VON FOLTA. Just a few sounds of this Singer & Songwriter reveal what a biography can only accomplish with many words. The music reflects where this artist found a home for nearly 25 years. Behind him is a life in the USA that has left its marks on him not only musically. The first chords and a voice that has been compared to David Bowie, John Lennon and Neil Young and that is not afraid to offer truth, immediately take you on a ride down the sun-drenched streets of California.
VON FOLTA got his musical education in the Counter Culture Jam Band Scene of the San Francisco Bay Area, inspired by legendary American bands like the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band and other influential artists of the 60’s and 70’s. Coupled with his admiration for the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Pink Floyd and many others, influences are not difficult to discover. If you need to pigeonhole VON FOLTA, the category Americana might satisfy you.
What connects him with kindred souls, is the devotion to a music that finds its roots in the Delta Blues and American Folk Musik. Working together with other musicians in the studio and on the stages of California (The Joint, Cat Club, Dragonfly, the Malibu Inn and the Mint - to name a few) he developed a sound that an exacting listener described with the words: “The artist meshed a host of musical influences and styles, paying distinct homage to the Beatles, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin… and what resulted was a driving fusion of Rock, reinvented Psychedelia, Country licks and American Soul—a provocative sound that is distinctly VON FOLTA.”
In 1999, the road led him to Los Angeles where his interests brought him together with a variety of musicians, among them Herman Matthews and Larry Kimpel, who have played for a long list of well known artists such as Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette or Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, and in 2011 provided the rhythm section on his album ‘Spacesuit’. Working with these musicians left a very positive impression on him and confirmed the creeping suspicion that there are good people out there! And good things do happen!
VON FOLTA sings “...of urban America and its vast paradoxes of pioneering, individuality and alienation. A voice that can be robust and dense, melodic and fragile, or abrasiv and hard-hitting…”. His lyrics have been called enigmatic, critical and inspiring, among other things.
Upon a closer inspection of VON FOLTA’s work, the unique character of each album becomes apparent, like getting a peek into the different chapters of someones Journal. A colorful array of songs, also featuring the autobiographical ‘Catacombs’, ‘Lady Sweet Dream’ and ‘Keep On Dancing’.
Should your curiosity be aroused, fear not! You don’t need to feel guilty for letting this voice seduce you to go on a journey through the life and thoughts of a free spirit. A Fan once commented: ”This music makes you feel like quitting your job and go experience life!” But you don’t have to quit your job to experience this Rock’n’Roll guerrilla and take some of that feeling with you!
VON FOLTA studied Fine Art / Illustration. Some of his artwork can be admired and scrutinised in the ART section of this website.
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