Amy Dietz Promoted to Executive Vice President of INgrooves Music Group


(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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SideOneDummy Goes Global with INgrooves, Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary


Deal Expansion Includes Full-Service Global Distribution, Marketing & Music Publishing

(LOS ANGELES) LA-based independent label SideOneDummy Records and INgrooves Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music distributors, announced today that they have expanded their partnership to include worldwide distribution, music publishing and marketing services for all releases on the label. The deal was announced as the label celebrates 20 successful years in the independent music business by SideOneDummy Founder Bill Armstrong, and Amy Dietz, General Manager of INgrooves.

INgrooves and SideOneDummy first partnered in 2008 on digital albums released outside of the US, when the distributor was exclusively focused on digital distribution. Since then, INgrooves has significantly expanded its global services to include physical distribution, comprehensive marketing, as well as music publishing and neighboring rights administration. As INgrooves has developed in sync with today’s music business, SideOneDummy has also evolved by redefining their operation and brand to meet the needs of the bands they work with and put a much heavier emphasis on artist development.

“We are very excited about expanding our relationship with INgrooves to our U.S physical and digital business after being partners outside of North America for the past 7 years,” said Bill Armstrong. “Expanding our relationship feels very natural as INgrooves have been a great & reliable partner, a company we believe to be at the forefront of today’s independent music community.”

“Our global deal with SideOne Dummy is very exciting, and cements our collaborative relationship with this fantastic label,” said Amy Dietz. “We fully believe in their team, and we are dedicated to supporting their mission as well as the future success of their artists in as many ways as possible.”

SideOne Dummy is committed to developing artists and giving them a home. New releases coming through the label, to be distributed globally by INgrooves, will include Jeff Rosenstock’s “We Cool?” (former singer of Brooklyn music collective Bomb the Music Industry!), Timeshare with “Already Dead”, as well as a new Superheaven album expected this Spring. Their office is located in Hollywood and continues to release records from some of alternative music’s best up-and-coming bands including PUP, Restorations, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and more.

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INgrooves Showcase at Flood Fest 2015


Frank Turner, Carl Barat & the Jackals, Geographer, Skinny Lister, and Avid Dancer will all be at FloodFest. Don’t miss out!

RSVP for the exclusive showcase!


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Rights Services Team Announces Wave of New Deals and Roster Success


(New York, NY) The Rights Services division of INgrooves Music Group, have announced an impressive roll of new partnerships and developing success across their music publishing, neighboring rights and licensing groups. The announcement was made today by SVP of Rights Services, Olivier Chastan.

The INgrooves Rights Services team is committed to providing unparalleled creative and bespoke services for their partners. As they enter their second year in business, and their boutique-style operation continues to grow steadily, they’ve announced the following additions to their music publishing roster:

  • Chuck Inglish (Cool Kids), set to release a collaborative album with Blended Babies in March entitled “Ev Zepplin”, to be distributed via a joint venture between RBC and INgrooves.
  • Songwriter and recording artist Elvis Perkins to release “I Aubade” via MIR/INgrooves’ INresidence label services on February 24th, 2015
  • Brazilian legend Bebel Gilberto released her latest album “Tudo” last year and is now working on a new EP with Dust Brothers’ John King.
  • Helen Marnie of Ladytron fame
  • Drum & Bass superstars NOISIA & Black Sun Empire
  • Jo Mersa, grandson of Bob Marley. Mersa has recently been profiled in Rolling Stone as one of today’s rising stars in reggae. Jo’s father, Stephen Marley (also an INgrooves Music Publishing writer), is preparing to release his latest album “Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life” this Spring.
  • AMAB, publisher of AJR who recently had a hit with “I’m Ready” and are releasing their debut album “Living Room” on March 3, 2015. AJR’s Ryan Met also co-wrote the Andy Grammer hit “Back Home”.
  • Music agency Music Dealers has extended their publishing deal with INgrooves

Also, expect big things this year from INgrooves client Aaron Pearce, who recently produced Jill Scott’s upcoming album (slated for release on Atlantic Records this Spring), and has written a number of new singles to be performed by A-list artists including Ricky Martin & Pitbull, Craig Wayne Boyd, Wyclef Jean, Boyz II Men, and more.

“I am excited to be working with the awesome and creative team at INgrooves on what is looking to be an amazing 2015!” said Pearce. “They have a passion for great songs and the writers who create them. It actually feels like a publishing venture should… a partnership.” In addition to Music Publishing, INgrooves handles SoundExchange & Neighboring Rights administration for over 200 clients using their automated proprietary technology, and they have announced new partnerships with Mad Decent Records, Nacional Records, Metropolis Records, as well as the iconic Isley Brotherscatalog.

INgrooves has also picked up the synch licensing rights for the legendary John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane catalogs.

“These amazing artists and songwriters are entrusting us with their talent and creations,” said Chastan. “We are extremely pleased that our model combining efficient global administration with a boutique feel and focus on creative is meeting the business needs of our partners while giving them the dedicated attention they deserve.”

To view the INgrooves roster of music publishing partners, visit

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From the co-founder and editors that brought you FILTER magazine, FLOOD is a new, influential voice that spans the diverse cultural landscape of music, film, television, art, travel, and everything in between. FLOOD aims to broadcast our message above the noise through insightful daily news, engaging media, intelligent editorial profiles, and thought-provoking interviews.


Wed, Mar 18th 12-6pm



Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)
Geographer (Roll Call)
Carl Barat & The Jackals (Grand Jury)
Avid Dancer (Grand Jury)
Skinny Lister (Xtra Mile)

Get your tickets at the link below:

RSVP to FLOODfest!

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Xtra Mile Recordings Chooses INresidence Artist Services as US Distribution & Promotion Partner


(Los Angeles) London based independent label Xtra Mile Recordings and INgrooves Music Group, one of the world’s largest independent distribution companies, announced their newly formed partnership today. Xtra Mile has chosen INresidence Artist Services to provide distribution & promotion for the label’s releases in the US. The announcement was made today by SVP, INresidence Artist Services, Bryan Mead.

“Xtra Mile has built an incredible artist network over the years,” said Mead. “We are positively thrilled to work with them, and we look forward to developing an inclusive strategy that will target even more success for Xtra Mile and its artists.”

Over the past twelve years Xtra Mile has grown exponentially, covering the genres of rock, punk, folk, indie and hardcore from the UK and North America. The label family includes Frank Turner, Against Me! (ex. North America), Mongol Horde, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, To Kill A King, Skinny Lister, Cheap Girls, Beans On Toast, Sonic Boom Six, Northcote, Jamie Lenman, Billy the Kid, Rob Lynch, Mineral and many many more.

This year, the label will be releasing Frank Turner’s ‘Third Three Years’ – a b-sides, live sessions, demos and rarities compilation; studio albums by everybody’s favourite drunk-folk raconteur, Beans On Toast; hotly tipped London five-piece To Kill A King and infectious punk folk-ers Skinny Lister as well as unveiling a host of new signings. Fans can also expect key catalog releases from the label’s roster, including Million Dead, Dive Dive, Crazy Arm, The Retrospective Soundtrack Players, Reuben, and Future of the Left.

“All of us at Xtra Mile are incredibly excited to be working with Bryan Mead, Chris Trovero and all the team at INgrooves. We’re already feeling the passion and excitement coming from them and can’t wait to get cracking with our 2015 releases” said Charlie Caplowe, Founder & President at Xtra Mile. “INresidence is passionate and thoughtful about what they do, and it’s their level of commitment and creativity that we want partnered on our projects.”

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Music Business Association Welcomes Amy Dietz to Board of Directors


Amy Dietz will fill the seat vacated by Robb McDaniels as he stepped down as CEO of INgrooves in late 2014. Dietz oversees the company’s day-to-day operations as their current General Manager. She came to INgrooves from Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), where she rose from a regional advertising manager to VP of Label and Artist Development. While at ADA, she took an active role in developing and managing the company’s label partner services including global physical and digital distribution, merchandise sales, direct-to-consumer sales, and marketing. Dietz began her career in music with Title Wave, a Minneapolis mom-and-pop record and video outfit, where she learned the retail business from head to toe.

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UK Electronic Rock Band, Modestep, Partners with INgrooves Music Group/INresidence Artist Services for Global Distribution and Marketing


Services include global distribution, marketing, product management, and promotion


LONDON, UK – Modestep, the acclaimed electronic rock outfit from London, and their management company, Raw Power, announced today that they have chosen INgrooves Music Group to provide global distribution and marketing services for their upcoming album which is slated for a Spring 2015 release. Modestep will partner with INgrooves’ artist services division, INresidence, for product management and  promotion for their upcoming album – the second of their career.

“2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the band,” said Modestep, “We are looking forward to working with INgrooves to leverage their expertise and the rich array of resources they bring to our creative vision.”

Currently ensconced in the studio working on their forthcoming album, Modestep was formed by brothers Josh and Tony Friend in 2010.  The band has performed at festivals such as Coachella, T in the Park, and Ultra Music Festival and toured the World on the back of their first album, Evolution Theory, which claimed the top spot on the UK dance chart after its 2013 release. Their new album will be their first on their own label Max Records with INgrooves.

“Modestep is without a doubt one of the most exciting bands in the world,” said Alex Branson, SVP, INgrooves International. “It is an honour to be asked to join their groundbreaking team, and we look forward to supporting the band and developing various campaigns to push their career to new heights.”

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Nick Roden Joins INgrooves Music Group as Director of International Business Development

nick-roden-2015LONDON, UK – INgrooves Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music distributors, announced today that music business expert Nick Roden has been named Director of International Business Development. In this new position, Roden will be responsible for developing new and existing distributor, label, manager and artist business relationships, and he will be reporting directly to Alex Branson, SVP & MD INgrooves International. He will be based in the company’s London office.

“I’m thrilled to see someone of Nick’s calibre join INgrooves,” said Branson. “His experience of helping indie labels & artists navigate the ever changing retail and music service landscape is a huge boost to the company and our label partners, both current and future.”

Nick began his career in independent music sales & distribution over 15 years ago at Pinnacle Records as Label Manager, where he was responsible for a roster including Sanctuary, One Little Indian, Tru Thoughts, Rykodisc and Lex amongst others. Following a stint as Head of Labels at digital music start-up, he joined Warner Music to launch and build the London-based division of Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) where he worked with a myriad of labels across all genres, from Earache to Ed Banger, via VP Records, Epitaph and Strictly Rhythm. During his tenure, Nick rose to the position of Director, ADA UK and Global, where he was instrumental in the development of Warner Music Artist & Label Services (WMALS), brokering marketing and distribution deals for Orbital, Richie Sambora and Johnny Marr. In 2012, Nick moved to Defected Records, serving as Commercial Director at the world’s leading House music label.

“I have long respected INgrooves as a business at the cutting edge of indie distribution, offering an unparalleled service and infrastructure to its partners,” said Roden. “I am delighted to be joining Alex, Amy and the team to help with the continued development and growth of the company, and forge new partnerships with more of the world’s best independent labels and artists.”

“Having worked with Nick previously, I can say that we are very fortunate to have him join our team in London,” added Amy Dietz, General Manager of INgrooves. “Nick is sincerely passionate about music as well as the independent community, and we are all excited about what we can accomplish together.”

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There is much excitement and anticipation as our INresidence team plans a big release from legendary Scott Weiland!


  “What we’ve come up with is really heavy, slinky, and sexy,” says Weiland.

As reported earlier in Rolling StoneScott Weiland, “one of rock’s most dynamic front men” (Spin Mag), and his band the Wildabouts, will release their first album ever on March 31. Titled BLASTER, the album was produced by Rick Parker [Black Rebel Motorcycle Club] and recorded throughout 2014 at Lavish Studios in Burbank and at The Sandbox in Beachwood Canyon. BLASTER features twelve tracks, all but one were written by Weiland. Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts will hit the road in February in support of the new project, with tickets going on sale January 9 for the first 13 shows (see itinerary below).  Additional shows will be added, but the 2x Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling songwriter/vocalist Weiland and his band already have a busy spring, with previously announced shows at SXSW, the Sundance Film Festival and additional festival dates.




Weiland and the Wildabouts, guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black, and drummer Danny Thompson, have a comradery fostered by years of jamming and touring together. After touring for several months in 2013, they hunkered down in Weiland’s Southern California studio and rehearsal space to write and record what would eventually become BLASTER.

“The album has its own distinctive sound,” says Weiland, “but it also can entice those Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans who have stuck by me. Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth between art records and being in a band. This is a hybrid. What we’ve come up with is really heavy, slinky, and sexy. There’s a lot of fuzz. The best way to describe it is ‘Furry’.” I knew I wanted to make a rock record,” proclaims Weiland. “It all just came together.

Scott Weiland has cumulatively sold over 44 million records worldwide with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. He’s garnered two Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance”—in 2005 for “Slither” and in 1994 for “Plush”. Stone Temple Pilots’ Purple debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 a feat also accomplished by Velvet Revolver’s Contraband. Weiland’s voice has driven some of the most recognizable hits in rock ‘n’ roll history including “Sex Type Thing”, “Wicked Garden”, “Creep”, “Interstate Love Song”, “Vasoline”, “The Big Empty”, “Sour Girl”, “Down”, and more. He released his memoir Not Dead & Not for Sale in 2011 to critical applause. Still, his most powerful music is yet to come with the release of BLASTER.


  • 2/22/15: Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
  • 2/24/15: Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
  • 2/26/15: Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
  • 2/27/15: Chicago, IL – Double Door
  • 2/28/15: Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
  • 3/2/15: Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
  • 3/3/15: Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
  • 3/6/15: Orlando, FL – The Social
  • 3/7/15: Destin, FL – Club LA
  • 3/10/15: New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
  • 3/12/15: Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
  • 3/13/15: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
  • 3/14/15: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

Additional festival dates:

  • 4/25/15: Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
  • 5/16/15: Rock on the Range – Colombus OH
  • 5/30/15: BottleRock Music Festival – Napa Valley
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