Music producer and sound painter (De-Phazz, Uke Dub Society);
re-mixer (AHA, Bert Kaempfert, Kool & The Gang, Kurtis Blow, Boy George and many more);
Children’s songs & radio play author (cassettes with the mouse, “Q”/WDR, ZDF and many more)
Phazz-a-delic label founder and after his radio wave infection in the 60s (Beat) always looking for the respective “soundtrack for life”.
Foto: Claus Geiss
CEO or rather „Head of Phazz-a-delic“, inventor of De-Phazz, from 1986 to 1996 resident DJ in several Clubs with surprising Dj-Sets by a mix of Electronica, contemporary Jazz and Adult Pop. Any formats, no conventions, no dogma except „music as music can“!
1996 founding “Mole Listening Pearls”, managing the music label till 1999, inventing several compilation-series and initiating De-Phazz; in 2001 he finally founded “Phazz-a-delic New Format Recordings” with his business partner Pit Baumgartner (Mastermind of De-Phazz). Togetherness, versatility and lateral thinking are essential aspects of his label management and his way of thinking and living…
After 25 years of activity in various areas of the music industry, Dirk Mahlstedt founded his own label “KÜNSTLERHAFEN” in 2016 with an affiliated management and consulting agency. In the years as head of the “Edel:Kultur” division of the Hamburg media group Edel AG, Pit Baumgartner and Haluk Soyoglu got to know each other all too long ago, when, among others, the labels “Phazzadelic” and “New Format Recordings” were looking for a sales-oriented home.
This in turn resulted from the previous, equally long-standing collaboration with Pit Baumgartner as mastermind of his band “De-Phazz”. As is well known, the paths always cross at least twice in a lifetime, when Dirk Mahlstedt now changed the side of the desk and became a direct part of the inner “Phazzadelic” DNA – always according to the motto of the ZDF anchorman Claus Kleber, whom Mahlstedt likes to quote: “We sell news, but we must never become news ourselves”. Foto: Kristin Schleych
Hanns-Christian „Hank” Gerth
Born and grown up with a lot of jazz, beat and soul in the southwest of Germany, he made musical steps towards the stage at an early age. In his Sturm- and Drängler years Hank had 2 drum teachers, a vibraphone teacher and a piano teacher. Was MC, Dj and drummer in a HipHop combo, played Big Band Jazz and had several projects in Funk and JazzPop bands. After school he moved to Hamburg where he studied systematic musicology. Besides he played drums with Nneka in her early years. When an internship brought him to Warner Music Germany he slipped “in the filthy side of business”. He received his master’s degree on digitalization in the music industry, using the example of German jazz labels. Already during his studies he promoted with Jürgen “Jogger” Reichert numerous up-and-coming bands and singers such as Tim Bendzko, Jupiter Jones, Philipp Poisel, but also big acts like John Butler, Green Day or Alanis Morissette. Despite the great success he wanted to go back to his musical origins. In Rüdiger Herzog he found a long-time companion whom he had met at Warner Music as head of the jazz department. With Herzog Promotion the PR platform was founded, through which they helped MPS Records, Pirouet Records, NRW Vertrieb and many other labels and artists to gain more publicity. Nevertheless, this was not enough for Hank, he was still missing a part of himself. It was only with HEART BEAT & SOUL that he arrived at what he is today. An all-round support for labels and musicians in the digital age. For several years he has been working closely with jazz, soul and funk bands and labels! Advice for labels and musicians about new digital possibilities, PR measures and new distribution possibilities.
Foto: Moritz Vahlenkamp