…the other day i found a magazine called “House Attack” in a record shop in Stuttgart. Inside there was an advert for “Delirium Cologne” (shop name before it was named Kompakt). As i liked most of the records i started to order 12″s from Delirium. Later on i found out that the people running Delirium were the same persons behind these beautiful records. In the same time i started recording my first musical ideas on tapes so i decided to send a demo cassette to Delirium, in hope they would release it or at least give me some feedback. And i was lucky, they listened my tape and called me. 1 year later i got another call from the shop, they liked me last demo and would like to release it on NTA (former label of Kompakt). I couldn’t believe it! So i booked a train ticket and went to Cologne, because Wolfgang Voigt wanted to know who this young guy was (felt funny, almost like a job interview). Finally i arrived at Brabanter Strasse 42, their headquarter. I was introduced to all and finally Wolfgang entered the store and picked me up into his studio. I was quite nervous and at the same time i had the chance to see where the music i loved was produced. We listened the tracks, talked a bit and agreed to release it in the following year (1999)… so that’s basically the story of me getting a member of the Kompakt family in 1998. In 1999 their distribution was found from that point all was published under the new name “Kompakt”.
From 1999 to 2004 i released my first 12″s on the label, got some tracks on compilations, licensed to compilations, etc… I’m glad that i made my first steps in music guided by Wolfgang & Michael, got inspired by musical ideas and witnessed the growing of a worldwide known imprint…
Some of my releases are still available on the Kompakt shop
Below you’ll find some memories of these years
My remix for Michael Mayer on the Kompakt 100 compilation
You Don’t Fool Me on the first Pop Ambient compilation in 2001
A chart by Sven Väth on Groove Mag
Under Pressure originally appeared on Kompakt Extra in 2003, also known as “Speicher”.
It was a split Ep with Michael Mayer and later on was licensed to Harry Klein Mix CD (mixed by Julietta)…
My first 12″s on Kompakt