I started making up songs on ukulele and recording myself on a tape deck at the age of 6. Early hits include “Nana”, “Look in the Water” and “Rainbow Doggy”. That was back in Stuttgart, Germany, in the early 70’s. At the same time my mother, Sibylle Baier, was writing and recording her songs for Colour Green in her bedroom down the hall. I learned from her that that was a thing one does, to pour and sing one’s heart out into an instrument and to capture the whole thing on a magical electronic device.
Now I still do that. I record, produce and write alone, with bands, with friends, for films, for you, the universe and to stay sane.
Over the years I have released 4 records with my rock band, Melodrome, as well as one solo record called Soultube. My band “Pearls At Swine” (Berlin) was signed to BMG records in the late 90’s and we released 4 records.
As a producer I have worked on over 100 projects for musicians and bands in various studios I have owned. A recent production I am very proud of is Sophia St Helen’s album None The Wiser. In 2006 I released Colour Green, my amazingly talented mother Sibylle Baier’s record (on Orange Twin Records) and I continue to manage her success. I have composed music for the Oscar nominated film “Ferry Tales”, national TV commercials (Coors, Miller) as well as many other TV shows and films (Walker Texas Ranger, Drowning Mona, Time Cop…). Most recently I am very excited about my ongoing collaboration with Katsitsioni Fox, a Native American filmmaker. As of this writing, our most recent collaboration “Without A Whisper” is doing well on the festival circuit. Currently I am working as co-director (with George Cox, Outpost) and music supervisor on a movie about the local musician Wild Bill Firehands.
Yup. Been doing all that.
But, today I am excited to tell you about my “new” album Making Space. Even though it was finished in September of 2018, it has taken me until now to feel comfortable releasing it. Half of the tracks were older songs, orphans, that never made it onto any records for one reason or another. Even though I had always wanted to record and release these songs, by the time they were finally in the can, I was missing an emotional connection to them, almost, like as if they had missed the boat and I went on without them. I felt like I could not identify with them. So I just let the whole record sit and focused instead on my midlife crisis. My father passed away, I bought a sports car, fixed up my house… Shit like that. “Who am I?” What is my next move? Life is short. What will you do now? Meanwhile, Kenny Siegal, who produced the album with me, kept pestering me about releasing it. Well, Kenny, here you have it!
I had sent the record to a few friends over the years, and recently, my buddy Jeb Colwell complimented me again on the record. Somehow this flicked a switch inside of me (thanks Jeb!). I listened to the songs again after about a year of not listening at all, and suddenly the songs felt glued together as one collection. I no longer felt like they were just a bunch of random orphans and stragglers. Now they sound like they all belong together on this record, and they feel like… me! I guess I just needed some… space!
So, after this long journey I am so happy to announce the release date of Making Space: March 12, 2021