Founded by Nick and Nico in 2013 as a YouTube channel, the distinctive music selection and visual appearance of Selected. instantly grabbed the attention of a growing number of loyal followers and music lovers around the globe. Selected. was born. Still, under the first big landmark of 100,000 YouTube followers, Klaus and Michael joined the team in 2015 and became partners with the clear goal of expanding the Selected. brand into a full-scale music company. Since then, it's been a steady uphill journey.
Nowadays, Selected. is a major player on all platforms. The electronic super-brand hosts one of the most influential YT channels for electronic music and runs two of the biggest playlist brands on all streaming services. With these powerful tools and millions of fans and followers, Selected. has turned into a boutique label partner for electronic artists all over the world. A platform for emerging talents, but also for big names like Joel Corry, Sonny Fodera, Avaion and Just Kiddin (to name a few), the Selected. label crossed the 2 Billion stream milestone in the summer of 2022 and is now heading for new frontiers.
I am Co-founder and Director at Selected., navigating the next chapter of our brand evolution as one of the global power-players in electronic dance music. Around 10 years ago, Nico and I started Selected. as best friends and out of a shared passion for music, story- and brand-building. I couldn’t be more proud today about how far we’ve come and how we’ve been able to attract the attention and love of the incredibly talented & passionate individuals who form the team that Selected. is today and who are nothing less than a family to me.
10 years ago, Nick and I founded Selected. in my parent’s house. We are not only best friends from the very beginning, we also shared the same vision musically and visually to where Selected. needs to go. Strengthened by Michael and Klaus’ knowledge and experience, Selected. wouldn’t be as successful as it is today, and I’m forever grateful for that.
I am the lucky one. More than 25 years ago, I met Michael, who became my lifetime business partner, best friend and brother in heart. We went through all ups and downs in the music business; I thought I’d seen it all. Having such a partner is a rare blessing. But then, years ago, I met the two talented Berliners, Nick and Nico, and finally, my musical career took a completely new twist. Driven not just by the same musical taste but also by sharing the same values, goals and ideals, Selected. feels like the coronation of my career. It never felt so good, and, as I said, I’m the lucky one…
What Klaus and I have been experiencing in the last years with Nick and Nico is a dream come true. The synergy of 4 people from 2 different generations coming together has been so inspiring and fulfilling since the very first day, and until now, this effect has never stopped. When I was around 27 years old, I asked Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records and the person who brought Bob Marley to the world, for advice as I was about to start my first own record label called Kosmo Records.
He said, “just work with people you like”. There has been a lot of wisdom in this advice, and the longer I have been doing this, the more I recognise the deep truth of this approach to one’s professional and personal life. It feels so good that this has become a wonderful reality at Selected., working together with people you fully trust and that you can enjoy the ride with.
I am Head of Live at Selected. My role is to lead all of Selected's live endeavours across various mediums, ensuring that the brand's overall strategy and ethos are reflected in our IRL offering, as well as ideating the freshest ideas to keep Selected at the forefront of electronic music. I am equally passionate about the Selected project and the live side of the music industry. I look forward to continually contributing to this next exciting chapter of Selected's book.
I joined the team back in November 2021. Since I started producing, it’s always been a goal of mine to have my music featured on their channel. After I got my first two releases on the label, I noticed that they were looking for an intern to work with them in their headquarters in Berlin, so I took the chance to send them my application. I got lucky and they gave me a chance to prove myself, and since I was planning on moving to Berlin in the near future anyway, I thought this would be perfect for me, and it truly was.
Moving to Berlin has opened so many new opportunities for me as an artist. I’ve met and worked with so many talented & lovely people, got invited to songwriting camps in Sweden, as well as Berlin, made tunes that I didn’t even think I could make and learned a lot about the music industry. So starting at Selected. was definitely a life-changing event for me, and I’m truly grateful for what has happened so far.