Pop from Germany – Selected Links




Reggae/Global Pop:

Trade Fairs

c/o Pop, Cologne   deutschenglish

Emerged after the PopKomm left Cologne in 2004

Musikmesse Frankfurt   deutschenglish

World’s largest music trade fair

PopKomm   deutschenglish

The International Music Business Market, trade fair in Berlin

PopUp, Leipzig   deutsch

Get-together for the independent scene in German-speaking Europe


Audiolith   deutsch

Indie electro chartbreakers Egotronic & Co’s label, Hamburg

Bear Family   deutschenglishespañolfrançais

Specialists in re-releases of old pop

Buback   deutsch

The painter Daniel Richter was actively involved in this Hamburg label, which is home to the Goldene Zitronen, Deichkind et al.

Bureau B   deutschenglish

Hamburg re-issue label that did a lot for krautrock in particular

CitySlang   english

Berlin flagship label of Christof Ellinghaus, who discovered Hole, Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire

Disko B   deutschenglish

One-of-a-kind Upstart and his outstanding label in Munich, which now publishes everything from FSK and ’90s techno to Schlachthof Bronx

Echokammer   deutschenglish

One-man label in Munich run by bustling Albert Pöschl, who is involved in virtually every release – featured artists include Queen Of Japan, Dis*ka, Kamerakino and Damenkapelle

Essay Recordings   deutschenglish

Shantel’s label in Frankfurt, which takes on every variety of global pop

Exploited Records   deutsch

Radio DJ Shir Khan’s Berlin dance label, which started with mashups and now puts out global pop

Four Music   deutsch

Set up by the Fantastische Vier, home to many (Stuttgart-based) rappers, now produces pop and electro too (Berlin)

Grand Hotel Van Cleef   deutschenglish

Label of Hamburg bands Tomte and Kettcar, devoted to German and international guitar pop

Hazelwood   english

Wide-ranging Frankfurt/Leipzig label from Mannheim’s Mardi Gras.bb sound to Nuremberg/Hersbruck indie pop

Kyr Records   english

Mexican Elvis guitarist and On3 Radio presenter Laury Reichart’s fledgling Munich label for high-calibre indie

Man Recordings   english

Berlin label of ex-music journalist Daniel Haaksman, who put out the acclaimed Rio Baile Funk CD series with Brazilian bass sound, among other things, and now produces global pop

Monika Enterprise   deutschenglish

Started up by Berlin-based Gudrun Gut, ex-member of Neubauten and then Malaria, who has done a lot for new electronic music particularly by women musicians from all over the world

Nonplace   english

Cologne’s all-round musician Burnt Friedman with his label, on which he releases mostly his own recordings, featuring Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit, among others, and spiced with elements of jazz and dub

Pudel Produkte   deutsch

Founded by Schorsch Kamerun and Rocko Schamoni and affiliated with the Pudel-Club at Hamburg harbour, this label publishes experimental electronic compilations, often music with a political bent or off-the-wall humour

Shitkatapult   english

Label owned by T.Raumschmiere, the hardrocking electro smasher from Berlin

Staatsakt   deutsch

Die Türen singer Maurice Summen’s ambitious Berlin label puts out Ja Panik, Christiane Rösinger, Andreas Dorau et al.

Tapete   deutschenglish

Prolific Hamburg indie label, big on German-singing bands, lately puts out English/American/Swedish groups as well

Trikont   deutschenglish

Veteran Munich label with mostly German-singing artists in a wide range of genres, famed for compilations put together by international journalists and music fans

ZickZack   deutsch

Label started up by ex-music journalist Alfred Hilsberg, initially handled New Deutsche Welle

Music Instruction

Deutsche Pop – musical training   deutsch

Various training programmes and degree courses in music

Deutsche Pop – sound trainings   deutsch

Various training programmes and degree courses in sound

Hochschule für Musik Dresden   deutschenglishespañolfrançaisitalianoPolskičeskyрусский

jazz/rock/pop (Master’s programme)

Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover   deutschenglish

Bachelor Popular Music, Bachelor Jazz, Master JazzPopRock

Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln   deutschenglish

Master of Music (jazz/pop)

Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig   deutschenglish

Voice training in popular music (jazz/musicals)

Hochschule für Musik und Theater München   deutsch

Master’s programme in cultural and music management

Hochschule für Musik Rostock   deutschenglish

Pop and world music as well as classical

Hochschule für Musik Saarland   deutsch

Master of Music in keyboard instruments, guitar and voice

Musikhochschule Stuttgart   deutsch

Bachelor’s degree propramme in pop

Pop Academy Baden-Württemberg   deutschenglish

Music Business B.A.; Music and Creative Industries M.A.; Pop Music Design B.A.; Popular Music M.A.

Specialised Press

Backspin (Hip-Hop)   deutsch

Hip hop quarterly covering topics like breakdance, DJing and graffiti

Juice (Hip-Hop)   deutsch

Highest-circulation hip hop magazine in Europe, bimonthly

Intro (Indie-Pop + Electro)   deutsch

Monthly indie pop magazine that has long since opened up to electronic music as well

Melodie & Rhythmus (Pop/Rock)   deutsch

Bimonthly focussing on German-language artists, especially from Eastern Germany

Metal Hammer (Heavy Metal/Rock)   deutsch

Monthly specializing in hardcore guitar music

Musikexpress (Pop/Rock/Electro)   deutsch

Monthly spanning everything from pop, rock and electro to hip hop

Riddim (Reggae)   deutsch

Leading German reggae/dancehall magazine, bimonthly

Rolling Stone (Rock/Pop/Songwriter)   deutsch

Monthly covering every aspect of pop culture, including the hallowed veterans of rock and the latest trends

Sonic Seducer (Dark Wave)   deutsch

Popular monthly steeped in dark wave/gothic/medieval rock

Spex (Indie/Electro/Hip-Hop)   deutsch

Long-standing monthly covering multiple pop genres, from underground to mainstream

Visions (Rock/Heavy/Indie)   deutsch

Monthly rock-heavy alt music magazine

Radio Stations

ByteFM   deutsch

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