During the late 1970's and throughout the 1980's,
pop fans all over Europe knew Bernhard Potschka as a
member of two of the most important groups in
German pop history: The Nina Hagen Band, whose
first album is still considered internationally
the best release by a German pop act ever, and Spliff,
the pioneering act from Berlin, whose six
albums set new standards (not only production-wise)
for the German music scene.
In the years since Spliff disbanded, Bernhard Potschka
(or "Potsch" as his friends call him) has involved
himself in many projects in the German and Spanish
music scenes � as a producer, musician, and
composer. In addition, Potsch has built his own state
of the art recording studio and currently divides
his time between Spain and Berlin.
Since 1994, Potsch has been working on his first solo
album, "The Journey." And it is in fact a journey,
albeit a musical one, through all the different
styles of music which have had a meaning in his life �
the classical music (namely Beethoven, Dvorak,
Smetans, Gershwin, Ravel), on which he was raised as
child in his hometown of W�rzburg, the pop and
rock music of the 1960's, which he discovered as a
teenager, the jazz-rock of the 1970's, which fascinated
him as a thriving young professional musician,
and the ethnic styles (most of all Flamencos), which
have broadened his musical vision in recent years.
Potsch has blended these influences into a rich colorful
and highly personal style of instrumental music,
which impressively and very entertainingly unfolds
in the thirteen glorious originals on "The Journey."