Record Labels A record label is a company which own the rights to bands music, selling their audio and video in different formats, they usually have some say in the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for the bands material.
The current major record labels areUniversal, Sony and Warner (and have been within the top labels since 1988 and control 70% of the world’s music market!).
Warp Records• Warp Records is a British independent label founded in 1989 by Steve Beckett and the late Rob Mitchell from their experiences working in a record store together.• It is notable for discovering some of the most influential artists in electronic music such as Aphex Twin, Autechre, Brian Eno and Boards of Canada; though they have recently expanded outside of electronica and signed indie rock bands.
Nothing records is a now defunct US record labelspecialising in industrial rock and electronicmusic. Founded in 1992 by Trent Reznor and John MalmJr. it is often used as an example of a ‘vanity label’;owned by parent company Interscope.As well as the popular bands Nine Inch Nails andMarilyn Manson, it also signed artists such asAutechre, Einstürzende Neubauten, Squarepusher andPig.
• 4AD is a British Independent label founded in 1979 and still running today by Ivo Watts-Russell, also a producer of some of the bands. He is most well known for Cocteau Twins debut Garland; their song Ivo was named after him.• Maybe one my favourite records labels; signing artists such as Pixies, The Birthday Party, Bauhaus, Clan Of Xymox or David Byrne to things like Purity Ring, Ariel Pinks Haunted Grafitti and Grimes.
Mute Records is anindependent UK basedlabel, it was founded in1978 by Daniel Miller. Mostof the music signed bythem can be classed as‘experimental’.It boasts names such asDepecheMode, Erasure, FadGadget, Kraftwerk, M83and Grinderman, Yeasayerand Liars