Initially founded by German-born Robert Raths in 2007, the London-based label has grown and extended across the world with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Berlin. Spanning over ten years, Erased Tapes has nurtured avant-garde artists from all around the world whilst remaining genre-defying and truly independent.
Berlin-based producer Ben Lukas Boysen kicks off the Erased Tapes ten year celebrations with his first ever live performance at the Village Underground Opening Party (6 Sept), alongside a London premiere of Daniel Brandt and Eternal Something, plus a rare solo set from long-time Nils Frahm collaborator and cellist Anne Müller.
Thursday 7 Sept will see an intimate event with our latest family member Högni performing on the Una Corda in our new space, the Erased Tapes Sound Gallery, followed by a Q&A ahead of his debut album release Two Trains.
Iceland-based minimal electronica duo Kiasmos launch the Southbank celebrations (8-9 Sept) alongside minimalist jazz ensemble Dawn of Midi who draw on contemporary classical composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, and London-based producer Rival Consoles closing the night. The weekend also sees performances from Lubomyr Melnyk, noted for his ‘continuous music’ on piano, and Penguin Cafe, known for their layered and intricate sound with global influences; American multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick and friends including fellow countryman David Allred; and Emmy-award winning composer and musician Michael Price. London’s piano-led singer-songwriter Douglas Dare will also feature, alongside Berlin-based Japanese vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita who prepares his instrument with kitchen foil and beads.
Robert Raths, founder & director of Erased Tapes, said: “I can’t think of a better place to stage our 10th anniversary celebrations than Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. It has unique acoustics and architecture and is one of London’s most prestigious live venues. We will be commencing the festival with a special opening party at the Village Underground who continue to provide a platform in the club scene for many of our artists. We’re extremely excited that for the very first time we’re able to bring together nearly every artist on the label to share this special experience with the people that have been a part of this 10-year journey.”
Bengi Unsal, senior contemporary music programmer at Southbank Centre, said: “Apart from the profound impact that the music from Erased Tapes has had on me personally and my musical journey, the label has grown to be one of the most influential independent labels in the UK and is recognised for its groundbreaking stable of artists throughout the world. Being home to the likes of Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Kiasmos, Lubomyr Melnyk, Rival Consoles and A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Erased Tapes has frankly championed ten years of fantastic music. We are incredibly proud to be celebrating this milestone with the label and here’s to another ten years.”
About Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 17 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.
About Village Underground
Village Underground started in 2006, with the aim of building affordable studios for creative people who were struggling to get a foothold in London. Four tube carriages and two shipping containers were converted into co-working spaces. A few months later, the perfect location was found: the top of an old railway viaduct in the middle of Shoreditch, East London.
Ahead of his performance with the London Contemporary Orchestra for our year long collaborative series Erased Tapes x LCO: Purcell Sessions, Emmy Award-winning composer Michael Price releases a pair of new works titled Songs for Eveline on May 17.