Thomas Kaltenbach


Hi, I'm Thomas, a German, living and working in China. I love music, playing guitar, bass, and some keys. Especially like to compose music, and always looking for singers... :-) If you are interested in a collaboration, just contact me.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is an important part of my life. I enjoy practicing and playing, and try to become the best musician I could be...

What is your music dream?

Composing and recording songs, which others enjoy and like.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Ahm... peace, less violence, reasonable leaders in all countries taking care for the best long-term interest of their people and the world itself. Sustainable future... what the hell is going on out there ?!?!?

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Guns 'n' Roses - Civil War

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Dream Theater, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Nightwish, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Deep Purple, Ayreon, Pain of Salvation, Within Temptation, Serenity, Kamelot, Lacuna Coil,....

What inspires you to make music?

To express myself

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Depends on the song and topic. Emotions, feeling, ...

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Good, when I know what I'm doing. Nervous as hell, when I don't...

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Back to the roods, pure and honest music, expression of emotions and feelings. There are so many tools now, it is easy to create a professional POP song just with technology. I still love and admire the skill and virtuosity of real musicians who spent their hours of practice to master the instrument. This is what I aspire and like to listen to, musicians who do what they love and Rock the hell out of it.

What do you think of Drooble?

Just getting started....

What frustrates you most as a musician?

So hard to find fellow musicians to collaborate with, especially singers....

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes, in China, Suzhou we have a pretty hot local music scene. I know some of the main players, who play live, but also give lessons. Keeping contact, my daughter takes lessons.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Hard to say. Probably a well developed social network, being present on the main sites of social media. I guess, nowadays, social networking takes almost the same amount of time than practicing on the instrument and creating music. I still believe that skills, practice, and endurance eventually make the difference.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Ayreon, Pain of Salvation, Serenity, Within Temptation, Xandria, Blind Guardian, Wintersun, Sunburst,...