Three of the world’s foremost artist management companies announced today a significant evolution in their engagement with the artist community.
MAMA Group, Nettwerk Music Group and ATC have announced the formation of Polyphonic, which will invest directly into artist businesses, thereby offering an alternative to the traditional label-driven investment model of the music industry.
Founded with an initial financial commitment of more than $20 million for its first year of operation (and with significant additional capital available thereafter), Polyphonic will seek to partner with artists and their management, providing the capital to enable them to operate their own businesses, retain their own copyrights and take a fair share of any profits that are generated.
Gob was a powerviolence band from Van, Canada featuring now guitarist of Iron Lung, Jon Kortland. They released a split 7” with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, a split 5” with Spazz and one full-length, The Kill Yourself Commandment.
Biography by Corey Apar
As the frontman for San Francisco-based rock outfit Highwater Rising, singer/songwriter Aidan Hawken found many of his band's songs appearing on various hit TV shows over the years, including The OC, Sex and the City, Boston Public, and One Tree Hill. A Bay Area native, Hawken relocated to Los Angeles in spring 2005. That same year, he issued his first solo effort, Pillows & Records, on Box 29 Records. Comparable to Elliott Smith, Hawken enlisted various musician friends to help with the album, including guitarist Chuck Prophet.
Meaghan Smith was coming off her 2011 Juno Award win for Best New Artist. It was for her critically acclaimed album The Cricket’s Orchestra, which had been lauded for its honest, insightful songwriting and vintage sound. Despite all this, Meaghan wanted to take a chance. She knew that she wanted to make an entirely different album; a pop record with big choruses and ambitious production – it was the best way for her to connect with more people than she ever had in the past. This meant moving outside of her comfort zone and working with new collaborators on songwriting and production. This was not going to be easy. Meaghan’s recent attempts at working with co-writers hadn’t been productive, so she wasn’t optimistic that someone else would be able to help her capture what was in her soul and turn it into big, lush pop songs.