Andrew "The Bullet" Lauer:
21OCTAYNE is a new band featuring well-known musicians Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry
Project), Marco Wriedt (Axxis) , Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer ( PAUL GILBERT) and Alex
Landenburg (Rhapsody) . After gaining extensive experience in the music business including
recording albums and touring worldwide, the time felt right for them to form a new band that
embraced their individual styles. From catchy pop/rock songs and ballads to heavy rock:
21OCTAYNE is a true representation of musical diversity.
Marco Wriedt: "I met Alex Landenburg for the first time in the summer of 2008 when we were
looking for a new drummer for my hard rock band ‘Axxis’. I went into the rehearsal room where
Alex was setting up his drums for the audition. Immediately there was this amazing chemistry
between us. We liked the same bands and shared the same musical vision. So even when it
wasn´t clear if Alex would join me in ‘Axxis’, he sent me a message saying that we had to form a
band someday, no matter what."
Alex: "I´ve known Andrew for quite some time and he was my first choice when thinking about
the bass player for 21OCTAYNE."
In August 2010, the three musicians met for a first jam session in southern Germany – only to
realize there was the perfect magic in the room that made everyone want to continue.
Andrew: "We just thought ‘let´s see what happens’ and we jammed for hours and hours. We
really enjoyed ourselves. It felt like a family that has known each other for over thirty years."
Marco: "Right from the start, I knew that we had something and the ideas the individual
members came up with were quite different from each other. That appealed to me a lot because I
like to have an open mind.”
Having got the instruments covered, they started looking for a suitable singer for their vision.
Bassist Andrew came up with the perfect solution: Joe Perry vocalist Hagen Grohe.
Andrew: "He popped into my head all of a sudden. I called him and he was interested – so he
came over and we played some cover songs and jammed on the song ideas we had already come
up with. After just an hour I knew that we had found the missing link!"
Hagen: "We have so many goals with this band and we can´t wait to perform our songs live in
front of a large and diverse audience. Since we are not limited to only one musical genre, I´m
confident we will be able to reach the eyes and ears of many people."
For the band it is essential to create something fresh, to overcome boundaries and to build
something that musically transitions the listeners into the new decade, far away from clichés or
constraints. And only those who listen closely will discover the foundations that 21OCTAYNE
have built on….