Years of finding meaning followed. In addition to composing successful film music and developing patented guitar accessories, expanding his own music studio became a challenge and a vocation. In times of change, a pioneering spirit is in demand and here the hour of self-teaching comes. Unlimited curiosity has always driven him into new fields, and personal experiences have become training, knowledge and skills.
“I was always able to teach myself everything that was really important for my life. Uncontrolled cognitive ability has the great advantage that it finds solutions for which others are blind. The available options – by today’s standards – were more than poor. But maybe exactly such circumstances really challenge free creativity, which seeks its very own access to the subject, “muses the composer, remembering his childhood with a smile:” Two worn records, discarded from my brothers’ collections, formed my aesthetic response to music – when I was just ten years old. I still remember exactly how I added extra weights to the tonal arm of the DUAL turntable, so that the sound waves could still be extracted from the hardly existing grooves of the old records – HELP from the Beatles and NEFERTITI from Miles Davis.”
WiD started to play guitar in these early years, and over time many other instruments were to be added, all of which were learned by self-study. His first pieces, which he composed for his school band at the age of fourteen, were characterized by the endlessly heard Beatles melodies and the very complex, melancholic, abstract tones of Miles Davis. The young band members were idealists. Believed in music that is self-sufficient. In order to be able to make music at all, sounding devices were simply made by hand or old instruments were brought back to life, with construction foil on the drums and peas in the snare drum.
At that time, Chet Baker was a discovery for the 15-year-old and at the same time the importance of sound and phrasing was revealed to him. So the search for the perfect relationship between melody and rhythm began. The research and experimentation led WiD on the track of soft jazz icon Michael Franks, who became his great role model. “I love his music more than anything else,” enthuses WiD and adds: “We didn’t have the opportunity to get comprehensive information or to be inspired by the diversity of the international music scene. In order to get hold of certain material, it needed a wealth of ideas and sophistication – and a pinch of luck for the decisive discovery. Today, thanks to the Internet, an indescribable number of options are immediately available with one click… ”.
But do we really need the internet, the other options and versatile distractions ? Who knows…