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K7 Celebrates 21 Years

Cool cutting-edge record label K7 celebrates 21 years in the business this month.

Record label !K7 have chalked up an incredible 21 years in the business. And they're celebrating this month with a cool arty photo exhibition and two quality mid-week club nights.

Mr Thing, Norman Jay and Pete Adarkwah will open a two-week photo exhibition at Phonica Records, in London's Soho, on Tuesday 14th November, to celebrate the label's highly successful 'Kings Of…' mix compilation series, made famous by DJ such as Gilles Peterson and Masters At Work.

The following night !K7 will host a club night at The Luminaire to salute its offshoot label, Ever Records.

Then, on Thursday 16th November, Matthew Herbert will be bringing a full band with him to perform his critically acclaimed album 'Scale', at Camden's Koko club. Berlin-based producer Henrik Schwarz will be supporting him.

Euro Trash

Matthew Herbert is quite scary really
"When we started !K7 in 1985 dance music was Euro trash," CEO Horst Weidenmüller told DJmag. "It only really got going in the late '80s."

!K7 originally started out as a video production company making punk rock videos for the likes of Nick Cave and Mudhoney.

But they soon found their niche in electronic music, and had international success with artists like Kruder & Dorfmeister, Jazzy Jeff, A Guy Called Gerald, Matthew Herbert, Dani Siciliano and Cortney Tidwell.

Influential

It's now considered one of the most influential independent labels worldwide, with offices in Berlin, Tokyo, New York and London.

Over the years !K7 have proven that it's possible to be leftfield, credible, cutting-edge and mega successful at the same time.

"I've got so many fond !K7 memories, but when Matthew Herbert re-signed with us in 2005 it was something special," said Horst.

Matthew Herbert

"We always had a great business relationship but the personal trust from his side was always missing.

Over the years though Matthew and myself have build up trust and it ended up in him re-signing with us, which meant a lot to me."