Dance music record labels that rely heavily on live events to market their music are unique in terms of their business models.
Armada Music has long been recognized as an innovator in trance and crossover music, boasting artists like Bingo Players and Magnificence on their roster.
Anjunabeats has quickly become one of the premier names in dance music with annual group therapy events selling out mega venues such as Madison Square Garden and London’s Alexandra Palace. Established by Above & Beyond in 2000, Anjunabeats also serves as an incubator for artist development with festival favourites including Andrew Bayer, Ilan Bluestone, Arty, Mat Zo and Grum all being members of their Anjunafamily and using radio show Group Therapy their A&R hustlers are always searching out talented producers that they welcome into their Anjunafamily family.
Apart from its many high-profile releases, Anjunabeats Records is responsible for creating some of the most sought-after trance mixes ever heard in dance music history. Their latest offering is Anjunabeats Vol 15, featuring artists like ALPHA 9, Genix, Kasablanca aname & Gabriel & Dresden alongside Above & Beyond themselves as featured on one disc!
Anjunadeep, their sublabel of Above & Beyond Records, serves as a home for deeper house and progressive sounds that might otherwise escape its scope. Established by James Grant as a side project to satisfy his ever-evolving musical tastes, Anjunadeep has now become an important platform for dancefloor titans such as Dusky, Cubicolor Lane 8 Moon Boots Luttrell Yotto.
Boys Noize was an unconventional German-Iraqi DJ and producer known for establishing his own path through dance music. From underground raves to festival main stages alike, his sound transcended genre confines – earning Rolling Stone recognition as one of the Top 10 DJ’s Who Rule the World while working alongside celebrities ranging from Snoop Dogg to Lady Gaga.
Alexander Ridha, better known as Boys Noize, is a multi-platinum producer known for fusing genre-bending dance music with hits from Drake, A$AP Rocky and Bon Iver. Additionally, he’s created his own label known as Boysnoize Records as an outlet for multidimensional electronic music productions.
BNR is known for fostering innovation, and this has become one of the driving forces behind its launch and expansion into an umbrella label housing artists such as Locked Club, Safety Trance, Baseck Pilo and Unklevon.
BNR’s 10th release – and first collaboration of this nature with an artist outside Boys Noize — comes from LA-native PILO with his four-track EP entitled X. This title refers to BNR’s open approach towards collaborations; here PILO makes use of this philosophy as they collaborate with guests like Kelsey Lu, Chilly Gonzales and Art Camp to explore an expansive sound palette. While dark electro remains evident here with tracks like “Jeffer” and “Trooper,” restrained moments like “Kontact Me” also demonstrate this diversity.
Deep Root offers customers an assortment of innovative and sustainable products to create more beautiful, healthy landscapes. Their team is committed to offering expert advice and outstanding customer service, regularly offering limited-time discounts through social media such as buy one get one free offers or limited edition releases with special promotions attached; as well as offering generous return policies.
Graham serves as CEO for Deep Root and oversees research & development while managing international sales. As co-inventor of the Silva Cell integrated tree, soil, and stormwater system he has been with Deep Root for twenty years. Holding a degree in management from Kemble College Graham relishes educating people about green infrastructures’ benefits and limitations.
Future Classic is an independent record label, touring agency and music publisher located in Sydney with a full-time artist management team. Their global team uses Dropbox Business to collaborate among themselves as well as external partners such as musicians, photographers, designers, producers and more.
Flight Facilities’ roster of artists features bass producer Flume, beardy singer-songwriter Chet Faker and electronic music duo Flight Facilities – artists which helped redefine Australia’s pop culture while merging global influences with local identity.
Vivid LIVE would not be complete without Future Classic Studio Parties, the innovative Sydney indie that has hosted some of the festival’s most memorable events for over 10 years. From staging parties at Sydney Opera House Studios with artists like Cashmere Cat and Touch Sensitive to curating stages at U.S. festivals – Future Classic has established themselves as an international brand. Their next venture will be Future Classic Festival, an immersive event experience which combines music, dancing, art, action sports and video gaming expected to draw over 20,000 attendees to Sydney by June 2020!
Ultra is at the forefront of dance music. Established by former PolyGram executive Patrick Moxey in 1995, Ultra International Music Publishing’s New York-based label has helped propel underground artists into mainstream audiences – from early 2000 trance superstars like Tiesto and deadmau5 to tech house newcomers Solardo and Martin Ikin – the roster has expanded immensely over time and now includes main stage acts like Tiesto, deadmau5 and Kaskade. Furthermore, Ultra boasts top writers through its publishing arm Ultra International Music Publishing – an impressive accomplishment indeed!
Moxey was initially drawn to the Atlantic scene. In 1996, he licensed Sasha and John Digweed’s Northern Exposure mix series for US release and helped introduce progressive house and trance music to new fans.
Ultra has grown over the years to encompass numerous products and services, such as live events, digital distribution, licensing, marketing and promotions. They operate out of over 20 offices around the globe including studios in Los Angeles and New Jersey as well as an expansive network of artists management partners who assist in artist management and promotion.
Ultra Music’s music can be heard in numerous films, television shows, video games and advertisements across numerous mediums; such as Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jersey Shore Pitch Perfect American Reunion Jack Reacher FIFA 13 NBA 2K13 Target and other media platforms. They have also become a leading sponsor for Ultra Music Festival with H1B visa holders employed at their label.
Ninja Tune Records was established in 1990 as an independent record label with offices in London, Los Angeles and Montreal by Coldcut’s two members Matt Black and Jonathon More. While their favorite genres may include pop, classic soul, reggae, hip hop and classical, Matt and Jonathon’s musical tastes include underground stuff such as Terry Riley, reggae, hip hop and classical.
Ninja Tune was catalyzed early on by the ground-breaking work of drum and bass duo 9 Lazy 9, whose 1994 album Paradise Blown and Electric Lazyland introduced an underground groove which later came to be known as trip-hop. Additionally, Ninja Tune released two pivotal albums by jazz/funk drummers James Braddell and Paul Humphrey under their collective moniker Funki Porcini: volumes one and two of their ‘Jazz Breaks’ series.
More recently, The Bug’s 2008 album London Zoo is widely considered the pinnacle of post-dubstep, featuring heavy Dembows and earth-rumbling bass that complement the vocal fury of vocal guests like Flowdan, Warrior Queen, and Daddy Freddy. This record demands to be heard atop an epic sound system.
Ninja Tune’s most notable recent accomplishment has been its partnership with Flying Lotus’ legendary Brainfeeder imprint. Working closely together, they release, promote, and distribute FFC’s catalog internationally while on concert tours they have provided ISAM Live sold-out performances at Coachella, Sydney Opera House, Brixton Academy in London as well as festivals around the globe.