I have been playing and touring with/in bands since I was 18. Bands like Walter Elf and Spermbirds formed the local independent music scene in my former hometown Kaiserslautern in the mid/late 80s. As a result Rookie Records was founded in 1996, classic D.I.Y. style.
What started as a temporary solution grew in popularity and turned into an insider’s tip for friends and acquaintances. According to the situation releases of the Walter Elf follow up band Kick Joneses (my other band), Spermbirds (the Walter Elf alter ego), Turbostaat, Terrorgruppe, The Jones and Stokoe (both from UK) were next.
From 1999-2005 Rookie Records found a home in Southern German Freiburg at Flight13 Records, as a sublabel but completely under my management. At the beginning of 2006 the label program was upgraded by starting a close cooperation with Boss Tuneage UK.
From May 2006 to May 2015 me and Rookie Records have been living in Cologne. During this period we signed international acts like Big John Bates (CAN), The Stanfields (CAN), Puta Madre Brothers (AUS), The Town Heroes (CAN), Die Aeronauten (CH), The Fume (SWE), The Sigourney Weavers (SWE), The Noise (USA) and Statues On Fire (BRA).
In June 2015 the Rookie headquarter moved to Hamburg.
Additional, since September 2014 I am part of the VUT membership board. VUT was founded in 1993 as a non-profit organisation serving the needs of German independent music companies. Our 1300 members encompass labels, publishers, distributors and a growing number of artists.