Horst Weidenmüller founded !K7 in 1985 at the age of 21. He has consistently represented the wider independent music sector on a political level during the last decade. Serving as a board member of Merlin since its inception in 2007, Weidenmüller has been on the Impala board since 2003 and also served as a board member of VUT, the German Association Of Independent Music Companies. !K7 is now a leading global brand that is synonymous with authenticity and high quality in the world of music. As the landscape has evolved over the years, !K7 has become much more than a record label releasing its flagship DJ-Kicks series, and now operates out of offices in Berlin, London and New York with partners all over the world offering a truly global infrastructure that has been developed and expertly shaped over many years. The !K7 label group includes in-house labels !K7, AUS, the newly created neo-classical imprint 7K!, and the award-winning Strut Records, plus a collective of like-minded independent label partners such as Luaka Bop, BBE, R&S, Rush Hour which benefit from !K7’s firmly established label services, synch, marketing and distribution network. Five years ago !K7 expanded again into the area of artist management and represents an ever-growing international roster. Over its three decades of history, !K7 has had the pleasure of working with artits such as: Tricky, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Matthew Herbert, Fat Freddy's Drop, Mykki Blanco, Whitest Boy Alive, Henrik Schwarz, Carl Craig, DOOM, Einstürzende Neubauten, Fela Kuti, Grandmaster Flash, Hercules & Love Affair, Madlib, Roy Ayers, Tiga, Tosca, Wu-Tang, Zion I. , and many more.