Thomas’ love of music and rhythm was cemented from an early age by listening to his father’s band rehearsing in the basement of their family home in Feldbach, Austria. After getting his hands on his first pair of drumsticks at 4 years old, Thomas began his musical studies at the age of 6, learning from Heiko Neubauer at the public music school in Bad Gleichenberg for over 10 years. .
From 2013 to 2017, he then studied at the Jazz Institute of the University of Performing Arts and Music in Graz, under Howard Curtis, Günter Meinhart and Wolfgang Tozzi. Since then he has worked and learned from a variety of different musicians and drummers such as Brian Frasier Moore, Josh Dion, Reiner „Kallas“ Hubert, Jost Nickel, Curt Cress, Simon Gattringer, Kristof Hinz, Herbert Pirker, Klaus Fürstner, Clemens Prassl…
In spring 2019 Thomas graduated in Vienna. Since then he is based in Vienna and has become a part of the music scene there. Thomas is very active in playing live shows in many bands with different styles.
Here is a selection of bands and artists he plays/played with:
AVEC, Onk Lou, Sakura, Thomas David, Freude, Des Pudels Kern, Fluur, Astpai, Beetroot Lab, KAIKO, Duomas, Sticky Tapes, Blikk, James Choice And The Bad Decisions, Annemarie Höller, The Liberation Service, Faster Than Sound, Chris Magerl, Alvis Reid, Vienna Blues Association, The Gin Vronics, Michael Dey, The Noise Killed Hearts, The Kurts, Oregano
AVEC's new album "Homesick" is the first to be produced together with her long-time friend and colleague Andreas Häuserer – mostly at home in Austria, in an old farmhouse in the countryside. In songs like "Fire" or "Way out" you can hear the newly defined musical and lyrical self-confidence: You will always move on when you have an idea of who you want to be. The album title "Homesick" is in itself a fabulous twist: AVEC herself, as she says, rarely feels anything like homesickness. Where she is, her songs are there too.
But who is this Onk Lou? Originating from a small town called Ollersdorf in Lower Austria he was busking through Europe. He played at songwirter festivals in Denmark as well as in locations in Moscow, in flat parties in Berlin and on the streets of Italy, almost 100 gigs a year. Being overwhelmingly open he became humble by just playing for what the busking provided, a facet that got him to be humble. All of this enriched his songwrtiting, being diversified , catching and at the same time high quality. Onk Lou was one of five Viennese songwriters who wanted to play a small concert on the danube canal, made public/announced on facebook. Over 7000 people came – coincidence?