San2 belongs to the next generation of entertainers and passionately authentic musicians, and builds a bridge between Rhythm & Blues and pop. What Jamie Cullum achieved over the past years in Jazz, is what San2 wants to prove possible with Blues, and even though he's a newcomer on the scene, his fan-base is growing at a fast pace. The press describes him as "fantastic new Soul voice" and his live show is "pure dynamite"! His harmonica playing gets praise with words like "San2 has very unique, powerful tone - both acoustic and amplified". In 2012 he was affiliated by HOHNER to their group of best European harmonica players.
At the age of 17, San2 attended the Blues to Bop Festival in Lugarno, met George Hicks, and in turn, taught himself how to play the harmonica. Shortly after, the chance came along for San2 to join soul legend Wilson Pickett on stage and sing. Quite an influential experience! In his early twenties, he went to San Francisco, where he lived and worked as a musician in the Bay Area. The role of lead-singer thereafter, was set aside for that of the Blues harp player and Emcee, for well known blues acts like Bird Leg, Mz Dee, and the Steve Gannon Band to name a few.
Upon returning back to Germany, San2 decided to make music professionally, and formed his SOUL PATROL. His Blues harp skills have fully ripened. Not only with a mentor like Bird Leg, but also especially listening to uncountable records from Junior Wells and James Cotton, helped form San2's Blues harp sound. "My Harp playing is very rhythmic. Not too many notes played quickly after one another, instead just a few, well-placed notes make this instrument so powerful. It's all about dynamic, at least in Rhythm & Blues!" San2 carries influences from other Instrumentalists as well in his Harp playing such as Maceo Parker or Richard Tee.
In 2011 San2 released his debut album REBIRTH OF SOUL & RECYCLING THE BLUES. Television and radio appearances brought him closer to a larger audience, which helped broaden the tour map for him and his SOUL PATROL. Meanwhile they are not only touring Germany, but also playing in Holland, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. He lives alternately in Munich and in Amsterdam.
2015 San2 starts to collaborate with British producer Geoff Gascoyne. Gascoyne, former MD and bassplayer of Jamie Cullum, also worked together with numerous big names like Van Morrison, Gregory Porter and Georgie Fame. At first Gascoyne and San2 wrote songs together and worked on excisting material as well. The new album HOLD ON which is released in April 2016 contains 14 beautiful songs. The band tours Germany, the Benelux and Britain - all in 2016. Stay tuned for more...
guitar, backing vocals
hammond organ, fender rhodes
bass, backing vocals
Peter Oscar Kraus
drums, backing vocals
San2 plays exclusively HOHNER HARPS.
Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.