Yannick Leiser CEO

With us since:
2009
Favorite concert:
Joe Cocker 1995, Tina Turner 1996, Iron Maiden 2009, Die Ärzte 2009, Alice Cooper 2009, Common 2013
Favorite album:
Common – BE, Daft Punk – Random Access Memories, Justice – Cross, Massive Attack – Blue Lines, Queen – A Day At The Races, The Roots – Things Fall Apart
Favorite artist:
Beastie Boys, Common, Daft Punk, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Toto
Favorite sandwich:
Guacamole, mozzarella, tomatoes
Never leaves home without:
Car key, iPhone
Fun Facts:
Trained electrician and further educated business and technical management

Bobby Leiser Founder/Shareholder

With us since:
Always
Favorite concert:
Monsterkonzert Hallenstadion Zurich 1968: Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Move, Eric Burdon & The New Animals, Jerry Lee Lewis Live at the Star-Club 1964, The Who at Woodstock 1968 (!)
Favorite album:
Spooky Tooth – Spooky Two, Led Zeppelin – I
Instrument:
Vocals, Hammond organ
Favorite artist:
Van Morrison, The Who, Eric Burdon & The Animals
Favorite sandwich:
Club Sandwich at Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Never leaves home without:
Leather vest with iPhone
Fun Facts:
On tour with Miles Davis 1968 – 1974, Rolling Stones 1962 – 1965, Duke Ellington 1972, ELP 1972

Dominique Leiser Shareholder

Favorite concert:
Joe Cocker, Montreux Jazz Festival 1987
Favorite album:
Red Blood White Mink – Mitch Ryder
Instrument
Cello, Hammond
Favorite artist:
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Simple Minds, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Jimi Hendrix
Favorite sandwich:
Vegetarian
Never leaves home without:
Handkerchief
Fun Facts:
Holds an Academy Award as Best Dogsitter

Cathya Leiser Project Management/Sales

With us since:
2001
Favorite concert:
Tina Turner 1996, PJ Harvey 2001, Alice Russell 2012, Haim 2013, Nine Inch Nails 2013, Otis Taylor 2013, Prince 2013
Favorite album:
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant, Frank Ocean, Channel Orange, Massive Attack – Mezzanine, Scissor Sisters – Night Work, ufjan Stevens – Illinois
Instrument
Ukulele
Favorite artist:
Haim, Janelle Monáe, Queens Of The Stone Age, St. Vincent, Talking Heads
Favorite sandwich:
Grain baguette with cream cheese, avocado, mayonnaise and beef patty
Never leaves home without:
Glasses, iPhone, Victorinox Spartan, Stimorol
Fun Facts:
Award winner Music Quiz Zurich 2012/2013

Lukas Zürcher Logistics/Quality Control

With us since:
2012
Favorite concert:
Papa Roach, Schüür Lucerne 2011
Favorite album:
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Instrument
Drums, Guitar, Piano
Favorite artist:
Foo Fighters
Favorite sandwich:
Roastbeef
Never leaves home without:
Opening the door (or the window)
Fun Facts:
Addicted to musical instruments

Andy Brooks Freelance Backliner

With us since:
1994
Favorite concert/band:
Depends on his mood
Instrument
e-Bass (back in 1988)
Favorite color:
Kawasaki blue
Favorite meal:
Raclette
Never leaves home without:
Keys
Fun Facts:
Unloaded trucks the first time for Rory Gallagher in 1980, second time for Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard Of Ozz. Later toured extensively with W.A.S.P. and Destruction

Urs Zimmermann Freelance Backliner

With us since:
2006
Favorite concert:
Mostly the ones he didn’t expect it from
Instrument
Each in the right environment
Favorite artist:
Always changing
Favorite sandwich:
From Burger King
Never leaves home without:
Künzli Shoes and SCC Drumkey

Oliver Stöbe Freelance Backliner/Piano Tuner

With us since:
2012
Favorite concert:
Jamie Cullum Gurtenfestival 2011
Favorite album:
Neville Brothers – Live on Planet Earth
Instrument
Guitar/Piano
Favorite artist:
Many
Favorite sandwich:
Fresh!
Never leaves home without:
Having a coffee
Fun Facts:
Trained Piano builder/-tuner

Philipp Gerber Freelance Backliner

With us since:
2011
Favorite concert:
Gov’t Mule 2011 Theaterfabrik Munich
Favorite album:
Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour
Instrument
1974 Fender Strat
Favorite artist:
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Gov’t Mule, Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughan, JJ Grey
Favorite sandwich:
Any meat will do
Never leaves home without:
Toolbox, guitar, Fret, 9Volt batteries
Fun Facts:
Head Backliner for Krokus

History

The history of the Swiss Cheese and Chocolate Backline Ltd is tightly knit with the life of company owner and roadlegend Bobby A. Leiser. As a music-lover he realized early in life that his talent would not suffice for a successfull career on stage as a performing musician, but his love for the art and especially the rock'n'roll way of life fascinated him in such a way that at every cost he set out to find an opportunity to remain an integral part of this incredibly electifying world.
The multilingual Mr. Leiser, fluent in French, German, Italian, English and Spanish recognized early that the long term success of a band requires language skilled assistance taking over the communication beyond the technical, geographical and cultural boundaries with the promoters, all of this next to duties such as driver and/or stage technician.
Starting in the 60's intricate customs formalities between different countries started complicating many a travelling band's every day life on the road as Bobby A. Leiser stepped in to fill the gap by easily communicating with customs agents in their native languages and providing instruments of all kinds for touring musicians, at the same time making sure that the gear ultimately made it through all bureaucratic barriers and finally onto the stage where it belonged.
With lots of passion and at the time already more than 20 years of experience on the road with such bands as The Rolling Stones, Bad Company, Steppenwolf, Uriah Heep, Procol Harum, ELP, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington to show for, Bobby A. Leiser developed his business to perfection. For decades The Swiss Cheese and Chocolate Backline Ltd belongs to the elite group of backline service providers worldwide. Without our passion for music, our solid and reliable service would not be possible; always keeping an eye on the bigger picture without neglecting the importance of the detail.