Chris Hermsdoerfer was born on the 4th of February 1984 in a small German town called Forchheim. He started his musician career at the age of 6 by taking accordion, piano and keyboard-lessons. At the age of 14 he changed from those instruments into the world of strings!
After two years of figuring out how to play the guitar, Chris was able to join guitar workshops of Sascha Gerstner (Helloween) to enhance the quality of his guitar skills up to a professional level.
After many years in several German based projects, he joined in 2010 the Austrian symphonic metal band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS (Napalm Records) to take his first steps in the major metal business. In 2013 he started to work with genre-mates and Austrian symphonic metal heroes, SERENITY, when in 2015 he finally became a full-time member and essential part of the songwriting team. With his first release "CODEX ATLANTICUS” with SERENITY, Christian won the AUSTRIAN AMADEUS MUSIC AWARDS, the biggest music prize in the home country of SERENITY. The next record, "LIONHEART,” made it in several countries to the Top 30 Charts - and there’s still more to come!
In 2016 the German female fronted symphonic metal band, BEYOND THE BLACK, called for a new line up and Chris got the gig for being their new guitarist and shout/growl singer besides the amazing JENNIFER HABEN on lead vocals. Playing major festivals all around the world, combined with Top 10 Chart releases, paved the way for one of the top up and coming metal acts in the world. With their third record, HEART OF THE HURRICANE, including Chris' songwriting skills, BEYOND THE BLACK will prove their abilities.
Beyond that, Chris also started working as a guitar teacher at several music schools and creating his own music school concept “LEARN TO ROCK” as well. The first LEARN TO ROCK music school was established in October 2011 which led the company to a franchise business in two countries with 5 stores and more than 1000 of students each year!
A great talent, a lot of dedication and creativity - this is what Chris stands for!
Keep on rockin'
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Welcome aboard, Chris!
1) What are you working on now?
First, both bands are working on their next studio albums. So I'm fixing all ideas I have recorded during the last year. ;) Secondly, I want to work on more new material for my YouTube Channel ?Un Dos Chris“. Because of touring and studio work it just got stuck a bit, but now I'm in the mood to get it going.
2) What is your musical background and influences?
My parents got a nice collection of great rock'n'roll music, so I started with Deep Purple, Ozzy, and Bon Jovi. Afterwards, it changed more and more to metal and to some amazing guitar legends like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci.
3) What is the role of education in music?
It’s the most important thing of all. I love to teach music besides being a musician. Without a great coach I wouldn’t have taken the steps to music like I did. So still thankful for my coach Sascha Gerstner! And that’s what I'd like to give to my students now. The right spirit, the right ideas, and a helping hand to find their way into music.
4) How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
Hard to say. Guess the main problem is the way how people see music. Especially the view that music is everywhere for free thanks to streaming and the internet. I hope the industry can change that. I too think that music should be available everywhere all the time, but artists deserve to get paid for what they do too just like all employees do, and not $0.000005 cents per click as no one seems to buy CDs anymore.
5) Why do you play Pickboy picks, Mooer Pedal, Rockready straps?
Since I started to play guitar I tried to find a pick that supports my style of playing, that creates the tone and the attack that I want to have in my playing. So one day I tried PICKBOY and I fell in love - completely!. Great feeling, great attack - everything that I want in a pick! Mooer pedals are my warm up and back up system because of the awesome sound and use factor and Rockready straps fits and rocks.