22-12-2012 | 12.57
In 2005 Julius Steinhoff, Just von Ahleveld and Peter Kersten opened their own record store in Hamburg. It was a place meant to meet people, to listen to music and talk about it as well. Peter was already quite familiar in the music world; he had a few tracks released on both Dial and Cocoon. Besides that all three of the guys had a fair bit of good friends that could help them grow a vast collection of Dial releases together with some other proper stuff which made them an infamous record store within no time.
One year later the guys decided to start a label as well and run this from their shop. Their buddy Stefan Marx who was already responsible for all the artwork found in the store went on with designing all the artwork for the label. Nowadays, they already brought out more then thirty EP’s and six albums under the labels name.
The progress of the label and the shop went pretty smoothly, maybe because they’re background was one definitely to be mentioned. That Peter Kersten guy is quite known under a different name, DJ Lawrence. Julius and Just have a well-known alias too, which is Smallpeople. I don’t know if I could describe their music any different than deep house so that’s how I’m calling it. It isn’t the kind of deep house you would hear on Ibiza though. What I do know is that its pretty damn good stuff. If you’re not familiar with Smallpeople’s recent first album named Salty Days I advise you to start listening to it. My description of their album: Amaaaaazing!!
Coincidence or not, the Smallville boys are playing in Trouw at the end of this month. Together with Christopher Rau, who’s a pretty good friend of them and brings out an album or an EP on the label every now and then. If you happen to be in Hamburg once, I advice you to pay a visit to the Hein Hoyer Straße number 56, because that’s where the Smallville label guys hold house in their record store which is carrying the same name.
Text: Ruben Leter