Label Profile \\ London’s 22a

If you’re a regular follower of Jazz Standard, NTS, Bandcamp or London’s genre-breaking music scene in the offline world, chances are you’ve heard a 22a artist. Reginald Omas Mamode IVMo Kolours and label owner Tenderlonious have all released under the London imprint.

22a top man Tenderlonious talks to us about genre concepts, upcoming releases, and dispels a label myth.

\\ What’s the story behind the birth of 22a?

A few of us had been making music for a while so it seemed like a good time to try and create a platform to showcase what we were creating. It started as a very low-key operation, but as demand has grown for the music we’ve been working hard to increase our output for the people.

\\ What’s been the label’s proudest moment to date?

Probably the relaunch that we did for The Jazz Cafe last year. The whole family was in attendance and sharing the stage so it was good vibes!

\\ Tell us about your upcoming releases

We’ve got Neue Grafik‘s Soul Conspiracy EP on 28 April and Ruby Rushton (main picture) with Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One LP on 19 May. The Ruby Rushton album launch is at The Jazz Cafe5 May.

We also have new music coming this year from Tenderlonious & the 22archestra, Mo Kolours, Reginald Omas Mamode IV & Dennis Ayler.

\\ What’s 22a‘s opinion on the concept of genre?

Guess genre is important to some people. Maybe if your worried about peoples perceptions of you, you would, or wouldn’t wanna be associated with certain genres? Right now jazz is cool again…maybe this time next year it won’t be? People are always gonna wanna brand the music that’s being made. As far as 22a goes we just make and put out the music that we feel and believe in.

\\ Tell us something not many people know about 22a?

22a isn’t from Peckham― it’s just a myth.

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JS | Tina Edwards

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