Winfried Strauss has a fascination with contrast. The Berlin-based pianist and compoaser spends most of his time exploring the juxtaposition between opposites:
Dark and light, loud and soft, beautiful and ugly. It’s at this intersection where he finds the necessary tension that fuels his new experimental/minimal album Textures of Being. Driven by piano, ambient electronics and an avant-garde ethos, Strauss‘ music is a soundscape that finds beauty in simplicity. „I paint pictures with my music,“ he explained. „They’re inspired by dark and ugly emotions but beautiful things as well. So I invite people to feel these feelings and join the ride.“
From the start, Strauss has let his feelings guide him throughout his musical journey. Beginning piano at the age of 6 and picking up bass guitar as a teenager, music has always given him a sense of being. It was a safe space of pure joy and excitement. His early songs were written with his bass in high school on a 16-bit Atari personal computer. It’s where he began tinkering with the ins and out of song structure, and started developing his own personal style. But in his 20s he had a change in direction and went on hiatus for several years. In his early 30s, however, he said he had a strong calling to return to music. Eventually he relocated from Southern Germany to Berlin to concentrate on developing a music career.