Despite of having studied classical orchestra percussion at the Viennese Highschool for Music for 3 years, I still consider myself as a self-tought person on the drumkit, since I never conceived my playing according to any conventional styles of playing, or tried to imitate somebody. First of all I always let the piece of music, I’m supposed to accompany, have an impact on me before I find the appropriate rhythm, listening foremost to my inner perception. Usually I do not restrain myself to just playing a straight beat all the way, but I always try to let the general dynamics and the various accents define my playing. This may have led to a somehow ‘unconventional’ style, which, in some cases, may cause slight problems, especially with some ethnic types of music, where there is a very strict set of patterns needed to fit the basic concept. However, in my experience it always had the advantage of giving the played piece of music a feeling of dynamic unity. I always play from feeling rather than by means of learned concepts about what would fit the piece logically.