Many thanks for this invitation. I'm German, born 1955. I growend up in a home where my father often played jazzy music. We've had a lot of instruments around, so I got some opportunities. As a young person I wanted to become, actually, a musician. However, something others happened. I became a journalist. By the way, I never wrote one single line about music in my whole working life. But as a private individual I always remained loyal to the music, practiced hours and hours and played a lot.
I've got the understanding for the enlarged chords very early, provided by my father. He pointed me out what a diminished chord is or how a Major's 7 chord sounds and what it means. At the age of twelve or 13 I heared beside the rock musicians the first jazz musicians playing their guitars and special lines. For example, Joe Pass. Wow, this was so difficult and impressive. I also wanted – no, I must - be able to do this also. And thus I tried to learn the international language of jazz.
Do you accomodate what I mentioned before? Feeling and understanding?
First it's simply the desire to play the guitar. I feel physically how my fingers want to touch the strings. An addiction. Then there is the reason that I have a melody in my brain the whole day long and I like to allow to asound now in the evening. That often leads to a whole composition. I wrote nearly 100 compositions, distilled on my YouTube channel. Shure not every is good, but I wanted to play and record them anyway. Sometimes I'm inspired to such songs by a private, tiny event.
Jazz exclusively? Do you have time or energy to play or run on other style of guitar music?
Oh yes. I love bluegrass music. I like the virtuosity from flat picking in the teamwork with violin, banjo, mandolin and bass. Moreover, I am a big friend in the baroque music, especially from Johann Sebastian Bach. This or that I sometimes play on the guitar. But I also hear Gustav Mahler. László Halmos and Igor Stravinski belongs to my favourits, not to mention Béla Bartók.
Michael, I would like to know something – no, everything – about your sound! Guitars, amps everything else!
Last, please say something about your plan!
Well, in fact I don't have a real plan as a musician. In three years I will retire my job, hoping to find more time for live appearances. Hopefully.
Michael, thank you very much and best wishes in the name of the hungarian fans!
Thank you very much.