Two years ago in a hotel room in Kerala, India we launched East Records with the dodgiest of internet connections. The aim was to release our music, give Edinburgh bands a different avenue with which to release theirs and eventually work with artists from all over the world. 2 years on and still without a reliable internet connection we are 8 albums in, we have a weekly radio show (de nada) and two live events a month (qué pasa). We have been across the world searching out the best records, in Edinburgh we hosted our first qué pasa Edinburgh with incredible support from our favourite bands / friends and in moving to Valencia we have found that music and art in general is thriving all over the world.
The musicians and artists we work with are constantly creating and in this spirit it is easy for us to feel inspired. Apparently the 'music business' is difficult but the kind words/support/encouragement we have had from people has kept us on the up! Over the last two years we hope we have championed local and international artists and shown off what Edinburgh (and now Valencia) has to offer, ...and it's just the beginning.
As we enter our terrible two's we aim to be funkier, louder and more challenging than ever before.
When Hobbits celebrate their birthday they buy everyone in the Shire a present, so in this spirit we offer you all a present. The first album from East and West Rendezvous is now free to download (pay what you want)! Download it, listen to it, tell your friends, let the world know about East Records!
Thanks to our visual artists Graeme Mackellaig, Natashia Newhouse, Dale Simpson, Martin Butler and Manuel Analogue,
To Monterey Bar y Discos, Gestalguinos, Leith Depot and Radio Summerhall thank you for working with and hosting us,
Finally to are-L, East and West Rendezvous, The Durty Wurks, Lemongrass, Doug at Edinburgh Recording Company, The Green Tambourine Band, Project You, Manuel and the Electric Fish, The Colours and all the beautiful people out there,
Thank you for the music!