Katja’s talent for developing appropriate project solutions for each customer, offering the right advice, and managing the entire manufacturing process up to delivery – all with a relaxed attitude – became apparent at an early stage of her career: Even while training as an industrial business manager, she liked to visit her company’s sales department and get to know its customers.
Katja went on to gain valuable professional experience as a recruitment agency manager, in which capacity she began developing relationships with B2B customers. She later served as the managing director of a retail company.
After Katja moved to Hamburg, she was catapulted into the heart of the music industry without any warning when she suffered an “accidental overdose” of music business while working as an assistant to an executive at a leading independent label. After that, a return to normal life was out of the question.
Katja came to Master & Servant in 2004. It was a match made in heaven, and it wasn’t long before Katja became Head of the Media Manufacturing division. She then immediately went about expanding the division’s business.
Today, she continues to put all of her passion and energy into her work – not to mention her extensive expertise in media production, which makes it easy for customers to entrust Katja with production planning for their recordings. Katja is one of those professionals who love their work – and she especially loves to take in the joy and sound of every completed project.
Tom is a sound specialist who can focus on the details like any other “nerd”. Unlike many others, however, he also considers the big picture and is always ready to explore new approaches. That explains why his career path to date resembles a fascinating journey with stops at nearly every station in the music industry.
Our world of sound was still an analogue world when Tom was training to be an audio engineer. The only thing digital in the studio he worked in were the horribly expensive Lexicon reverb machines. Tom learned everything he needed to know about music production (and making coffee) from the ground up and later became acquainted with the daily routines in the business. After that, it was on to the refinements of sound production, like miking drums in just the right way and carrying out “four-handed” sound mixing.
Tom then spent several years working as a division manager for the most influential independent music distribution company in Germany. During this time, he also operated his own label and music publishing company. He topped this off with an exciting stint as a music exporter in a German-Japanese joint venture that focused on distributing European music in Japan.
Still, life is too short and there’s no time for boredom – which is why Tom became a co-founder of Master & Servant, as well as the new company’s managing director and mastering engineer.
Tom retains his passion for his work today, even after mastering 3,950 albums and twice as many singles in just about every music genre. A total of 500 of his productions have made it into the charts. Perhaps even more important, however, is the fact that Tom has also influenced the style and sound of countless classic independent productions.