NAMM 2018 is coming!

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It’s that time of the year again that music equipment manufacturers and musicians from all over the world come together in this crazy micro-universe that is the NAMM Show in Anaheim – California. And, much like the last couple of years, I will be there for my luthier of choice, Paul Lairat (Booth 4933), and performing for GruvGear (Booth 6351) with the amazing guitarist Pritesh Walia on Sunday at 4:30 PM.

For Paul, I will be demoing instruments throughout the entire show and you’ll also be able to catch me at the SingularSound, and Antelope Audio booths.

Hope to see you there!


Time for the Senior Recital

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The time has come and I am finally concluding my studies of the electric bass in Osnabrück with my senior recital on the 22nd of June. I’m going to play with two of my long-time collaborators from college: Dany Ahmad (Guitar), and Daniel Guerrero (Drums). It’s gonna be a mixture of fusion, jazz, and latin fuelled with plenty of low-end.

I’d love if you could stop by if you happen to be near Osnabrück!

New short: Rheingold Music – “Handmade in Germany”

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Please sit back and enjoy this new video where Rheingold Music open up the doors to their workshop for the very first time and reveal just how much care and attention to detail goes into handcrafting their all-tube bass amps, bass cabinets, cables, pickups, and more.

Watch as their products take shape and see for yourself why their products play in their own league.

I shot and edited this video and also created the music for it together with Relaèn drummer Leon Raum! All audio has been recorded using Rheingold cables and Antelope Audio converters.

Antelope Audio’s Studio Talks – Zen Tour

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Hey guys!

Back in March of this year, I met with the guys of Antelope Audio at the London Bass Guitar show to share some thoughts about their awesome Zen Tour Thunderbolt/USB audio interface.

I’ve been using the Zen Tour for quite some time now and I’m still amazed at the quality and the amount of features they managed to put in such a small footprint. For bass players, guitarists, vocalists, or any other musicians/producers who are traveling a lot, this is just the BEST interface out there – especially considering its price point.

It offers 4 hi-Z inputs, 4 high-end mic preamps, 2 re-amp outputs, 2 discrete high-end headphone amps, 2 stereo monitor outs, 8 analog outs over D-Sub (great for mixing with outboard gear!), 2 ADAT ins and 2 ADAT outs (up to 16 extra channels!), and Antelope’s incredible FPGA chip allowing you to run vintage modelled plugins (from EQs and compressors to guitar amps) in real time without any latency!

Pair this with stellar conversion up to 192 kHz and incredible dynamic range (120dB on all ins and outs, 129 dB on the monitor outs with dedicated converters), and you have the makings of one of the hottest interfaces out there! It transcends the realm of the portable interface by providing such high-quality conversion that even surpasses most stationary solutions that come at several times the price!

Check it out!!!


Musikmesse incoming!

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It’s that time of year again where Germany’s most famous music trade show, the “Musikmesse”, takes place.

I will be there for the entirety of the show representing and demonstrating for Antelope Audio who are located at Booth E26 in Hall E.

I am looking forward to show off Antelope’s amazing line of audio interfaces, D-A/A-D converters, master clocks, and more! Also be sure to check out their brand new Zen Studio+ Thunderbolt & USB interface which is a seriously amazing and versatile piece of kit that can handle pretty much any recording situation you throw at it!


Natalia Mateo’s “De Profundis” OUT NOW!

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I’m beyond excited to tell you that today is the day the third Natalia Mateo album “De Profundis” (latin: “From the Depths”) hits stores and online outlets across the globe!

It is our third album as a band and the second one to be released on the prestigious label ACT Music, and it has been a labour of love and dedication.

I can say for certain that “De Profundis” is our most adventurous, diverse, and liberated album yet, and it truly shows the band in a new light. We’ve explored entirely new paths and have taken liberties we weren’t even thinking about when making the preceding albums.

We recorded at the amazing RecPublica studios in the szenic village of Lubrza, Poland. There, we spent four days making our vision of this album a reality in a studio complex that is truly a musicians dream come true! Engineer Łukasz Olejarczyk was an absolute joy to work with and is definitely a big part of why the album turned out the way it did.

What I’m incredibly happy about is that we got the incredible Saxophonist Sebastian Gille to join us on quite a few songs. His unique playing and tone truly make this album something unique and captivating.

Special thanks also go to German jazz heavyweight Wolfgang Lackerschmid who joined us in the studio as co-producer and contributed greatly to having the session run smoothly.

Please guys, I would really appreciate if you could give this record a listen! I’m excited to hear what you think of it!

It’s available on every online outlet from Apple Music and Spotify to Amazon and Google Play Music as well as in record stores throughout Europe.


April 1st: loos. extended live @ Jazz Club Minden

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No April fools here. On April 1st I’ll be performing at the very club where I went to my first jazz session back when I was 14 – The Jazz Club in Minden.

I’ll be performing there alongside Franziska Loos in her projects “loos. extended” (loos + horn section) and the quintet “loos.” for two sets filled with jazz, r’n’b, and sound experiments.

Be there, don’t be square 😉

London Bass Guitar Show 2017, the recap!

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This weekend has been tons of fun!

I’ve been at the London Bass Guitar Show as Rheingold-Music‘s product manager and as an artist, and what a show it was! We’ve been having a lot of great bass players come over to our booth and check out our products, and I also filmed interviews for Bass Guitar Magazine, and the one and only Antelope Audio.

Check out the video of some awesome bass players playing my Rheingold rig and stay tuned for the upcoming interview videos!