The history of HARTMANN started in 2005 with the debut ‘Out in the cold’,
often reviewed as ‘Album of the month’ in a wide range of rock magazines all over
the world. With their successful followers ‘Home’ (2006), ‘3’ (2009), ‘Balance’
(2012), the live & acoustic DVD/CD ‘Handmade’ (2008) and the compilation ‘The
Best Is Yet To Come’ (2013) the band has meanwhile worked out their status as
being one of Germany’s best modern hard rock bands that is offering international
high-class Melodic Rock. The band also enjoys the good reputation as an
outstanding live band and has been called to tour with rock legends as Toto, The
Hooters, Uriah Heep, Edguy, Mother’s Finest, Y&T and others.
Since the late 90’s founder Oliver Hartmann is known as a highly respected
singer and guitarist on the international music scene due to four albums with the
band At Vance, studio work for hard rock and metal acts as Hammerfall,
Rhapsody, Helloween or Edguy, as a long time studio and live member of top
sellers as Avantasia and also as a part of ‘Rock Meets Classic’ that is featuring
the big names of the international rock scene: Alice Cooper, Ian Gillan, Uriah
Heep, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, Paul Rodgers, Eric Bazilian, Jimi Jamison,
Midge Ure, Steve Lukather, Chris Thompson, Bonnie Tyler and many others.
Besides that Oliver Hartmann is also fronting the successful Pink Floyd Tribute
Echoes that climbed up to No 20 of the German charts in 2015 with their acoustic
live DVD ’Barefoot To The Moon’ and received outstanding critics world wide.
In September 2016 the long awaited new studio album has been released on the
artist owned label Sonic 11 Records in cooperation with Pride & Joy Music and
Germusica Promotion. Including the participation of some well known guest
musicians the album was again coproduced by Sascha Paeth (eg. Avantasia,
Beyond The Black, Kamelot) at Gate Studios Wolfsburg.
After a German club tour in late 2016 followed by a few big summer festivals in
2017 (Rock Of Ages, Hanau Rocks and many others) HARTMANN is actually
working on a new studio album (release May 18th) and is already looking forward to
the upcoming festival season and more live dates in autumn!
Oliver Hartmann – vocals, guitar
Mario Reck – guitar
Armin Donderer – bass
Markus Kullmann – drums