During the last 30 years, I played in a number of different bands or projects and released quite a lot of music.
The music was always different from the usual things, sometimes strange, experimental, jazzy, sometimes folky, often with a punk or metal attitude, and different were the people I played and recorded with.
It all began with a band called “Les Geile Leistn”. We played very raw and unorganised punk stuff with two guitars and a rhythm section, with both drummer and lead guitarist (me) singing.
The other guitarist left, and we made a project called “Permanent Bardo”, together with a very experimental producer and keyboarder.
Then after, we formed “Schmabreux” as a trio, fast, free, trashy, highly inspired by the SST stuff that was going round at that time.
The band disbanded after a few years and some extraordinary concerts. Later on it came to life again with the help of an additional guitarist.
Long before Schmabreux´s final exit in 2009 most of us had already their solo or side projects running. My band was Geronimoe´s Perception, while two of the others had formed The Tea Junkies.
Beside my solo career as Ronald Harmstein, I made my contribution to the projects Iggy Metall, Tändstickor, Amun Bhopal, and Neuer Ordner, and still play in most of these bands.
All I have to say now is, that it feels good to be a musician without the need to MAKE A LOT OF MONEY – but if some of it comes somehow, it´s not a bad thing anyway. So:
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTISTS!
Give them a chance to be creative without selling their arse.