100 posts already and I didn't introduce myself. Hello, I'm born and raised in germany. I improved and played on piano since I was a little kid, played in various bands (rock, pop, top40) and later clarinet in the high-school orchestra. Father conducted symphony orchestra, mother conducted various (local) choirs. After school I wanted to dive into audio engineering to "combine" that with making music, but eventually graduated in electrical engineering. After working in a music shop and meeting enough DJs I dived in starting my own studio - producing mostly EDM music (pop-dance, techno, house) on Akai samplers and Logic Audio on Windows (!) . That went fairly well for 6 years, including a few billboard chart entries in germany and several compilations. In 2001 napster and ringtones hit the market and everything changed - it became tougher. I lost interest in making music for frog-ringtones or fake female singer for dance projects .. and gained more and more interest in visual effects. So I changed gears. 15 years later, now working in New Zealand for Peter Jacksons weta digital, doing FX-simulations (mostly water) for movies - suddenly the passion for music comes back - this time focused on orchestral composing as it always should have been (late nineties people were already saying I should leave the dance industry - but I hesitated.. contacts to HZ were there - but I hesitated) Long story short. I feel I'm learning again a lot .. I could warm up old contacts to record companies or studios .. but I'm more keen to explore new contacts. At this point I'm not sure if I will change gears again and coming back to music full time - we shall see (any suggestions welcome of course) Happy to be here for now ..