“Architecture Is Frozen Music” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of experimental musician and innovator William Close. Having developed over 100 new types of musical instruments, Close is most recognized for the largest stringed instrument in the world – The Earth Harp. “It’s an instrument unlike anything Bach or Beethoven could have ever imagined,” writes The New York Times (July 2013).
Developed and built by Close, the body of the instrument rests on the stage, while the strings travel over the audience, attaching to the back of the theatre, concert hall and/or festival ground, turning every space into an instrument. Close studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago. His installations and performances have been experienced around the world – including The Coliseum in Rome, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, The Seattle Space Needle, the temples of Vietnam, Grand Theater of Shanghai International Arts Festival, Brazil’s Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, The Dhow Harbour in Qatar, and major US festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bumbershoot, Burning Man, Lightning In A Bottle, and more.
“Madi Diaz Writes The Most Danceable Break Up Record Ever” – LA Weekly
“With infectious structure and an addicting nature, Phantom should quickly find its way into an already powerfully, lady-driven indie pop movement, ready to kick down the doors of every local scene.” — High Voltage
"Instantly catchy and super upbeat, [’Stay Together’] has that special warm seasonality to surely be a fixture on many summer playlists.” — BlahBlahBlahScience
"Phantom…promises a big, bold and brightly colored production palette, keeping the organic instruments in check while amping up the electronica and big-beats.” — Direct Current
“Madi Diaz creates gorgeous pop-infused anthems that almost definitely will shoot to the top of your summer playlists.” – The Owl Mag
Following the releases of lead single “Stay Together” and “The Other Side EP,” Madi Diaz announces the release of her Nettwerk debut, Phantom, on September 30. Madi will celebrate by joining X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons on their “Into The Jungle” US tour, starting that same day (Sept 30) at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade. A full list of dates is below.
Hear Lead Single “Stay Together” Here:
Phantom was recorded in Madi’s newly adopted home of Los Angeles, produced by Nick Ruth (Mikky Ekko, Active Child) and mixed by John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Metric, Oh Land) at NYC’s famed Electric Lady Studios. The album’s 11 tracks expand upon Madi’s brand of sophisticated indie pop songs, providing a soundtrack for adventurous escapades on sweaty dance floors with old friends or late night introspective drives under a canopy of stars. Underneath the effervescent pop, her lyrics reveal an emotional through line.
“Hero” by Nettwerk Records’ Family Of The Year is featured in the groundbreaking masterpiece, Boyhood, a film by Richard Linklater.
Last week, Boyhood made headlines with its debut at specialty box office, grossing the second best numbers of the year following Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Linklater cast a child (Ellar Coltrane) as his protaganist and continues to build a story around him until he goes off to college. Rather than a documentary, the highly anticipated movie is a “complete, well-crafted character study,” (Entertainment Weekly).
Sinéad O’Connor reveals a behind-the-scenes clip from the “Take Me To Church” music video shoot. "Take Me To Church" is the first single from her forthcoming studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (Out August 12 via Nettwerk Records). With “Take Me To Church,” O’Connor explains, “the protagonist I’m writing about has had a profoundly distressing experience from which she is ultimately able to not only salvage herself but give birth to herself, coming to the conclusion, ‘I am only one I should adore.’”
Over the course of two astonishing albums, Nettwerk One publishing artist Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or hand-wringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutal-ised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.
Too Bright, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a brave, bold, unpredictably quix-otic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s The Dreaming or Scott Walker’s Tilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.
Chosen by Billboard as one of the “Top 5 K-Pop artists to watch in 2014,” South Korea-based GOT7 has released a new EP, GOT♡ (Got Love), which features a track from NW1 writer/producer Fredro called “Good Tonight.” The song has been performed on all major Korean music shows, including “Music Bank,” “Show! Music Core,” “Inkigayo” and “M!Countdown.” Upon its release, GOT♡ reached number one on the Gaon Music Top Album Chart. GOT7’s debut EP, Got It? (January 2014), which also featured a track from Fredro (“Like Oh”), landed at #1 on the Billboard World Chart.
British alt rock/pop band Scars On 45 will release their sophomore full-length album, Safety In Numbers, on October 7, with lead single “Crazy For You” available today on iTunes. The band has been on the road all summer promoting the album, with newly announced September dates opening for Better Than Ezra. A full list of tour dates is below.
LISTEN TO & SHARE “CRAZY FOR YOU” HERE:
Safety In Numbers is the result of pure honesty, emotion and hard work. When the band parted ways with their former label, they were determined to carry on. They self-funded Safety In Numbers, which was recorded between Minneapolis, MN with their good friend Eric Olsen and Leeds, England with producer Will Jackson. In the end, they launched a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the completion of the album. The response from fans was enormous.
From left to right (back): Jonathan Gordon (1916), Lex Borrero (1916), Blair McDonald (Nettwerk One); front: Stefan Johnson
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce a new publishing joint venture between Nettwerk’s publishing division, Nettwerk One Music (NW1) and LA-based, multi-media entertainment platform 1916 Management. Through this joint venture, NW1 and 1916 Management will together aim seek out and sign the hottest up and coming writers/producers, while bringing a management approach to publishing by working closely with these new signings to strategically develop their careers.
Writer/producer Stefan Johnson becomes the first signing under this joint venture. Johnson is one-fifth of the writing production team known as The Monsters & The Strangerz, currently one of the most in-demand pop production teams. They’ve been heavily involved in recent albums from Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Cher Lloyd, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and more. In the past few months alone, they’ve brought their writing and production skills to forthcoming tracks for Maroon 5, Ferras, Bebe Rexha and Chris Batson.
Says NW1’s Blair McDonald, “We’re delighted to be in business with Lex, Jonathan and the rest of the 1916 team. Their understanding and experience in the pop music business is a huge asset to our existing publishing business, and I look forward to developing a roster of the most talented writers/producers together. To start with the signing of Stefan Johnson is a statement of our intent. He is an incredible and positive creative force.”
Lex Borrero and Jonathan Gordan of 1916 add, “We are thrilled to be working with a company who has a true understanding of every facet of the entertainment business and a true independent spirit. NW1 has built a great publishing business, and we look forward to continuing to add to their already incredible and successful history.”
In case you missed So You Think You Can Dance last night, Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda performed a contemporary dance to Gossling’s “Oh Darling” choreographed by Emmy-nominated Travis Wall.
Having won critical praise in the states and abroad, Gossling (aka Helen Croome) will see the proper release of her debut full-length album, Harvest Of Gold, in North America on September 23 via Nettwerk Records.
We are deeply saddened to learn of John Spinks' passing. Over the past 8 years, we came to know him as a passionate and inspiring songwriter, producer, guitar player and all-around artist. He was an immeasurable talent whose songs brought joy to many. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and his many fans. We'll miss you John. -- Your Nettwerk Family