Transgressive Records

Transgressive has become one of the UK’s most vital independent music companies. Across Records, Management and Publishing for the last 13 years, Transgressive has helped shape the sound of modern music both critically and commercially working with artists as diverse as Let’s Eat Grandma, Flume, Foals, Alvvays, Songhoy Blues, Johnny Flynn, Marika Hackman, Two Door Cinema Club, Blaenavon, The Shins, Regina Spektor, The Noisettes, Africa Express, Hippo Campus, Gengahr and many more.

Formed out of a friendship between Tim Dellow and Toby L, Transgressive quickly grew from live club nights and 7″s to releasing full albums and beyond. Joined by Lilas Bourboulon the trio have continued to grow the group, whilst still promoting shows in London as Rockfeedback and ventures such as By The Sea, Visions and Illuminations Festival.

With a great experience in branded content and partnerships, the team have pioneered in the fields of live streaming, and music TV to help form a modern, ethical and enthusiastic company.

Current Artists
27
Years Running
11
Location:
North London
Founded By:
Tim Dellow
Toby L
Key Figures:
80m

Views on YouTube for Flume.

35m

Views on YouTube for Foals.

40m

Views on YouTube for Two Door Cinema Club.

1

AIM Independent Music Award for Independent Label of the Year.

3

Gold certifications.

2

Platinum certifications.

2

Number of years it took to build Songhoy Blues from SLQ to Roundhouse.

Key Words:

Independent Record Label Management Publishing Live

Label Timeline:
  • 2004

    19 year-old Tim and Toby set up the label in their bedrooms after a chance intro from Kele from Bloc Party. Toby was promoting the band's show and Tim was selling the band's single… Friendship immediately blooms, and three weeks later, label was born.

  • 2005

    After meeting with Korda Marshall locally in the UK and Seymour Stein in the US, Transgressive began working with Warner Records. The 3 years relationship enabled the label to release its first albums while retaining its independence.

  • 2006

    Foundation of Transgressive Publishing as a JV with Warner/Chappell, which continues to grow to this day. The first signing was Noisettes.

  • 2007

    Following the success of the first run of Transgressive Roadshows, four huge parties were added in Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow and Bristol – however, they were cancelled at the last minute due to the headliners Larrikin Love splitting up the week before the tour. Cost of lost sponsorship deal and associated damages wipes the company bank account clean and almost bankrupts Transgressive.

  • 2008

    Transgressive bounces back and release Foals’ “Antidotes” that reaches top 3 in the UK charts and performs well internationally, establishing the band as a breakthrough act for the company.

  • 2009

    5th Anniversary Parties staged – two sell-out shows at Heaven featuring Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Young Knives and the last ever show from old singles label buddies The Rakes, plus a sell-out Union Chapel all-dayer featuring Johnny Flynn, Graham Coxon, and many more...

  • 2012

    Two Door Cinema Club’s “Beacon” becomes a smash album – hitting number 2 in the UK and breaking the top-10 all over the world.

  • 2013

    Transgressive Records signs legendary band At The Drive-In and international electronic star Flume – number one, platinum act in Australia now slaying the world at large.

  • 2014

    10th Anniversary officially occurs in September 2014, with international parties including a sold out Barbican showcase.

  • 2015

    The strongest roster of the label to date including Songhoy Blues, Gengahr and Alvvays leads Transgressive to win the coveted Independent Label of the Year at the AIM Awards.

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