Cooking Vinyl Opens Australian Office
6th September 2013: - Cooking Vinyl continues its international expansion with the establishment of Cooking Vinyl Australia, a new office based in Melbourne.
Cooking Vinyl Australia will sign both local and international artists and represent the wider Cooking Vinyl Records roster in Australia and New Zealand. The new label will work closely alongside its exclusive Australian & New Zealand distribution partner, Caroline Label Services, to offer a raft of services including strategic project management to a number of renowned local and international labels. These include BMG Rights, Dine Alone, Kemado, Lex, Mexican Summer, New Damage, Resist and Stones Throw. There has been early chart success via an ARIA top 4 debut for City and Colour's The Hurry and The Harm.
The label is headed by Australian music industry veterans, Leigh Gruppetta, formerly General Manager, Music at Shock Records (with previous posts at Warner Music, Festival Mushroom), and Stu Harvey, former Senior International Label Manager at Shock (previously with Jive/Zomba, Mushroom and UNFD). The pair bring a combined 37 years of record label experience to the new company.
Said Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl founder & CEO “Having enjoyed our best ever year in 2012 in the USA with Marilyn Manson, The Cult and The Cranberries, Australia was next on the list for Cooking Vinyl's international expansion plans. Tim (Janes, Caroline Label Services), Leigh and Stu have looked after us for the last decade in Australia. Getting them into Cooking Vinyl Australia is a dream. It’s our friends and the A team for Australia.”
Stu Harvey commented “I’ve always been a huge fan of the modern, artist-friendly approach that Cooking Vinyl takes. They understand their role in the team and how to play it. I was thrilled to be approached and very excited to join such a progressive music company.”
Leigh Gruppetta added “The opportunity to be a part of Cooking Vinyl’s continued growth in the global market is beyond exciting. I’ve always held the label in very high regard and have watched it develop a truly progressive and dynamic model over the years. To be welcomed into the Cooking Vinyl family is incredibly humbling.”
General Manager of Caroline Label Services Tim Janes said “Cooking Vinyl is effectively our first new label partner under our just-established Caroline Label Services Australia, and we couldn’t be happier. Martin and his team have continually evolved their business to suit the changing needs of artists and the recorded music market, and they will continue to be desirable label partners due to their innovation and passion.
“The label has enjoyed some great success over the years in Australia and establishing Cooking Vinyl Australia is an exciting initiative that we just had to be a part of. We can’t think of a better team to drive their Australian business forward than Stu Harvey and Leigh Gruppetta. We’re incredibly excited about the potential of this label partnership and the artists it will bring into the fold”.
About Cooking Vinyl Records
Established in 1986, Cooking Vinyl has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s prime artist-focused independent labels, inspiring an enviable loyalty among its artist roster. It is also in the vanguard of music companies offering innovative services-only deals that claim no stake in artists’ copyrights.
Cooking Vinyl takes full responsibility for the management of a project whether functioning as a label or in a services-only setting. Adding more than just marketing muscle, Cooking Vinyl devises and implements worldwide sales, marketing and distribution plans for its artists, working alongside booking agents and artist managers.
Artists signed to Cooking Vinyl include Amanda Palmer, The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, Underworld, Ron Sexsmith and Billy Bragg. Such is the loyalty and affection among artists for the label that the likes of Frank Black have returned close to 20 times to record fresh collections with it. The Prodigy’s Invaders Music Die was Europe’s biggest selling independent album in 2009.
Notes to Editors
Cooking Vinyl Records is a member of the CV Group of companies, which include Essential Music & Marketing, CV America, Cooking Vinyl Publishing and Cooking Vinyl Property.
September 11, 2013 11:23am ET by Name PR