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Wolfsheim in court
More than 4 years have passed since the release of the album ‘Casting Shadows’ in 2003,
and since that date there has not been any release of a new album from the music group
‘Wolfsheim’. Meanwhile, the reasons for this silence have become clear: The collaboration
between ‘Wolfsheim’ founder Markus Reinhardt and singer Peter Heppner is reaching its
end. Since 2005, a dispute between the two members of the group ‘Wolfsheim’ concerning the future continuation of the ‘Wolfsheim’ project is in place and reached a peak when singer
Peter Heppner signed an exclusive solo artist recording contract for several albums with
Warner Music in the end of 2005. Founder Markus Reinhardt considered this a breach of
contract and a violation of the basic interests of the band ‘Wolfsheim’. The intention of
Peter Heppner to release his solo album followed by promotion and touring first and to
suspend the production of a new ‘Wolfsheim’ album for an indefinite time, but to only
vaguely consider such a production later, not before the end of the year 2009, was a decision
that Markus Reinhardt deemed unacceptable for ‘Wolfsheim’ ‘s relation to the fans.
Therefore, ‘Wolfsheim’ founder Markus Reinhardt declared the exclusion of singer Peter
Heppner from the ‘Wolfsheim’ partnership and filed a lawsuit before the Regional Court
of Hamburg in order to determine that Peter Heppner’s exclusion is effective. Markus
Reinhardt wishes to be able to resume work on the project ‘Wolfsheim’ and to bring the
creative standstill to an end.
During the legal proceedings following Markus Reinhardt’s lawsuit against Peter Heppner,
the Regional Court of Hamburg offered suggestions to resolve the matter of Peter
Heppner’s exclusion amicably; the attempts for negotiations failed, however, due to Peter
Heppner’s personal objectives. The Court concluded that a continuation of the collaboration
between the two artists appears to be impossible because of irreconcilable differences.
‘Wolfsheim’ now needs to undergo personal changes. Nevertheless, founder Markus
Reinhardt emphasizes that the style and direction of ‘Wolfsheim’ ‘s music shall remain. In
order to move on with ‘Wolfsheim’, Markus Reinhardt will intensify his dialogue with
‘Wolfsheim’ ‘s record label, Strange Ways Records.
Jens Schippmann (Kamin + Wilke law firm, Hamburg, Germany), Markus Reinhardt’s
lawyer, announced that a decision of the Regional Court of Hamburg concerning the lawsuit
to exclude Peter Heppner from the ‘Wolfsheim’ partnership because of his competing
solo activities might be estimated sometime in the spring of 2008.