In June of 2006, the beginning of a perfect story of our band started. I came to the both dudes Franz Danzer and Dennis Oehler. The father of Dennis teached me in playing guitar at a youth center. Sometime he invited me to his home to play some music with his son.
When I arrived at Lobsdorf I played “Come as you are” from Nirvana.
At this time I could only play songs of Nirvana and we started as Nirvana cover band. The musical genre was chosen. The first show we played was in 2007 at the Lobsdorf village festival which gave us an impression of a nice concert. The second one we had was at the JZ Riot in Lichtenstein. We played under a tent and it was hot like hell. These two shows were not the best concerts but we succeeded with writing new songs and stuff. In the mid of 2008 we (...) Mehr anzeigensurprisingly broke the band off. After some failed attempts to found a hardcore band together with Franz Danzer and Steve Päßler down at the JZ Riot I started writing new songs. I was inspired by long nights with Led Zeppelin and Motörhead. In September 2008 Ampex got together to start up with new power. During this time the band names developed from “Muddy Banks”, “Mindbrain” and “Whiplash” to “Ampex”. At the same time this accident happened that was the reason for the name “Ampex”. Franz played his bass with an old GDR-made amp. Then I had the idea to plug in my electric guitar. After some minutes it crashed and it was buried in smoke. Franz said: “Oh my fucking god you ‘ex-ed’ the amp!” Ampex was born. A very good coincidence!
After we braced ourselves we started with the recordings of our demo tape in 2009. We recorded all the songs during one weekend at the F.O.E.N. Studio in Hohenstein-Ernstthal. After this recording session we used the tape to apply for band contests. We surprisingly had some success and because of that we could also play in Nordhausen on a very huge stage with such a powerful PA. After the shows we had at this time we slept in a travel trailer and began to understand what a life like a rockstar could be like. It was a great prelude for a better time that followed. The next show we played was in Gehren in Brandenburg. It was an open air show in the middle of a big forest. Many people were there to enjoy the sound of Ampex and other great bands. Back in Saxony we had the third concert after our release of the demo tape. We were invited to come to the “Malzhaus” in Plauen. We played a nice show but it wasn’t honored. We became better musicians during this time and the bad site of these shows was the kind of corruption that came over these band contests. But we would never give up. We continued, we were still happy about every show we could play. The next chance to win such a contest was at “Riesa Rockt”. After that concert we assessed that our music will never find favor with such dumb promoters. Bands, playing three chords, won the prices and became local heroes. It was all against our attitude and we decided to stay away from such contests. We made our way and did not follow general tendencies. Another try to get into the music scene of Chemnitz was the show at the Theater in Chemnitz. We played together with two other bands. Our constitution was brilliant. People got insane and we didn’t want to leave the stage. After a little break and relaxing for some weeks we started up with new songs. In March 2011 we had a show at the “Café Taktlos” in Glauchau, in May we played a great concert in the “Sanitätsstelle” in Chemnitz, where we supported Pete Lynch. At the club we have met the guys from “Dix on Fire” who played also a little show there. It’s a great Hard Rock band with an “Aerosmith” character. To get some experiences with festivals we had the chance to play a show at the “Callenberger Open Air”. It was a nice weekend with some other Punk and Metalcore bands. The greatest show we have ever had was in Freiberg at the “Train Control” on the 25th of November. The crowd went crazy and the people banged their heads. “Rusted Warhead” that is a classic Power Metal band did also a great job! We almost forgot to play the show, it was too nice. To stay in contact with the metal heads from Chemnitz we decided to play a little concert in a club called “Heilse” at the end of December 2011.
You should consider our recording session, too. It was like 3 guys having fun and drinking beer, the hardest time in our production period. In August 2011 we began with the production of the album “The Cross”, not in a studio but in our rehearsal room. Everybody can imagine what kind of horrible chaos it was. We bought some microphones, software and stuff and tried to start the recordings. Just plug and play? No, the boys of Ampex had large shoes to fill. Nothing worked correctly, so we thought that we should stop everything and forget that shit. After trying and experiments suddenly everything worked and we could start the recordings on the 23rd of August at 10pm. We drank a lot of beer but we needed it. It was like comfort food. We finished the record after dozens of days. Tommy from TS Musix could start his work on the mixing and mastering of the album. All in all it lasted about 8 months until the CD could be released. But now we can be proud of this album. “The Cross” is not a Soft Rock Album. This record should change a lot. Ampex will not be a flash in the pan in the Metal business. “Live fast, die young”. Maybe it’s a cliché for most of the people but it contains so much truth that can also be found on this record.
Franz Danzer: Bass/Vocals
Dennis Oehler: Drums
Christopher Hößler: Guitar/Vocals Weniger anzeigen