Phonofile opening UK office in London

Operating from today, Phonofile has opened a UK office in London.

Dan Garber and Trond Tornes. Photo by Zoe Cormier.“Phonofile already holds a strong position in the Nordics, while we also want to give Phonofile labels and artists the best services for their UK exposure,” says Phonofile CEO Erik Brataas.

Phonofile has engaged Dan Garber of Tape Music Ltd / Record-Play as a sales representative for Phonofile’s regional priorities in the United Kingdom. Tape Music is a record label and management company whose roster includes avant-pop artist FEMME, Barcelona-based DJ/producer Alizzz and Finnish producer Mikko Gordon, while Record-Play specializes in music supervision and boasts Adidas, Google and Atomic Skis among its clients.

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Phonofile Insights – Alison Wenham

FullSizeRender Major consolidation makes industry slow, dull and defensive

AIM’s Alison Wenham on lack of competition, expectation to streaming returns, transparency, fair revenue distribution and charts ossification.
Interview by Eamonn Forde, reports editor at Music Ally and freelance music business writer.

When AIM (the Association of Independent Music) was founded in 1999, there were five major record labels, the record business was feasting heartily on the CD explosion and Napster was something only a tech-savvy few knew about. Sixteen years later, there are three majors, the CD is now in serious decline as a secondary (or even tertiary) format in most markets and many consumers now carry a smartphone that can access any music ever recorded in a few taps and swipes.

AIM was set up to represent independent labels in the UK at the most seismic time for music companies since the development of recorded sound a century earlier. Its arrival triggered the establishment of trade associations around the world, including Impala in Europe, A2IM in the US and WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) on a global level. With increased consolidation among the majors and with digital throwing out all the old certainties (and creating amazing new opportunities for the bold and canny), the need for the independents to march in lockstep has never been greater.



Tom Silverman on 90-degree deals, breaking the US and a $100bn music business


Tom Silverman

Interview by Eamonn Forde, reports editor at Music Ally and freelance music business writer.

 Tom Silverman entered the music business in the disco era, setting up Dance Music Report magazine for DJs that grew to 3,000 recipients in North America. Drawing on his burgeoning network and sensing a tumultuous change in music, he set up Tommy Boy Records in 1981. His first signing was Afrika Bambaataa.

Bambaataa’s second single for Tommy Boy was the towering ‘Planet Rock’ in 1982 – released on 12-inch and swiftly selling 600,000 copies at around $4 each, exploding not just his career but also that of Silverman and his label.

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