November 24th, 2023
Ups and downs. Our drummer Harald suprisingly left the building some weeks before the gig, now we are searching again. We continue working on polyphonic vocals and finalize new songs.
Getting staffed and first gig in sight
November 1, 2023
With our new guitar hero Hellmut we staffed our string department, still searching for keyboard support. But with the current setup we are able to sign for first gigs, starting December 2nd on the Rudolf5 winter fest at Karlsruhe.
Started work and still searching
September 10, 2023
With our drummer Harald, the bass-man Karsten and me we are working our way through the catalogue. Harald and Karsten are a trained musical symbiosis, still we are looking for keyboard and lead guitarrist (m/f/d).
... and farewell
July 18, 2023
Easy come, easy go. Soon after start we realized, that this was not working. Better fail early, so Karsten and me started search again. Found one drummer, looking for keyboard and lead guitarist (m/f/d) - maybe you know one...
Welcome Blackthorn Syndicate
June 27, 2023
We are now digging into the songs - a warm welcome to Karsten, Axel, Stephan and Frank. To find our sound might take some time, but the first four songs are in operation.
Starting Blackthorn Syndicate rehearsals
June 25, 2023
Beginning June 19th we had our first rehearsal in Karlsruhe in a substitute room, the final room will be finished by mid July. We now follow our program backlog and prepare for stage by end of this year. More to come here.
Turn the volume down
May 05, 2023
OK, the OR80R is loud - I mean really loud. To bring this back to normal volume, I got a power attenuator designed by Mike Soldano. This helps to test my effect setup at home and to run the amp in the right power zone without getting deaf.
Serious equipment upgrade
April 13, 2023
Now, planning for stage, there is the next serious equipment upgrade - an Orange OR80R amplifier. Pretty vintage, but it clearly suits the sound of my songs. Waiting for the first session in the rehearsal room.
Running for stage
April 08, 2023
After now having a book of songs that are worth hitting audience, I started to bring a band together. We now have some great musicians together (still looking for a drummer), start training on the songs and are prowd to announce Blackthorn Syndicate. More to come here in the feed.
Writing a Jingle
November 22, 2022
Got the request from my department to write a jingle for the monthly employee information meeting. This was definitively something new for me, since there is not much time to deliver a statement, it should be not much longer than 20 seconds.
Moving to Mastodon
November 10, 2022
After Elon Musk running amok on Twitter, I ended my subscription there and decided to move to the open webforum Mastodon. Smaller and different, but with a charm. For You a warm invitation.
November 4, 2022
Ready to learn again. Started as a live mixing engineer at the KOHI Kulturverein at Karlsruhe. Fortunately I have great support from my colleague Martin Haaß, who is an experienced engineer - and mixing live is really quite different from working at the studio console...
September 1, 2022
Holidays are great, especially at the Baltic Sea. But what to do as a musician when You don't have a guitar and get a bit bored? That's right, remix. Started with first three songs from 'The Doors', 'The Police' and 'Pink Floyd', more to come.
Another studio upgrade - Behringer X32
December 22, 2021
Just got a new studio upgrade: the Behringer X32 Producer mixing console, microphones for drum and choir recording and a new monitor setup. This is great to step into live recording in 2022 - let's see what comes along the way...
Recension of "Kleine Welt" in eXcess mag
September 29, 2021
For my German title "Kleine Welt" I just received a great recension in the German indie music mag eXcess - this really makes me proud as hell...
Discography of Lucas / Blackthorn Blossom
September 29, 2021
After I lost a litte bit the overview about my songs, I started to implement a discography of all songs, where I at least was part of the composing process. Starting with a strong 93 songs, this is updated...
New toy for future live activities
July 14, 2021
Got a new toy, the amp and effect modeling board Hotone Ampero. This is a first step to possible future live acitivities, be it with the guitar or the base. Time to train the songs and find some companions...
Intercontinental restart of Czaika Ranch
May 16, 2021
With my 1990s band Czaika Ranch we are currently making a restart. Starting with a re-recording of old songs, then possibly moving into some new stuff. 25 years older, but still rock'n roll...
Cooperation with singer Dirk Steinhilper
May 02, 2021
Just started the cooperation with the singer Dirk Steinhilper from my former band Czaika Ranch, way back in 1990s. Our first title 'Purple' is a reminiscense to 70s Hard Rock, these were the good times...
First album on Amazon music
December 01, 2020
The first album is out on Amazon music for purchase. We would be happy if You support us following the link and buy our music - the setting of three poems from Hermann Hesse in a modern sound.
Studio upgrade (tiny)
November 21, 2020
It is not always the big investment that makes the difference. I built an acoustic screen for my microphone from an old Leitz folder and an iso-mat. Looks funny, but helps enormously with the vocal recording.
November 10, 2020
After mixing since two years now only with headphones, the Blackthorn Blossom studio got an upgrade with two Adam Audio TV7 nearfield monitors. This should bring another mixing improvement for the upcoming songs.
Poems of Hermann Hesse in new sound
October 28, 2020
The German writer Hermann Hesse is one of our largest poets. His writings mirror the dark times in the first decades of the last century. We bring him into a new light with three new and a little melancholic songs.
Going more into visibility
September 29, 2020
Found some time for photographies to go a little more into promotion with Blackthorn Blossom and later with the Energy Twins
Cooperation with singer Michael Matt
September 09, 2020
Together with singer Michael Matt we will create a new band project, starting first with my songs and constantly involving new songs from Michaels portfolio - working title "Energy Twins".
yepp blog on 'Climatic Change"
August 18, 2020
Blackthorn Blossom expresses the need to be heard. Climatic Change should elicit a warmth that can melt any brand of cynicism. Like two parallel spirals. Blackthorn Blossom called attention to himself with awesome track Climatic Change. There are some elements that set this track apart from standard sound: a delicate harmony tucked away in the pooling reverb. It works in multiple scales and registers.
Vocals going professional
August 13, 2020
Started a new cooperation with metal singer Michael Matt, who is also a busy songwriter and producer himself - something really big can happen. First song is "Climatic Change".
Looking for support singers for new choir song
May 5, 2020
I have another title for choir that is ready for rollout - just waiting for supporters to sing a line in the song. So if YOU are interested in supporting my new song, please send a PN for sheet and some guiding tracks.
Choir project starts with first song in test phase
April 21, 2020
The first song of my choir project "Enter Jerusalem" is in test with my choir as 'Corona Social Distance Rehearsal' - keep You updated.
Corona Crisis: stay at home and make music
March 22, 2020
Corona crisis is shaking the world. Help to save lives and stay in Your house, move only out if really needed. Listen to my song "Lupus Corona".
Songs in distribution on large channels
March 11, 2020
First songs out on the large distribution channels like Apple Music, Spotify and Google Music. Start with 'Kleine Welt'. You can support by buying my songs.
New project: choir musik
January 06, 2020
I started a new project with choir music - first song "Enter Jerusalem" is going into test with my gospel choir GetUp. More information to come soon...
Gospel album 2019 out now
January 06, 2020
The album "GetUp Gospelchor Berghausen - Concert 2019" is finished with great gospel songs from our November concert.
Taskline for the next weeks
October 06, 2019
Since it really made fun to rework the song "Sudden", this will fill the task list for the next weeks. The first ideas are coming into my mind...
October 04, 2019
The new homepage is almost ready and will be started today. The last templates are changed into blackthorn-content, the new domain is on the run...
'Herbstgedanken' going wild
October 03, 2019
I placed the new song "Herbstgedanken" at the music portal yepp.me and got more than 10k listenings as well as almost 400 likes - awesome!
I plan to do this every second week now with new songs for a period of time - this is good spent money...
Added new albums at Soundcloud
October 03, 2019
In preparation for the upcoming homepage I cleaned up the album structure in Soundcloud a little bit - now we have the albums of all my bands in shape