Search and Destroy Announces Global Label Partnership with Universal Music’s Spinefarm Records31st October 2014
Search and Destroy Announces Global Label Partnership with Universal Music’s Spinefarm Records
International artist management company Raw Power Management has announced a new global partnership agreement for its successful record label imprint Search and Destroy.
Search and Destroy, which has launched bands such as Mallory Knox, Don Broco, Axewound, Crossfaith and While She Sleeps among others, has joined forces with the recently reinvigorated Spinefarm Records to sign both new and established talent moving forward.
Part of Universal Music Group, Spinefarm has offices in London, New York, and Helsinki, as well as a network of support around the world in association with Caroline– the global label services division of UMG. The Spinefarm roster features Electric Wizard (whose new album just debuted in the top 75 in both the U.S. and the UK), Amaranthe, Godsmack (ex-US), Venom, Killing Joke, and the recently inked Toothgrinder. In addition, Spinefarm has served within the UMG system as an international partner for the promotion and release of seminal acts including Ghost BC, Rammstein, Seether, Five Finger Death Punch, and Black Veil Brides, among others.
Raw Power Management have enjoyed international success in recent years with artists such as Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice and Men, Don Broco, Modestep, Charlie Simpson, Funeral for a Friend, Mallory Knox and many others. As well as its core artist management activities and Search and Destroy imprint the company has a growing music publishing operation, Raw Power Music.
The first artists signed under the new agreement are UK–based Turbowolf, who are appearing as Special Guests on the current Royal Blood UK tour. Their new album, co-produced with Tom Dalgety, will be released worldwide in April 2015. Signing simultaneously in the USA is the acclaimed band Atreyu, who will release their first new material in five years in Spring 2015.
Craig Jennings, Founder and CEO of Raw Power Management, said, “Search and Destroy is an important part of our growth plan so we are really pleased to have this new agreement in place with Spinefarm. Their enthusiasm for what we are trying to achieve with the label made them the obvious choice for a global partnership, and their company philosophy is a great fit with our own. We already have a really exciting release schedule and look forward to working with Jonas Nachsin and his team around the world. ”
Jonas Nachsin, Worldwide GM of Spinefarm, said, “The principals and staff of Raw Power/Search and Destroy represent an exact fit for us in this new and exciting phase of Spinefarm’s evolution. They are music people, dedicated to working with and developing great rock bands, and have a great track record in doing so. That’s exactly what we are doing here, in a serious and determined way, and are thrilled to be locking arms with S&D in a common cause. With our staff, along with Craig Jennings, Don Jenkins, Matt Ash, and the whole team there, we represent an amazing home for rock talent.”
BBC Radio 1 esteemed programmer Dan P Carter will be heading up A&R efforts for Search and Destroy. Carter commented: “Having the show I do gives me an incredible opportunity to support the bands and music that I love. I get sent a lot of stuff from artists that have no label, publishing or support outside of what they’ve built for themselves, and to be able to help those bands and bring them to an audience is a beautiful and gratifying thing. I’m going to be able to help some of those artists and give them an outlet, support and a home on the label… exciting stuff.”
Jennings added: “We are delighted that Dan is joining our S and D team. He has been responsible for breaking several British rock and metal acts in his role at Radio 1, and we look forward to him bringing that expertise to the label.”