Studio !K7

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Studio !K7
Founded 1984
Founder Reiner Bumke, Stephan Guntli, Michael F. Huse, Horst Weidenmüller, since 1996 Horst Weidenmüller
Genre Electronic
Country of origin Germany
Location Berlin
Official website

Studio !K7 is an independent record label based in Berlin, Germany that focuses mostly on electronic music. The name is an abbreviation of the company's original Berlin address, Kaiserdamm 7 (they have since relocated to Heidestr. 52 and later to Gerichtstr. 35). !K7 has since opened branch offices in New York City, Hamburg, London, and Tokyo. It has four independent imprints as part of the K7 label group. !K7, Gold Dust, Strut and Rapster.

K7 has a licensing deal with the New York-based indie label Frenchkiss Records, distributes the labels AGOGO, BBE, Crosstown Rebels, District 6, Environ, Get Physical, Ghostly International, Lo Recordings, Moshi Moshi Records, Piranha, R2, R&S, Rushhour, Skint, Salt Records, Sonar Kollektiv and Muthas Of Invention and has a music publishing company.


Studio !K7 has produced electronic music artists, especially for the DJ-Kicks compilations. It began in 1985 with the idea of releasing digital video clips. In 1991, the first of the 3LUX series (three volumes) was released, followed by the X-Mix series (from 1993 to 1998). In 1995, the DJ-Kicks series was released. At that time it was unconventional to play complete albums with DJ cuts on home stereos. Artists such as Kruder & Dorfmeister, Nightmares On Wax, Thievery Corporation and Stereo MC's Chromeo, Booka Shade contributed to its release.

In 1996, !K7 started launching artist albums. As of 2014 the !K7-discography features albums from artists such as Kruder & Dorfmeister, Matthew Herbert, Dani Siciliano, Ursula Rucker, Swayzak, and Boozoo Bajou. In 2001, Rapster Records, a new label under !K7, started focussing on urban, soul and HipHop music. Since then, Rapster has released records by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock and Roy Ayers, amongst others. Rapster also forged an alliance with UK based soul aficionado Peter Adarkwah, head of BBE Records. !K7 founded another subsidiary, Ever Records, in 2006, for indie bands and singer/songwriters such as Cortney Tidwell, Cyann & Ben, and Howie Beck. In 2008 Strut & Gold Dust Media joined the !K7 label group. Between 1999 and 2003 Strut had released Nigerian Afrobeats, Leftfield Discos, Rare Groove and Grandmaster Flash’s latest album. Strut’s founder, Quinton Scott, is responsible for A&R. In 2013 !K7 started a cooperation with Tricky for releases on his label, including his 2013 album False Idols.

In October 2017, !K7 acquired the catalogues of Patrice Rushen, Miriam Makeba and The Beginning of the End from Warner Music Group, as part of the major's divestments after acquiring Parlophone.[1]

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