Date: Tuesday 17th October
Venue: Strongroom Bar, Shoreditch, EC2A 3SQ
Time: 7pm – 10.30pm
We are excited to announce details of the next AIM Social, the informal night of networking for the independent music community. Taking place at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch, London on 17th October, the Social will see Matador and Wichita going head to head on the decks!
AIM Socials are open to AIM member labels and the wider music community, including labels, managers, PRs, artists, publishers…everyone! Entry is free but a guestlist will be in operation on the night, so everyone wishing to attend must register in advance on this page.
Wichita Recordings was founded in 2000 by Dick Green and Mark Bowen, formerly of Creation Records. The label’s first release was Fevers And Mirrors by Bright Eyes – since then Wichita has released a diverse array of artists including Bloc Party, First Aid Kit, Simian Mobile Disco, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Cribs. This year Wichita was proud to release the first album in over 20 years by a recently reunited Ride, along with new albums by Cloud Nothings, Los Campesinos! and Froth. Wichita has offices in London, Los Angeles and Devon – the company also has a management arm which currently represents artists including Ryley Walker, Gold Panda, Shigeto and Open Mike Eagle.
Matador began in 1989 when Chris Lombardi dragged the Austrian duo H.P. Zinker into Wharton Tiers’ Fun City studio to record OLE-001, ‘…and there was light’. Run out of Chris’ New York apartment, Lombardi added artists such as the Dustdevils, Railroad Jerk and Superchunk to the initial roster. Joined by longtime Homestead Records manager Gerard Cosloy in 1990 (and subsequently, current label president Patrick Amory a few years later), Matador experienced its first taste of crazed media attention & big sales with the North American release of Teenage Fanclub’s debut long-player, ‘A Catholic Education’, though that was just the start of a long running, PG-13 tale that shows no signs of becoming any easier to follow. Initially known as the label that helped bring Pavement, Liz Phair and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to prominence, Matador would later assume a role in the recording careers of Yo La Tengo, Chavez,Pizzicato Five, Cat Power, Interpol, Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Kurt Vile, The New Pornographers, Jay Reatard, Fucked Up, Ceremony, Sonic Youth, Perfume Genius, Esben and the Witch, Iceage, Savages and many others.The AIM Social promises a unique mix of music from two incredible labels, and the chance to network with over 200 people from the UK independent sector and wider music industry.
Meet The Distributors
AIM is also hosting a ‘Meet the Distributors‘ networking session before the AIM Social from 6 – 7pm. AIM members are invited to join us for a fantastic networking opportunity with the UK’s independent distribution services. Discuss your queries, concerns, and opportunities directly with the distributors themselves.