Andreas is a Berlin-based singer-songwriter, producer and vocal coach who has worked with some of the best record labels and publishers in the world, such as Warner/Chappell Music, Universal Music and Mental Madness Records. Over the years he’s collaborated with artists and producers including Andrew Roachford, Michelle Leonard and Jan van der Toorn (Snoop Dog, Backstreet Boys), and his vocals have appeared on a variety of compilation albums including Urban Dance (Sony Music), Deutsch House #1 (Kontor Records) and Club Sounds (Sony Music).
And now, over to Andreas…
How did you get started in the music industry?
I started playing with my first band when I was 14. We were a bunch of friends who loved rock music and wanted to be as cool and professional as our idols were. We started playing cover versions of our favourite songs but it didn’t take us long to write our first original ones. Before we knew it we were playing our first gigs performing only original material. After a while we recorded our first EP, played a lot of shows and began speaking with a record label who wanted to sign us for our first album. We started touring and recording the album, and at the same time I received a call from Warner Chappell Music. They offered me a publishing deal which gave me the chance to work on my own projects as well as those of other artists and producers. Every time I look back at my beginnings, I’m so grateful there were people right from the start who believed in me and my music.
What’s your favourite thing about teaching at BIMM Berlin?
I love teaching at BIMM Berlin and working with the students because every one of them is a true talent. They all have different roots but the same dream and goal: making music and becoming a professional musician (in fact, most of them are already!). I really love seeing the progress of each student, especially the moment they realise that progress themselves, and start smiling, knowing they’re able to sing or play something they weren’t a few weeks before. It’s great to be a part of their journey and see their passion and energy every single day!
What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I think some proud moments are definitely when I received the call from Warner (mentioned above) and when I signed my first contract with a label. Actually, I’m proud of each release, especially when I’ve worked with a team on it. It’s always a great feeling to listen to a release and know you’ve created something special with a group of people who share the same passion as you.
But, honestly, my proudest moment was when I received a message from a woman a few weeks after she attended one of our concerts. She explained that she had been through a lot, having lost her husband in a tragic accident, and that she had not left her house since then. A friend played her a few tracks off our album and persuaded her to go to our concert with him. She went along and in her message she wrote that listening to our music and seeing the energy on stage changed her life, as it urged her to get back on track again and continue to live. That was the biggest and most beautiful compliment I’ve ever received in my career.
What advice would you give to new students in Berlin?
Believe in yourself and do what you love the most! Don’t compare yourself to other students and just try to give the most you can. Growing as an artist always includes making mistakes, but making a mistake always means learning something. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, learn and be yourself.