24 Things You Didn’t Know About Astralwerks
Astralwerks – one of America’s pre-eminent homes for unique and forward-thinking artists – is marking its 24th year so we figure we’d come up with a list of things you might not know about us. 24 things to be exact. Dig in more to our history over on the Astralwerks Timeline here.
- The name Astralwerks comes from a combination of the Van Morrison album title Astral Weeks & Kraftwerk
- Astralwerks has been home to 233 artists since 1993
- The staff are proud parents to 6 kids and 3 dogs.
- The Chemical Brothers were the first electronic act to get a Grammy nomination.
- Halsey had her own cubicle at Astralwerks HQ during the Badlands campaign
- We once had to scrap 100K CD’s right before an album came out due to a sample that wasn’t cleared
- Astralwerks was the first indie label owned by a major to have a website and a way for fans to email and communicate with us directly. We love our fans
- Fatboy Slim was the first electronic act to sell 1 million albums in America.
- The Empire State Building was lit up in blue and yellow in February 2013 to honor Swedish House Mafia’s NYC show.
- Halsey signed her recording contract with Astralwerks on the top of the Empire State Building in 2014
- Empire of the Sun single “Walking On a Dream” was released in 2008 and didn’t make its way to become a Top 3 single until 2016
- Daft Punk DJ’d the first Astralwerks Winter Music Conference party, unmasked.
- The label’s nickname at one time was The Doorway to Norway because we loved music from Scandinavia
- Astralwerks worked closely with Ralf Hutter the pioneering founder of Krafwterk on their first ever, 8-night installation 3D shows which took place at MOMA in NYC chronicling their seminal 8 albums from 1974-2003.
- The Beta Band famously had their song “Dry the Rain” featured in the film High Fidelity starring John Cusack & Jack Black.
- Astralwerks has released many soundtracks over the years to acclaimed films & TV shows such as Being John Malkovich, The Virgin Suicides, Six Feet Under & more.
- The Chemical Brothers opened for U2 in December 2000 at Irving Plaza to 1000 fans which was U2’s smallest NYC show in their history
- Swedish House Mafia were the first electronic act to sell out Madison Square Garden and did so in less than 10 minutes.
- When signed to Astralwerks, Sia’s song “Breathe Me” was featured in the emotional last scene of HBO’s Six Feet Under.
- The mysterious Midwestern duo Money Shots DJ the unofficial Astralwerks Coachella after-party every year.
- Astralwerks has had 30 Grammy nominations over 24 years.
- The first ever iPod Shuffle commercial featured The Caesers’ song “Jerk It Out”
- Our office was once in an old factory that made Kazoo’s
- Peter Gabriel once played an acoustic show with Joseph Arthur in our office