"SERUM is the essence of my life's work. It is my personal pharmaceutical!" This is not just a trivial advertising slogan, these are the clear words of a seasoned musician. A musician who knows what he wants - and what he does not want.
No question: Oswald "Osssy" Pfeiffer (the three "s" in his nickname originally come from a typo on a business card) has seen and experienced much in life. He was born in 1970 in Beirut as the first of two sons of a German businessman and an Egyptian classical ballerina / pianist. Egypt, Lebanon, Malta, the Philippines and even Iraq were just a few of the many ports of call during the young life of the lad with music in his heart and soul. His family were among the last foreigners to be flown out of Beirut during the Lebanon war - the drive to the airport was accompanied by rockets landing left and right of the car. "I've seen life's extremes, its ups and downs. One minute calm and normality in a fashionable town house, and the next moment debris and suffering everywhere."
Later, at the tender age of 13, Osssy played hotel lobbies and bars in Baghdad, Iraq in order to earn the money he'd need to buy his first professional instruments in 1985 after the move to Germany. Guitar, piano, drums, bass - today the adopted-Hannoverian has perfectly mastered all these instruments.
From the end of the 80's as producer in Frida Park (the Studio of his partner Anca Graterol), Ossy began more and more carving out a name for himself - a path which would bring him together with artists such as Laith Al Deen, Fury in the Slaughterhouse, Paul Young, Gunter Gabriel, Accept , TOTO, UFO and many others.
And the live music continues to this day. On a regular basis over the last two years, together with the Hannover legend Dete Kuhlmann, he's been singing the football hymn "96, alter Liebe" as a celebrated local hero in front of up to 50,000 people in Hannover's AWD Arena.
This could all have continued for years. But now, after all this time, Osssy's first solo album SERUM is released. "SERUM is the essence of my life's work. It is my personal pharmaceutical!" explains Osssy. And adds, laughing: "After 20 years the time had finally come to make my own statement. This album... it's me, absolutely 100 percent!"
And indeed, SERUM could hardly be more personal. "Deep", "Powerful", "Rocking" and "Timeless" are some of the words which spring to mind when listening to the album (Osssy can't be held responsible for any unexpected side effects). Nevertheless, the album comprises not only the 15 self-penned songs - various close friends and companions immortalised their appearances on the record, including:
- Anca Graterol (Rosy Vista, Catena) - Steve Mann (Lionheart, The Sweet, MSG) - Kai Reuter (Nina Hagen, Jutta Weinhold, Vitesse) - JJ Marsh (Glenn Hughes) - Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto) - Patrick Manzecchi (Richie Beirach, Scott Hamilton, Arthur Blythe) - Lars Lehmann (Roach Ford, Sydney Youngblood, Konstantin Wecker, Uli Jon Roth) - Martin Huch (HR Kunze) - Gero Drnek (Fury in the Slaughterhouse)
We look forward to an album that cocks a bit of a snook at current talent shows and other current musical fodder. We look forward to an album with soul, the result of years of painstaking work and the kind of dedication which is hard to find these days!
We look forward to "SERUM" ... and Osssy and his story, a story which is far from over!
01.Hungry Souls (5:38) 02.All I Can Do (5:10) 03.Riding On The Gun (4:50) 04.Everytime (4:33) 05.Certain Things (4:03) 06.Out Of Control (4:25) 07.I Know (5:45) 08.Living Without You (3:53) 09.Rendezvous With The Emptiness (5:01) 10.Brown Eyes (4:12) 11.I'll Get Over You (3:23) 12.6 and 6 ain't 23 (4:05) 13.Situation (4:24) 14.Starring At The Mirror (4:35) 15.Too Much Fun (2:37)
“Serum is the essence of my life's work. It is my personal pharmaceutical!”
This is not just a trivial advertising slogan, these are the clear words of a seasoned musician.
Osssy has been a musician and producer for artists such as Laith Al Deen, Fury in the Slaughterhouse, Paul Young, Hank Snow, Accept, Toto, UFO and many others.
With "Serum" Osssy fulfilled a long cherished dream:
“After 20 years the time had finally come to make my own statement. This album... it's me, absolutely 100 percent!”
And indeed, “Serum” could hardly be more personal. “Deep”, “Powerful”, “Rocking” and “Timeless” are some of the words which spring to mind when listening to the album (Osssy can't be held responsible for any unexpected side effects).
Nevertheless, the album comprises not only the 15 self-penned songs - various close friends and companions immortalised their appearances on the record. more mehr