!K7 is expanding its Management division with additional staff and new clients, a move it says that reflects its ‘growing status as a leading one-stop and full-service music company’.
To further reflect this, the 31-year-old company has undergone a name change, rebranding from !K7 Records to !K7 Music.
In addition to management, !K7 offers artists a range of other services such as financial investment, publishing, merchandising, accounting and licensing, as well as global marketing and social media strategy.
“As the company has grown and matured we realised that we could offer artists a full palate of services by leveraging the existing infrastructure of !K7”, said Horst Weidenmuller, CEO of !K7 Music which currently employs 30 people across offices in Berlin, London and New York.
“We now have four dedicated staff entirely focused on the management roster and it’s a constantly growing area of !K7’s business” he added.
All !K7 Management artists are encouraged to retain their master and publishing rights through a creative draw-down fund which enables them to produce their assets (records, videos, books) without signing their rights away.
“!K7 is the best management I’ve had in the last 22 years. I wish I’d met horst and his team earlier.”
They also benefit from monthly label service accounting.
Tricky, who was one of the first acts to sign-up with the company, is to appear in a forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster alongside Scarlett Johannson: “!K7 is the best management I’ve had in the last 22 years. I wish I’d met Horst and his team earlier,” he said.
Alongside placing Tricky in American movie productions, !K7 Management has recently brokered a deal with Deutsche Oper Berlin for neo-classical trio Brandt Bauer Frick.
The agreement will see the act produce the music for an opera about the fashion designer, Gianni Versace.
“The band hold all the rights to the opera outside Germany, and we are currently working on their behalf to bring it to the stage in other countries” Weidenmüller added.
“We also recently signed them to Because Music, with their new album set for release in September”.
Will Saul, founder of AUS Music and head of A&R at !K7, recently joined the management division and has added his own roster of artists within the electronic music sphere.
His recent signings include DJ Tennis (DJ/producer, owner of Life & Death Records ), Bwana (signed to Lucky Me/Warp), Marquis Hawkes (DJ/producer signed to Houndstooth Records) and South African electronic producer Portable.
The current !K7 Management roster includes Tricky, Mykki Blanco, DJ Tennis, Brandt Brauer Frick, Marquis Hawkes, Portable and Luca D’Alberto.Music Business Worldwide