17 May, 2022

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 various French winemakers from the Loire, all working organically, whilst learning how to make wine there, too – here’s him blogging about it all. From time to time Martin works as a music curator and journalist. From 2012 until 2021 Martin ran an eponymous record label.

If you would like to get in touch with Martin you could send him an e-mail (he is/was on Instagram, too).

As a music supervisor, Martin has worked on more than 85 German feature films and series since 2004, collaborating with directors such as Maren Ade, Lisa Bierwirth, Frauke Finsterwalder, 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, was released worldwide on 28 January 2022 – this time in coöperation with BMG Rights Management’s imprint Modern Recordings. It gathered even more rave reviews (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Since 6 January 2022 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 (»You Dream«).

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 harvest in September 2020. Check out Martin’s blog dealing with his wine-related ventures. Last year, he 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. 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. His latest clients are: 1. Cédric Fleury who runs the domaine Les Gauchers in the Vendômois. Martin deals with his Chenin only 2. Sylvain Leest from Faverolles-en-Berry, in Valençay, who has more than ten different grape varieties with which he makes numerous different wines and 3. Fabien Perréard from Saumur who focusses on Chenin Blanc as well as Cabernet Franc and Grolleau. 4. Ab Initio who make their wines in the Muscadet, near Nantes, mainly using amphorae and the following grapes: Chardonnay, Folles Blanches, Gamay, Grenache and Melon de Bourgogne 5. Carol Kohler whose domaine is called Jardin de Fleury and situated in Thouars, in Saumur, near Anjou. Martin sells her Cabernet Franc.

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 a web-based chart show which featured up-and-coming Berlin-based artists. It was filmed at Kantine am Berghain. Both Pet Shop Boys and New Order wrote jingles for it (season 1, season 2).

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 (I think he’s done with it – for good). 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.

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 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, drink, eat, cook, bake, run, cycle and hike.

P.S.: The websites, and the blog, were designed by Norman Palm and programmed by Rasso Hilber.