Lebensfreude: zest for life, joie de vivre, soulfulness, high spirits.
Berlin, summer, 2000: the charitable association Lebensfreude inc. is founded to create alternatives in the area of uncommercial art, music and culture which intends the squat of the public space and its transformation into a party location.
After a row of successful events,
INTRO (german music magazine) wrote:
“Lebensfreude parties are always
guarantors for a little bit more soul“.
This may be due to the fact that artists of all kinds, all musician from the electronic spectrum are a part of the association.
Parties are also always keep family affairs.
The next logical step follows in 2004 with the foundation of a record label. Foundation member Heiko Werner takes in hand to start the label.
Sweet N Candy is making his first steps in the music business along with his first record release on Lebensfreude.
The foundation-stone is laid. "Multiplex" follows short time later and Sweet N Candy climbs pertinaciously the career leaders up. Years later Lebensfreude primary Vincent Vega will still swarm about how he first listened to the demo tracks of Mr. Henschel and knew it would be a Hit!
From there follow releases of Sven Wegner, Gunne, Tigerskin … Ruede Hagelstein , His Dog vs.Dog records (meanwhile with the fourth part) are probably the most successful draught series in the area of the electronic dance music. Ruede Hagelstein is the secret superstar of the label, one for cuddling notabene.
Then in 2007 the indecision. Heiko Werner withdraws from the music business and hands over the business division to the inhabitant of Erfurt Gunnar "Gunne" Lenke. Vincent Vega is included at the same time more deeply in the label work and takes over the Booking and a part of the PR.
His Berlin office is meanwhile the first drop-in centre for the Lebensfreude artists. New musicians are met, new perspectives, ideas are realised. Douglas Greed, Lars Wickinger, Jake the Rapper, it becomes more international – with artists from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Hungary, Turkey – always widely free from dogmas.
Though music keeps relating to the dancefloor, but whether it is House, Techno, Minimal, Acid or what else … who cares? as long as it brightly remains Lebensfreude !
From unlawful parties at “Palast der Republik” we turned to label nights at Tresor/ Berlin.
From ideas come actions, from music comes an attitude to life – and vice versa. And thus is a little shoulder shake highly recommanded!
Five years and still vivid !
– even if nowadays it's not the rule anymore.
Five years of Lebensfreude – No sign of wisdom comes from the age, but the signs of age. So is the credo in 2009 and so will it remain for the upcoming years, cheerfully.