German guitarist Hans Platz started playing in bands at the age of 16 and called the stage his second home since then. He has many years of studio and live experience with several bands and for some years now, he plays in the band 'Feuerschwanz', with whom he was already able to celebrate several top ten entries in the official german album charts and regularly plays in sold out venues. The band mixes rock and metal with german lyrics and traditional german medieval instruments like bagpipe, violin and flutes.
He had lessons, among others, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and learned at seminars from musicians like the gypsy jazz guitarist Joscho Stephan, Peter Wölpl or the swedish guitar wizard Mattias IA Eklundh, who also contributed a guest solo on Hans solo album to the song ‘Deadman’.
For the debut album of german act 'dArtagnan' he has recorded all electric and a lot of the acoustic guitars in his own recording studio, where he has a wide a wide range of guitars, amps and effects at his disposal. He toured with the band and received a german gold award for more than 100.000 sold album copies.
For his solo album 'Timestamps' Hans assembled world-class musicians like Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Aristocrats), Wolfgang Haffner (Passport, Metro), TM Stevens (James Brown, Joe Cocker, Steve Vai, Billy Joel) or Pete Griffin (Zappa plays Zappa, Paul Gilbert) and conjures from close to scratch a virtuoso instrumental album, that does not need to fear international comparison und was praised by the music press. Intelligent twisted compositions like 'Timestamps', 'Pull It Out' or 'Spanish Race On A Devil's Highway' tie a rhythmic knot in the brain, which is only dissolved after repeated listening, while songs like 'Deadman' or 'Birdrange' go straight off. To attach notes to one another, and send fast guitar runs into the sky like rockets is one thing, but to create music with meaning and to share deep personal feelings is what really matters. The song ‘Father’ seems to come straight from the soul: it is a musical form of coping with the emotions you have to deal with after losing a loved one.