Studio !K7

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Studio !K7
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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 k7.com

!K7 Music is an independent record label and music company 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 and London.[1]

It has four independent imprints as part of the K7 label group: !K7, !7K, Strut and AUS.[2]

K7 had a licensing deal with the New York-based indie label Frenchkiss Records, it has distributed the labels AGOGO, District 6, Environ, Get Physical, Ghostly International, Lo Recordings, Moshi Moshi Records, Piranha, R2, Skint, Salt Records and Muthas Of Invention. It also has a music publishing company, it currently distributes for BBE, R&S, Sonar Kollektiv, Luaka Bop, and Rushhour amongst others.[3]

History[edit]

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. The complication series has since included mixes from Jackmaster, Seth Troxler, Marcel Dettmann, Michael Mayer, DJ Koze, Nina Kraviz, Daniel Avery and John Talabot.[4]

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 focusing on urban, soul and hip-hop 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 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.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "!K7 rebrands as it expands management division - Music Business Worldwide". musicbusinessworldwide.com. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "!K7 launches 'neo-classical' hub 7K!". musicweek.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "'You don't need a major label to have success': Why the label services sector is bigger than ever". musicweek.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "DJ Koze and Actress feature on new DJ-Kicks compilation". mixmag.net. Retrieved 4 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "!K7 Music picks up catalogues in Parlophone divestment". musicweek.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.