Kosmo Music GmbH was founded in the year of 1995 by Michael Rank in Munich. Until then, he was gaining experience in the music industry as a label manager for the legendary label Island Records. During this time, he was responsible for the marketing of interesting artists, such as U2, Stereo MC’s, Tom Waits and the Nine Inch Nails on the German market.
The encounter with the label owner of Iceland Records, Chris Blackwell, was inspiring, as well as impressive for the young music manager. Chris Blackwell had then also a valuable tip for Michael Rank’s proposed independence ready: “Only work with people you like”.
Initially, Michael Rank focused on the Kosmo Records label. In close cooperation with the scene magazine “Der Partysan”, a platform for the Munich-based DJ scene was to be established. In the following years the label Chet Records was added, which took care of artists from the sphere of rock, reggae, soul and jazz. The label name was a tribute to the jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.
During these early years, Klaus Eickemeyer was still active as creative head at BMG Ariola and EMI for the marketing of TV advertised artists and concepts, and only in 2002 did he join Kosmo Music GmbH as an equal managing director with his close friend Michael Rank. The portfolio was extended with the label Konsum Records. Already the first release on the label achieved a top 10 position in Germany. About 20 more chart hits followed, securing the long-term economic and artistic independence of the company.
The combination of the more “artist driven” Michael Rank and the more “marketing driven” Klaus Eickemeyer is a major reason why the Kosmo Music GmbH still operates successfully as an independent company in these not easy times for the music industry, and is continually developing.
Finally, in 2010 the label conglomerate was completed with the trademark „Afrojam Music“, which deals exclusively with artists from Jamaica and Africa.
In the meantime, Kosmo has earned praise and great respect amongst clubbers and dj´s, it´s reputation has spread around the world. Numerous high quality productions from Kosmo`s leading artist roster revealed the commercial potential, achieving top regions in dance- and sales charts around the world - some of the Kosmo tunes have definitely emerged as techno classics.
Today, Kosmo Music is one of the most versatile of Germany´s independent record companies. Kosmo Music now looks back on over forty chart hits and various gold records. Their catalogue contains the rights to the works of international stars like Sonique, Tom Novy, BBE, Phil Fuldner, Tomcraft, Moguai, Niels van Gogh and many more. Kosmo Music is highly regarded as a competent and reliable partner and possesses a label network that has grown steadily over the years, providing invaluable international contacts on all continents. and the beat goes on and on and on.