Jamie Tiller has an unparalleled ability to rescue a seemingly endless supply of discarded musical gems from the murky depths of the recording underworld.
Originally from London, Jamie moved to Berlin after several years in Amsterdam where he founded Music From Memory with Tako Reyenga. Music From Memory is considered by many to be one of the most exciting labels to emerge in the last ten years. The label has become synonymous with releasing visionary electronic music both past and present. Together, Jamie and Tako also run Second Circle, a label specializing in cross-genre dance music.
Jamie recently compiled and compiled the long-awaited book ‘Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations in the Age of Home & Technology, 1993-1997’. Along with Tornado Wallace, he also founded the Basic Spirit label for his own products, with his first release Heart Sphere – E.R. (Emergency Relief) launched earlier this year.
It’s clear that Jamie Tiller was a passionate and dedicated individual when it came to music, and his work in the industry, especially through Music From Memory, had a significant impact on many people’s musical journeys. He had a knack for discovering and sharing lesser-known gems, and his approach to record collecting was driven by a genuine love for music rather than just collecting for the sake of it.
Tiller’s thoughts on the changing landscape of vinyl culture and the impact of the internet on record prices are also insightful. He valued the personal experience of discovering music in record stores and through friends, emphasizing the joy of finding hidden gems that weren’t part of mainstream hype.
His open-minded approach to digging, willingness to explore different genres, and appreciation for the mystery and discovery in music are also commendable. Tiller’s work with Music From Memory aimed to introduce lesser-known artists to a wider audience, and he valued music that felt close and meaningful to him and his team.
It’s evident that Jamie Tiller was an essential figure in the music world, and his influence will be felt for a long time. His commitment to music, vinyl culture, and the joy of discovery will be remembered by many.