Gerry Tendler

Q&A with Artists

If you like melodic or progressive rock and metal music, guitar music or instrumental music in general, you should have a listen to my tunes. Thanks to Christin Metternich there are also some songs with very nice vocals! In 1985, as a teenager, I started recording my own music with just a guitar, a small keyboard and a simple tape recorder. Later when I made my own money, I could afford some better equipment and do it more professionally. With several bands I have been on stage as a guitarist as well as a bassist. Currently I’m playing guitar in a rock band. However, my instrumental songs have never been performed live on stage – as far as I know. Of my musical influences, Rock and Metal are probably the strongest. But I also enjoy listening to many other genres, such as Music Licensing, classical music, etc. From the late ’80s to the early ’90s I’ve listened almost exclusively to electronica and disco music. Recently I began to delve into the depths of jazz music – a genre that has never been my favorite, but began to impress me with its characteristic harmonies and musical complexity.

Why do you do what you do?
Playing my guitar is my biggest passion. It is one of the most important parts of my daily life. Making music is something that makes me feel contented and it’s the main way I can satisfy my thirst to unlock my creativity.

How would you describe your style?
Well, I’m really inspired by all sorts of styles that’s why my music is quite complex. If I had to define it, well, it’s closest to Melodic progressive rock/metal. It’s best to listen to my music and decide for yourself!

Ambition or talent: which matters more to you?
I think in my case it’s talent- my inner creativity helps push me through the production process. I’ve always been a humble person, so I prefer to work hard on my music every day instead of having too much ambition. I like to stay focused on one thing at time, keeping myself in the present moment.

What inspires you to create music?
I’m always looking for new ways to get inspired, especially through other musicians. That’s why I love attending as many concerts as I can, to see how my fellow professionals are able to immerse themselves in their music and how they can reflect their emotions onto their audience. I am always stirred when I hear music that catches my attention or when I see an animated guitar player.

How did you find the scouting process in Rehegoo?
Well, I was firstly contacted by Rehegoo and since I’ve been in contact with a few members of the Rehegoo Team, they’ve all been great, super helpful and professional. I happened to have a few more questions and they were always quick to reply with a clear explanation. I’ve enjoyed the whole process and couldn’t be any happier being part of Rehegoo Music Group!

How did you feel when signing a contract with Rehegoo?
It was exciting! It is really special to have your music noticed by such a prestigious label. They’ve been supportive and are always on hand to give advice about music production.

What is the greatest achievement of your career so far?
I am still working on craft, it’s a never-ending process. I’ve had the honour to working with Jim Abbiati before he was the singer of the Exxplorer. We composed a song together and as far as I know thanks to that song, he got the opportunity to join the Exxplorer.

What has been the biggest obstacle?
The loss of a good internet connection back in 2002 when I moved to another place. I wasn’t able to work with Jim anymore because we were only able to share our mp3 files with a connection!

What is the best and worst gig you have ever played?
I think my best gig was at Xena: a WP convention attended by a lot of people. It was so great because we were in front of the most excited audience we’d ever seen! From the beginning of the show, they started jumping up and down and singing our songs really loudly. We’d never seen anything it! I was really impressed by their energy! We had so much fun! My worst gig was at a German Bike Week event, only a few people showed up. I think we played in front of only 5 or so people the whole evening, but we all had fun anyway.

What is your worst and best fan moment?
I’m always happy when the audience is enjoying themselves. I don’t think there is such a thing as the worst moment- it’s all a learning experience. The good moments have definitely outweighed the bad ones!

What is your favorite song of yours?
Hm, difficult. I like female voices like Ellie Goulding’s in “Burn” or Iselin Solheim’s in “Faded” a lot. One of my favourite melodies is the intro theme of Tchaikovsky’s famous Piano Concerto No. 1. One of my favourite early rock songs is “More than a feeling” from Boston. So yeah, there a few!