BIOGRAPHY


Hello there, fellow human – let me introduce myself!

My name is Michael Woess.

I’m known on YouTube as RISTRIDI. I’m a guitarist, music producer and sound engineer based in Germany.

At the age of eleven, I was introduced to Metallica by my brother and was immediately hooked to the music.

After taking guitar lessons for about 3 years initially, I decided to further explore the instrument on my own and continue self-taught.

Now, over a decade later, I run a YouTube Channel that is doing well, am part of an internationally recognized metal band and produce my own and other artist’s music.

I uploaded my first YouTube video back in 2009. Having fun making music and creating videos, I continued building this channel – it has now grown to feature about 300 uploaded videos, over 15.000 subscribers and over 3 million views in total.


FIRST PROJECTS


The first band projects I have been part of were called ReBorn and Zenithal Drought and they each had a very different approach.

ReBorn was a local music group in which I played my first live gigs, whereas Zenithal Drought was a studio project in which I collaborated with friends from all over the world over the internet.

ReBorn and Zenithal Drought each released one demo before splitting up.


SEKTOR


In 2012, I joined the Blackened Death Metal band SEKTOR from Landshut, Germany.
The band released two albums thus far, ALPHA (2014) and Allegory (2017) , both of which feature my guitar work.

Picture by Steven Chew

SEKTOR also played quite a few live gigs – like supporting Obscura and Thulcandra at their 15th anniversary concert in Landshut, Germany.
But because the focus shifted for each member in the last few years, the band is currently on hiatus.

After a long period of inactivity with composing my own music, I returned to writing songs after facing a personal crisis in early 2017. Thus, the project OMEGA POINT was born.


OMEGA POINT


OMEGA POINT turned out to be a Black Metal Project with progressive nuances, which featured many friends who contributed greatly to the outcome of this experiment.

The first OMEGA POINT Album, “The Descent”, thematically revolves around self-doubt, depression and mental health. By deciding to produce it all on my own, I made my first steps into the world of professional recording, mixing and mastering.

The second album “ISOLATION” was released later in the same year and was written directly after the writing for the first album was finished.  “ISOLATION” evolved around dark existential thoughts and has a lyrical concept behind it, telling the story of the protagonist’s friend lost to suicide.


MOVING ON


With a newly gained focus, I enrolled at University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt in early 2018 to focus on music production and sound engineering.

Since 2019, I work as a freelancing sound engineer and music producer – head over to https://omega-productions.de for more about this topic.


AGATHODAIMON


In February 2020, I officially joined the classic German Dark Metal Band Agathodaimon  under the stage name Nakhateth. Agathodaimon is working on its seventh album release right now.

In mid 2020, Agathodaimon signed a worldwide label deal with Napalm Records. Also, I am now officially endorsed by Jackson Guitars and Rotosound Strings.