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Signing Stories

Geffen Records announced the signing of singer-songwriter and actress, Olivia Rodrigo. Olivia will release her debut original new song, “drivers license,” on Friday, Jan. 8. The song is available now for Pre-Save. Olivia first shared a clip of the song she wrote on Instagram in the summer of 2020 to incredible fan reaction, which inspired her to go into the studio with her producer to finish the track. What resulted is a modern epic, “drivers license,” with its radiant harmonies and kinetic percussion spins a vivid portrait of driving aimlessly through the suburbs and longing for an ex-love. Olivia is set to release her debut EP later this year which she wrote […]

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As major and indie labels continue to sign new talent to their rosters, MC’s Signing Stories area has maintained its prominence as a go-to place for invaluable insights and advice about how to get signed and what artists can expect from the experience. Here, then, are some of the more instructive signing sagas we published during 2020. Marcus King Label: Fantasy Records/Easy Eye Sound Type of Music: Blues/R&B/Rock Management: AMFM Management Booking: WME Legal: Kent Marcus Publicity: Doug Hall, [email protected] Web: marcuskingband.com A&R: Joe McEwen Marcus King’s signing story is a classic example of a budding artist who realized he […]

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Date Signed: June 2020 Label: Fueled By Ramen Band Members: Edith Johnson, vocals; Ada Juarez, drums; Téa Campbell, guitar Type of Music: Pop-Punk Management: Evange Livanos and Sofi Padilla – Alternate Side Management Booking: Jason Parent and Andrew Ellis – APA Publicity: Sarah Goldstein and Collin Citron Web: meetmeatthealtar.com A&R: Johnny Minardi Big hooks, bouncy melodies, crunchy riffs and plenty of ‘tude. Florida band Meet Me @ the Altar are bursting with all of that—a positive vibe that is not only refreshing during these darkest of days, but absolutely life-affirming––plus, tunes that will earworm you to death. The band formed in 2015, when guitarist Téa […]

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Date Signed: June 30, 2020 Label: COP International Band Members: Lilith Bathory, Dr. Luna (Doc) Type of Music: Deathtronica; Black/Bass/Metal Management: Christian Petke – COP International, [email protected] Booking: [email protected] Legal: [email protected] Publicity: Selena Fragassi, [email protected] Web: LUNA13.net A&R: John Fryer – COP International Sometimes it isn’t sending along a YouTube clip or demo to a label that can get your band signed, or rubbing elbows with music execs at parties, or going viral on social media. In the case of “deathtronica” band LUNA13, for example, it was reaching out to a like-minded band and letting karma take care of the […]

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Date Signed: June 24, 2020 Label: Spirit Music Group Type of Music: R&B Management: Creative Titans Booking: [email protected] Legal: Stephen Luckman – Sheridans Law Firm Publicity: Roots PR Agency Web: creativetitans.com/david-lyn.html Having just released his debut single, “Can’t Breathe,” and with an EP set for release in the next few months, David Lyn’s publishing deal with Spirit Music Group presents a perfect example of what can unfold when you follow your bliss. Lyn’s brother, Grammy-winning producer Izybeats, had just started out in music when he asked Lyn to try out some gear and create sounds for him. Lyn followed the […]

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Date Signed: November 2019 Label: Bright Antenna Records Band Members: Tom Havelock, vocalist-lyricist; Llywelyn ap Myrddin, keyboardist; Guillaume Jambel, drummer; Dan Radclyffe, guitar Type of Music: Indie Pop/Alternative Management: Will Gresford – TripTik Management, 44-788-748-4226 Booking: Mitch Blackman – ICM (USA), icmpartners.com/contact; Ryan Penty – Paradigm (UK), paradigmagency.com/contact/london Legal: Berkeley Edwards – Clintons, clintons.co.uk/node/53 Publicity: Mikaela Duhs – Shore Fire Media, 718-522-7171, [email protected] shorefire.com Web: prepofficial.com A&R: Braden Merrick The members of London-based indie-pop outfit Prep took their act on the road early and often. That work ethic landed them their first EP contract and also sent them back out […]

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Date Signed: March 13, 2020 Label: Red Bull Records Type of Music: Hip-Hop/R&B Management: Elie Shermer Booking: Jvngle Music Group Legal: Matt Gorman, Oceantown Music Publicity: The Chamber Group – Shannon Atran & Milcah Tesfaye Web: Instagram @jmgkofi A&R: Kenny Salcido, Red Bull Records These past few years, when Kofi wasn’t garnering critical acclaim, gaining legendary fans like Drake and accumulating hundreds of thousands of streams for tracks such as “Wake Up” and “Came Up,” the Toronto-based singer, rapper and songwriter was blowing everyone away as a gravity-defying UCLA men’s volleyball champ under his birth name Daenan Gyimah. Ironically, his […]

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Date Signed: April 18, 2020 Label: Prosthetic Records Band Members: Kristian Grimaldi, guitar, vocals; Craig Breitsprecher, bass, vocals; Kyle Quintin, drums; Yegor Savonin, guitar, keyboard Type of Music: Melodic Death Metal Management: N/A Booking: N/A Legal: John Mason – Copyright Counselors Publicity: Becky Laverty, [email protected] Web: firesinthedistance.com A&R: Steve Joh, [email protected] It’s 2020. And you’re probably sheltering-in-place. If you don’t have a full album ready to shop, what exactly are you waiting for? Take Fires in the Distance, for example. As bassist Craig Bretsprecher explains, having a package ready to release likely played a role in their recent signing to […]

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Date Signed: April 29, 2020 Label: Mom+Pop Music Type of Music: R&B/Soul Management: Kevin Lazaroff, Modern Invasion, [email protected] Booking: Katherine Friedland, Mom+Pop Music, [email protected] MomandPopMusic.com Legal: Neil C. Shulman, Ploegsma & Schulman LLP, [email protected] Agent: Jbeau Lewis, UTA, [email protected] Publicity: Lisa Gottheil and Nick Javier, Grandstand Media, [email protected] GrandstandHQ.com, [email protected] Web: EvannMcIntosh.com A&R: Suzanna Slavin, Mom+Pop Music, [email protected] Music.com It’s awfully rare for a label to sign a musician at the tender age of 16 and give her the keys to the car to boot. Such is the case with Kansas-based McIntosh, who recently tells us that Mom+Pop not only […]

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Date Signed: Jan. 1, 2020 Label: ANTI- Records Band Members: Natalie London, vocals, guitar; Taylor Plecity, vocals, percussion Type of Music: Indie Rock Management: Elizabeth Freund – Beautiful Day Media, [email protected] beautifuldaymedia.com; Patrice Fehlen, [email protected] Booking: N/A Legal: N/A Publicity: Kelly Kettering, [email protected] Web: heykingofficial.com A&R: Andy Kaulkin Indie rockers/couple Natalie London and Taylor Plecity met Ben Harper through mutual friends. After attending a few shows, he asked if they’d like him to produce a few songs. What began as a casual session resulted in their supporting Harper for three legs of his international tour. Harper started mentioning the gals […]

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