Need a gift for a gifted musician?
Ralf Schmidt (a.k.a. Aera)
The Goldwills - Ralf Schmidt ( aka Aera ) and Henry Behring - met while working for the much acclaimed, Hamburg-based record distribution company Wordandsound.
In the warehouse they spent hours chewing the fat about music and detected a very versatile, yet often similar taste in music. Both share a deep passion for several kinds of music such as hip hop, funk, soul, jazz or soundtracks… and of course groovin' house and techno.
Since Henry was commuting between Hamburg and his hometown Schwerin, where he's still running his record and vintage sunglasses business, and had no other place to stay, he moved in with Ralf during the week and they soon started to work on some music together.
The very first track they finished in 2008 - "Motion Team" - was instantly signed to the "Musik Gewinnt Freunde" label - run by their friends of Kollektiv Turmstrasse - and soon followed by more releases on established labels such as WasNotWas (WordAndSound), Liebe Detail, Wandering (Mojuba) and last but not least in 2012 on their own imprint Aurum.
Vintage analogue synth sounds, live percussions, field recordings and samples of obscure dusty records are their inspiration and vital ingredients to their sound. This results in grooving, psychedelic house music representing the deeper, more reflective side of dancemusic, creating ahypnotic, late-night atmosphere.
Both can draw from years of DJing experience to strike the delicate balance between pushing the envelope musically and creatively and injecting the right amount of floormagic.