A guitarist/singer/songwriter of European background, Tobias recorded his solo demo in Germany 2005, before hitting the road to play music in both hemispheres. He has performed in a variety of countries, including Germany, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic, Samoa and Australia.
‘Kings Cross Angel’ from the release ‘Ghosts on the Pavement’ was featured on the O.S.T of German TV movie ‘Tatort’ in 2009, performed by punk rock ensemble ‘paddelnohnekanu’.
The latest release “Live at the Red Shed” received radio airplay across Australia and was toured interstate. A performance of its opening track ‘Haunted Forest’ won the Abel Cottone Memorial Prize 2010 in Queensland and received 6th Place Instrumental Piece of the year 2011 in the nation-wide songwriting competition of the Australian Singer/Songwriter Association.
After a Western Australian solo tour in August 2011, he traveled to Europe to play rhythm guitar for German punk rock quartet ‘Mr. Paulsen and the time problem’.
Tobias opened shows for artists like Neil Murray, Victor Martinez and performed with musicians such as Angus Diggs (of Jeff Lang, Bob Brozman, Mia Dyson).
Solo performances feature effect pedal driven acoustic guitar, bottleneck slide resonator guitar, Hawaiian lap steel guitar and explore different genres with their roots in the blues. Melodic fingerpicking in open tunings coupled with soulful and haunting vocals, Tobias’ material draws on a wide variety of influences, though strives to put an original footprint onto the sands of contemporary acoustic guitar music.
Besides work on the new studio album ‘Solitary Bones’, 2012 sees the creation of a live trio with Jarrah Higgins on drums and Hugh Gilbert on bass. Early in the year the band has already excited theater audiences, presenting “a solid blues sound with excursions into a jazzy world of unconventional folk- and country music”.
“[…] intense, blues influenced open-tuned guitar and voice pieces. Fit for all sorts of major stages” Steve Baker, Tableland Folk Festival performance review 2011
“[…] a great new album.” Mark Turner about ‘Live at the Red Shed’, featured on the Whipping Post Radio Show, pvfm Melbourne 2011
“[…] certainly got something going on there. I wish him all the best in the music industry.” Neil Murray 2011
“[…] an intensity of performance that was captivating […]” Peter Axford, Opera Australia 2011
The song Kings Cross Angel appeared on German TV-movie Tatort 2009
RADF Queensland Government CD-production grant RECIPIENT 2010
North Queensland Talent Quest WINNER 2010
Abel Cottone Memorial Prize WINNER 2010
6th Place Instrumental Piece of the year 2011 Australian Singer/Songwriter Association