San2

Biography

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 at 30, his fan-base is growing at a fast pace. The press describes him as "born to be the lead singer" and his live show as "pure dynamite"! His harmonica playing gets praise with words such as "one who finally doesn't try to sound like Little Walter, yet still gets the fire going!"

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.

Testimonials

When I started practicing the first Blues riffs, getting used to bending and tongue blocking, and later in live shows, I always tried and tested new Harmonica models. The longer one plays, the clearer the vision becomes of ones own sound, and which harps, microphones, and amps one want to use.
The best Harmonica by far that I know is the Marine Band Deluxe. For me, and what I play, that is plainly the Blues harp!
It has a warm and very earthy sound, with rounded cover plates, which are comfortable for the mouth and tongue. The good craftsmanship delivers a most comfortable play, and great volume in all pitches.