|Leading UK label Toolroom hit a significant milestone with the 500th episode of their revered radio show this week. To celebrate this achievement – and another year to remember – they invited their fans to take part in a one-of-a-kind party in their hometown of Maidstone.
Toolroom is more than a record label; it’s a family: a family of like-minded artists, fans and staff with a shared passion for quality music and off-the-scale parties. Priding themselves on being one of the most approachable global brands in the business, Toolroom have spent the last 16 years breaking down the barriers between fans, artists and those involved behind the scenes, resulting in a real sense of community.
Go to a Toolroom event anywhere in the world and it’s immediately apparent just how strong this bond is, with fans being made to feel part of the extended family, and artists having direct relationships with those that have been with them from the beginning, making for an atmosphere unlike any other.
With the 500th episode of their radio show broadcast this weekend, Toolroom marked the show with a unique event. Held in a traditional boozer in the label’s hometown of Maidstone, fans were invited to take part in a pub quiz, testing their knowledge of all things Toolroom and electronic music against label artists Mark Knight, Leftwing : Kody, Martin Ikin, Illyus & Barrientos, Wheats, Siege and Maxinne, before being treated to intimate DJ sets.
The event was a fitting way to celebrate not only the radio show, but what has been an exceptional year for Toolroom, with their residency in Ibiza, US tour, packed out events at Studio 338, not to mention a release schedule that has involved some of the most enduring records of the year.
Broadcast on 121 radio stations across 59 countries, the Toolroom radio show is hosted by Mark Knight and champions the best upfront house and techno. Guests include both rising stars and bonafide legends of the scene, with Carl Cox, Oliver Dollar, Solardo, Roger Sanchez, Hannah Wants, Uto Karem, Josh Butler and many more all having provided mixes for the show. With over 250k subscribers and around 15 millions listeners every week, the Toolroom radio show is one of the biggest dance shows on the planet.
“I’ve always felt the radio show is an extension of what we do at the label. Through the radio shows we’ve been able to provide a platform for new artists to have their music heard. We are a family at Toolroom, and this has always been important to us, the family ethos resonates through everything that we do, and hopefully this also comes through loud and clear on the radio shows.” Mark Knight
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“I’m telling you, being part of the Toolroom family is unbelievable. They have made us feel at home. We got involved with Toolroom a few years ago, and from that moment we knew we’d be in good hands because they were already so successful. We feel so grateful that Toolroom embraced us. From the moment we started out with Toolroom we were made to feel part of the family”. Leftwing : Kody
“Regardless of the music, they are just a great bunch of people. They’ve put on a brilliant event like tonight, and it’s an opportunity to meet lots of good people. I’ve been into dance music for as long as I can remember and, Toolroom was part of that. Toolroom knows what it’s doing, they are always supportive and open to ideas, and there’ll be more tracks out with the label next year.” Friend Within
“I’ve been following Toolroom for a long time and now I’m part of the Toolroom family which feels amazing. Everyone in the scene knows the record label so being part of it means a lot to me. The team is down to earth and they do their jobs well.” Siege
“I got involved with Toolroom at the start of my production journey, and being part of the Toolroom family is amazing. I was part of the Toolroom Academy, and they’ve supported me ever since. I have grown as a producer because of Toolroom’s help. There’s a real family vibe being around Toolroom and that’s something really special.” Maxinne