INgrooves International Expands Roster of Distributed Labels

New Signings Are Led by Partnership with Leading UK Independent Label Full Time Hobby for North American Distribution

Company Set to Expand Presence into Other International Territories

(LONDON)  INgrooves International, the UK-based division of INgrooves Fontana, announced today a host of new label signings, including a long term distribution deal with renowned UK indie Full Time Hobby.  Under the new deal, INgrooves International will provide both digital and physical distribution services for Full Time Hobby in North America, giving the label direct access to its market leading digital distribution platform and a suite of label support services, including INgrooves’ recently launched artist services division.

The label’s schedule in 2013 includes highly anticipated albums from The Leisure Society and Tunng, the debut album from latest signing Seams, and a tribute album to singer-songwriter Tim Hardin.

Full Time Hobby join leading UK independent distributors Republic of Music, Code 7 and visionary electronic label Hotflush, in tapping into INgrooves expanded international account management team, led by Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Alex Branson.

“With the addition of the in-house physical distribution capabilities in North America that came with the acquisition of Fontana last year, more UK and European labels are turning to INgrooves for their comprehensive distribution needs in North America,” commented Mr. Branson.

Other worldwide distribution deals recently inked by INgrooves International include; Berlin’s dance imprint Boys Noize, dubstep label Circus Records, Central Europe’s leading drum and bass artists labels Black Sun Empire and Noisia, Ireland’s premiere indie label, Small Town America and the pioneering Drum and Bass imprint Goodlooking, who will be re-launching the label and making its catalogue available digitally for the first time in 2013.

Confirming the signings, INgrooves International Director of Business Development, Quentin Chambers  added, We are thrilled to be working with such inspirational labels and artists. Our recent high profile label signings are testament to INgrooves growing stature internationally, a reputation being built on our world class services and distribution of the highest quality music.”

In addition to the new signings, INgrooves celebrated the holidays with the company’s first-ever distributed UK Christmas Number One Single, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by The Justice Collective.

INgrooves International has plans to expand its international presence into additional territories in 2013, including Germany and Australia, the fourth and seventh largest music markets in the world respectively.

INgrooves President Dave Zierler commented, “The INgrooves platform was built with the flexibility to deliver music to retailers in any territory around the world, and these new signings are indicative of the continued growth we expect from labels and artists outside the United States. Our plan to add personnel resources in Germany and Australia is reflective of our goal to continue to provide expanded services for our partners wherever they are in the world.”

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ABOUT INGROOVES FONTANA

INgrooves Fontana is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry.  INgrooves Fontana distributes digital and physical music content to hundreds of online, mobile and physical retail stores worldwide.    Independent labels, management and artists seeking worldwide distribution, administration and marketing services rely on INgrooves Fontana to maximize their impact in the dynamic music marketplace.  The Company’s proprietary ONE Digital enterprise software platform facilitates real-time asset management, distribution, royalty payments, sales analytics and more for INgrooves Fontana label partners. For more information, visit INgroovesFontana.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

John Vlautin at SpinLab Communications at jv@spinlab.net or 818-763-9800 or

Alicia Giesen at INgrooves Fontana at agiesen@ingroovesfontana.com or 415-489-1466

 

Headphone Start-up LSTN Announces Strategic Relationship with INgrooves

Socially Conscious LSTN Produces High Quality Headphones Made of Reclaimed, Exotic Hardwoods While Providing Help to Hearing Impaired Children Worldwide

(LOS ANGELES, CA)                        Los Angeles-based start-up LSTN, a designer and producer of high quality headphones made of reclaimed exotic hardwoods, announced today that INgrooves CEO, Robb McDaniels, will be joining its Advisory Board.  Additionally, INgrooves has made a minority investment in LSTN and will provide access to its breadth of artist and music relationships and technology expertise.

LSTN’s unique high quality headphones are made of exotic woods, including beech, cherry and ebony.  The wood is reclaimed from furniture manufacturers – pieces too small for a cabinet, but big enough for headphones.  The wood chambers produce a warm sound that music lovers of all genres are responding to with great enthusiasm.

Each time a pair of LSTN headphones or ear buds is purchased, the company makes a donation to give the gift of hearing to a child via a partnership with SoundSeekers, who puts mobile hearing clinics in villages throughout Southern and Eastern Africa and India, custom fitting hearing aids for children in deaf schools and treating them on the spot.  LSTN was founded last year by music industry veteran Bridget Hilton.

“I’m a huge believer in LSTN,” said INgrooves founder and CEO Robb Mcdaniels.  “Bridget has created a great product – the quality of sound these headphones generate is simply amazing and will appeal to audiophiles around the world.  She’s also found a way to create a socially and environmentally responsible product that gives back to hearing impaired children.  This is exactly the kind of company INgrooves wants to be involved with and we have high hopes for our partnership with LSTN.”

“I’m very encouraged by the attention our product has received from the music industry and the national press,” said Hilton, who formerly did marketing for Universal Music Group.  “Our partnership with Robb and INgrooves will help us assemble the infrastructure we need to build a major music company dedicated to helping others around the world.”

More information on LSTN headphones can be found at www.LSTNheadphones.com.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

John Vlautin at SpinLab Communications jv@spinlab.net or 818-763-9800

Marketing Executive Tim Reid Named Vice President of Product Management, Urban at INgrooves Fontana’s Artist Services Division

(LOS ANGELES, CA)                        Bryan Mead, Senior Vice President of INresidence, the artist services division of INgrooves Fontana which was launched last fall, announced today the appointment of industry veteran Tim Reid to the position of Vice President of Product Management, Urban at the company.

“Tim is without a doubt one of the most creative and respected marketing executives in the business and I expect his contribution to our roster will be substantial,” said Mr. Mead in making the announcement.

Mr. Reid comes to INgrooves Fontana from his own marketing company, Pro Franchise Group, which he launched in 2009, working with such successful artists as Jill Scott and Common. In addition, he was also co-Music Supervisor for TV One’s NAACP Award nominated series “Verses & Flow.”   Prior to that he spent a decade as Vice President of Marketing at Interscope/Geffen/A&M, working with Snoop Dogg, Common, The Roots, Mos Def, Avant, and Akon’s Konlive imprint, to name a few.  He played an important role in the success of the groundbreaking independent hip hop label Priority Records which he joined in 1995.  As Director of Marketing at Priority he worked with Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Master P and his No Limit label and with JAY-Z on his debut album Reasonable Doubt.

“With its exceptional distribution and digital platforms serving the creative community, INgrooves Fontana is an incredibly exciting opportunity,” said Mr. Reid.  “I’m looking forward to being an integral part of career building and brand development at INgrooves Fontana to further strengthen our position in the Urban marketplace.”

Mr. Reid will be based in INgrooves Fontana’s Los Angeles offices. 

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ABOUT INGROOVES FONTANA

INgrooves Fontana is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry.  INgrooves Fontana distributes digital and physical music content to hundreds of online, mobile and physical retail stores worldwide.    Independent labels, management and artists seeking worldwide distribution, administration and marketing services rely on INgrooves Fontana to maximize their impact in the dynamic music marketplace.  The Company’s proprietary ONE Digital enterprise software platform facilitates real-time asset management, distribution, royalty payments, sales analytics and more for INgrooves Fontana label partners. For more information, visit INgroovesFontana.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

John Vlautin at SpinLab Communications at jv@spinlab.net or 818-763-9800 or

Alicia Giesen at INgrooves Fontana at agiesen@ingroovesfontana.com or 415-489-1466