Neil Kohlen is an English/German musician who grew up and still living in Monchengladbach, Germany – city close to Dusseldorf. He is a 26-year-old and he is a musician since he graduated from school at the age of 18.
By the age of 10, he discovered the guitar as an instrument, and for Dire Straits Blog he said: “I started off with some easy Beatles songs and simple solos. But around the time when I was 14, I began to listen to the music of Mark Knopfler.”
“A friend of mine showed me some stuff about him. I was deeply in love with the song “Sailing to Philadelphia,” and the “Get Lucky” album, but simultaneously I discovered Dire Straits for me. I love the classic songs like “Sultans of Swing”, “Brothers in Arms,” “Telegraph Road,” and of course “Romeo and Juliet,” he added.
“Every day after school, I tossed my school bag aside, skipped the lunch, and went off to play to Dire Straits songs. Now being a bit further down the road, I mainly play jazz and rock n’ roll. I admire Steve Lukather, George Benson, and still Mark Knopfler. This is a lifelong passion that’s going with his music. God bless Mark,” Neil finished.
Below is Neil’s first YouTube video cover for the song “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits. Check out his performances. He also wrote: “The main solo was one of the first solos that I have learned on guitar. It’s absolutely strange remembering that I played this solo for the first time when I was 15-years-old, 10 years ago. I hope that you will find some joy in the video and the music.”