Harthouse is a German
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 record label
Record label
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 specializing in techno music. The label has been responsible for many success stories in the electronic world including Oliver Lieb
Oliver Lieb
Oliver Lieb is a German electronic music producer and DJ. Lieb is known to have more than a dozen aliases with over 200 productions and remixes in various electronic genres such as, trance, house, and techno. He has also produced tracks for other artists...

, Eternal Basement
Eternal Basement
Eternal Basement is Michael Kohlbecker, a German trance artist. Kohlbecker is also known as B-Flame, Camou, Fünf D, Lasziv, Magnat, Masun, Negative Return, Paragon, S.M.I².L.E., and Subscientists...

, Hardfloor
Hardfloor is a German techno and acid trance duo, consisting of Oliver Bondzio and Ramon Zenker. Their most famous track is "Acperience 1" ....

, Sven Väth
Sven Väth
Sven Väth is a Frankfurt-based DJ who has produced an extensive range of work since his career began in 1982. From 1985, he was part of the band OFF which released the hit "Electrica Salsa" in 1986...

 and Koxbox
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The company was founded by Sven Väth
Sven Väth
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 in the early 1990s as a sublabel of Eye Q Records with the divisions Harthouse Frankfurt
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, Harthouse UK and Harthouse America. With more than 100 releases Harthouse Frankfurt was the most successful and an influence on the Sound of Frankfurt.

In the beginning of 1997 the future of the label was uncertain, sales were drooping in the wake of rising commercial trance labels, and Sven Vaeth had left the label in January, causing further confusion. The firm moved from its office in Offenbach to Berlin. Two months later the firm was insolvent, and filed for bankruptcy.

At the beginning of 1998 the Under Cover Music Group (UCMG) took over the rights to use the brand name of the label as well as the trade mark "Harthouse". UCMG put together a "Retrospective Box", a collection of the most successful releases of Harthouse.

Between 1998 to 2003, there were only several new releases, including a number of DJ Mix-CDs mixed by various DJs like Oliver Bondzio, Frank Lorber and Plank. There also appeared one foreign release by Hardfloor under Harthouse UK, by the English UCMG department.

In early 2003, UCMG started to get into financial problems. In the middle of 2003 Harthouse planned to re-release a set of old classic singles, but after some first test vinyls were made, UCMG was closed.

In 2004 Daredo Music took over the rights of the Harthouse brand, promising the introduction of new artists from the techno, acid techno and tech-trance scenes.

External links

  • Official site
  • Harthouse at Discogs
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