Harthouse was founded in 1992 by Heinz Roth (and Matthias Hoffmann (Brainchild) & Sven Väth) in Frankfurt.
It was distributed via "WEA Musik GmbH" and "Eye Q Musikproduktion GmbH".
In 1997 Sven Väth and Matthias Hoffmann left Harthouse and the label moved to Berlin in early February. On June 9th 1997 Harthouse had to declare insolvency.
The UK office continued operating and released a couple of records during the rest of 1997 with a totally different logo.
In 1998 UCMG Germany bought the licences to some Harthouse releases and the rights for the use of the label's trademark. Oliver Bondzio of Hardfloor became the new A&R and the "Retrospective"-compilation along with some new releases were published.
After the bankrupcy of the UCMG Germany in 2003, Harthouse was discontinued for the second time.
In 2004 Daredo Music took over the rights of the Harthouse brand. The label is now called Harthouse Mannheim, but the old design is kept intact.
Before Eye Q Music opened an office in London they had a licensing deal with Rising High. Releases with a catalog numbering scheme using HARTUK should be put under Harthouse U.K.
Labelcode: LC 5305 / LC 6450
Label profile taken from Various - Eye Q:
In its present state, HARTHOUSE has a strong affilation towards the feelings and instincts of a whole generation. Within the EYE Q family, it plays the role of an "idea tank" for new, unknown talents. With its 12" releases, it is mainly aimed at the DJs and clubs in the musical underground. Acts like HARDFLOOR, RESISTANCE D, THE AMBUSH, PULSE or SPICELAB have released 12" singles on HARTHOUSE for years and have grown beyond the club/rave scene. The HARTHOUSE albums of these acts, however, demonstrate different aesthetics in their way of working with sounds and sequences that are also effective outside of the clubs. Here we also find ALTER EGO whose goals are the production of "advanced home listening music". HARTHOUSE offers open-minded young artists a playing-field for creativity and experiments that do not necessarily originate from the Techno/House scene.