Hospital Records

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Hospital Records
Hospital Records.svg
Founded 1996
Founder Tony Colman (London Elektricity) and Chris Goss
Genre Drum and Bass
Electronic music
Liquid Funk
Breakbeat
Location Forest Hill, South London
Official website hospitalrecords.com

Hospital Records is an independent record label based in South London. Primarily releasing drum and bass, the label was started in 1996 by Tony Colman (London Elektricity) and Chris Goss, and has grown in recent years to become one of the most well known labels within UK dance music. The label is home to artists such as Danny Byrd, Camo & Krooked, Logistics, Nu:Tone, Metrik, Fred V & Grafix and S.P.Y but also releases tracks from a whole host of other artists across the DnB genre. From its HQ in Forest Hill, South London, Hospital also runs the more experimental label Med School, as well as publishing company "Songs In The Key Of Knife" and their worldwide events brand "Hospitality".

In December 2011, Hospital Records won the Best Label title at the 2011 Drum and Bass Arena Awards.[1]

Exclusive Artists[edit]

The following artists are exclusively signed to Hospital Records.[2]

Logistics and Nu:Tone (Matt Gresham and Dan Gresham respectively) occasionally collaborate to make the group 'Nu:Logic'.[3][4]

Med School Music

Hospitality[edit]

A Hospitality night at Heaven Ibiza, 2007

'Hospitality' is Hospital Record's event brand. Drum and bass events involving a set of artists from the label are often advertised as 'Hospitality' events, with events such as 'Hospitality Brixton'.[5]

In 2014 Hospital Records celebrated its 18th birthday by revisiting some of the venues it had used for past Hospitality events. The first event took place at 02 complex in Greenwich, London. This was formerly the Matter nightclub. On 4 May Hospitality visited Heaven near Charing Cross station in central London .[6]

In 2017, the label turned 21, a milestone marked by the release of a 'best of' compilation album featuring a selection of tracks produced by the label during its lifetime. [7] Named 'We are 21', the album was released as a precursor to a year of planned events celebrating the breadth and variety of the entire drum and bass spectrum. These include the follow-up to 2016's award-winning Hospitality in the Park festival in London's Finsbury Park, where a sold-out crowd of over 10,000 watched more than 100 artists performing across 5 stages in a single day.

The festival marked a step into unknown territory for the label, being by far the largest Hospitality event ever planned. The day was later described by label boss Tony Colman (Aka London Elektricity) on his weekly podcast as, "One of the best days of my life."

Hospitality in the Park 2017 set out to be even more ambitious. 2,500 extra tickets were made available,taking the crowd capacity up to 12,500. Despite this, the event sold out once more. With many more performers than at even the record-breaking 2016 event - this time appearing in one of eight different arenas - the festival further broadened its already eclectic focus.[8]

Other big events for the label included the sold-out Hospitality in the Dock, which took place in April 2017 in London's sprawling Grade 1 listed tobacco dock. This was the biggest indoor event ever held by Hospital Records, again showcasing a wide variety of acts across a number of stages.

Hospitality in the Dock built on the success of Hospitality in the Park 2016 and further underlined the importance of the label to both the industry and the genre. The unprecedented size, scale and success of these events has cemented the reputation of Hospital Records as one of the leading players in the industry.

Hospital Records provides a number of compilation albums throughout the year named 'Hospitality'. The albums contain tracks, VIP mixes, and remixes from both artists of the label as well as artists outside the label, such as Genetic Bros, Cyantific, Sub Zero, and TC. All of the albums contain about 30 tracks, as well as a mix (mixed by recognised DJs such as London Elektricity, Stanza, and Tomahawk) containing all of the tracks in the album.

Subsidiary[edit]

Songs In The Key Of Knife[edit]

Working in partnership with long-established music publishers Fairwood Music Ltd, Nichion Inc and Westbury Music Ltd, Songs In The Key Of Knife makes every effort to develop the careers of both established and emerging writers whilst maximizing the potential of their works.[9]

Podcast[edit]

Tony Colman hosts the Hospital Records Podcast. He is occasionally joined by a guest from the label, or an up-and-coming unsigned artist. Tony often plays demos from budding producers on the podcast.[10]

The podcast has won the BT Digital Music Award for Best Podcast in 2006, 2007[11] and 2008.

Releases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DNB Arena Awards Winners 2011. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. , IMO Records, London, 2 Dec 2011. Retrieved on 2 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ "Hospital Records – Artists". hospitalrecords.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Muniz, Chris (2 September 2014). "Logistics Interview". Kmag. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hospital Records – nulogic". hospitalrecords.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hospitality". Hospitality. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hospitality London 2014". Hospitality 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hospitality 21 2017". Hospitality 21. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Hospitality in the Park 2017". Hospitality in the Park. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Songs In The Key Of Knife Songs In The Key Of Knife – Home
  10. ^ https://www.hospitalrecords.com/podcast/
  11. ^ BT Digital Music BT Digital Music Awards 2007 – All the winners Archived 23 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

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