Kontor Records

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Kontor Records
GenreElectronic music, dance music
Founded1996; 26 years ago (1996)
Hamburg, Germany
FounderJens Thele
Area served
OwnerEdel SE & Co. KGaA (66,79%)
DivisionsClub Tools
Do It Yourself Entertainment
Kontor New Media
Sheffield Tunes
Panet Punk Music
Zooland Music
Headquarters of Kontor Records and Edel AG at Neumühlen, Hamburg

Kontor Records or Kontor New Media is a record label based in Hamburg, Germany. The label's artist roster includes ATB, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Scooter. Jens Thele is the head manager of Kontor and is also the manager of Scooter.[1]

Edel SE & Co. KGaA is the largest shareholder of the company and distributes its releases in German-speaking Europe. Outside Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Kontor Records have arranged multiple distribution deals with third-party labels.


Founded in 1996, the label originated as a club night that Jens Thele organised in Hamburg's central business district. Kontor was rapidly established as a successful musical project for local DJs and producers, and this was followed by interest from international artists. Thele has explained: "We place great importance on long-term artist relationships and development, always looking to create album projects". In 2000 the 51% of the company was acquired by the German larger company Edel AG, with Thele and other subscribers retaining operative roles in the company.[2] As of 2004, the company's office overlooks the Hamburg dockland area.[3] Edel is still the largest shareholder of Kontor Records and currently owns 66,79% of shares.[4]

The label launched the Kontor.TV YouTube channel in 2006 and music videos, playlists and preview-mixes of new releases are uploaded onto the channel. As of February 2017, 4.5 million users are subscribed to Kontor.TV.[5] In early 2013, the label entered into a partnership with the Spotify online music streaming service and Kontor.FM was launched in March 2013.[3][6]

In June 2013, Kontor garnered attention for a novel promotional campaign for the new song from artist Boris Dlugosch. The recipient of the music unfolds a device entitled "The Office Turntable" that serves as a 2D Technics turntable on which Dlugosch's vinyl single can be heard. The vinyl is neon orange-colored and most types of smartphones are used to scan an activating QR code on the fold-out device.[7] Label staff explained to the Contagious Magazine's YouTube channel that they were motivated by creative directors who often ignore the music promotions they are sent.[8]

Compilation brands[edit]

Kontor's compilation brands include "Kontor Top Of The Clubs" and "Kontor House of House".[9]

Affiliate and partner labels[edit]

The Sheffield Tunes imprint is a Kontor affiliate label that released the music of Scooter. Scooter's members, H. P. Baxxter and Rick J. Jordan, are company directors of Kontor Records.[3] As of October 2013, Kontor Records is one of the numerous partners listed on the CR2 Records website, a London, United Kingdom (UK) electronic music label founded by musician Mark Brown (also known by the moniker "MYNC").[6]

In June 2020, Kontor acquired the German rock label Arising Empire.[10]




  1. ^ "Biography". Scooter. Scooter. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Crisi di liquidità? Edel smentisce" (in Italian). Rockol.it. 14 July 2000. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  3. ^ a b c "About (English)". Kontor Records. Kontor Records GmbH. 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Edel Annual Report, 2019" (PDF) (in German). Edel SE & Co. KGaA. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  5. ^ "KontorTV". Kontor.TV on YouTube. Google, Inc. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b "KONTOR RECORDS (GERMANY)". CR2 Records. CR2 Records. 5 February 2013. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  7. ^ Mark Settle (19 June 2013). "The Office Turntable — the best promo mailer ever". DJWorx. DJWorx. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  8. ^ ContagiousMagazine (16 May 2013). "Kontor Records Back to vinyl-The Office Turntable_film" (Video upload). YouTube. Google Inc. Retrieved 20 June 2013.[dead YouTube link]
  9. ^ "About". Kontor Records on Facebook. Facebook. October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Distributor Kontor New Media acquires German rock label Arising Empire". 22 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Artists | Kontor Records".

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