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Atman, (Sanskrit: self, breath) one of the most basic concepts in Hinduism, the universal self, identical with the eternal core of the personality that after death either transmigrates to a new life or attains release (moksha) from the bonds of existence. … Atman is that which makes the other organs and faculties function and for which indeed they function; it also underlies all the activities of a person, as brahman (the Absolute) underlies the workings of the universe. Atman is part of the universal brahman, with which it can commune or even fuse.

— The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica

ATMAN evolved quite naturally from blacklisted records, a previous label owned by Danny Antonelli. In 1998, guitarist/producer Heli Schneider took over blacklisted records and ATMAN emerged from its soul. 20 years after its inception, the label has naturally evolved into the world of Country Music.

Country Music isn’t strange to the label founder, Danny Antonelli, whose family roots go back to that corner of West Virginia where it meets Kentucky and Ohio: the three states where folk, country and bluegrass music are at home. Danny’s father was born in Cove Gap, West Virginia, a small crossroads town in the middle of rolling green hills. But his father and many of his relatives had to leave the poverty-stricken area to find work elsewhere, some on the lines in Detroit producing the cars that eventually took over America and some, like Danny’s father, joined the Army. As a professional soldier, he traveled to many countries around the world and that’s why Danny was born in Trieste, Italy, where his father was stationed in the postwar years.


Danny graduated with a degree in English Literature from university in Los Angeles and traveled to Portugal where he wrote his first hit song (O Rapaz du Cubo Magico). 2 years later he arrived in Hamburg, Germany and worked as a professional lyricist for a number of German pop and rock and metal bands (discogs). At the same time he began to produce and release CDs and LPs with many of his own compositions.

Links: Danny Antonelli, Words & Music, Past Masters

Label Code: LC-01692

The Label Code (LC) was introduced in 1977 by the IFPI (International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Industries) in order to unmistakably identify the different record labels for rights purposes. Label Codes in Germany are issued by GVL.