About Van Richter Records
Van Richter Records was formed November 1993 in San Diego California by long time loyal fans of Industrial Music . Our mission is to develop the careers of the leading Artists in the Industrial music genre. The top priority of Van Richter continues to be "quality not quantity" in our releases!
Every album including the packaging is of the highest quality in the music industry. Since our formation ... read more
Underwater Pilots are Manuel G. Richter and Gregoire Vanoli. They are a german band creating electronic pop music with subtile darkness, melodic hooklines and dancable beats. Mostly they work in the area of dark-electro and the future-pop-scene. In 2002 the guys met for the first time while working on a remix and noticed that they had a similar way of feeling music. But Manu and Greg also noticed their completely different ways of producing. While working together,they saw how they could complement each other and decided to start a project. Why they chose Underwater Pilots as the band name? Because Manu and Greg love spherical and liquid sounds, kind of an underwater feeling. And the guys both love to sit in their cockpits, pressing buttons and turning wheels.In summer 2002 they created a first demo. They worked on some older tracks from Manu, giving them a more modern touch. This was the beginning of Underwater Pilots. Manuel G. Richter: vocals, production Gregoire Vanoli: live-electronics, production Greg's history Born in april 1977. He grew up in Bblingen, Freiburg, Lrrach, Tunis and Hameln. Then he moved back to Freiburg, then Hameln again, and finally he lives in Hamburg. He began to learn the piano in Tunis, and years later he begon to teach himself guitar and bass in Hameln. During this time, he played in rock-, funk-, fusion- and Big- Bands. His interest in electronic music came up in '97, and soon after he got his first own computer. He then worked on many different projects, mostly unreleased until today. Today, he works as a supervisor in video - postpoduction and 3D animation, and supports many people in digital video productions. Manu's history Manuel was born in january 1974 in Mlheim/Ruhr (Germany) as the son of two musicians and grew up near the small town Hameln. At the age of ten he began to study the drumset for eight years. Later he started to explore electronic music. He played in different projects and bands from classical drum ensembles over pop to rock bands. In the early 90's he started to combine the drumming with electronic sounds and compositions. From 1990 to 1998 he recorded some tapes, a CD and played a lot of gigs with his band One Step Divine. At the same time he worked on some electronic projects between pop, electro-ebm and experimental. Since 1997 Manuel has been working on experimental composing and sound art, released some vinyl and CD albums on Hands and a lot of compilation tracks. He's played many live gigs in Germany and other european countries. Manuel works as an educator and freelance music therapist in Leipzig. Since summer '05 he's also been teaching sound synthesis at the sae-college.
Girls Under Glass
The year is 1999 A.D. ... The electro-industrial three-piece Lineup... Zaphor (Volker Zacharias) - vocals and guitars, Axel Ermes - guitars and bass, Hauke Harms - Electronics (live crew Marcus Giltjes -drums, Mark Wheeler and Raj Sen Gupta guitars) ... more than a decades worth of work of the trio know as Girls Uunder Glass! The alternative scene has changed much over the past decade; more and more bands have proved that their idea of crossing and melting different elements in music - from Metal through Electro -Trance to Industrial can be successful. The Hamburg, Germany based Girls Under Glass are leading innovators of musical openness and known for their overlapping mixture of styles since G.U.G's founding in 1986. After twelve years and nine European releases (1988-1997) - Humus, Flowers, Positive, Live at Soundgarden, Darius, Christus, Down in the Park, Exitus, and Crystals and Stones - Girls Under Glass are still leading representatives of modern alternative music. This reputation has given G.U.G. members Zacharias and Ermes the chance to play an important role in the beginning of Cassandra Complex in 1990. 1997 brought the release of G.U.G.'s Firewalker in Europe which was considered by the media at the time as the toughest, most aggressive and uncompromising Girls Under Glass album to date, which continued to push the band far ahead of its peers in the Electro/Metal/Industrial and Wavescene with their unique multi influence and diverse style. Now comes the long awaited Girls Under Glass anthology Nightmares - spanning over a decade of work with rare, and unreleased material,cover versions, remixes, and brand new tracks including a dance floor cover version of the seminal John Carpenter title Halloween. The influence and importance of Germany's Girls Under Glass in the genre has garnered the attention of fellow countrymen and industrial giants KMFDM and Die Krupps both whom have remixed G.U.G. tracks that will be appearing on the first ever Girls Under Glass North American release on Van Richter Records. Now the year is 2001 and the second and most ever anticipated U.S. release of Girls Under Glass... (one of the most influential Gothic / Darkwave and Industrial bands on the underground scene for the past two decades). This new compact disc contains the seminal Madonna hit title track Frozen (Ray of Light) remade in the GUG signature image. Bruno Kramm of Das Ich offers up a brilliant mix of the song "Wings", and the number one synth pop band in Europe - Wolfsheim - contributes with their compelling vocals on the dance track "Grey in Grey". Rounding out this great Disc is the Firewalker angst single "The Bitter End" Even though this new release is a mere thirty minutes in length it has six hugely significant songs on it with contributions from the premiere Artists in the darkwave,gothic synth pop and industrial genres. Frozen is a record that can seriously be considered as a more accessible NIN Broken! Girls Under Glass goes back to its gothic and darkwave roots with their latest release entitled "Equilibrium". This album comes with the bonus Kraftwerk cover version "Radioaktivitat" by the GUG side project Trauma.
Death and Horror Inc
1987 Vicar (vocals, samples, guitars, synths) and Graf (samples, airwave appropriation) begin collaborating afterhours on improv soundscape compositions, in Toronto - DHI'S home town Vicar the duo partially names itself after a classic 70s BBC sound effects record 1988 Max joins the band on synths, samples and metals DHI's first demo cassette, Need And Ability, is distributed in Toronto, receiving positive college media attention the trio makes its live debut and quickly amasses a strong regional following 1989 Chemical Land Showdown, the band's second album-length demo, is released a handful of Toronto DJs successfully chance DHI's sound on the danceclub crowd the group is invited to support A Split Second, and a few weeks later,Front Line Assembly Nocturne 1990 Canadian indie label Fringe Product inks the band to a three year deal DHI meets producer/engineer Rob Sanzo (Dogpile-Kk/Electrip recording artists) and begins re-recording material for future releases an opening spot is secured for The Young Gods 1991 the limited edition Chemical Land CD EP, featuring two rare tracks, is released on Fringe Max departs Stateside and is replaced by Nocturne (samples, violins) the group is approached by director Steve Jones, resulting in DHI's first video outing (also for Chemical Land) Graf 1992 Machine Altar Transmission, the band's Canadian debut CD, hits the streets MuchMusic, and CityTV's internationally syndicated New Music program, both air features documenting DHI's original/unorthodox sampling techniques the band plays in support of Alien Sex Fiend another video, entitled New Vision, featuring metal artist Steve Richards' Insidious Devices (Lollapalooza) and ex-Archaos firebreather Mike Dent, is launched DHI embarks upon a lengthy series of writing and recording sessions at its Scriptorium studio, and later at Signal To Noise with Rob Sanzo Speed 1993 another limited edition ep, Bitter Alloys, is released Mike Speed Gibbs (Dogpile) joins the band, providing additional guitar and bass work CBC's Prime Time News captures DHI in performance for a special on "cyberpunk" author William Gibson 1994 the foursome continue an onslaught of Canadian gigs supporting Pressures Collide, DHI's second CD shooting for the Pain And Courage video (the CD's lead-off single) is conducted in a ghastly, long-abandoned brick factory 1995 Van Richter Records (California) and Kk records (belgium) both license the Pressures disc, resulting in DHI's debut release in the U.S. and Europe. The Van Richter disc includes the limited edition Bitter Alloys EP. these two versions of the disc boast fully redesigned sleeves - exclusively for each label's territory. DHI and Kk begin organizing the band's first European live dates - destined to be a success, as DHI has evolved into a thunderous, riveting animal! 1997 Presents the final chapter of DHI as Van Richter Records releases their swan song album Transmissions from the Chemical Land containing previously unreleased and out of print material, plus the hit single "Chemical Land". DHI now takes their place along side Skinny Puppy as one of the key innovators in the history of Industrial music!