Posted by: Gennaro Castaldo @ October 20, 2015
Up and coming Brighton band Saltlake have penned a two year record/publishing deal with independent record label Regent Street Records.
In an industry first, the three-piece Rock group signed to the label at the offices of music trade body the BPI located in London’s County Hall building. The band will now release their debut EP These Broken Bones on the label on November 2nd, 2015.
Signing the band to Regent Street Records was Chief Executive Vanessa Higgins, who commented:
“I’m so chuffed that Saltlake have signed to Regent Street Records. They make killer music that’s entirely suited to our label’s ethos. They have a ton of talent, passion and energy as well as an attitude that’s on point, and I am truly excited by the journey that lies ahead. It was great to pen the deal at the offices of the BPI given they’re so enthusiastic in support of labels and are keen to promote more music at its grass roots.
Vanessa, who last month was elected to serve on the BPI Council to represent independent label members, explains how she came across the group:
“It was the band’s trademark energy at their live shows that first caught my attention, though, ironically, it wasn’t them I went to see. Whilst in LA for the BPI’s Sync trade mission I met with the legendary Bob Frymire, who helped to set up Virgin Records in the US and is now at APM Music, and he insisted I check out the band Gooding when on tour in the UK. I trekked across to London’s New Cross to see them, but unfortunately they’d already played their set by the time I arrived. Disappointed with myself and about to leave, I was stopped in my tracks when these three young lads came on stage and proceeded to rip the place up. I was blown away by their sheer energy and immediately knew I had to sign them…..
“As fate would have it, when Henry, Ash and Liam went to their BIMM tutor Jake Shillingford to ask advice about Regent Street Records, Jake was on his laptop, and the last email in the inbox was from…Vanessa Higgins. We’d been working together as part of Britsync – so everything fell into place nicely.”
Commenting jointly, Saltlake’s Henry Gottelier, Ash Powell and Liam Quinn, said:
“Before even thinking of signing to anyone we had been doing things largely off of our own backs, preferring to gig as much as we can, which we love doing, and really develop as musicians and hopefully build a buzz and expand our fan-base.”
“When Vanessa got in touch, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect and it just felt like the next natural step for us as a band. We like to think that we have boundless energy that comes through in our music, but Vanessa has this is in spades too, and she’s so authentic and down to earth, not to mention a lot of fun to be with. Regent Street Records have a real passion for supporting new music, and they seem the perfect label for us, and the ideal vehicle for all the things we hope to achieve. We can’t wait to start working with Regent Street Records and we’re really excited about releasing our EP on the label next month.”
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, added:
“When Vanessa put the idea to us that Saltlake sign to Regent Street Records at our offices we jumped at the chance. We’re passionate about working with our label members to support emerging music and encourage grass roots talent. We’re also keen to reach out across our membership in innovative ways to connect with new faces and fresh thinking, so this simple but effective idea really appealed to us, and is just the sort of thing we want to do more of.
“We have high hopes for Saltlake, and know that in Regent Street Records they have a wonderful home for their talents. We wish Henry, Ash and Liam all the very best working with Vanessa in future.”
Vanessa Higgins, Regent Street Records firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0)7477 812378
Gennaro Castaldo, BPI email@example.com +44 (0)7801 194139