R#118 with Oliver Kolb, co-founder of Golden Gate Management

Oliver Kolb

About beer moods, Fred Durst and supposedly inappropriate producer choices.

Oliver Kolb toured around the world in the 1990s with his own indie rock band Throw That Beat In The Garbagecan. Four of the six albums were released by EMI, the band posed for the SPEX cover and yet they were denied their big breakthrough, the Nuremberg resident recalls in the Redfield Podcast with Alexander Schröder.

He later moved into the music industry and already had experience managing his own band. Working in the major wasn't for him and just at the moment when he wanted to turn his back on the music business, he decided in 2002, on a beer whim, to set up a management company for music producers with Carol von Rautenkranz.

20 years later, Golden Gate Management looks after male and female producers, remixers, recording and mix engineers, arrangers and songwriters. In the conversation he explains the company structure, which is expanded by a publisher and label. The company is also active in artist management again.

A task that Kolb took on for the band Union Youth many years ago. They were already considered internationally as the German answer to Nirvana. As manager, he accompanied the rise and fall of this band, negotiated with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, completed unusual showcases and reported on crazy curiosities from that time.

An entertaining episode with excellent insights into publishing and, above all, the management and work of producers.