When Christian Tattersfield departed Warner Music UK in 2014 after almost five years as CEO, he left on good terms.
The exec’s own independent label, Good Soldier Records, immediately became – and remains – a partner of Warner‘s services division ADA.
But now Tattersfield has looked outside of the Warner family for help with his successful publishing company, Good Soldier Songs.
Previously administered by Warner/Chappell, Tattersfield has signed a deal with Kobalt Music Publishing to take the reins of his repertoire across the world.
(That’s with the exception of three territories: France, where GSS will be administered by Because Music, and Australia & New Zealand, where it teams with Mushroom Music Group.)
Among those represented by Good Soldier Songs are platinum-selling Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro and indie four-piece The 1975, who topped the UK Album Chart with their 2013 eponymous debut.
“I’m thrilled to be working with a company as exciting and innovative as kobalt.”
Christian Tattersfield, Good Soldier Songs
Other prominent names include indie rockers Coasts and indie band The Wombats.
Commenting on the Kobalt deal Tattersfield said: “I’m thrilled to be working with a company as exciting and innovative as Kobalt and look forward to sharing many hit records together.”
The Kobalt deal encompasses all future works as well as the existing catalogue of Good Soldier Songs, although Tattersfield tells MBW that one publishing client – Birdy – will continue to be administered by Warner/Chappell.
Good Soldier Songs joins more than 500 other independent music publishers – and over 8,000 songwriters – whose output is administered by Kobalt.
Deal-maker, Sas Metcalfe, President of Global Creative at Kobalt Music Group commented: “We are delighted to be working with Christian.
“He has a fantastic reputation in the industry with a real eye for spotting talent, so it’s very exciting to be working with the roster at Good Soldier Songs.”
Good Soldier Songs was founded by Tattersfield in 2003.
He held the position of CEO at Warner Music UK from 2009 to 2014, also working as Chairman of Warner Bros Records UK during that time.
Over the course of his career he has had a hand in the development of artists such as Jay Z, David Gray, Damien Rice and Birdy.
Tattersfield has also previously been Chairman of the BRITs Committee.Music Business Worldwide