S2TB Recording

‘S2TB Recording’ Announces Final Show & Indefinite Hiatus

In a shocking announcement that went live via Kors K’ official website, it was revealed that S2TB Recording would be entering an indefinite hiatus starting at the end of this year. Almost five years since the label initially joined the dojin market following the release of ‘S2TB Files 2: Activate’, we’re finally seeing the end of an era. Across it’s tremendous lifespan, S2TB Recording became home to over 17 releases, using the Japanese hardcore sound as it’s backbone, whilst taking a chance across all genres.

If you’re not quite familiar with Kors K, or his work with S2TB Recording, the label was initially conceived as a creative outlet for expression outside of his regular musical career. With the bi-annual Comiket set as it’s home, the label would go on to defy all odds selling out almost every release. As an independent label, it was a force to be reckoned with, even in spite of it’s young age. Calling on a diverse international roster of talent, we saw artists such as Akira Complex build an entire career through these independent releases, but at times this would prove difficult for everyone.

It’s almost five years since my first Comic Market release ”S2TB Files2: Activate”.
I think the dojin scene is a wonderful place where anyone can express their creativity.
It’s a place where producers can set their work aside and enjoy music purely as a hobby; at least that’s what it’s really supposed to be.

In recent years, it hasn’t been easy for me to find the time between projects to prepare for the summer and winter Comic Market releases. I’ve been having to push myself hard, both physically and mentally, to be able to put out my recent Dojin releases.

The number of releases has been increasing tremendously, and I feel it has become overwhelming for both the producers and consumers. The value of music has been depreciating, and I have started feeling that I unwittingly took part in accelerating the depreciation.

Kors K is of course talking about the obscene difficulty of pushing out so much content between each Comiket, with each event seeing the release of a handful of albums and compilations. What was once viewed as no more than a creative hobby had rapidly grown larger than anyone could have imagined. In Kors K’ eyes, this growth would go on to create an unmaintainable demand, and thus a decline in each releases quality. It was because of this that it was deemed necessary to enter this indefinite hiatus, solidifying the positive memories of the label within everyones mind.

Outside of their extraordinary musical releases, S2TB Recording was perhaps best known for their major events thrown each year. Both ‘S2TB Gathering’ and ‘S2TBTANO*C’ would prove to be arena-packing shows, with each of the labels artists giving it their all. Every year the shows grew bigger and bigger, switching from the clubs of Shibuya to major live venues across Japan. One last time we’ll have the opportunity to witness these events, and one last time we’ll give it our all.

Going out with a bang, it was announced that S2TBTANO*C‘ will set the stage for the labels grand finale. Taking place September 18, fans will be given a final chance to give their thanks to one of Japan’s greatest independent labels. The event will be operating a crowdfunding campaign in the near future, with planning currently underway. Kors K adds that this isn’t the end of his individual music career, and that we can expect a whole lot to come from him, even if it’s separate from the label that he once called home.

Thank you, S2TB Recording and best of luck, Kors K. 

Lachlan Johnston

<p>Editor in Chief at OTAQUEST. Doing everything I can to help promote the things I enjoy the most here in Japan. Currently living in Tokyo.</p>

  • Emma @Hifumi_G

    Like many others I know, I found Kors K through the Bemani series of games– the one I started with was Beatmania IIDX, almost five years ago. My local arcade had IIDX 19, with one of my favorite Kors K songs on it: The Sampling Paradise. And it was through that song (and friends telling me about the long version) that I found out about the S2TB label- The Sampling Paradise is the first track on S2TB Files2: Activate.

    As I kept playing IIDX and hearing new songs, and S2TB kept coming out with new albums, I found myself enjoying so many of Kors K’s songs. And when he announced that S2TB Files4 would be an Eagle album, I was ecstatic. Eagle was easily my favorite alias of his, and he had come out with a new Eagle track the year before, on IIDX 21. The album didn’t disappoint, and it had some awesome collaborative tracks.

    S2TB Files4: Eagle also included a remix of Icarus by Akira Complex, who I hadn’t heard much about before. But about a year later, when I had relocated to the northeast US, I found out there was a show in NYC where Akira Complex was going to play. And I decided “i can just bus there, let’s go”, and it was a blast. And the show the following year was even better- I met up with him in person, got to hang out and had an incredible night. I still consider the selfie I took with him that night my favorite picture in a long, long time. He’s super cool and if you ever get a chance to see him live, don’t pass it up

    And I can’t go without mentioning my absolute favorite album to come out of S2TB: Reality Distortion. I don’t think a single album has been so powerful and infinitely repeatable in recent memory- every single track, remixes included, is wonderful. The main tracks feel like they each tell parts of a story; they feel cohesive and blend into the next, and the remixes are icing on the cake. But the title track is just incredible to listen to. For me, it’s my go-to album when I’m stressed, feeling down, or just otherwise need some pick-me-up music to listen to.

    I have faith that whatever comes next for Kors K, Akira Complex, and everyone else involved with S2TB, will be amazing, and I hope everyone gets a chance to experience it. ♥︎

    • S2TB Records was very much my portal to the world of Japanese hardcore, starting with their release of ‘Hardcore United Tokyo’. To this day that compilation is still one of my favorite pieces of physical media I own, and is undoubtedly going to be a treasure of mine for a very long time.

      I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Kors K will continue to do great things here in Japan, and with the amount he’s been touring internationally lately, perhaps even the world. There’s so many great people and music that stemmed from the label, and I’m positive that all of them will push forward and continue releasing incredible music.

      • Emma @Hifumi_G

        Yeah, the international tours are awesome- I’m actually seeing him in Boston this weekend, and I’m super excited. I also know a few friends are going to the Teranoid show the following weekend, and I’m looking forward to that livestream!