Studio News

Little short update of the working @ B`side-music studio:

Toxic Smile:

as you will know already, after over 20 years of the bands existence we sadly had to announce that Toxic Smile will be retiring from the stage of the rock circus.

This was not an easy decision to make, but its the result of developments which have been going on for many years. Barely any other progressive rock band which started simultaneously to TS has survived as long, and thats why we are very proud and grateful to be some of the few musicians in this genre who were able to live through so many great experiences and wonderful years.

We want to say a heartfelt thank you to all our companions, partners, our label and, most importantly, all of our loyal fans!

Sadly that also means, that there will be no new album of TS anymore.

seven steps to the green door:

working on new album is much harder than we thought 😉 A lot of new characters, a new storyline by amazing George Andrade, who also wrote the lyrics… and musically its not even easy stuff. So – sadly we will need some time, but we are working hard to produce a stunning new album – release will be in 2019.


Most of the recordings are done now, Guy Manning already wrote the lyrics, first vocal recordings are done, too. Release of the third album will be in late 2018.

Manuel Schmid & Marek Arnold:

At the moment I`m working with Manuel on our “common” debut album – there will be only own compositions, some german adaption of my songs with Toxic Smile, new arrangements of CYRIl songs and completely new songs. Release planned for autumn – stay tuned!

And to be noticed:

second album of my band DAMANEK with Guy Manning & Dan Mash (UK) and Sean Timms (Australien) called “In Flight” will be released on 5th of oktober.

Peter Skov`s Video series…

In Episode 6 of his video “series”, Peter Skov made 2 nice and funny videos about my releases with my prog bands, especially introducing seven steps to the green door, Toxic Smile, Flaming Row and DAMANEK, and he also speaks about the amazing work of my mate Sean Timms ( of DAMANEK, Southern Empire and Ex-Unitopia ).



… a very busy year.

New releases of seven steps to the green door, Cyril, Flaming Row, Damanek are in the pipeline already!

Most exciting for me: I wrote and produced a song for Artrockfestival Reichenbach, called “STAY”, featuring some big names in prog rock scene from bands like Jadis, RPWL, Blind Ego, Collage, Toxic Smile, Flaming Row among others.

The longtrack will be released on CD at the Festival first week of april, and you can download this special benefit project from my bandcamp page:

Just released: new albums of “Project Patchwork” ( did some keys / sax, editing and finally: mixing ) and “The Samurai of Prog” – Archivarium ( keys / sax contributions ).

And I`m contributing for several new productions with compositions, arrangements, mixing or just songs, f.e. Stern Combo Meissen, Southern Empire, just to name a few. I`m looking forward – a lot of work, but so much fun!

Thanks to all of you!

Inside Look – Studio 1 ( 10/17 )

Added some nice instruments and equipment to Regie 1 – inspiring and creative instruments like SeaBoard, Mellotron, virtual analogue synth, modern software and synthesizer / stagepiano classics.

Live gigs 2017

2017 live gigs ( Prog / Art / Jazz concerts only):

04.03.17 seven steps to the green door – ZĂŒndstoff XXL,“Saalbau” Iserlohn (DE)
12.03.17 w/ Manuel Schmid, Cafe Esprit, Taucha (DE)
01.04.17 seven steps to the green door – Artrockfestival Reichenbach (DE)
02.06.16 w/ Manuel Schmid, Q24, Pirna (DE)
16.06.17 w/ Swing Kon.Action, Summer Swing, Zwickau (DE)
18.06.17 Workshop Concert with Rosie Bans, Schlagwitz (DE)
23.06.17 w/ Manuel Schmid, HofgÀrtnerei, Altenburg (DE)
15.07.17 w/ Karibow, Night of the Prog Festival, Loreley (DE)
10.08.17 w/ Manuel Schmid & Anna Marlene, Musikfestival Altenburg (DE)
19.08.17 w/ Karibow, Crescendo Festival St.Palais sur mer (FR)
09.09.17 w/ Manuel Schmid, Schleckweda (DE)
22.09.17 w/ seven steps to the green door & Karibow, Rind, RĂŒsselsheim (DE)
29.09.17 seven steps to the green door – a.l.s.o. KulturcafĂ©, SchwĂ€bisch GmĂŒnd (DE)
30.09.17 seven steps to the green door – Bergkeller Reichenbach (DE)
07.-10.10.17 on Tour mit KariBow (UK):
07.10. Summers End Festival Chepstow, 08.10. The Venue, Selby, 10.10.The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
20.10.17 w/ Andreas HĂ€hle / Manuel Schmid, Lesung & Musik, Commode am Steg, Gera (DE )
03.11.17 w/ Manuel Schmid, Erfurt (DE )
04.11.17 w/ Manuel Schmid, Meuselwitz (DE )
17.11.17 w/ Manuel Schmid, Commode am Steg, Gera (DE )
23.12.17 Passage, Swing / Latin / Pop, Commode am Steg, Gera (DE )

more dates coming soon…

On tour with Karibow…

After a longer break some real news:

I`m really proud to announce, that I will be part of the live line up of Karobow ( arround Oliver RĂŒsing ) on upcoming european festival gigs and tour with Southern Empire. Glad to meet old friends again and to be on stage with new ones – and amazing musicians as well. Will be back at Night of the Prog, Crescendo-Festival and Summers End, where I had the fun to play with seven steps to the green door last year.

There are 2 german gigs with ssttgd as well next time:

04.03. Iserlohn, ZĂŒndstoff XXL

01.04. Artrock Restival Reichenbach

The new album of DAMANEK ( with Guy Manning, Sean Timms, Dan Mash and amazing guests ) is nearly finished. It will be released soon.

I`m also working on new stuff with CYRIL, ssttgd and Toxic Smile. Stay tuned!

Visit my facebookpage , to be the first for any details! 🙂


Toxic Smile`s FAREWELL after almost 20 years of band history:

German progrock/metal band “Toxic Smile” arround Marek Arnold presents the 8th release: the concept song “Farewell” features an amazing storybook and for the first time since Orchestral DVD “…in classic extension” a string ensemble. The album was mainly produced / edited and partly recorded at B`side-music and mixed at Overlodge Rec. studios.

Check the trailer and (pre)order at our label page