As part of Transgressive’s ongoing 10th birthday celebrations for 2014, from now until Tuesday Sept 30th September, the label will be giving away a free track, every day, from their website. Each track will be something rare or previously unreleased, spanning a cross section of the Transgressive roster past and present.
Today’s track is The Antlers’ ‘Jupiter’. Originally released by Lefse Records for Record Store Day with Beach House, Spiritulized and more, this track was created using electromagnetic fluctuations in the magnetosphere as the Voyager probe travelled near Jupiter!
This celestial body proved inspiration for a soundscape that is a beautiful companion to the likes of ‘Undersea’ by a band used to more direct lyrical engagements. Head to www.transgressiverecords.
Amongst the other free tracks will be hidden gems from The Shins, Foals, Flume, Alvvays, At The Drive-In, Neon Indian, Africa Express (previously unreleased / unheard tracks from the Damon Albarn and Brian Eno produced album) and each track will be kept secret until it’s made available at 10am that day.
The daily giveaway is a warm up for Transgressive’s big birthday show at London’s Barbican Centre on Sept 30th. The show will be compered by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and welcomes label favourites Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Mystery Jets, Marika Hackman and Dry The River playing live with further guests TBA.
2014 marks a triumphant milestone for Transgressive music. 10 years ago two music enthusiasts Tim Dellow and Toby L, both 19 years old, were introduced at a small 50 person London gig, by Kele from Bloc Party. Tim was obsessing over bands, running a fanzine and releasing Bloc Party’s debut single, Toby was running the website rockfeedback.com, which he set up aged 15 from his bedroom, whilst making shows for MTV and – promoting a Bloc Party gig. One thing led to another and within two months the newly befriended duo had set up their indie label Transgressive Records, on a shoestring, from their respective bedrooms.
They worked out how a label works. They signed some good music. They proved themselves to be passionate, clever, and likeable. Seymour Stein, music industry figurehead who famously founded Sire Records and the Billboard chart, discovering the likes of Madonna, Talking Heads and The Ramones in the process, heard about the talented duo and invited them to New York. A baptism of fire for the two teenagers who found themselves being plied with alcohol to the point they were both throwing up at the end of night one, wondering what had happened, lost on the streets of the Big Apple. Stein became an early mentor for the boys and remains in regular contact.
Fast forward 10 years, now at the grand old age of 29, Tim Dellow and Toby L still own the same record label, now with a third partner, the ambitious young female Lilas Bourboulon – who joined as an employee of the company in 2006. Things are different now, though. They have added a management company, a publishing company and most recently Tim and Toby have become Founding Partners and joint Creative Directors of LoveLive, the TV production and digital media company responsible for live streaming Rihanna’s infamous 777 tour, as well as filming Eminem, Madonna, Adele, and beyond.
Band members have worked with diverse artists including Foals, Flume, At The Drive-In, Two Door Cinema Club, Graham Coxon, Regina Spektor, The Shins, The Antlers, Neon Indian, Africa Express, Noisettes, Iron & Wine, Johnny Flynn.
At a time where classically independent record labels have struggled and become shrouded in gloom, their independent company has scored chart success around the globe, received three Mercury Prize nominations in nine years and accumulatively sold millions of records worldwide. How so? They say their philosophy is simple: the Transgressive brand marks a stamp of quality, no matter what the genre; old-school ethics with a pro-artist policy, always aiming to surprise.
The Antlers’ European tour dates w/ Marika Hackman