Experience, knowledge and love for music.

 

…this is what describes Made in Germany Music. Our philosophy, our credo and goal is to produce and support high-class products.

That is why our catalog has a wide range from Blues, Rock, Metal, Electronic to Jazz. Despite the possibilities digitalization and the Internet opened, there still is a lot that needs to be published in its best possible form. We feel responsible to do our best in the effort of keeping this musical heritage.

But our strength also belongs to the artists, who are active in our modern times. We support them on their path as their label partner.

MIG Music covers all fields of a labels work, as even an own Warehouse for worldwide distribution, a in-house Promotion and graphic design and all technical requirements such as audio editing and DVD authoring. Our catalog is distributed worldwide through the most potent independent partners. We also support our releases with national promotion in all spheres from online, print up to radio and TV.

We release through our labels MIG Music (Rock, Electronica), Art Of Groove (Jazz), String Commander (Blues) or Hänsel&Gretel (Hard Rock, Metal) depending on the musical genre.

The Rockpalast series is the most important brand for MIG Music in cooperation with the TV broadcaster WDR. It is complemented by new releases on a regular basis.

MIG also works as a service provider for foreign labels in physical and digital distribution and production. Affiliated with this is the “Edition MIG” in cooperation with the Meisel music publishing.

The spine of this company is the highly motivated and competent team. Almost all colleagues are working in the music business for many years, or have always oriented their young working career to it. Music is in the air at MIG Music.

 

 

TEAM

Manfred Schuetz
Managing Director

I was born in 1950 in Bamberg, Germany 1950 but have lived in Hannover since 1959. I was just 13 when the Beatles and the Stones released their first single in 1963. After I borrowed the Ray Charles “What’d I Say” EP from a friend for 2 days, I bought my first single “I Wanna Be Your Man” by The Rolling Stones. This set the course for the rest of my life.

After completing high school in Hannover and an apprenticeship as a wholesale and export merchant, it was clear to me that the music business was where I wanted to be!

I opened my first small record store in 1974 and later various stores in Hannover, Braunschweig, Hildesheim, Hameln, Marburg, etc. The company Boots Plattenladen quickly became a cult temple for music freaks in Northern Germany. In 1979 I began to build my distribution company parallel to the stores, which was very successful during the “Neue Deutsche Welle” era.

I began my transition from retail to production and distribution in 1983 and on January 1st 1984, I founded SPV. With releases from labels such as Roadrunner (until 1996), Nuclear Blast , Century Media, Noise and our own label Steamhammer, SPV quickly became one of the most important independent labels in Germany. In my 25 years at SPV I was resposible for labels such as Beggars Banquet, AGR, Noise, and Metal Blade, PIAS and Century Media and SPV grew to become a worldwide-operating indie label. I earned countless of Gold and Platinum awards and held worldwide responsibility for artists such as Motörhead, Blackmore’s Night, Whitesnake and Alice Cooper as well as many national artists. With more than 120 employees and an annual turnover of 60 million euros, SPV was the deciding factor in the European independent landscape.

My life is enriched by my two daughters Greta and Shari and my son Mio, additionally to the marriage to my wife Elisabeth Schütz.

I founded MIG music as a label with various musical content. “Rock’n’roll will never die” and thus I look forward to many more years full of music.

 

 

Tanja Michaelis
Distribution and organizing

I was born 1972 in the Lünerburger Heide. I moved to Hannover after completing an apprenticeship and an exam to certify as a business foreign language assistant in French and English. I had my first job as a chief executive assistant at a silk screen printing press but I was not able to hold my ground so I applied for a label management position at SPV in mid-1998. For 12 years I looked after international labels. I was responsible for internationally coordinating with over 70 labels and distributors including Metal Blade, Century Media, Epitaph, Napalm Records, Inside Out, Burning Heart and Fat Wreck Chords, but also for German artists such as Xavier Naidoo and Böhse Onkelz.

Since 2010 I have supported our General Manager Manfred Schütz in building M. i. G- music in all fields including bookkeeping, royalty statements, international exploitation but specifically in my hobbyhorse, distribution. I coordinate between our labels Art of Groove for the jazz releases, M. i. G. – music for our Rockpalast releases amongst others and our smaller diverse labels (HiD, Jazz Secrets, String Commaner, Haensal & Gretel, MK II), but also for our third party labels such as Dust On The Tracks, MG.Art, Gitze, Seventh Record, Wrecking Company and Cold Snap which we exclusively do the distribution for.

My motto: “Music will live forever to enrich the people!”- So let’s make and sell some good music!

 

 

Wilfried Pinnau
Production and manufacturing, A&R and product management

I was born in Hannover on April 12, 1958. After completing my A-levels in 1980 I began my career in the music industry as an employee at Boots Schallplatten and at the company All Akustik (High End HiFi.). In 1984 I became self-employed and owned a recording studio and ran Artland Records with artists like Thrashing Groove, Geteilte Köpfe and Militant Mothers. From 1990-2005 I owned two restaurants in downtown Hannover before I refound myself and began to work at SPV, returning to the music industry. I worked in the A&R department and later became the head of the production department.

I have been part of MIG Music since 2010, helping develop and build the company. Aside from product development I also take care of everything concerning manufacturing and A&R duties. The challenges overlap all genres as we work all across the spectrum, from rock to blues and jazz to funk as well as new releases and rereleases.
My Motto: “I don’t play Candy Crush, I play Rock’n’Roll!”

 

 

Elisabeth Schuetz
Promotion

I was born 1982 in Hannover/Langenhagen. It was very clear to me from an early age that music would be an important part of my life. During my school years I was able to enjoy wonderful, musical times through choir performances and other musical activities. I grew up in a musical home and was introduced to good music thanks to my parents (Rolling Stones, The Beatles) and brother (Metallica, Faith No More).

After a rather unmusical school and working period, the opportunity came about to work as a receptionist at the Rock and Roll distribution company SPV. I began in 2005 and two years later I became an assistant in the Music Promotion department, where I looked after bands such as Kreator, Sodom, Unleashed, Magnum, etc. I met my husband Manfred here as well and we had our son Mio in October 2013.

I have looked after the Music Promotion department at MIG Music since December 2009. Mio is the adorable reason why I am currently working from home. But the child is growing and blossoming, so a return to the main office is soon to follow.

 

 

Katrin Dietl
Product management, A&R

I was born in Regensburg in 1987 and grew up in the Upper Palatinate. I moved to Lower Saxony with my family when I was 14. Therefore I have been shaped by both Northern and Southern Germany, which can be quite contradictory occasionally. After completing my A-levels in the sleepy Verden an der Aller in 2008, I began my bachelor studies in “Popular Music and Media” at the university in Padeborn, a not much more exciting city in North Rhine-Westphalia. I completed my masters in “Media Culture Analysis” at the University of Düsseldorf.

Music was always present in my home. Already in my early years I attended rock concerts and festivals with my parents and sister and continued to do so nowadays, at times still with my entire family. As a teenager I wanted to start my own music magazine as soon as I “grow up”. I left the music-playing mostly to my sister, a concert and opera soprano. My first steps in the music industry were in music journalism as a freelance writer at Stalker.cd when I was 19 and then later for Metal Hammer during my bachelor studies.

I now work for MIG as a product manager and A&R and am bringing the music back into my life after the musical abstinence during my masters studies. I can now shamelessly indulge in my passion for live music and rock, hard rock and metal gems out of all decades with my work on our Rockpalast series and beyond.

Motto: „Music always starts with silence.“ (unknown) – The love for the loudness for me is just as important as the more silent moments in music.

 

 

Mo Njai
Storekeeping and mailing

I was born in Banjul, Gambia in 1964. After the secondary school I completed my education in carpentry. I moved to Senegal in 1981 and worked as a carpenter and footballer with FC Gorge.
I came to Germany in 1989 and have lived on and off in Hannover. I worked for different employers such as Holiday Inn and at the Fairgrounds. As a footballer I first played for Niedersachen Dorn and later for Hannover 96 where I played in the second regional league.

From 1994 to 2001 I worked in the SPV warehouse. Then I left to Gambia and Senegal for a few years.
After my return to Hannover I began to work for MIG as a warehouseman in 2014.

Motto: „Always be humble and friendly to all people!“

 

 

Externe Teammitglieder

Daniel Mueller
DVD-Authoring

 

Burkhard Tölke
IT

I was born 1958 in Stadthagen. As a fan of everything in electronics I was responsible for the maintenance and repairing work on all forms of entertaining devices after my on-the-job training as radio and TV technichian at Fernseh Wilkening.

After some time I concentrated more and more on IT and computer techniques. In 2000 I graduated as a IT-systems electronic technician (resembles a qualified IT specialist) at IHK. From 2000 onwards I was responsible for the organization, administration and maintenance of all IT at SPV GmbH.

Since the end of 2009 I’m now responsible for the IT department at MIG Music GmbH.

 

Andrea Jonischkies
Social Media und Promotion

Music has had a major impact on my life since I first heard the guitar riff of “The Last Time”.  In our flat there was not enough space for a drum kit (what I could not afford anyway), so I set my focus on hearing. I listened to the radio whenever it was possible – especially at night when Radio Luxembourg was on air. How proud I was when the DJ at the auto scooter at the Hannover summer fair (in the 60’s one of the few sources for current music, at least for German teenager) did play my first self paid single “See Emily Play”. Since then weird and unusual sounds to me have always been somewhat normal.

In the early 70’s I travelled to Amsterdam with my best girlfriend to see Led Zeppelin live who just had released their first album. I guess I must have seen about every band that ever played in Hannover in the 60’s and 70’s and I could not help automatically remembering all the names, the labels, the producers and so on. Indispensable knowledge, especially when you want to work at a record company – as I did later, at WEA in Hamburg. With that, my course was set. From 1977 to 1982, during my semester breaks I did a sort of training on the job there, from A&R to distribution, even a bit legal dept. When marketing took over the reign from A&R, it was time for a change: intermezzo at a film production company in Munich as well as several attempts to become a radio music journalist.

But of all media, print was my thing. I financed my studies with reviews and interviews to be offered a job as a music editor by a magazine named HIFI Vision, after that I worked as a producer and editor at RockWorld and IndieCator, both English-German music magazines. In 1993 I started my own company for music PR, WordUp, later Cy.Press where I took care of newcomer bands as well huge names like Cliff Richards and brands, among them being Camel Movetown, Puschkin XPerience. In the meantime the digital world had established new possibilities and I worked at two start-ups – for one I also created the concept: We wanted to build an emotional search engine for music but did not survive the second round. Again I worked freelance, did Corporate Publishing, served as interim editor at big Hamburg publishing companies. My next long term station: text producing at SPIEGEL Online. Now I am back again – in my old home, in a dual sense of the word: in Hannover and with music. Yeah.