May 20, 2024

Celtic Circle Productions (CCP) founder Alfred Kaenders is no more


Celtic Circle Productions (CCP) founder Alfred Kaenders is no more

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Alfred Kaenders, founder of the Geldern (DE) based electro-industrial label Celtic Circle Productions is no more. He died a few days ago.

The sad news was announced by Bruno Kramm (Das Ich) on his Facebook page.

Bruno: “Today, I learned about the far too early death of one of the scene’s originals, Alfred Kaenders. As the founder of the Celtic Circle Productions label in the nineties, in recent years he was especially ubiquitous at festivals with his perfume and jewelry stands. Alfred had a very eventful life story with many highs and lows, many legendary tales and incidents, but always with his mischievous smile that I will never forget. My thoughts are with his family. Farewell, old friend.”

In a reaction Seba Dolimont, who worked with Alfred when he ran the printed version of Side-Line, says: “This is shocking news. Definitely too young to die… Alfred was a true passionate man for our dark scene and he had a strong and active contribution to it in the 90’s through concerts, the labels and magazine publishing. Professionally, I learnt a lot from him and he gave me his trust back in the days for releasing my own music as Aiboforcen and bringing Side-Line Magazine on the map as leading print mag in English with attached CD. He definitely somehow contributed to the foundations of what Side-Line Magazine and Alfa Matrix/Spleen+ would become later. Sadly enough, some major mismanagement mistakes brought his activities to collapse. But i will never forget his unlimited devotion to the dark underground music scene, his countless stories he was telling with ultimate passion, his big heart for the people and artists he was supporting and bringing together. We spent unforgettable moments together during these years between Belgium, Geldern & Krefeld (Germany) and his unique laughter is still echoing in my ears… Merci for all the positive things and moments you brought and all these nice people i learnt to know thanks to your impressive networking. I hope you find some nice dark tunes out there. RIP my “un-be liev-able” old bro…”

Celtic Circle Productions
Celtic Circle Productions

The label which launched its first productions in 1992 originally was the home to Inertia, Yelworc, AmGod and many other groups of the early and mid-nineties. The label also had a sub-label, Khazad-Dûm, and produced compilation releases for Side-Line, Gothic Grimoire and Vertigo. The label ceased operations in 1998 after experiencing financial difficulties.

We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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