His participation in the high school band lead to a crossover band called “PSE”. After graduating high school in 1997 with a focus on classical music, and after the year of German civil service, Frederik started studying drums in Jazz and Pop at the FMW in Frankfurt/Main, Germany with a focus on teaching as well, where he learned mostly the stuff he wasn´t playing with his metal bands.
In order to get the opportunity to play some different styles of music he joined a Pink Floyd tribute band called „Interstellar Overdrive“, with which he is still playing today when the tour schedule allows it. Almost at the same time, he founded, together with some friends, the medieval metal band „Schattentantz“, which lasted till 2009. Frederik always loved the sound of metal and bagpipes which he knew from „Somewhere Far Beyond“. Since „Schattentantz“ also had a straight acoustic medieval music set, Frederik learned to play medieval bagpipes and composed a lot of songs for that sound.
After his graduation in December 2004 and his daring to perform his Jazz exam concert with playing doublebass stuff as the first student in the history of that Jazz school – which was honoured and appreciated by the teachers – Frederik tried to establish his own drumschool „Drumworks Taunusstein“, which had developed over the years eversince he started early teaching other kids in his school bigband times at the age of 12.
Right at that time, in the Spring of 2005 at the age of 26, he heard the news that his favorite band, Blind Guardian were without a drummer. So, quickly he decided to find a way to contact the band to try to apply for the job. Since that was before social media and finding people quickly, it was a great coincidence that he found André´s phone number and was able to ask him if he could send in material to introduce himself. After producing a 3-song video DVD in a studio nearby and getting invited over by the band to work in their studio for some days, Frederik became the new drummer for Blind Guardian and has been part of their history for more than a decade now. And, to complete the circle he brought back the bagpipes to the band, that were once the inspiration for him to learn that instrument, and he performed not only the drums and percussion, but also bagpipes for some Blind Guardian songs.
In 2008 he joined „Sinbreed“, a German power metal band a friend of his was looking a drummer for. Despite being busy with his family, now 3 bands and his drumschool, there was in some years still time left to participate at a project called „Classic meets Rock“, for which a classical orchestra with conductor and a rock band share a stage and perform hits from both genres. In 2019 Frederik was asked to play the drums for the tour of Hansi´s project „Demons & Wizards“ which he gladly accepted.
Frederik feels very lucky to have found his wife Gemma who makes it possible for him to lead a life of balance between being with his beloved family and pets at home and the musical life with actively playing and teaching. In general, he likes to be at his house and work from his home studio, but it is also always exciting, to go out there and meet the people who share the same passion for this music. At home he is surrounded by his wife, his four daughters, cats and rabbits, some friends, his further family, a lot of yellow stuff, many board games and his Nintendo consoles and games collection in his home cinema. Even though there is not enough time to play a lot at home, Frederik will always have a game device and a little projector in his backpack when out of the house! He prefers cooperative board and video games, especially in the fantasy and sci-fi world. His greatest dream these days – besides music – is, to make more out of his passion for board games …