Michael Schuster opened his first record store at the tender age of 18 – only to find out soon enough that selling punk records in a residential area of a very small Bavarian town is not exactly the best idea. In 1990 he founded his label Subway Records (and promptly signed THE NOTWIST, RESISTORS and BORED! among others), before becoming a founding member of the German independent music association (VUT) in 1993. In 1998 he finally left behind the Bavarian suburbs to start his own music distributor Cargo Records 500km north, in Wuppertal first in association with Cargo Records UK and Cargo Music USA, then fully independently from 2001. In 2010, Cargo not only established Record Store Day in Germany, but also released its very own turntable “33punkt3”. From analogue to digital, Michael started Cargo Digital Services in 2011, soon to be followed by the P.R.O. Agency rights management company in 2013. From 2013-2016 Michael supported the “indie cause” as a board member of VUT. Last year, Cargo proudly celebrated its 18th birthday. 2017 sees Michael and Cargo Records still excited for the future of music.
Michael Schuster attends Face The Music 2017 on behalf of the Music Passport program. Music Passport is part of the $22.2 million Victorian State Government Music Works program.