to the Electric Label.
Founded in 1993 by British rock group Subterraneans, and based in Camden Town, London, the Electric Label is an independent record company with a focus on ethical working principles and artistic integrity.
Over the past fourteen years, the Electric
label has released records by artists as diverse as Dahlia Schweitzer
and Angie Bowie, as well as being involved in licensing releases with
third party labels such as EMI, Virgin, Polydor/Universal, Sony, WEA,
One Little Indian, Sanctuary, Rhythm of Life, and many others.
The Electric Label still releases the music of Subterraneans, and is the exclusive copyright controller of all Subterraneans recorded output since 1992. The Electric Label has recently licensed the band's latest album Soul Mass Transit to Cadiz Music. Subterraneans are our band, and we are their label. Whilst we are involved in many other activities, our primary concern remains the recorded work of Subterraneans.
Dahlia Schweitzer is signed to the Electric Label on a rolling licence from her own company Lovergirl Inc. Her copyright is controlled exclusively by Lovergirl Inc.
The Electric Label catalogue available
through iTunes is represented by Cadiz (Subterraneans) and Tunecore
(all other digital licensing). Our arrangements with iTunes remains
separate from our other digital music retail licences, which are represented
by Resonance/Simbiotic/The Stableyard.
A statement from The Electric Label regarding the MCPS AP2 mechanical licence policy
The Electric Label hereby gives notice that it will no longer find acceptable any UK CD manufacturer who adheres to the MCPSs AP2 mechanical licence policy. In this day and age we consider it outrageous that a body such as MCPS sees fit to impede the creation and release of new music by imposing such a rule on independent labels, artists, distributors and manufacturers. Things in this business are hard enough for all of us without being required to find in ADVANCE the money to pay mechanical royalties upon the manufacture of unsold units. As such we will now enforce a strict policy of our own against using any UK manufacturer that requires an AP2 licence from MCPS, even in the event of a Notification of No Claim. We will, instead, be paying a MINIMUM artist royalty of 50% of the PPD to ALL of our artists on ALL units sold. Where the net remuneration per unit exceeds the PPD, such as online sales, The Electric Label will pay a minimum artist royalty of 50% of the total sale price. Where an Electric Label artist is under licence to a third party record company, the Electric Labels share of the artist royalty will NEVER exceed 10% of the net artist royalty under the third party agreement.
We do this in the hope that other labels may follow our example. The relationship between independent labels and their artists is symbiotic, and it is not in the interests of either that labels be financially penalised for taking a chance on new talent. We will leave the money grabbing in the domain of the majors, where it belongs. May they choke on it.