German. Not very confident about the legal aspect, though.

My musical "career" started pretty late. I play Guitar, sing and write songs for maybe seven years now. When I was a kid I begged my parents for not having to sing in the school choir. - Successfully.

Now I have a wonderful singing teacher who helps me to discover what I've missed. I live in Leipzig/Germany and play on open stages once a week, on song slams once a year and concerts on demand (which means never atm). I accompany myself with Guitar and occasionally also with Hammered Dulcimer and Duduk.

How and that I make music at all, I owe to an estival singer/songwriter- workshop I attend for six years in the north of Germany and it's lovely and thoughtful participants. Best place/time in the world.

I write mostly in German. Only if I must I can write English lyrics, which I tend to translate to German later. I also enjoy translating my favorite Jazz (I am very happy with my versions of Nature boy, Insensatez, Whispering and Everything happens to me) or Britpop songs (mostly Divine Comedy and Pulp) to German.


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  • @andybalham Feb 22

    Thanks for the comment on Danny Dyer. There's no full band, just me on guitars and bass and MT Power Drum Kit providing the beat. The anger is real enough though. Glad you enjoyed the clip.

  • @tootoobee  Feb 21

    Hallo Torsten, leider läuft es bei mir dieses Jahr gar nicht gut. Es ist zu viel los in meinem Leben, ich habe keinen Kopf frei... 😞 ich hoffe noch auf das Superskirmish Wochenende, das ich da noch was raushaue. Wird aber wohl er "Masse" statt Klasse ... viel Spaß Dir noch!

  • @skipscada  Feb 18

    Hey Torsten, I was hoping for some Hannon-inspired stuff from you, and now it's been a week without any new uploads. Come on, don't keep the fans waiting!

  • @axl  Feb 15

    Vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar zu Subjektiv. Das „letzten“ hatte ich erst drin und hab es dann wieder rausgenommen. Jetzt kommt es wieder rein. 😀

  • @hummingbear Feb 13

    Thanks for commenting on my zombie song. I'm glad all your zombies are harmless.

  • @msculli1  Feb 12

    Hi, thanks for the comment on Anything Interesting.
    The song is done in Reason 9 using four instrument parts with vocals. Strings and piano effected by distortion and a little echo, and then I tried out some vibrato presets. Seemed to work ok.
    Thanks again. Cheers.

  • @reklov Feb 11

    Ja, meine Cümbüs ist glaub ich auch nur n billiges Dekoteil, keine echte!

  • @reklov Feb 11

    Ja, unbedingt! Was nicht heißen soll, dass ich deine deutschen G'schichten nicht mag, nur bei diesem Song war es so.
    Ich hab ja auch mal (bei 50/90) ein englischsprachiges Album aufgenommen. Es ist voller sprachlicher Fehler, aber das war mir mal eben komplett egal. Ich hatte einfach Bock.

    Also, einfach drauf los. Das wird schon!

  • @reklov Feb 11

    Hi Torsten! Vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar zum albernen Song "Carl und Carla". Bist ja auch ganz gut dabei in diesem Jahr, wie ich sehe!

  • @bithprod Feb 11

    Yup, still using CoolEdit. It lacks a lot of features, but I don't want to waste too much time learning a new DAW. I didn't know about the easter eggs, but then again I don't really care about stuff like that. 😉

  • @berni1954  Feb 11

    Thanks for your comments on my take on the the Liar Skirmish. I used to write for theatre companies and the pressure that involved meant I got used to writing to deadlines. But one hour deadlines are something else. I was pleased with this one 😜😁

  • @corinnecurcio Feb 10

    Oops - my post was meant for someone else. Sorry!

  • @tageule Feb 6

    Hi, sorry, dein netter Kommentar zu meinem Monster war mir irgendwie durch die Lappen gegangen. Der Text ist wohl ein bisschen kryptisch... Das Kind ist die ganze Zeit ein Mensch, hatte nur immer die Hoffnung, von diesem Fluch erlöst werden zu können und sieht jetzt ein, dass das nicht geht. Was natürlich heißt, dass die Mama auch ein Monster ist, aber das hab ich mal ignoriert...

  • @pfaffbrill  Feb 4

    Hey! Danke für Deinen tollen Kommentar! Das motiviert wirklich. Ich habe letztes Jahr auch nur 3 Songs geschafft, die damals in Englisch. Dieses Jahr habe ich mir etwas mehr vorgenommen, da ich unbedingt mein erstes deutschsprachiges Album machen will. Mir fehlen noch 6 bis 7 gute Stücke mal schauen was wird. 😀 Wie viele Bewohner das Hochhaus noch bekommen wird weiss ich noch nicht genau. Ein paar spuken mir noch durch den Kopf. Viele Grüße! Malte.

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 4

    Thanks for your thought. Although I do not agree with you since the song is a part of a whole story and it's supposed to be to interpret for each and every listener what that means.

  • @jessi14  Feb 2

    Danke für die netten Grüße! Ich habe mittlerweile auch schon einen Song hochgeladen. Würde sagen wir sind mit unseren beiden Songs noch gut im Rennen bei 14 anzukommen! Es grüßt dich Jessica

  • @sbs2018 Jan 31

    Hey, thanks for the interest in my music. I've deleted soundcloud more than once and currently don't have much up there - too many spammers - but the one song I do have is now public at

  • @judypie  Jan 28

    Hehehe I will try to give them a sprinkling of Sheffield! 😀 Do you go to Berlin much? Me and my partner are wanting a weekend there soon where we can soak up some live jazzzzzz!

  • @judypie  Jan 28

    Hallo! (That’s all the German I know). I like listening to jazz and the German language so.. Watchlisted! Hope for have a great FAWM 😀

  • @keithcuts Jan 27

    Welcome back. Your five minute challenge is a cool idea! I’m in the USA but on a trip to Munich I attended international songwriters night. Had a blast! Even wrote a fawm song about it last year!

  • @russiasaturn Jan 25

    I've written and sung duets lots of times by now (this is my 12th year doing FAWM) so I've gotten pretty good at it, I'd be happy to throw ideas around. Even if that doesn't pan out though I would definitely love to take you up on the offer to collaborate instrumentally. Let's get back in touch in February! 😀

  • @russiasaturn Jan 24

    Hallo! Saw you replied to someone's post in the collab classifieds forum, I'd love to potentially see about collaborating? Hammered Dulcimer and Duduk, wow! I'm a writer and vocalist mostly. I love all languages, I don't speak German very well but if you wanted to do some sort of English/German duet it could be kind of neat...anyway just throwing the offer out there. I love to collab and I'm always hunting down new people lol. Happy FAWMing!

  • @nuj4x Jan 24

  • @leepat  Jan 23

    hi! you can send me an email at andthebygones (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll send you some stuff. cheers!

  • @hummingbear Jan 16

    Duduk or hammered dulcimer? Neat! Hope to hear some of that. Have a great FAWM!

  • @tootoobee  Jan 15

    Hallo Torsten, ich wünsche Dir ein SUUUPER-creatives FAWM 😀. LG Anne