Welcome to the website of Martin Hossbach. Martin is a music supervisor for film and the manager of singer-songwriter Tara Nome Doyle. As an agent he represents four French winemakers. From time to time Martin works as a music curator and as a journalist/writer. From 2012 until 2021 he ran a record label. 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, Lisa Bierwirth, Sonja Heiss, Ulrich Köhler, Nicolette Krebitz, Angela Schanelec, Maria Speth 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, her second album, Værmin, will be released worldwide on 28 January 2022 – this time in coöperation with BMG Rights Management’s imprint Modern Recordings. »Snail I«, the first single off Værmin, came out on 18 November, the second one, »Crow«, on 7 December 2021. From 6 January 2022 on Tara can be seen and heard in Christian Schwochow’s Netflix-production »Munich – The Edge of War« in which she performs her song »Du träumst«, co-written by Isobel Waller-Bridge, singing in German for the first time – the film’s end credits use an orchestral version of the song in which Tara sings in English.
Thomas Puéchavy is a French vigneron producing low-intervention wine by using organically-farmed Chenin Blanc grapes – in Vouvray, at the Loire. Martin acts as his worldwide agent since he helped Thomas with his (second) harvest in September 2020. At the moment, Thomas’s wines are available in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and on Corse. Soon they will available in Japan, too. 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 organically farms Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Both Jadaud’s and Stéphan’s wines will be available in Germany from 2022 on. Lastly, Martin also helps Marie Rocher who vinifies organically-farmed white and red grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay in Pouillé in the Cher valley.
From 2015 until 2020 Martin was the co-curator of Pop-Kultur festival. He has also worked in the same role for the festivals The Sun Machine Is Coming Down and 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. 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 2012 until 2021 Martin ran a record label called Martin Hossbach from which he is now taking a break for at least a year. On the label Martin put out music of all kinds, including that of Tara Nome Doyle (see above). There were plenty of sub-labels, too. Martin Hossbach Cover (Pet Shop Boys covers only), 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, this playlist gives you each and every song released digitally). Physical media can still be purchased through e.g. Bandcamp, Kompakt, ANOST or HHV.
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 Pet Shop Boys’ only performance of their album Elysium – at Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.
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, 5 January 2022