P.Faun (Betzler & Brückner & Sammy David)



Even though P’Faun is a new band (kind of...) it existed for 5 years
under the monicker “Betzler & Brückner” - releasing two albums - and
some of the members have even roots reaching far back into the past of
electronic music and German rock respectively...

Drummer Tommy Betzler is a founder member of P’Cock, a German cult
band who released three albums on IC Records in the early 80s - back
then still label of electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze. Tommy also
played drums for Klaus Schulze on different occasions (most
prominently at the “Stahlsinfonie” concert 1981 in Linz) as well as
working as a roady and stage / sound technician on KS’ big Audentity
tour in 1983.
After a long break as an active musician and a career as catering
service owner for international rock stars during the rest of the 80s
and for German TV in the 90s - and after some serious illness - Tommy
returned on stage in 2007 playing with Picture Palace Music (the older
project of Tangerine Dream member Thorsten Quaeschning) and several
other musicians and projects from the German and European electronic
music scene...

Sammy David is an old friend of Tommy Betzler from their home town
Darmstadt, and after guitar lessons from legendary guitar player Roye
Albrighton of Nektar fame (the band being neighbours of Tommy Betzler
in the early 80s) was involved in local bands who often borrowed
P’Cock’s tour bus to reach venues back in those days. Like Tommy,
Sammy returned to music after a long break (actually he studied
medicine and became a doctor), finally fulfilling his dream of
studying guitar at an academy. Today, he’s a guitar teacher and
musician in several bands, including P’Faun.

Michael Brückner is the youngest band member, however founded the
project together with Tommy Betzler in early 2013 - until now simply
called “Betzler & Brückner”. Originally the idea was only to play one
concert together and (perhaps) releasing the recording as a live
album, however since that recording turned out to have unfixable sound
issues (due to imbalances in the PA at the event) plans for a studio
album were made. Michael is recording ambient, space music and other
electronica since about 1992, has released quite a few albums during
the past 20+ years and has played live both solo as well as in
different projects - including “Betzler & Brückner”.

With the addition of Sammy David as a third regular band member (after
the concert in late 2017 at the E-Live festival at Oirschot,
Netherlands) it seemed necessary to find a proper new band name -
P’Faun may seem a little weird on first look, but if You think of it,
You’ll maybe see who this is a nod to... :-)