Astralwerks 20th Anniversary on East Village Radio June 6thJun 04, 2013
Founded in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks Records began as an independent boutique label releasing visionary records that helped ignite two explosive waves of musical creativity: first with Electronica in the ’90s, and more recently with EDM in the new millennium. Over the last 20 years, the label has become one of America’s pre-eminent homes for unique and forward-thinking artists, nurturing a roster of genre-bending musicians and bands.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the label, three visionary executives, past and present who have shaped the label’s vision and history, Brian Long , Errol Kolosine, and Glenn Mendlinger will present a special two-hour retrospective chronicling significant releases from each of their tenures at the label on East Village Radio this Thursday June 6th from 12pm-2pm ET. You can listen live through EVR.com or via the free EVR Mobile App for iPhone and Android. The program will include tracks by Amorphous Androgynous, Seefeel, The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Air, Fatboy Slim, Kraftwerk, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Empire Of The Sun and more. This special show will also include on-air giveaways of rare, Astralwerks swag including the brand new 20th Anniversary limited edition Flexi Disc box set entitled, Astralwerks: Music in 20/20. Check EVR.com for more information on the special show as well as the exclusive giveaways.
Astralwerks: Music in 20/20 , recently released for Record Store Day, spans 20 artists, over 20 years, and includes 20 tracks pressed onto retro-groovy vinyl flexi discs. In the Summer of 1993 Astralwerks released its first album – Tales Of Ephidrina by Amorphous Androgynous – a pseudonym of the legendary Future Sound of London, and catalyst for the sub-genre known at the time as ‘ambient techno’. A landmark series of compilations called Excursions in Ambience followed, as did Big Beat, Breaks and the early progenitors of tech-house, subsequently spawning classics by some of the most groundbreaking electronic artists of the era – Future Sound Of London, Photek, Spacetime Continuum, and µ-Ziq, to name just a few. As the new millennium dawned, the label added luminaries such as The Beta Band, Beth Orton, doves, Hot Chip, Kings of Convenience, Phoenix and Placebo to its roster, as well as releasing Tour De France, the first new album in 12 years from legendary electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, as well as re-issuing their fabled catalogue.
Astralwerks continues to break new ground by not only establishing David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia as major mainstream artists in America (11+ million singles and the first-ever DJ artists to sell out Madison Square Garden respectively) but also simultaneously launching the U.S. careers of many new artists – including Gold Fields, Diamond Rings, Empire of the Sun, NERVO, and Eric Prydz. As a label, it continues to look to the future, not only within the resurgence of electronic dance music but amidst a continually morphing array of musical genres and artists who continue to break new ground.
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About Brian Long: Brian Long founded Astralwerks in 1993 and ushered in its first major success with the launch of The Chemical Brothers before leaving for other opportunities. He’s currently an Artist Manager at Figure Eight/Yes Know Management working with Junip, Jose Gonzalez, The Juan MacLean and !!! as well as overseeing the Fela Kuti catalog at Knitting Factory Records. Brian presents Infinite Eargasm on East Village Radio every Thursday at 12pm ET.
About Errol Kolosine: Leaving behind government work and finishing school in 1994, Kolosine took a job in Promotion at New York-based (Virgin and eventually EMI owned) independent record label Caroline/Astralwerks. Over the subsequent 14 plus years, Kolosine rose to General Manager in 1999 and oversaw all elements of the label, including all promotion, identity and A & R. Kolosine’s Astralwerks’ successes boasts a long list of innovative, top selling, Grammy winning and international artists, including Air, The Beta Band, Beth Orton, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, The Ben Folds Five (on Caroline) and many others. He has worked closely with some of the most critically acclaimed and popular artists in today’s music scene and worked extensively in the areas of soundtracks, licensing, branding, sponsorships and new media initiatives. Kolosine also received an Executive Producer Grammy Nomination for the critically acclaimed soundtrack “Six Feet Under”. Since leaving Astralwerks in April of 2007, Kolosine has been managing and consulting an array of artists, labels and projects – including The Chemical Brothers, Chimera Music, and both the “Heroes” and “Rango” soundtracks; while also serving as an Arts Professor and Business Lab Director at New York University’s Institute of Recorded Music (Tisch School of the Arts).
About Glenn Mendlinger: Beginning his Astralwerks career in 1998 as project manager for The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim, Glenn Mendlinger ultimately became General Manager of the label in 2007 and has been overseeing it ever since. He credits his tenure at Astralwerks and the success of the label to two important components: his love for Electronic music as well as a commitment to artist development. Mendlinger grew up in NYC amidst the New York house music scene and rave culture of the late ’80s and began his industry career doing A&R for East West/Elektra where he inked a label deal with seminal electronic label Warp Records.