BOB ROBACK, NAMED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF ISOLATION NETWORK

Bob Roback CEO Isolation NetworkSAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Board of Directors of Isolation Network announced today that digital music veteran Bob Roback has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company. Isolation Network is the parent company of the world’s leading global independent music distributor INgrooves, successful e-book division, INscribe Digital, and enterprise software division IN Enterprise Solutions, which provides the North American digital distribution platform for the world’s largest record company, Universal Music Group.

Mr. Roback is a pioneer in the digital music arena, joining with longtime partner Dave Goldberg in 1994 to found LAUNCH Media, one of the world’s first digital music enterprises. After a highly successful run, the company was acquired by Yahoo! Inc. in 2001. As part of the sale, Mr. Roback became Head of Music at Yahoo!, overseeing its global music operations until 2007.

“Throughout his career, Bob has successfully launched and led future facing companies that helped to push digital music and media businesses forward in innovative ways,” said Jay Boberg, Chairman of the Board. “With our revenues now exceeding $150 million a year, we feel he is the perfect executive to lead our global executive team into our next phase of growth.”

Mr. Roback commented, “I am thrilled to be joining Isolation Network and working alongside Jay, Co-Founder Matt Burns and the rest of the talented and dedicated executive team who have grown this business into the global leader it is today.”

Most recently, Mr. Roback was President of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation where he remains a member of its board of directors. Prior to that, he served as Co-Founder and CEO of Dashbox, a workflow management system and marketplace for music licensing. Dashbox was acquired by FilmTrack in 2014. Mr. Roback also served as Co-Founder/Managing Director of The Media Farm, a company which owns and manages entertainment intellectual property.

Mr. Roback holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Mr. Roback replaces former CEO, Robb McDaniels who exited the company at the end of 2014.

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INgrooves Names Gabriella Ianni Director of Promotion & Marketing

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(New York)  INgrooves Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music distribution & marketing companies, announced today that music promo veteran, Gabriella (D’Agostino) Ianni, has joined as their new Director of Promotion & Marketing, based in the company’s New York office. Gabriella will handle promotional duties for select releases at traditional radio where she will report directly to Michael Plen, VP of Promotion & Marketing, INresidence.  Additionally, she will be responsible for both account management and supporting the overall promotion & marketing efforts for INgrooves partners within SiriusXM.  The role represents a fundamental shift in traditional distribution account management where the lines are now blurred between retail & promotional partners, dictating a new breed of manager.

​”We’re ecstatic to have Gabriella join our expanding INgrooves Marketing team. Having seen her talent in radio, Music Choice and promotion, I know her expertise and intensity to be of the highest caliber,” said Plen. “Her passion for music and her superb creativity will serve our promotional partners at radio, media and SiriusXM with the highest level of ingenuity, and take our INgrooves partners to new heights across all releases.”​

Gabriella began her career in radio & promotion working as Midday host at KMBY in Monterey, CA and then as APD/MD of WHRL in Albany, NY. Soon thereafter, she  joined Astralwerks/EMI as Head of College & Specialty Promotion. Since then, she has held positions with Glassnote Records as Head of Radio Promotion, Entercom Boston (93.7 Mike FM) Promotion Director, Music Choice as Program Director of Alternative, Rock & College, and most recently with MegaForce Records as Head of Promotion.

“I come from a family with a vast history in music & arts, and all I’ve ever wanted to do is help artists,” said Ianni. “I am thrilled to continue my journey in independent music promotion with INgrooves. This is a company who is boldly keeping pace with the evolution of the music business and providing more marketing opportunities to their creative partners for true exposure.”

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INGROOVES SIGNS NEW ALBUM DEALS FOR NERINA PALLOT AND STEREOPHONICS

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( Original article, “INGROOVES SIGNS NEW ALBUM DEALS FOR NERINA PALLOT AND STEREOPHONICS” published at MusicBusinessWorldwide. )

nerina-pallot-ingroovesThe artist and label services on offer at INgrooves Music Group are being utilised by both Stereophonics and Nerina Pallot for their new albums.

Former major label artist Nerina Pallot is releasing her new album, The Sound and the Fury, on her own label worldwide via INgrooves’ INresidence artist service division.

INresidence has been working directly with Pallot to put together a campaign for the release, which arrives both digitally and physically in September.

The album announcement was accompanied by the launch of a new track, The Road, highlighting the humanitarian issues surrounding migrants who have been forcibly displaced in the world.

The video for the song – which you can watch below – was premiered in the UK with The Guardian and resulted in Pallot being interviewed on Sky News discussing the issues.

 

 

The Nerina Pallot campaign continues this week with a track to radio called ‘Rousseau’ which will have its first play on BBC Radio 2 show from Chris Evans.

Toby Peacock, Director of Label & Project Management at INgrooves, said: ​’It’s a real pleasure to be working with an artist so full of creative passion and artistic integrity.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating directly with Nerina in order to best utilise our collective knowledge, experience and the services INgrooves offer to tailor a solid platform for the release of this stunning album, ‘The Sound and The Fury’​.”

“WE ARE THRILLED TO BE COLLABORATING DIRECTLY WITH NERINA IN ORDER TO USE OUR COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE EXPERIENCE AND THE SERVICES INGROOVES OFFERS.”

TOBY PEACOCK, INGROOVES

​INgrooves is also releasing the Stereophonics album, Keep The Village Alive, in the US as part of its continuing partnership with Ignition Records and Ignition Artist Management.

Across their career, Stereophonics have released five platinum albums including Just Enough Education To Perform and Performance and Cocktails.

The BRIT Award-winning band’s last album, Graffiti On The Train, has shipped over 300,000 albums in the UK alone.

Bryan Mead, SVP Artist Services at INgrooves, said: “Having already run successful US services campaigns for Oasis and Primal Scream, the INgrooves team could not be more enthusiastic about solidifying our relationship with Alec and Ignition; grand music and great people.”

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AGAINST ME! ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW LIVE ALBUM, 23 LIVE SEX ACTS

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23-TRACK LIVE COLLECTION RECORDED OVER 2014 TRANSGENDER DYSPHORIA BLUES WORLD TOUR TO BE RELEASED VIA TOTAL TREBLE/INGROOVES ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING AND FESTIVAL APPEARANCES ANNOUNCED

Total Treble and INgrooves Music Group are proud to announce the brand new live album from celebrated rock band Against Me! titled 23 Live Sex Acts. Recorded over the band’s year-long, 2014 world tour and helmed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, Worriers), 23 Live Sex Acts is an immersive collection of songs that span the band’s entire catalog and provides the most comprehensive look into the powerful Against Me! live experience. The album also marks Against Me! and Total Treble’s exciting new partnership with independent music distribution and marketing leader INgrooves. “Against Me! constantly pushes the artistic & cultural boundaries as heard in this powerful collection – they continue to redefine rock music, the true essence of punk,” said Bryan Mead, SVP of INresidence Artist Services at INgrooves. “This collaboration is a real labor of love for our team.” 23 Live Sex Acts will be available in stores and online on Friday, September 4. Pre-order for the album is now live on Amazon and iTunes, where an instant grat of “True Trans Soul Rebel” is now available for download with purchase.

Against Me! will also be kicking off their summer North American headlining tour tonight, Monday, June 15, in Raleigh, NC. Touring with supports Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) and Annie Girl and the Flight, the tour will extend through the middle of July, hitting notable markets such as Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, June 23, Detroit, MI on Friday, June 26, Cleveland, OH on Sunday, June 28, Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, July 4, Winnipeg, MB on Saturday, July 11, Vancouver, BC on Friday, July 17, and culminate in a performance at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA on Sunday, July 19. A full listing of dates can be found below and more information on tickets can be found via Against Me!’s official website, http://www.againstme.net.

2014 was a pivotal year for the four members of Against Me!, a year that included world touring and the release of its widely acclaimed sixth full-length album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, that landed on countless year-end lists. It was also an especially successful year for frontwoman Laura Jane Grace who starred in her own AOL Originals series titled True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, a 10-episode docu-series that was nominated for “Outstanding Documentary” at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards. While continuing to work on her highly-anticipated memoir and performing solo shows around the country that included storytelling and spoken word, the cultural icon also served as Music Director for MTV’sRebel Music, a series of documentary films about youth, music and global social change, focused on youth protest movements in the most challenging and turbulent parts of the world. Grace is also currently a contributing writer to Noisey where she writes a bi-weekly advice column titled Mandatory Happiness and, alongside the legendary Joan Jett, recently loaned her support for Miley Cyrus’ “Happy Hippie Foundation,” a non-profit whose mission is to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.

With the upcoming release of 23 Live Sex Acts, Against Me! will remain one of the hardest working bands in music as they continue to tour and deliver empowering commentary through its passionate punk that’s been revered for over 15 years. Against Me! will be making the following North American appearances during 2015. Dates below with more to follow.

JUNE
15 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre *
16 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm *
17 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm Columbia *
18 – Norfolk, VA – Norva Theater *
19 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *
20 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club *
21 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore *
23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar *
24 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *
26 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall *
27 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s *
28 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues *
30 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *

JULY
01 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre *
03 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *
04 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
05 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s *
07 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theater *
08 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection *
11 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Theatre *
12 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre *
14 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall *
15 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall *
17 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre *
18 – Portland, OR – Project Pabst Festival
19 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre *

SEPTEMBER
25 – Las Vegas, NY – Life Is Beautiful Festival
* = w/ Frank Iero, Annie Girl and the Flight

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23 Live Sex Acts tracklisting:

  1. Don’t Lose Touch
  2. Miami
  3. White Crosses
  4. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
  5. How Low
  6. Black Me Out
  7. Thrash Unreal
  8. Unconditional Love
  9. The Ocean
  10. Sink, Florida, Sink
  11. We Laugh At Danger and Break All The Rules
  12. High Pressure Low
  1. Don’t Lose Touch
  2. Miami
  3. White Crosses
  4. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
  5. How Low
  6. Black Me Out
  7. Thrash Unreal
  8. Unconditional Love
  9. The Ocean
  10. Sink, Florida, Sink
  11. We Laugh At Danger and Break All The Rule

 

About INgrooves Music Group:

INgrooves Music Group is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry. The company is comprised of INgrooves Distribution Services, INresidence Artist Services and INgrooves Rights Services. All divisions of the company work together to provide independent labels, established artists and other content owners with the most transparent and scalable distribution tools, rights management services, and thoughtful marketing solutions that enable them to maximize their sales in today’s dynamic global marketplace. For more information, visit: INgrooves.com. INgrooves Music Group is a division of Isolation Network, Inc

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Amy Dietz Elected to A2IM Board of Directors

Amy Dietz (EVP & General Manager, INgrooves),Darius Van Arman (Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Secretly Group ) and Martin Mills (Founder and Chairman, Beggars Group) are A2IM’s newly elected officers for the 2015-2016 year

Newly elected A2IM Board of Directors (listed alphabetically by first name)

  • Amy Dietz (EVP & General Manager, INgrooves)
  • Darius Van Arman (Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Secretly Group)
  • Martin Mills (Founder & Chairman, Beggars Group)

Read the entire article at A2IM.com

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Amy Dietz Featured on All Access Music Group’s Power Player

Our very own Amy Dietz, who was recently promoted to EVP, was interviewed and featured in All Access Music Group’s Power Player column.

Newly minted INgrooves Music Group Amy Dietz is a veteran of indie retail, getting her start as an assistant buyer in a three-store hometown Minneapolis mom-and-pop chain known as Title Wave, which eventually expanded to 15 locations. She moved on to stints at indie label heavy metal label Red Decibel, housed in the headquarters of her hometown’s fabled Twin Tone Records, home of the Replacements, then was hired at WMG’s indie distribution company, ADA. When INgrooves acquired Fontana Distribution from UMG in 2012, Amy’s name was thrown in the ring for the GM slot by a consultant, citing her experience with indie labels and distributors. She’s proven the perfect fit.

– See more at: http://www.allaccess.com/power-player/archive/21736/amy-dietz

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INgrooves Expands With New Label Partners Doghouse Records, Kitsuné and Hit City

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San Francisco – INgrooves Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent providers of music distribution, marketing and technology services to today’s music community, announced today that they have signed independent powerhouse Doghouse Records, as well as LA-based Hit City U.S.A for global distribution & marketing services. French music & fashion brand Kitsuné, has partnered with INresidence/INgrooves in the US and Canada. The announcement was made today by EVP, General Manager of INgrooves, Amy Dietz.

​“INgrooves is fortunate enough to work with some of the most impactful and creative independent labels in the business and Doghouse, Kitsuné and Hit City are all incredible music companies,” said Amy Dietz, EVP & GM of INgrooves Music Group. “We couldn’t be happier to partner with each of these labels to help reach their goals.”

Over the past 25 years, alternative indie-punk label Doghouse Records has built an impressive and varied catalog of over 150 releases, discovering and developing artists that have gone on to sell millions of albums and tracks the world over. Artists under the Doghouse name have sold almost 6 million albums and more than 15 million songs worldwide. The All-American Rejects, with Billboard’s biggest song of 2009 (“Gives You Hell”), is the label’s largest commercial success to date. However, other artists like Get Up Kids and Say Anything have also sold hundreds of thousands of albums and tracks and continue to be hugely influential to the next generation of artists.

Upcoming releases from Doghouse through INgrooves/INresidence include Matt Pond PA “The State of Gold” LP, CONTACT debut LP, Limbeck “Hi, Everything’s Great/Hi, Everything’s Fine” double LP reissue and Say Anything “Is a Real Boy/Was a Real Boy” 10 year anniversary box set.

“I couldn’t be happier to partner up with INgrooves and INresidence for the next chapter of Doghouse, says owner Dirk Hemsath. “I started this label when I was in high school out of a love for music and the scene. INgrooves is on the cutting edge of music distribution and label services and the perfect partner for this next phase of Doghouse Records.”

French-based Kitsuné cleverly bridges music, fashion and design; this unique brand is the brainchild of Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki. The company released its first artist album on 2005 with Hot Chip. Two Door Cinema Club has been the biggest success for the label with its debut Lp “Tourist History”. Upcoming projects released through INgrooves/INresidence in the US and Canada includes the new album from Citizens! “European Soul” on April 14th, the “Rooms” EP from Heat on April 28th as well as Beau’s “Debut” set to release on May 4th and the Kitsuné compilation album “America 4” on May 26th.

Hit City U.S.A. is a Los Angeles-based independent record label and lifestyle brand emceeing the pulse of California cool. Artist-owned and operated since 2008, the label has an inspired track record of picking up new emerging acts that includes PAPA, Lord Huron, Shy Girls, Superhumanoids, Astronauts, etc., Calvin Love, Avid Dancer, James Supercave, and more. With limited edition runs and a singular focus on artist development, Hit City U.S.A. has brought a boutique and highly curated sensibility to these projects, receiving praise from industry and local media for its curation as a label to watch.

Hit City U.S.A. will be releasing the debut LP from Oakland’s Astronauts, etc. this June and the third album from Los Angeles’ Kisses in August. Their digital singles series, “For Immediate Release,” has included music by Evan Voytas in March and Only You in January. Additional releases from the series are expected bi-monthly throughout the remainder of the year and onward.

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GLOBAL MUSIC BIZ LEADERS JOIN MBW’S ADVISORY BOARD

Music Business Worldwide (MBW) has added two more senior executive figures to its Advisory Board.

The MBW Advisory Board have agreed to provide feedback on the direction of MBW and its content, and to keep the publication informed of the key issues affecting the global music industry.

The Board is comprised of established senior executives from all corners of the worldwide business, including the likes of Daniel Glass (Glassnote), Hartwig Masuch (BMG), Kenny Gates ([PIAS]) Michael Gudinski (Mushroom), Richard Griffiths (Modest!), Simon Robson (Warner), Willard Ahdritz (Kobalt) and more besides.

Read the full article at Music Business Worldwide.

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FAILURE SET JUNE 30 RELEASE FOR THE HEART IS A MONSTER

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FANTASTIC PLANET FOLLOW-UP ARRIVES VIA INGROOVES MUSIC GROUP

LOS ANGELES – Failure release The Heart Is A Monster, the Los Angeles-based trio’s highly anticipated follow-up to 1996’s Fantastic Planet, on June 30via INgrooves Music Group’s artist services division, INresidence.

“Trying to follow up Fantastic Planet was a bit daunting,” said Ken Andrews, who mixed the 18-song collection with the band acting as producers. “We’ve pushed the bar upward again, but at the same time, we’ve kept the signature sound of the band intact.”

“Thematically we’ve moved from the outer space of Fantastic Planet to inner space,” explained Greg Edwards. “From the dislocation of one’s identity to the complete erasing of it by sleep and dreams.  I think we’ve used instrumentation in the service of mood and emotion to an even greater degree than on Fantastic Planet.”

“Failure is that rare band who define a sound that transcends space & time. They are truly iconic and their time is now.  Listen. ” said Bryan Mead, INgrooves Senior Vice President of INresidence, about the new partnership.

The band returned from a 17-year hiatus in early 2014 with a single Los Angeles date planned. The show sold out in seconds, which led to a North American tour, including a run of dates with Tool, and eventually back to the studio. In a recent interview with Noisey, Andrews admits by the time the band announced their first live outing, he, Edwards and Kellii Scott were already working on new music, saying “One thing that Greg and I agreed on very early on, is that we did not want to reform for just one or two nostalgia tours.  We wanted to come back as a full functioning musical force and creatively pick up where we left off with Fantastic Planet. That meant we needed to start experimenting in the studio first, which we did in late 2013. After a few months, we came to the conclusion that we were having a good time and that we liked the results, and that we thought the results were definitely Failure.  We’ve been chipping away at a new album this whole time.”

In that same article, Andrews and Edwards explain that their approach to writing and recording Fantastic Planet and The Heart Is A Monster have been similar, saying “The songs on Fantastic Planet appear more or less in the order that we wrote them… when, we do a song now, we write it and record it soup-to-nuts without moving to another song… It takes longer, but it makes more sense for us artistically to explore a song completely before you move on.”

Failure’s SXSW performance, which was the trio’s first live outing since wrapping production on The Heart is A Monster, included the new song “Hot Traveler,” which Entertainment Weekly said “had every bit the sonic thickness, rhythmic thump, and melodic bite as favorites like ‘Another Space Song’ and ‘Heliotropic.’”

Failure formed in Los Angeles in the early ‘90s, releasing Comfort, their debut album, in 1992 via Slash Records. Magnified followed in the spring of 1994 with the band’s final offering, Fantastic Planet, released in 1996. Fantastic Planet earned a perfect 5-star score from Alternative Press with the magazine saying the album was able “to breathe life into the corpse of contemporary, guitar-driven rock,” adding that the band was “willing to stretch the definition of both their instruments and their songs.” The 17-track album is considered one of the era’s most influential and enduring rock records.  Over the years, Failure has become known as a “band’s band” whose songs have been covered by such diverse artists as A Perfect Circle (“The Nurse Who Loved Me”) and Paramore (“Stuck On You”). Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan said, “Failure has been a huge inspiration to me. They say amateurs borrow and professionals steal. Well over the years this pro has robbed those poor saps blind.”

The band recently announced the vinyl reissue of Fantastic Planet, available exclusively via PledgeMusic: www.pledgemusic.com/failure.

With more tour dates to come, the band has recently announced three performances:

May 1 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
May 2 Mecca, CA Desert Daze
July Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest
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Amy Dietz Promoted to Executive Vice President of INgrooves Music Group

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(San Francisco) INgrooves Music Group, one of the world’s largest independent distribution companies, has promoted Amy Dietz to Executive Vice President, General Manager. The announcement was made today by Interim CEO, Matthew Burns.

“Since joining the Company, Amy has been vital in all aspects of INgrooves Music Group, especially in ensuring we are offering our partners the custom services they need to successfully market, promote and monetize their music. Amy takes great pride in cultivating collaborative partnerships with some of the most exciting independent labels out there, all while overseeing our global distribution operations,” said Burns. “We are thrilled to elevate a leader of Amy’s caliber to EVP of INgrooves Music Group, and we look forward to even greater things ahead.”

Dietz joined INgrooves as General Manager in 2012, when the company acquired Fontana Distribution. A veteran player in the independent music distribution space, Dietz’s expertise in both traditional and emerging music revenue streams makes her a perfect fit for INgrooves, which has invested heavily in proprietary distribution, analytics & reporting technology for the modern record business.

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