Has there ever been a better way to find out what a man is really like, than to go through his records? (We don’t think so.) A quick glance at Matthias Rewigs music collection though would take weeks, so we’d better stick with his personal all-time TOP TEN. Eat this:
1. The Jam „The gift“
2. Ultravox „Vienna“
3. ABC „The Lexicon of Love“
4. Massive Attack „Blue Lines“
5. Westbam „The roof is on fire“
6. Heaven 17 „Penthouse and Pavement“
7. Goldie „Timeless“
8. Smashing Pumpkins „Melon Collie and the infinite Sadness“
9. Arcade Fire „The suburbs“
10. Morrissey „You are the quarry“
Coming from a typical New Wave background with a pretty glamorous taste in music, Rewig has been the owner and managing director of nhb studios since 1986. nhb is a full service postproduction house, audio and visuals, but Rewigs first love was music. When he and his partner Michael Vitzthum started out nhb was a small audio studio in Hamburg. Many famous pop bands like Fettes Brot, 5 Sterne deluxe, Sportfreunde Stiller, Sisters of Mercy, Rammstein, die Krupps, Human League and even Yello had their records mastered there.
Today nhb’s audio department consists of ten recording studios and a Dolby licensed mixing studio, where the nhb music composers, sound designers and corporate sound strategysts work hand in hand – all under the direction of Matthias Rewig. And whenever nhb studios throws one of their legendary parties, you bet that Rewig is part of the DJ team...
"My classical music education as a young child laid the foundations of my love of music for the years to come. In the 80’s I loved dancing to the records my older sister was listening to at the time, until I reached my teens and discovered HipHop. I didn’t only love it, I lived it. It became a part of who I was.
In the mid 90’s I began working for a record label that belonged to nhb and was forced to realize the inner-workings of the music business, which was a complete shock to me to say the least. I quickly had to grasp the concept that music wasn’t only a purpose, but rather something that was to be bought and sold. This realization cut me so deep that I changed from working in the label to the sound studio, where I decided clearly against music composition and rather focused on specializing in sound design.
But slowly I gained an increasing interest back into music. Alongside my work I would spend a lot of my time with the bands that were producing and mastering their albums at nhb, and through their enthusiasm for their own music, I regained my own optimism for music once more.
This led to me having a greater understanding of the individual acoustic elements working together like a puzzle and conceptually understanding and hearing a film in its entirety; music as the sound design and sound design as the music. Dialog, singing and silence, all components that grab and interact with one another to make the whole. A sound is massaged – tonally and rhythmically, space is created, distance and closeness, warmth and cold, emptiness and fullness achieved. Sounds and arrangements that evoke these attributes is what pulls me wholeheartedly toward any music regardless of genre or style."
Wenke has received diverse national and international awards and now undertakes not only commercials but also movies. She is head of audio department at nhb.
Verena joined nhb in 2011 and is one of our sunniest faces. She has a deep understanding of music and a charming curiosity. Pretty often she comes up with new stuff, some "never heard before"-tracks, that she finds late at night doing research for some of our projects.
Verena delivers a lot of soul and passion in everything she does. Being a great support and inspiration to our composers she knows how to stick to a deadline and push things forward.
From her time in ad agencies Verena knows the ropes of the business "from the other side", a huge pro 'cause she's always aware of what you want before you even thought about it.
Her biggest regret: having missed Woodstock...
It started in a record store when the new sound medium CD hit the market. Back in 1987 Dorothee sold the music of the day and soon after became the youngest entrepeneur in East Westphalia when she opened a concert ticket shop. Music has stuck with her ever since. Many years later she and her boyfriend rocked the night crowd of the Cannes Lions on the Croisette with a portable record player - "seven inch heaven" until dawn.
After ten years as a TV producer at Jung von Matt and Optix Digital in 2010 she returned to her passion for music professionally at nhb. You need a casting for a commercial? Dorothee will lend you her ear and probably spot a tune for you that you would not have imagined. Like Vico Torriani's "Zwei Spuren im Schnee" for Mercedes's "Sonntagsfahrer" that was shortlisted at the Cannes Lions and awarded at ADC Festival 2011. She will do the clearing and licensing and get you the best deal with the rights holders.
"Las Vegas, summer of '92, Discovered my granddads drumkit. Beat the skins till my hands hurt, never looked back. Been making music in all shapes and forms ever since.
Cape Town, Summer of 2002, Founded one of South Africa's top recording studios. Recorded many albums and had a few chart topping hits.
Produced some bands and helped put them on the map. Wrote and produced music for commercials and starred in some too.
Berlin, Summer of 2012, discovered the 'dirty but sexy' city while on holiday with my wife and newborn son and chose to stay. Found a warm & inviting home at nhb....the rest of the tale is busy happening..."
“It all started getting serious when I told my mom, I will remodel her clothes closet into a vocal recording booth. She was quite surprised when she saw the reconstruction the next day. This was at the age of 12. Through my older sister I had access to American and French gangster rap like Wu-Tang, Cypress Hill, La Brigade or IAM around ’97. I fell in love with beats and sounds in particular when Dynamite Deluxe released their first records.
I started sampling and programming beats for my friends on the first ever iMac but back then the stuff was so special my friends could barely rap to it. In 2004 I had my first release, which was an official remix for a Ludacris vinyl single. From that point on it all became more serious for me. With productions for several German rap artists I had a couple of chart-topping releases. Around 2008 I drew interest towards toplining and songwriting.
I began to explore Berlin’s electronic party scene which expanded my creative horizon very much and led to the decision to study commercial music in London. There I formed a DJ duo releasing 3 vinyl EP’s and attaining multiple club residencies from East London’s Ministry of Sound all the way up to Hamburg’s infamous Baalsaal. After my return to Hamburg I came in contact with the theatrical scene, which led me to produce incidental music at the Thalia Theater, the Staatstheater Kassel and the Theater Osnabrück. Besides that I run my solo project “GORDIAN” playing live sets, producing house and techno music. I also work with a young EDM artist on music for a broader audience. I’m really into tense and energetic, highly emotional music with a unique, unexpected sound and sounds.”
Gordian joined the nhb music team in 2015 to bring his electronic visions to our studios, nice catch ;-)
"'Music for the masses" is a wonderful album by new wave superheroes Depeche Mode, that's for sure, but those three words still mean something horrible, don't they? Everybody wants to be unique, we want our music edgy and never heard before. Mainstream is such a nasty word... But deep down in our bones, aren't we all a little bit Pop? Who can resist a beautiful melody, who doesn't whistle along to a catchy hookline?"
Aleks is a composer who throws all of his heart into the song. From experience he knows that it takes more than just one good idea to write a good piece of Pop music. He wants you to hear the emotion and feel the joy of creating music. Even if it's "only" for commercial use ;-)
André is the young gun at nhb music, raised in the late eighties by classic Pop lovers who gave him "Grease" as his first album and a little later the traditional Beatles education. Of course John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John mixed with the Fab Four lead to teenage rebellion: for young André it meant Ska, Hip Hop, Punk and a lot of guitar music.
André joined our team in 2013 and brings with him quite an impressive range of musical taste and knowledge, but his thing is the guitar - at least most of the time: "I like riffs, I like them crunchy, distorted or clean. But sometimes you need a synthesizer, a moog bass or some Andromeda pads. I really don't care if it's digital or analog. Modern or old school. I just care if it's good music."
Kai a.k.a. Elvis Ellington is in music since he was a kid. He taught himself to play guitar and bass listening to U.S. Hardcore bands like Minor Threat, Black Flag and Bad Brains: an angry young man! And he still is, kind of, although much less tattooed than Henry Rollins and also so much nicer.
Since the early nineties Kai has played in many Punk and Electrobands, more than 400 live gigs, managed his own recording studio in Braunschweig producing tons of 7'' vinyl for local Punk bands and finally joined nhb in 1999 as a composer and mastering engineer.
At the then smaller nhb studios he mastered for artists such as Rammstein, Fettes Brot, Fünf Sterne Deluxe, Nine Inch Nails, Jan Delay a.k.a. Eisfeldt, No Doubt, Udo Lindenberg and even Roberto Blanco, to name but a few...
Today Kai still plays with his punkband "Shellycoat", when he's not busy at nhb working on tracks that require a true Rock 'n Roll spirit and a wide knowledge and feel for all musical styles.
"If you want to write a good melody, design a truly unique sound or create a specific atmosphere, you need a certain amount of creative freedom. An idea cannot be based on theory only, there has to be space and emotion.“
When Felix was a little boy, his parents didn’t make him play the piano. He made them listen... probably a tough experience for mom and dad in those days – but Felix loved music and still uses the piano a lot when he’s composing. Felix studied historical musicology at the university but quickly found out that there’s more fun in creating than in listening.
As an audio engineer he worked for a small theatre in Hamburg and joined nhb in 1999. Ever since he's been composing music, brand ID's and soundlogos for all kinds of brands and projects. Some of his themes, like Vileda atrractive, have been on air since 15 years. Felix is an integral part of our corporate sound team, that helps brands strike the right chord.
His greatest moment: having seen Ray Charles live on his last european tour.