Cooking Vinyl inks Epitaph services deal in Australia

Cooking Vinyl Australia and Epitaph Records have signed a new Label Services partnership that will see Epitaph veteran Dave Jiannis join the Cooking Vinyl Australia team in the newly created role of Senior Product Manager.

While distribution of Epitaph product will remain with ADA in Australia and NZ, the newly formed partnership will see the local Cooking Vinyl team provide dedicated marketing and promo expertise to priority Epitaph and ANTI- releases.

Reporting directly to CVA Co-Managing Directors Stu Harvey & Leigh Gruppetta, Jiannis will work across all Epitaph, ANTI- and Cooking Vinyl Australia releases overseeing all facets of release strategy.

General Manager of Epitaph and ANTI- Dave Hansen said, “We are really looking forward to our new partnership with Cooking Vinyl and our continued partnership with ADA and the Warner Music Group.

“We have had a great relationship with both Stu and Leigh for years and are excited to work together with them to promote our music in Australia.

“This partnership will allow Dave Jiannis to continue working with Epitaph artists, as well as give him the opportunity to work with Cooking Vinyl to help develop and break their artists.

“At the same time, Epitaph will benefit from the Cooking Vinyl team working to promote our records.”

Co-MD of Cooking Vinyl Australia, Stu Harvey added, “Epitaph is one of the world’s truly great independent music companies.

“I’ve been a fan of the label for over 25 years now, originally for the music (they’ve released some of the best punk rock albums of all time!) but I am equally a fan of their attitude to artists and their team.

“These are philosophies we share and look to emulate in how we do business at Cooking Vinyl Australia. Over many years Leigh and I have developed strong friendships with the Epitaph team, both locally and in the LA office, we are thrilled to announce our new partnership and welcome Dave Jiannis to the Cooking Vinyl family.”

“Epitaph is one of the world’s truly great independent music companies.”

Stu Harvey, Cooking Vinyl

“I’m very much looking forward to the new partnership between Epitaph and the experienced and passionate team at Cooking Vinyl Australia as I see great parallels in the way both labels work and represent their artists” said Dave Jiannis

Epitaph has seen recent success with A Day To Remember’s new album Bad Vibrations debuting No.1 on the ARIA charts (their biggest first week of sales in this territory), along with albums from I Killed The Prom Queen, Refused, Millencolin and Falling In Reverse all debuting Top 10 on the ARIA charts.

Sister label ANTI- works with a diverse crop of artists such as The Milk Carton Kids, Son Little, Andy Shauf, and Doe Paoro while releasing albums from some of the most respected artists today including Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, case/lang/veirs, Wilco and Glen Hansard.

Cooking Vinyl Australia’s recent success includes a #1 ARIA chart debut for Parkway Drive “Ire”(via Resist), achieving Gold sales status “Ire” was highest selling Australian rock release of 2015.

Since its inception the label has landed 7 Top 10 albums by artists including Kate Miller-Heidke, City and Colour, Marilyn Manson and The Prodigy and 17 Top 40 albums chart debuts. Including Santana, Yellowcard, The Pretty Reckless, Modern Baseball, Calling All Cars, The Dandy Warhols, Against Me, La Dispute and The Cult.

[Pictured Left to right: Leigh Gruppetta (Co-Managing Director) Dave Jiannis (Senior Product Manager) Stu Harvey (Co-Managing Director).]Music Business Worldwide

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