UPSET THE RHYTHM is a live music promoter and record label based in London, UK, which is collectively run with enthusiasm, commitment, a sense of adventure, and a desire to have fun in the process.
It all began in Autumn 2003 when we were a bunch of kids who were bored of the London music scene. We felt alienated by most of the shows that we went to and decided to do something about it. We had no experience of promotion, nor the business of music in general, but have worked tirelessly to establish a natural home in London for creative talent.
Since then, we have put on approaching 400 shows, with some of the largest being two sold out dates at London's Hippodrome, headlined by Sunn O))) and Liars, as part of the live music program for the 2006 Frieze Art Fair.
In 2007, we presented the launch party for David Shrigley's Worried Noodles project, headlined by Hot Chip, and curated one of The Wire magazine's 25th birthday events. In 2008, we curated two showcases at SXSW in Austin, Texas. And in 2009, we held label parties in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Since 2009 we've also run YES WAY - a weekend festival at Auto-Italia, an abandoned car showroom turned gallery, celebrating the best of the UK's art and music underground. Spring 2011 also saw Spaghetti Tree - a two day event coinciding with April Fools' Day with headlining performances from Dan Deacon and No Age.
In Summer 2005, we started a record label as a natural extension to the friendships we make through our live shows. The label is another way for the artists we work with to exercise their creative freedom and for us to lend our support. We are grateful to Southern for their efforts in distributing our records around the world.
Where we can, we work with other like-minded promoters to organise UK tours for artists on the UTR label and for bands we are particularly passionate about.