Welcome to the website of Martin Hossbach. Martin is a music supervisor for film and manages the singer-songwriter Tara Nome Doyle. He also runs a record label. As an agent he represents various French winemakers. From time to time Martin works as a music curator – at this very moment for Berliner Festspiele’s The Sun Machine Is Coming Down at ICC (7-17 October 2021) – and as a journalist/writer. If you would like to get in touch with Martin you could send him an e-mail. He is on Instagram, too.
As a music supervisor, Martin has worked on more than 80 German feature films and series since 2004, collaborating with directors such as Maren Ade, Angela Schanelec, Sonja Heiss, Ulrich Köhler and Christian Schwochow. For a full overview please click on the link here.
Tara Nome Doyle is a Norwegian-Irish singer-songwriter whom Martin met by chance in June 2016. Tara’s debut album, Alchemy, came out in January 2020 on his own label (see below). It gathered rave reviews (»… like Kate Bush singing songs by Nick Cave at Berghain«, SPIEGEL). Tara’s music has been streamed several million times, a second album will be released worldwide in early 2022 – again on Martin’s label but this time in coöperation with a major label whose name shall not be disclosed yet. Her most recent release is The Moments We Keep, an EP which she co-wrote and co-produced with Federico Albanese. It came out on Mercury KX/Decca/Universal.
Since 2012, Martin has been running a record label called Martin Hossbach on which he puts out music of all kinds, including that of Tara Nome Doyle (see above). There are plenty of sub-labels, too. Martin Hossbach Cover (Pet Shop Boys covers only, now defunct), Demo (demo recordings only), Quarantäne (for a specific album of the group Obstler only), Score (for music for films, so-called library music) and Word (for texts, readings and audio plays). You can find the releases on all download and streaming platforms of this world (this playlist gives you one song from each release). Physical media can be purchased through e.g. Bandcamp, Kompakt, ANOST or HHV.
Thomas Puéchavy is a vigneron producing vin naturel by using organically farmed Chenin Blanc grapes – in Vouvray, at the Loire. Martin acts as his agent since he helped Thomas with his harvest in September 2020. At the moment, Thomas’s wines are available from Petite Caves (France), Drunk by Nature/Weinhandlung Suff, Les Caves (Germany), That’s Wine (Italy) and lieu-dit (Denmark). Soon they will be available in Sweden (Vinstereo), Spain (Cuvée 3000), Poland (Naturaliści), The Netherlands (Funky Wines) and on Corse (Stanis & Jack). Recently, Martin also started working for Anne-Cécile Jadaud. She vinifies organic red grapes, in Vouvray, using Cabernet Franc, Côt, Gamay, Grolleau and Pineau d’Aunis. Furthermore he is acting as an agent for Thibault Stéphan from the Anjou region, near Puy-Notre-Dame, who farms Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, and for Marie Rocher who vinifies white and red grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay in Pouillé in the Cher valley. Soon there will be a proper sub-site for Martin Hossbach Wein which has now become the label for Martin’s activities connected to organic, often called natural wine.
From 2015 until 2020 Martin was the co-curator of Pop-Kultur festival. He has also worked in the same role for the festivals Foreign Affairs (Berliner Festspiele), Wassermusik and No! Music (Haus der Kulturen der Welt). The first festival Martin co-programmed was SPEX Live which took place at Berghain in 2009. At the moment he is working on a festival for Berliner Festspiele called The Sun Machine Is Coming Down. From 2013 until 2014 The One-Hit Parade was his interpretation of an internet chart show which featured up-and-coming Berlin-based artists and was filmed at Kantine am Berghain. Both Pet Shop Boys and New Order wrote jingles for it (season 1, season 2).
As a journalist (for mainly music-related matters and interviews) Martin has worked for Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Berliner Zeitung, taz, Monopol, Travel Almanac, SPEX (as a duty editor from 2007-2010), Rolling Stone (compiling their cover-mount CDs), Intro, Prinz, Szene Hamburg and Max Dax’s Sonic Press (where he started in 1993). Together with Jens Balzer he is the publisher of Die Tocotronic Chroniken (Blumenbar), a monograph about the German avant-rock group Tocotronic.
From 1996 until 1999 Martin was an apprentice at PolyGram and later worked as a product manager for the labels Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Philips at Universal Classics. He quit in 2003 to become assistant of the artist Christian von Borries, his stint at SPEX, see above, was followed in 2010 by two years at Berghain, co-programming concerts during the week, at Berghain itself and Kantine am Berghain, and developing Halle am Berghain for a prospective opening. In 2013 and 2014 Martin put on New Order and Depeche Mode exhibitions for Deutsche Telekom’s Electronic Beats programme while also arranging for them Pet Shop Boys’ only performance of the album Elysium at Hebbel am Ufer theatre.
Martin loves the woman he’s married to, and he loves his family and friends, too. He also loves to read, run, cycle, hike, cook, bake, drink and eat.
Berlin, 12 August 2021