Over the course of two astonishing albums, Nettwerk One publishing artist Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or hand-wringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutal-ised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.
Too Bright, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a brave, bold, unpredictably quix-otic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s The Dreaming or Scott Walker’s Tilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.
Chosen by Billboard as one of the “Top 5 K-Pop artists to watch in 2014,” South Korea-based GOT7 has released a new EP, GOT♡ (Got Love), which features a track from NW1 writer/producer Fredro called “Good Tonight.” The song has been performed on all major Korean music shows, including “Music Bank,” “Show! Music Core,” “Inkigayo” and “M!Countdown.” Upon its release, GOT♡ reached number one on the Gaon Music Top Album Chart. GOT7’s debut EP, Got It? (January 2014), which also featured a track from Fredro (“Like Oh”), landed at #1 on the Billboard World Chart.
From left to right (back): Jonathan Gordon (1916), Lex Borrero (1916), Blair McDonald (Nettwerk One); front: Stefan Johnson
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce a new publishing joint venture between Nettwerk’s publishing division, Nettwerk One Music (NW1) and LA-based, multi-media entertainment platform 1916 Management. Through this joint venture, NW1 and 1916 Management will together aim seek out and sign the hottest up and coming writers/producers, while bringing a management approach to publishing by working closely with these new signings to strategically develop their careers.
Writer/producer Stefan Johnson becomes the first signing under this joint venture. Johnson is one-fifth of the writing production team known as The Monsters & The Strangerz, currently one of the most in-demand pop production teams. They’ve been heavily involved in recent albums from Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Cher Lloyd, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and more. In the past few months alone, they’ve brought their writing and production skills to forthcoming tracks for Maroon 5, Ferras, Bebe Rexha and Chris Batson.
Says NW1’s Blair McDonald, “We’re delighted to be in business with Lex, Jonathan and the rest of the 1916 team. Their understanding and experience in the pop music business is a huge asset to our existing publishing business, and I look forward to developing a roster of the most talented writers/producers together. To start with the signing of Stefan Johnson is a statement of our intent. He is an incredible and positive creative force.”
Lex Borrero and Jonathan Gordan of 1916 add, “We are thrilled to be working with a company who has a true understanding of every facet of the entertainment business and a true independent spirit. NW1 has built a great publishing business, and we look forward to continuing to add to their already incredible and successful history.”
We are deeply saddened to learn of John Spinks' passing. Over the past 8 years, we came to know him as a passionate and inspiring songwriter, producer, guitar player and all-around artist. He was an immeasurable talent whose songs brought joy to many. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and his many fans. We'll miss you John. -- Your Nettwerk Family
Acclaimed Nettwerk One (NW1) topline writer/producer Mike James continues his rise in the EDM world as he looks forward to the releases of recent collaborations with Zomboy, Dash Berlin, Walden, and EDM mega producer Maarten Vorwerk, among many others. His most recent Top 20 Beatport hit, “Beginning of The World” by Lazy Rich and Special Features, was released on Avicii’s Swedish powerhouse label LE7ELS/PRMD. Support for “Beginning of The World” has come from some of the biggest tastemakers in the business including the legendary Pete Tong who debuted the track on BBC1.
This release is one of many for Mike in the last 12 months, which include the opening cut “Hands” on Orjan Nilsen’s latest album, the Top 10 Trance single “When You Love Someone” by Dankann & Antillas (Armada), Top 10 UK club hit “Chrysalis Heart” by Delerium (Nettwerk), “Secrets” by 2 Faced Funks which appeared on Dance Essentials 2014 (Armada), and the #4 Progressive House smash “Never Fade” by Alex Guesta (Trice/Armada), among others. Learn more about Mike James here.
Pictured (L-R) Aaron Kinssies (Dennis Ent.), Greg Beeckman (Revelry), John Strohm (Loeb & Loeb), Austin Jenckes, Evyn Mustoe (ASCAP), Neil Mason (Lake Gloria Music)
and AJ Burton (Nettwerk/Revelry)
Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music Group, along with the newly formed partnership with Neil Mason’s company Lake Gloria Music, have signed Nashville-based songwriter/artist Austin Jenckes to its ever expanding roster of talented songwriters, which includes Jessie Jo Dillon, Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three), Mike Fiorentino and Archertown.
From the rural town of Duvall, WA comes the voice of an honest soul. With lyrical roots in country and folk, and an unmistakably unique vocal style, Austin Jenckes is by definition a singer/songwriter. He has spent the better half of a decade paving his own way; starting with small local followings in sleepy coastal towns around the pacific northwest. In January of 2012, he moved from Washington State to Nashville, TN, where he recorded an independently released EP titled “An American Story.”
Austin Jenckes was a Top 10 finalist in Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice and is currently preparing for an extensive tour schedule in 2014, where he will formally introduce himself to new listeners with the intention of greeting every ear with the voice of an old friend.
Nettwerk/Revelry’s AJ Burton says, “Austin’s name came across my desk nearly three years ago, which resulted in a successful collaboration with Neil Mason. Austin has one of the best voices I’ve heard, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”
Ólafur Arnalds with award presenter Victoria Wood.
Nettwerk One Music composer Ólafur Arnalds was in London on Sunday evening, where he received the highest honour, winning the BAFTA (British Academy Of Film And Television Arts) for Original Television Music in recognition of his compositions for the crticially-acclaimed British TV series, Broadchurch.
On his Facebook page, Arnalds wrote of the win: ”Now that I’ve had a bit of time to process things. I need to give credit where credit is due. I was so nervous and shocked during my acceptance speech that I forgot anyone who wasn’t standing right in front of me. It’s pretty given that no one delivers four and a half hour of original music in the space of 4 months without some help. So I just want to give proper recognition to Bergur Þórisson, my genius little helper, who put just as many hours into this as i did myself. Also Viktor Orri Árnason, who not only transcribed and played the violin, but also provided some additional string arrangements in the later episodes. And of course Arnór Dan, who co-wrote and sung the end title theme. These people don’t get enough credit for their work, so here is to them! I am also in lifelong debt to the Broadchurch creative and executive team who gave me the freedom to express myself from the heart and encouraged me to be brave and bold. And yes, I will be doing Season 2."
Pictured (L-R) AJ Burton (Nettwerk/Revelry), Shannan Hatch (SESAC), Mike Fiorentino, Greg Beeckman (Revelry), Mark Jowett (Nettwerk)
Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music Group have signed Nashville-based songwriter/producer Mike Fiorentino to its ever expanding roster of talented songwriters, which includes Jessie Jo Dillon,Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three) and Archertown.
Nettwerk/Revelry’s AJ Burton says, “I’ve worked with Mike for the past two years and watched him grow as a songwriter and producer. The timing could not be better to officially bring him into our growing family.”
Originally from the Tampa, FL area, Mike grew up attaining a love for the Beatles, early rap music and a healthy dose of country music. After moving to Nashville in 2007, he penned and arranged numerous songs for Hasbro, Inc. In 2013, he co-founded The Tennessee Recording Company (an independent record label/production team) with longtime friend and collaborator Kyle Cook, guitarist of Matchbox 20.
He’s recently began collaborating with Average Joes Entertainment production team, Phivestarr, writing for both Bubba Sparxxx and Colt Ford’s forthcoming albums. He loves writing with and developing new artists and doesn’t limit himself to any one genre. No matter what style of music, he believes in great songs that move people.
Nettwerk Music Group (NMG) announced today that AJ Burton has been named Director Of Publishing, NMG Nashville, to expand the presence of NMG’s publishing division, Nettwerk One (NW1).
Nettwerk’s relationship with AJ began in 2011 with the initiation of a partnership between NW1 and Revelry Music Group, an independent Nashville publishing company co-founded by Burton. Through the joint venture, NW1 and Revelry signed several successful Nashville writers, like Neil Mason and Jessie Jo Dillon. In his new roll with Nettwerk, Burton will seek new writing talent, as well as opportunities for current NW1 clients in Nashville.
“I’m thrilled to have AJ join the Nettwerk team,” says Nettwerk’s Blair McDonald. “He’s been a great partner to us through our joint venture with Revelry Music Group, and I look forward to working closely with him to develop our own roster of talented Nashville songwriters.”
Says Burton, “It’s been a fantastic 3+ years working closely with the Nettwerk staff. I am honored to have this opportunity to build Nettwerk’s Nashville presence and to continue my responsibilities with our shared Nettwerk/Revelry writers and artists.”
Gruff Rhys announces details of the first single from his forthcoming album American Interior. The title track from Gruff’s luscious sonic travelogue about the incredible true journey of Welshman John Evans is available to listen to now on Soundcloud. It is officially released on April 28th. Gruff’s fourth solo album is due for release on Turnstile on May 5th.