Maeve | Aleph Music | Innervisions | Based in Berlin Germany


Aera AKA Ralf Schmidt was born in northern Germany in the mid 80’s, growing up in a small, grey town just in between the Baltic and the North Sea. When the first wave of house and techno swept through the suburbs, young Aera was right there in the middle of it.

In 2010, after years of honing his craft in the studio and buying records, Aera started his own label Aleph Music. The label became home to the majority of his own productions as well as remixes from the likes of Mano Le Tough, among others.

Late 2011, Aera embarked on a trip through South America. It was during this adventure he wrote his debut long player “Offseason Traveller”, which was met with great critical acclaim across the board.

He spent the winter of 2013 on La Gomera (Canary Islands) and this trip would prove to play a major part in the development of him as an artist. He wrote a huge body of work and having never sent demos of his music to other labels before, Aera decided it was time for that to change.

His first demo (Freak Wave) was picked up by Innervisions immediately and so the spark was lit, a full EP with Maeve followed in the coming months and suddenly things were on the move.

2015 was a breakthrough year for Aera, with live shows at the Maeve showcase at Sonar Barcelona as well as the Ellum show at ADE in Amsterdam and Institut Für Zukunft Leipzig.
DJ shows were also on the rise with clubs like Panorama Bar Berlin, Harry Klein Munich, Radion Amsterdam or The BPM Festival in Mexico all enlisting his skills over the past 6 months.

With EPs lined up on both John Talabot’s Hivern Discs and his own full four tracker on Innervisions, as well as continuing releases on Aleph Music, 2016 is set to be a big year for Aera.
Watch this space!



You Know Juno (MAEVE 06)


Offseason Traveller (ALEPHLP01)

The Silver & Black EP (ALEPH05)

The Remixes (Incl. Mano Le Tough Remix) (ALEPH04)

The Third Wave EP (ALEPH03)

Continental Drift EP (ALEPH02)

Infinite Space EP (ALEPH01)


Aera kicked off the new year with one of the stand out sets of this year’s BPM Fesitval in Mexico as part of the Maeve Showcase at Cannibal Royal. Having produced a wealth of music over the past 12 months, 2016 will see the fruits of of this labour finally released. With a remix of Sabre’s “Ghetto Prophet” soon due on Clone Royal Oak, his own four track EP on Innervisions and plans for releases on his own Aleph Music in motion, it is set to be a busy year for Aera…


03 Nov LoLiTa at Razzmatazz, Barcelona
22 Oct Maeve at Thuishaven, Amsterdam
30 Sep About Blank, Berlin
08 Sep Castello Festival, Beesenstedt
03 Sep Kowalski, Stuttgart
29 Jul Taktraum Festival @ Reduit Tilly, Ingolstadt
23 Jul Gem Fest, Anaklia
21 Jul Maeve @ La Clairière, Paris
08 Jul auto.matic.OPEN at Kesselhaus, Augsburg
23 Jun Le Sucre, Lyon
09 Jun TBA, Dresden
12 May Die Rakete, Nuremberg
29 Apr Fiction, NYC
28 Apr Hardpop, Juarez
07 Apr Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
24 Mar Wilden Renate, Berlin
18 Mar Jiro, Kuala Lumpur
17 Mar Elevator, Shanghai
11 Mar BEAM, Bangkok
10 Mar Kilo Lounge, Singapore
25 Feb La Belle Electrique, Grenoble
24 Feb Kassablanca, Jena
02 Feb Electric Garden & Theatre, Galway
28 Jan Escena, Gran Canaria
14 Jan La Dame Noir, Marseille
13 Jan The Block, Tel Aviv
08 Jan Panorama Bar, Berlin


31 Dec Paradigm, Groningen
25 Dec Waagenbau, Hamburg
16 Dec Batofar, Paris
26 Nov Nitsa, Barcelona
19 Nov Sweat Lodge x Volt, Milan
12 Nov Sweat Lodge x Papaya Playa Project, Tulum
10 Nov Sweat Lodge x D-Edge, São Paulo
29 Oct Fuse, Brussels
28 Oct Wilden Renate, Berlin
22 Oct ADE Het Sieraad, Amsterdam
01 Oct Sweat Lodge x Indigo, Istanbul
11 Sep Visions of Beyond at Harilaq Fortress, Kosovo
10 Sep Sweat Lodge x De Marktkantine, Amsterdam
03 Sep Mood’s, Gammarth
27 Aug Kunstgeschwister Open Air, Mönchengladbach
26 Aug Bootleg, Tel Aviv
14 Aug Sweat Lodge x Glazart, Paris
06 Aug Øuerschnitt Festival, Pfaffenhofen bei Kastl
23 Jul Corsica Studios, London
16 Jul Ruigoord Church, Amsterdam
09 Jul Sweat Lodge x Tresor, Berlin
08 Jul Szpitalna, Karkow
02 Jul RePublik at Project Waterford
22 Jun Wanderlust / Nuits Fauves, Paris
04 Jun Innervisions @ Ikarus Festival, Memmingerberg
26 May Watergate, Berlin
06 May Village Underground, London
18 Mar Projekt LAB, Poznan
19 Feb Limbo RestoClub, Luxembourg
05 Feb Radion, Amsterdam
12 Jan Maeve BPM at Canibal Royal, Playa del Carmen


26 Dec Institut fuer Zukunft, Leipzig
24 Dec Radion, Amsterdam
28 Nov Panorama Bar, Berlin
20 Nov Kontur at MS Zufriedenheit, Würzburg
24 Oct Just This @ Baalsaal, Hamburg
16 Oct Ellum ADE at Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
15 Oct Sweat Lodge ADE at Club NL, Amsterdam
02 Oct The International, Luxembourg
15 Aug Calypso, Hammamet
27 Sep Grizzly Nation at About Blank, Berlin
01 Aug Harry Klein, Munich
04 Jul Tresor, Berlin
25 Jun Watergate, Berlin
17 Jun Maeve Rave Sonar @ Pic-Nic, Barcelona
13 Jun Boom Boat, Szczecin
11 Jun Noice @ Loftas, Vilnius
06 Jun Cruquiusgilde, Amsterdam
22 May TBA, TBA
15 May Opium Rooms, Dublin
02 May About Blank, Berlin
01 May Schwarzes Schaf, Augsburg
21 Mar Entre Los Arboles, Pereira
12 Mar Muting The Noise, Berlin
21 Feb Sfinks700, Sopot
17 Jan IPSE, Berlin


23 Nov Panorama Bar, Berlin
02 Nov Wilde Renate, Berlin
25 Oct Larm, Budapest
27 Sep About Blank, Berlin
28 Jun Leoncavallo, Milan