Kristian Schultze led a number of bands before he joined Passport in 1973. In 1969 he decided to take up music as his profession, and began studying electronic music and synthesizer-programming. In 1971 he founded his first jazz-rock band called Space Orbit Company, who were reputedly a "German Mahavishnu-formation". He then formed The Bridge, aka Kristian Schultze & The Bridge, aka "The Kristian Schultze Set" who were typically German fusion, similar to Sunbirds or Sincerely PT in feel. They only released the one album, on the budget Tempo label, which has been reissued under other band names and titles.