In 1986 Robert
Schroeder started a second career,
Fantasy. In the US, Canada and Germany Double Fantasy's album
Universal Ave. promptly made headlines.
The artists Dreamstar (R. Schroeder) and Charly McLion (C. Buechel)
are the golden combination which makes Double Fantasy unique. Double
Fantasy's style is incomparable and independent in its way. Soft, rhythmical
and floating melodies and electronic sounds accompanied by pleasantly stimulating
and emotional played and remixed guitar sounds. This is complemented with
many highlights for a good feeling.
This type of music is especially preferred in the US
because of its typical characteristics, named as "easy listening music".
That is why Double Fantasy became popular there.
In Germany, this duo ranked several times in the yearly event of
electing best newcomer, best track, best album and best musician in the WDR
broadcast "Schwingungen" (oscillations). In 1986, Double Fantasy ranked
fourth in category "best newcomer", eighth in category "best group", second
for the "best album" and ranked three times in the category "best tracks
of 1986", thus rank 8, 12, and 15.
Beginning of 1987, Robert Schroeder released solo album number
8: Timewaves. This album is a journey throught history of
electronic equipment and synthesizer. Many different
moods are integrated on this album resulting from almost 20 years of synthesizer
history. From meditation, sound-collages and soft electronic to
nice-sounding synthi pop-rhythms. Especially the c-d version of
Timewaves is a masterwork with over 60 minutes. It was important as
a reference for 1987 with idea, composition, production and Sound because
Timewaves got in WDR's "Schwingungen" election perfect results:
Timewaves became third best album of 1987, Robert Schroeder became
second best artist and the tracks "The Message" was elected best track of
Most often, "traditional"
electronic music was regarded as a media for relaxation and frequently was
a means of escape from reality into a free world of your own fantasy. So
it became kind of a drug helping the listener to supersede everyday problems
and freeing thoughts.
Robert Schroeder counteracted this standard and
developped a new conception for his l-p/c-d Driftin' in January 1989.
Assuming a new awareness in production and for the listeners of music,
Driftin' emerged from the objective, that motivating, thought and
energy-stimulating impacts on the listener are created. The listener's
attitude towards himself is positive.
Schroeder's Driftin' set a new distinct counterweight to
"traditional" electronic music. Driftin' offers a good and interesting
combination of meditation, dance-rhythmic and hit-suspicious catchy
tunes. Whereas about 50% consists of short tracks and intend to enjoy commercial
sounds, lovers of "marathon electronic tracks" do not come off badly with
the "Elements" track (around 32 min.).
Schroeder's success of his conception was confirmed by media. In
WDR's "Schwingungen" election 1988 Robert was awarded with following placing:
In the "best track" category two tracks of this album won, "Elements" on
place 11 and "Driftin'" on place 17. The album became third best "album of
the year 1988" and Robert Schroeder was elected fourth "best artist of
In 1991 Robert Schroeder split up with da-music GmbH and founded
his own label NEWS-music. Robert and his team did all the work around
his releases anyhow since some years. If all is done by oneself, then founding
an own label is a logical sequence.
Nevertheless, a risky enterprise, because in the longstanding
cooperation with da-music Schroeder's back catalogue was already available
in many countries around the globe. Now, this sales network needed to be
rebuild for NEWS-music.
foundation debut was his tenth solo album:
Hamaja was released on September 20th, 1991 as c-d.
At least, the split up with da-music had no artistical disadvantages
for Schroeder. Not at all, Hamaja became best rated Robert Schroeder album
at all in Keyboards magazine (edition 3/92). Style magazine even called him
"King of meditation" (edition 3/92) as an answer to
Hamaja is animation for the senses, synthesizer music for the spirit,
for heart and soul. Hamaja, that is meditative sphere sounds, romantic
melodies and dynamic rhythm parts. It is a "sythitive" opus for sensitive
hours. Hamaja is Hebrew and means "Place of refuge". Robert Schroeder
made his work Hamaja for this place.
Edgar Thönnissen stated: "HAMAJA - this is not a place to
sit at or to look at. Hamaja is the place you set up for yourself, where
you are alone with your thoughts, emotions and senses. Create this place
for you whereever you like and whenever you need it. When you found your
own individual place, enjoy Hamaja, unite your forces with your fantasy and
you will find your very personal place - a place of refuge -