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). !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 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 the !K7, started focussing on urban, soul and HipHop music. Since then, Rapster has been releasing records by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock and Roy Ayers, amongst others. Rapster also forged an alliance with UK based soul aficionado Peter Adarkwah whose label BBE has been dealing in diverse, eclectic sounds. With its newly founded subsidiary Ever Records in 2006, !K7 became a platform 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 the Artist Tricky for the releases on his label including his 2013 album False Idols.

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