Hello everyone, it’s October!
So we have a very special treat for you…a BRAND NEW BLOG!
None of these words have ever been used in previous blogs before!
A blog of 100% new content!
So apparently there’s going to be new episodes of Arrested Development and a movie. That’s probably the most exciting thing anyone can hear this month. Regardless, this blog shall go on for at least one or two more paragraphs!
So we’re back on the road in a few days and we’re very excited! The tour is being billed as Codes in the Clouds vs Rival Consoles. Our aim is to take both ourselves and Rival Consoles out of our comfort zones when it comes to writing music and collaborating together whilst on the road, writing in the tour bus, wherever we find ourselves sleeping, during soundcheck, basically whenever we can. At some point during the show, along side both our normal sets, we’ll play whatever we’ve come up with…it could be great, it could be a disaster! We’ll soon find out!
We also have some new material of our own to play at the upcoming shows! It’s our first EU tour as a 6-piece, we can’t wait for everyone to hear the new songs and give our new member a nice warm welcome.
The Codes in the Clouds vs Rival Consoles tour looks like this:
10th - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Meryln
11th - Gent, Belgium - Charlatan
12th - Hamburg, Germany - Prinzenbar
13th - Copenhagen, Denmark - PH-Caféen
14th - Berlin, Germany - Comet
16th - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja
17th - Łódź, Poland - Luka
18th - Poznań, Poland - Fabrika
19th - Nürnberg, Germany - MUZ
21st - Innsbruck, Austria - PMK
22nd - Offenbach, Germany - Hafen
See you on the road! If you’re coming to our shows we’ll give you a special treat!*
*treats are musical, therefore subjective. Thusly, treats are not a guarantee
Here it is! It’s what you’ve all been waiting for*! The August edition of the AWARD WINNING** blog from Codes In The Clouds!
First off, thanks to all who came along to our night at The Macbeth in London the other week, it was a fun night and both Black Market Karma and Rival Consoles were great! That night was also the first time we have played as a 6 piece, the wonderfully talented Oliver Glosby is the 6th Code and he’s a swell guy. If you see him in the street be sure to give him a big kiss.
So we’re flying back out to Germany tomorrow for Haldern Pop 2011 and we’re very excited! If you’re going to be there this year be sure to come and say hey! To get festival goers in the mood, check out this free playlist from Erased Tapes which includes 2 of our songs as well as Rival Consoles, Nils Frahm and Anne Muller.
There are other things I could mention but I think I’d just be repeating myself from the last blog. However, for those who are interested, Slipknot didn’t get in touch regarding any sort of beef with us, so I think we can now safely assume that we’re on good terms and can resume our relationship with them as normal.
*No one has been waiting for or looking forward to this blog
**Imaginary awards may not count
(Picture on the wall at the Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern, Germany - taken during our European Tour in Jan ‘11)
ERASED TAPES NEWS ISSUE 07-11
We have a brand new newsletter featuring the latest on Ólafur Arnalds // Rival Consoles // Nils Frahm // Codes In The Clouds and the new Erased Tapes signings: World’s end girlfriend // A Winged Victory For The Sullen.
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AN EVENING WITH… ÓLAFUR ARNALDS
The distance between performer and listener will not only be bridged, but completely eradicated next month, as Ólafur Arnalds embarks on his first ever solo tour. Several of these unique and intimate shows will see him improvise alongside some of his fellow composers, label mates and friends including Peter Broderick and Anne Müller.
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Thanks for listening.
Dear Londoners – friends of the Erased Tapes collective.
This Tuesday night (1.2.11) we will have three reasons to celebrate.
And therefore three reasons to invite you:
1: Codes In The Clouds’ album launch of As The Spirit Wanes
2: Rival Consoles will premiere his upcoming killer album Kid Velo live.
3: Erased Tapes Records has its 4th Anniversary.
So basically: this party will be triple as wild as every other party!
Where? The Macbeth in Hoxton.
For directions, go here: http://www.themacbethuk.co.uk/
When? Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011.
Live on stage will be:
RIVAL CONSOLES – 10:15pm
CODES IN THE CLOUDS – 9:30pm
IAN SMITH (comedian) – 9:10pm
PIANO INTERRUPTED (Tom Hodge & Franz Kirmann) – 8:20pm
TOM TOAL (comedian) – 8:00pm
We decided to skip this guestlist nonsense and made it a FREE event for everyone!
The good news is: you can have as many plusses as you want to.
The bad news is: you’ve got to be early enough to get in.
Hope to have you there with us.
Counting on y’all!
CODES IN THE CLOUDS – Paper Canyon Recycled
Exclusive Release on Gogoyoko.com during Iceland Airwaves 2010!
October 11th, 2010 will see the exclusive release of Codes In The Clouds’ remix album entitled ‘Paper Canyon Recycled’, featuring the likes of Paul Mullen (The Automatic), Tom Hodge, Worriedaboutsatan, Machinefabriek and Library Tapes – not to mention label mates Rival Consoles and Nils Frahm.
Having received so many wonderful renditions from all around the world, CITC and Erased Tapes want to give something back. 100% of all profits from Download Sales on Gogoyoko.com will go to Landvernd (“Icelandic Environment Association”), who were established in the good year of 1969 and has been in the forefront of environmental protection in Iceland ever since. (More info: http://www.landvernd.is)
You get the download exclusively here on Monday:http://www.gogoyoko.com/#/album/Paper_Canyon_Recycled
Every remix album sold on FairshareMusic.com and elsewhere will help Friends of the Earth’s vital campaigning work for a safe climate and a healthy planet (More info:http://www.foe.co.uk). The strictly limited ‘Paper Canyon Recycled’ CD edition will be printed on 100% recycled eco-board and includes a Download Code for 5 Exclusive Bonus Tracks.
You can pre-order the strictly limited eco-CD edition here: http://www.erasedtapes.com/store/index/ERATP024
You can also get the Download here from October 18th: http://www.fairsharemusic.com
Paper Canyon Recycled stemmed from an open call, giving fans and fellow artists the opportunity to submit a remix of CITC’s 2009 debut album release Paper Canyon. The band received over 100 track submissions. The skills of one particular entrant, Brighton-based producer and musician Guy Andrews (iambic), impressed the band so much that they have invited him to co-produce their next studio album at Brighton Electric in September. Factotum Films in Scotland shot a spellbinding music video for his remix of Distant Street Lights, which got premiered on the UK music portal Drowned In Sound. (Watch: http://www.vimeo.com/14729869).
Autumn 2010 is set to propel CITC onto the international music radar being one of a very few UK acts invited to perform at Iceland Airwaves 2010. Codes In The Clouds will join fellow label artists Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and Rival Consoles as part of an Erased Tapes label night at the event. Performing on Saturday October 16 at Iðnó, a beautiful old theatre venue, the band will showcase new material taken from their upcoming album release as well as two of the remixes live. Upon their return to the UK CITC will perform at Brainwash Festival in Leeds on October 24, followed by the official ‘Paper Canyon Recycled’ Remix Album Launch at Vibe Bar in Shoreditch, London on October 28. January 2011 will see the release of a new full-length album and an extensive European headline tour to start an eventful new year.
LIVE AT ICELAND AIRWAVES 2010:
24.11. Reyjkavík: Bar 11 – Gogoyoko.com Off-Venue Show
More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129535603763513
16.10. Reykjavík: Iðnó – Erased Tapes Label Night
More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155762534445079
LIVE IN THE UK:
24.11. Leeds: Royal Park Cellars – Brainwash Festival 2010
More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136334813055666&ref=ts
28.10. London: Vibe Bar – Paper Canyon Recycled Remix Album Launch
More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150289195007127&ref=ts
‘Excellent remix action…it’s really, really good’ Track Of The Day – Clash
‘Stirring stuff indeed’ – Drowned In Sound
Erased Tapes to soundtrack perilous Mount Kyzyl Asker Expedition.
Most people go on holidays in their spare time. These people are going on a mighty expedition, climbing a still unclimbed ice-line on Mount Kyzyl Asker in Kyrgyzstan. And they have chosen music from the two Erased Tapes compilations to form the soundtrack to this exciting expedition. How much more perfect could this combination be…
They launched their website last night, take a look: http://kyzylexpedition.com
These kids are CRAZY, right? They told us in an email, that in the worst case they will have to get rescued by a helicopter if it’s getting too cold and risky…
They will try and upload as many clips as possible, each no longer than 3min – otherwise it will take days to upload it via Satellite Modem – with one Erased Tapes Compilation track per Clip, featuring The British Expeditionary Force, Ólafur Arnalds, Codes In The Clouds, Rival Consoles, Nils Frahm and Peter Broderick.
It’s just that they’ve never tried editing “in the field” and uploading it directly via Basecamp…it’s probably only gonna be solar power they have to work with.
These people have been planning this for a long time and we are very proud that our music will be part of this trip.
We will of course keep everyone up to date and blog/tweet about every new clip as this is just the sort of thing that makes the music we release so special.
They will leave Germany for Bishkek next Tuesday early morning, the 21st of September.
This project is so insanely dangerous and brave, let’s support these kooky people on their perilous yet breathtaking journey!
Robert and all Erased Tapes artists.
Erased Tapes Label Night at Iceland Airwaves 2010
We are extremely happy to announce our very first label night at one of our favourite music festivals: Iceland Airwaves 2010. The event will take place Saturday night on October 16 in the beautiful Iðno theatre in Reykjavík. We hope you will make it to this exciting night. Here is the line-up:
Erased Tapes Label Night at Iceland Airwaves 2010
Saturday – October 16, 2010
Rival Consoles (UK) – 10.30pm
Codes In The Clouds (UK) – 8.50pm
Nils Frahm (DE) – 8pm
NOTE: Ólafur and Janus’ minimal techno project Kiasmos will be performing the night before - exact times and location to be confirmed. Stay tuned!
Book your tickets now: http://icelandairwaves.is
Complete Festival Line-up: http://icelandairwaves.is
‘The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar’ – Rolling Stone
THE MONOGRAPH INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT RATHS
Erased Tapes Records was set up by ‘initiator’ Robert Raths in 2007. Boasting artists such as Rival Consoles, Codes In The Clouds and Ólafur Arnalds, the London-based label specialises in a genre of music that the Erased Tapes website describes as ‘cinematic pop music’. An up and coming and widely recognised label, Erased Tapes has a reputation for being innovative and forward thinking, and for taking great care of its artists. The Monograph caught up with creator Robert Raths to find out a little bit more about his musical background, his methods and his beliefs…
‘My Dad was really into soul singers, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin. And my Mum was more into bands, like The Shadows, Kinks, Beach Boys, Stones. But what I was really interested in was the records that were still sealed, unappreciated wedding gifts. The ones that my parents would describe as ‘too heavy or experimental’, like Pink Floyd, Miles Davis or Leonard Cohen. I think those kind of built the foundation of it all’ explains Raths when questioned about the roots of his interest in music.
Following on from the early musical education of his parents’ record collections, Raths soon came across more ‘challenging, deeper, multi-layered’ music acts. ‘Being a teenager in Germany, I really got into electronic music…and I quite quickly discovered other things like Björk, Tom Waits, Flaming Lips and a German band called The Notwist, who in my eyes formed the perfect cross-over between experimental and pop music. I think that’s where my real journey started in terms of contemporary music, and getting more and more into modern classical music at the same time, like Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt or Steve Reich.’
Raths’ journey towards founding his own record label took an unusual and unique route. His passion for painting, film and photography led him to a position at a German music television station as a set designer, before beginning to train as an architect, and finally setting up Erased Tapes in 2007. So was creating a label always the plan? ‘No…it’s a mystery to me, still. Obviously, I had a decent record collection, and I was always interested in music. I played the piano when I was younger, and in my teenage years I was in several rock bands.’ Following his stint as a set designer, his view of the music industry was less than savoury, ‘everything that I knew about the industry back then was just people on cocaine, people in a rush…not really caring about the actual, creative bit.’ After leaving the television station, Raths travelled America before going to London to study architecture, and it was only due to University bureaucracy leading to ‘a forced gap year’ that meant that Raths had some time on his hands in London to rediscover the musical and artistic creativity overlooked by colleagues in his previous job.
Discussing the foundation of Erased Tapes, Raths explains that ‘all my artists back then got in touch with me online as they saw that I was being creative and forward thinking in finding new currents for music and art, and I tried to help them get up on a platform. The whole record label part just came with it.’ Rather than playing just a business role in the record label, Raths continues to be creative, both in advice for his artists and in providing a title for his own position, ‘I don’t feel like a C.E.O or a director, or a label boss…they’re all tags that just don’t fit my purpose. The thing that I came up with was ’initiator’ simply because, initially I’m just the guy that has good ears, I guess. I hear something that moves me and inspires me, so I help that person to develop their gift and to move more people with it. I’m an initiator, the guy who makes the initial effort to promote their music.’
What approach does Erased Tapes take that perhaps differs to the treatment artists would receive from other labels? ‘I like to think of every artist as a friend, as a human being that I’m interested in as well, not just in a business sense, but as the man behind the creation. I don’t want to sign someone up to the label and then just see them as a product or a catalogue number or something.’ Raths goes on to explain how ‘it’s very important that you have people around you that, as much as they value your gift, also help you question things and to see things from a different angle.’ Every 10th release from Erased Tapes marks the time for a compilation of tracks from each of the artists to be showcased. ‘As much as every artist is unique and they should be a composer in their own right, it’s also very important to show that we’re a family, we’re a lot of different kinds of people, but we are under the umbrella of Erased Tapes.’
How do you go about finding artists for Erased Tapes? ‘I get approached every day, I get sent links and I do listen to all of them. I try and take my time, I usually flag them in my inbox and then eventually find the time when I’m travelling or something, to go through the tracks and have a listen.’ Although sometimes a monotonous task, Raths explains that he continues with this method as ‘there could be that one guy who sends a really unimpressive looking CD-R but what’s coming out of the speakers is magic’.
Raths seems to take a laid back approach to his signings, believing that ‘if someone out there is interested in finding the right people, I’m pretty sure they will. The best bits in life are just meant to be, you know, and just as Ólafur and Codes In The Clouds and the BEF and everyone else on the label ended up working with me, I believe others will also fall into place. Now I actually meet new artists through my existing artists, like I met Nils Frahm through Peter Broderick for example, and Nils is obviously a producer in Berlin, so he meets a lot of new artists. He’s introducing me to new people all the time.’
So what’s happening in the world of Erased Tapes at the moment? ‘I’m in the process of uploading a brand new release. It’s called ‘Unter | Über’ (Below | Above) by Nils Frahm. It’s a beautiful teaser of what’s to come next because we’re going to release a new full length album with him in the winter.’ The video for Unter can be seen HERE. ‘It feels like the end of a long summer, it’s something you can play over and over again, it gets me every time.’
Incredibly passionate about what he’s doing, and full of enthusiasm for what is to come, Robert Raths is a shining example of a modern day label ‘boss’. Nurturing, warm and open, he encourages the best from his artists and receives stunning music innovations in return. ‘That’s what I like about music, and that’s what I like about running a label, you can make people happy with it. All my life I’ve been looking for something that feels fulfilling, and this is it. This is what I ended up doing, and it doesn’t really matter how I got there. There are so many other things I could have done, I could have been a famous architect or a famous singer in an infamous band! But I ended up forming Erased Tapes and it’s something that means a lot to me, to my artists and to a lot of other people out there.’
From all of us here at The Monograph we would just like to say thanks to Erased Tapes for being so helping in working with us for Label of the Month. For more information on Erased Tapes and the work they do please visithttp://erasedtapes.co.uk