Australian entertainment business KP Records was officially founded in January 2007 by local music promoter and artist Big Dave Parsons.
The Canberra based operation currently functions as a record label, an artist management company and a promotions and event staging venture amongst other things.
The label, affectionately known to fans as KP grew from humble beginnings as a $100 pc in a spare bedroom and has grown to be a hub of diverse Australian music encompassing hip hop, house, electro, jazz, rnb, pop and other genres.
In the event staging and promotions arena KP Records has developed to be the largest scale provider of hip hop events in the nation’s capital.
On the business side company’s like MGM Distribution, Diageo/Smirnoff, William Morris Endeavours, Deranged Funk Productions, WIDEawake Entertainment, Death Row Records, Dog Fight Australia, The Australian Institute Of Sport and Slingshot Presents have all aligned with KP for various successful projects.
During a 6 year history KP has toured, performed, worked and recorded with Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Xzibit, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Crazy Town, D12, Tech N9ne, Joell Ortiz, Kurupt, Necro, Obie Trice, WC, Sameer Sengupta (Ministry Of Sound), KRS ONE, John Payne, Domingo, Def Wish Cast, Koolism and many other well established local and international acts and industry figures.
KP artists have performed live around Australia at everything from pub gigs to festivals and arena shows.
Check out the Inner Cirlce video series volumes 1 (90mins) and 2 (180mins) below for a look at a few KP Records live events featuring the labels artists plus performances and cameos from legends like Ice Cube, Tech N9ne, Bone Thugs N Harmony, D12, Obie Trice, KRS One and more.
To back the live performances KP have had recorded music featured on Triple J, Rage, Channel 11, Channel V and over 160 of Australia’s commercial top 40 radio networks.
Check out KP founder and MC Big Dave on Channel V.
During the first 5 years of operation nearly all music released by KP was issued as a free download or free cd as the label found its feet in the industry with a focus on learning the business side of music, building its networks and presenting live shows and events.
During the first half decade the official KP website (kokyprik.com) received over 3,000,000 hits and was archived by the National Film And Sound Archive Of Australia as a portal in to Aussie culture.
Along with the web the traditional media also showed much interest in the labels activities and artists with major TV, radio and print features appearing around the country on a regular basis.
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By September 2012 the label was nearing its 6th year of operation and had built a solid industry reputation, an experienced team and a loyal fan base.
With that came the first full length commercial release and a schedule for many more in 2013 and beyond.
Alongside the music KP also dedicates some of its focus on representing for the roots of its community planning and executing various youth and human rights initiatives for prison inmates and disadvantaged local teens.
Behind the scenes KP has always been a tight knit community consisting of much more than just the artists and team members you see and hear.
There are dozens of hands on deck from friends, helpers and fans to investors, established industry players and organisations all helping the one time dream to further become a reality.
KP Records is not just an Australian record label.
KP is an independent entertainment business owned and run by artists and music fans.
Above all that KP is a family and the family is growing by the day.