Creative Powerhouse Ta-ku Launches Brand New Label - 823 Records + Shares Chill First Release

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It seems as though TSIS favorite Ta-Ku is always up to something. Although his never-ending escapades come as no surprise, as the Perth-based artist revealed to us last year that apart from producing, he uses photography, fashion, singing, running a barbershop and more as creative outlets. But today, the man of many talents has added yet another accolade to his long list of accomplishments, by announcing the launch of his brand new label, 823 Records.

Although Ta-ku had a relatively quiet 2017, he’s started off the new year with an incredible undertaking. While information regarding future releases and plans for the new label is relatively sparse at the moment, Ta-ku confirmed in an interview with Pigeons & Planes that 823 plans to release records featuring cover art and images shot by the artists themselves; something that Ta-ku says is more of an “art project” than what you’d expect from a traditional label release. 

“823 is something I always used to tell my wife when we were dating and leading up to my marriage. It just stands for ‘Thinking of you.’ It’s kind of like a term of endearment to someone that you think about a lot. It’s been around for a while, similar to ‘143.’ I don’t know if you’ve heard of that terminology, but it’s the numerical representation of ‘I love you.’” - Ta-ku (via Pigeons & Planes)

823’s first release, “Innvervisions” featuring Mei Saraswati, comes from Kuzich (tour drummer/close friend of Ta-ku) and dropped yesterday with an accompanying video that can be seen below. Keep an eye out for more to come from 823 Records in the near future and check out their website here for more information on the label. Enjoy!

Kuzich - Innervisions (Ft. Mei Saraswati)

Flume Previews New Music In Cinematic New Teaser Video

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It’s always a treat when we get to hear new Flume, even if it’s just a teaser. That’s exactly what we have today. As the TSIS favorite gets up for Japan, he’s treated his fans with a preview of what he’s been working on. 

Future Classic has delivered the cinematic video paired with some epic new productions that perfectly soundtrack the visuals and has us incredible excited to hear what Flume has been working on as he’s always finding new ways to push boundaries. In the special video highlighting footage of Osaka Japan, Flume has linked up with Ta-Ku to curate the video through his Create + Explore series that facilitates incredible collaborations between audio and visual artists - if you aren’t familiar with Ta-Ku’s many non-musical endeavors be sure to check out this interview we did with him here. Enjoy!

Flume - Road To Osaka

The Five Creative Sides Of Ta-Ku: Music, Photography, Fashion & More

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If you have been reading TSIS, chances are you’re familiar with Ta-Ku, who is a favorite artist of ours. While we’re big fans of his music, his artistic talent and vision go far beyond his musical works. The all-around creative individual has expanded his repertoire to include a wide variety of projects in various different fields ranging from photography, to fashion, to barbershops and more as he's explained to us "My other passions have helped me relax and create work for me and for my own personal progression. Its quite fulfilling."

Music: What Ta-Ku is best-known for

Ta-Ku's amazing production abilities have impressed us for years. We've enjoyed everything from his early works making J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats to his on-point electronic remixes to his full-length genre-blending projects including his Songs To Break Up To and Songs To Make Up To projects that gained him many fans. He's constantly innovating and keeping his sound fresh with everything he releases.

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Photography: At times when his beat making slowed down

At times when he wasn't making as much music, Ta-Ku began picking up photography. This hobby quickly became a strong passion that he put a lot of time and energy into, and he’s grown to become a respected influencer in the field. His photo curations have landed him past campaigns for various brands including Olympus, G-Star RAW, Puma, ASICS and VSCO among others. Additionally he was chosen as one of Sony’s three Australian brand ambassadors representing the company. He’s even been doing a collaborative photography book series called NO.SLEEP alongside Repeat Pattern, where they photograph cities over the course of a 24-hour period and publish the photo collections as as books highlighting the city's lifecycle. 

Visual Agency: Bringing musicians and videographers together 

He’s built on his growth in the photography field to launch a platform called Create + Explore for musicians and videographers to work together. He felt as though rising videographers needed a place to be able to link up with music producers to create content, so he launched this sort of visual agency that gives these creative individuals a place to collaborate. The focus is to create audio-visual content while traveling, and the effort has had them working with tourism boards around the world. 

Fashion Designer: He built a community on Instagram and grew it into a brand

Ta-Ku’s frequent travels and desire to stay comfortable while flying actually ended up leading to his fashion line Cozy. It began as a hashtag #TeamCozy that sort of began as a joke showing the shoes he wore when he flew, but they worked to build a community around it and engaged conversation between sneaker enthusiasts. He took the next step creating a clothing brand from the hashtag. The brand now has a full collection of items including both lounge clothing and streetwear pieces. 

Barbershop Owner: His love for barbershop culture lead to becoming a partner in a barbershop

In addition to all these endeavors, Ta-Ku is also a business owner as a partner of Westons Barbershop in Perth alongside a couple of his favorite barbers. He’s always shown a passion for barbershops and the culture surrounding them so the move made sense for him as both a business move and passion project.

Singing: He recently unveiled a hidden talent by including his own vocals on tracks

I just always loved too sing. Even though I'm not that good. At the end of the day i just thought to myself - what do i have to lose? I want to push myself and keep growing as an artist. This seemed like the next organic step for me. Im still learning and loving the progression.  - Ta-Ku

Not only has Ta-Ku expanded his creative works beyond his music, but he also recently showcased a new musical talent. We previously heard Ta-Ku sing as he "mustered enough courage to jump on" a track with his own vocals alongside fellow Aussie Wafia on "American Girl". The two acts proved to be a natural fit on the cover and followed up the tune’s success with a 5-track joint EP called (m)edian. Ta-Ku put his vulnerable vocals on full display with his latest offering demonstrating his versatility as both a producer and vocalist. This project showcased his newly-exposed vocal talent in duet form alongside Wafia’s charming voice.

We are anxiously awaiting what's next in the exciting creative mind of Ta-Ku. 

Photo credit: Kayla Mathews.

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