Hi! My name’s Raffael Brunner and I’m a drummer. I come from Austria and I’m 26 years old. I moved to Berlin in October 2015 to start studying music at BIMM.
In my youth, I played in various bands and, actually, I’ve never wanted to do anything else other than music. Music has always been one of the most important things in my life. I started to play drums very early and later, also guitar, and at the same time I started to write and record my own songs. One day I just had the feeling that I’d like to dig deeper and I made the decision to study music.
I’ve always been fascinated by bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Iron Maiden. I just love the special moments these bands and their brilliant musicians can create. It’s this synergy between musicians that can create something very very special and kind of ‘not from this earth’.
We musicians always tend to try to understand everything and analyse every single detail in music, but I think real creativity doesn’t arise in the mind – it comes from the ability to fully feel music and put emotions into a song. However, lots of knowledge is needed to execute this creativity and to bring it to a particular instrument.
The Drums course at BIMM Berlin is very good. There are just a few drummers in my class, so it’s very individual. When I started at BIMM, I immediately found musicians to play and form bands with, and I learned a lot from playing with them.
It’s also very important to concentrate on the Drum course and develop your own style and skills, while at the same time finding out what you’re best at and what you enjoy the most.
Last year, and this year too, I’ve been in the studio with Pete Smith for a couple of days to record some songs for the BIMM album. That’s always the highlight of the BIMM year for me and I enjoy it very much. These experiences have shown me just how much I love the studio and that’s the reason why I’m aiming to spend as much time in studios as I possibly can.