Motor Music

Motor Music is an independent record label based in Berlin, Germany providing a wide range of music services including music publication, artists management, producing music for films and business and music advertising. Motor music was founded in 1994 by Tim Renner as a subsidiary of the music group PolyGram (later Universal Music). Within that period, Motor Music has discovered well-known European pioneering artists for instance Tocotronic, Rammstein, Sportfreunde Stiller, Element of Crime and Absolute Beginner. These artists have become a decisive driving force behind the European music scene and the success reflects the interactive correlation between rock music and national recognition in that particular period.[1][2]

Motor Music
Parent companyUniversal Music Group (before 2005)
Founded1994, 2005
FounderTim Renner
Official website

The History of Motor MusicEdit


In 2005, 10 years after Motor Music was founded in 1994, the founder Tim Renner and Motor Music left Universal Music Group and re-founded Motor Entertainment. The Motor Music within the Motor Entertainment again operates as an independent label. After leaving Universal Music, Motor Entertainment continues in discovering new artists. The company also started to add other businesses into the music label including publication (e.g. Alice Phoebe Lou, L'aupaire, Sophia, Super700, PeterLicht), artists management (e.g. Max Raabe, Christoph Israel, Malakoff Kowalski, Fargo), and film and advertisement selection (e.g. 102 Boyz, BHZ, Jan Blomqvist, Teenage Mutants, Moonlight Breakfast,).

Motor FMEdit

In February 2005, after leaving Universal Music, Motor Music founded the radio station Motor FM, which began regular broadcasting.[3] The radio emphasized advertising and news-free program mainly regarding German-language music. Besides the broadcast, the radio can also be heard live via the Internet. The radio station is regarded as the new forms of music marketing.[3] In September 2006, Motor TV started to broadcast, a television program was available on IPTV and DVB-T which also focused on German-language music . In 2011, Motor FM changed its name to Flux FM transmitter and currently, both Motor FM and Motor TV have now stopped the business.

Artists and recordingsEdit

Artist Format Title Release date
Rammstein Albums Herzeleid 25 September 1995
Sehnsucht 22 August 1997
Live aus Berlin 31 August 1999
Mutter 2 April 2001
Lichtspielhaus 1 December 2003
Singles Du riechst so gut 24 August 1995
Seemann 8 January 1996
Engel 1 April 1997
Engel (Fan-Edition) 23 May 1997
Du hast 19 July 1997
Das Modell 1997
Stripped 28 July 1998
Asche zu Asche 1995
Sonne 12 February 2001
Links 2-3-4 14 May 2001
Ich will 10 September 2001
Mutter 2 April 2001
Feuer frei! 14 October 2002
Feeling B Albums Grün & Blau 9 November 2007
Emigrate Albums Emigrate August 31, 2007

Artists Management[4]Edit

Max Raabe

Christoph Israel

Malakoff Kowalski


Film and advertisement music selectionEdit

102 Boyz


Jan Blomqvist

Teenage Mutants

Moonlight Breakfast

Lex Lugner


Pauls Jets

Tara Nome Doyle

Motor Music sub labelsEdit

The sub labels of Motor Music includes Motor, Motor Music Promo, Motor Publishing.[5]

May also appear as Motor Song on some internet music platforms.[5]

Motor Music and RammsteinEdit

Rammstein concert at O2, London

In early 1994, Rammstein began working with manager Emanuel Fialik who later introduced the band to Motor Music recording company in the same year. Motor Music signed the band on January 4, 1995, and it becomes the first label of Rammstein.

Motor Music was responsible for the release of Rammstein’s first three albums: Herzeleid, Sehnsucht and Mutter.[5]

List of other artists recorded or published by Motor MusicEdit

Rock Music[5]Edit

Artist Title(format) Year
Marilyn Manson Holywood (CD, Album, Promo) 2000
Disposable Teens (CD, Maxi, Promo) 2000
Farmer Boys The World Is Ours (CD, Album, Promo) 2000
Thee Ultra Bimboos No Return (CD, Single, Promo) 2003
Various Motor Info CD 5/1-95 Popkomm Extra (CD, Comp, Promo) 1995
Element Of Crime Die Schönen Rosen (CD, Album) Unknown
An Einem Sonntag Im April (Album) 1994
Faith No More Album Of The Year (CD, Album) 1997
Various 18 Top Hits Aus Den Charts 2/97 (CD, Comp) 1997
Giga Hits 95 (CD, Enh + CD + Comp) 1995
Superploužáky 5 (CD, Comp) 1997
#09 SPEX-CD (CD, Comp, Enh) 2001
A Number One (CD, Single, Enh, CD2) 1998
Phillip Boa & The Voodooclub Boa-85-01 (Singles Collection 1985 - 2001) (DVD-V, PAL) 2002
Muse Hullabaloo Soundtrack Part I (Cass, Album, Promo) 2003
Hullabaloo Soundtrack Part II (Cass, Album, Promo) 2003
Sparta Wiretap Scars (LP, Album) 2002
Austere (12", EP) 2002
Counting Crows This Desert Life (CD, Album, Promo, Sho) 1999
Voodoocult Jesus Killing Machine (CD, Album) 1994
Voodoocult (CD, Album) 1995
Phillip Boa And The Voodooclub* Boaphenia (CD, Album, RE) 1994
The Jeremy Days Punk By Numbers (CD, Album) 1995
M. Walking On The Water Pluto (CD, Album) 1995
Paisley Paisley (LP + CD + Album) 2017
Die Versenker Trebüt (CD-ROM, Album) 2017
William's Orbit Once (LP, Album) 2016
Sophia California (CDr, Single, Promo) 2016
William's Orbit Once (CD, Album) 2016
Selig Die Besten (1994-2014) (2xCD, Comp, Ltd + Box, Boo) 2014
Smile And Burn Action Action (Album) 2014
The Secluded The Secluded (CD, Album) 2013
Sun Of Moon Sun Of Moon (2xCD, Album) 2013
Herrenmagazin 1000 Städte (CD, Single, Promo) 2008
Krieger Heimat (Cass) 2007
Schrottgrenze Schrottism (CD, Mixed, Promo, Car) 2007
Am Gleichen Meer (CD, Single, Promo, Car) 2006


Artist Title(format) Year
Pitchtuner And No One Saw This Coming (File, MP3, Single) 2015
Anniversary Song (File, AIFF, Single) 2014
Ready To Go (CD, Album) 2014
Parasite Single The Hunt (Remixed) (2xFile, AAC, 256) 2014
The Bianca Story Dancing People Are Never Wrong (Jan Blomqvist Remix) (File, AAC, 256) 2012
PeterLicht Neue Idee (CD, Single, Promo) 2011
Herrenmagazin vs. Audiolith (4xFile, EP) 2010
Nana Nana (CD, Album, RE) 2004
Armand Van Helden Featuring Duane Harden You Don't Know Me (CD, Single) 1999
Lucid Crazy (CD, Single, CD1) 1999
Incognito Nights Over Egypt (CD, Maxi) 1999
Various The Matrix - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture (Comp) 1999
Armand Van Helden 2Future4U (Album) 1999
Flowerz (Single) 1999
Salt N Pepa Push It [Again] (CD, Maxi) 1999
The All Seeing I Featuring Tony Christie Walk Like A Panther (CD, Single, Ltd) 1999

Hip PopEdit

Artist Title(format) Year
The Brand New Heavies Sometimes (CD, Single, Ltd) 1997
Goldie Feat. KRS One Digital (12", Single) 1997
Jeru The Damaja Me Or The Papes (12") 1997
Salt 'n Pepa R U Ready (CD, Single) 1997
Brand New (CD, Album) 1997
R U Ready (CD, Single) 1997
Various Lords Of The Boards (2xCD, Comp) 1997
We Love The Bee Gees (CD, Comp) 1997
All Saints All Saints (Album) 1997
The Brand New Heavies Shelter (CD, Album) 1997
Armand Van Helden Sampleslaya - Enter The Meatmarket (CD, Album) 1997
R'n'G Rhythm Of My Heart (Tik Tak) (Maxi) 1997
Here Comes The Sun (CD, Maxi) 1997
Nana Lonely (Maxi, Single) 1997
He's Comin' (CD, Single) 1997
Let It Rain (Maxi) 1997
Spax Bianca Loves Cars & Spax (Fellatio Ist Mundpropaganda) (12", EP, Promo) 1996
Leila K. Rude Boy (CD, Maxi) 1996
Antman Spark It Up (CD, Maxi) 1996


Artist Title(format) Year
Feline & Strange Lies (CD, Album) 2015
Bugge Wesseltoft / Vinicius Cantuária Verve Now (CD, Promo, Car) 1999
Volker Kriegel Zoom (2xCD, Comp, RM) 1999
Clare Fischer Latin Patterns (CD, Comp) 1999
Ernest Ranglin Now Is The Time (CD, Comp) 1999
Till Brönner Love (CD, Album, RP) 1999
Dieter Reith Reith On! (CD, Comp) 1999
Various Mojo Club Presents Dancefloor Jazz Volume Four (Light My Fire) (LP, Comp) 1995
Howard Johnson's Nubia Arrival - A Pharoah Sanders Tribute (CD, Album) 1995
The Free Spirits (4) Featuring John McLaughlin Tokyo Live (Cass, S/Sided, Promo, Smplr) 1994
Monty Alexander Three Originals Love And Sunshine Estade Cobilimbo (2xCD, Comp) 1994
Oscar Peterson Tracks (CD, Album, RE) 1994
Various Barjazz (CD, Comp) 1994
United Future Organization No Sound Is Too Taboo (2xLP, Album) 1994
The Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band Two Originals: All Blues/Sax No End (CD, Comp) 1994
George Shearing Three Originals (2xCD, Comp + Box) 1994
The Singers Unlimited Masterpieces (CD, Comp) 1994
The Hi-Lo's Two Originals: Back Again. The Hi-Lo's Now (CD, Comp, RM) 1994
Oscar Peterson Tracks (CD, Album, RE, RM) 1994

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Burns, Robert G.H. (October 2008). "German symbolism in rock music: national signification in the imagery and songs of Rammstein". Popular Music. 27 (3): 457–472. doi:10.1017/S0261143008102239. ISSN 0261-1430.
  2. ^ Schiller, Melanie (April 2020). "Heino, Rammstein and the double-ironic melancholia of Germanness". European Journal of Cultural Studies. 23 (2): 261–280. doi:10.1177/1367549418810100. ISSN 1367-5494.
  3. ^ a b "Alles rauscht". (in German). Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  4. ^ a b "MOTORMUSIC | About". Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Motor Music GMBH". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-05-16.

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