Independent record company Partisan Records, which has offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, has entered into a global partnership to launch a new label, section1.
Los Angeles-based section1 is being launched with Brontë Jane (VP of A&R at Third Side Music) alongside Chris Robbins and Tom Wironen of Friendly Announcer management (Big Thief, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Westerman, etc), who are all longtime friends of the Partisan Records team.
Partisan Records was co-founded in Brooklyn in 2007 by Tim Putnam and Ian Wheeler and its roster includes artists such Laura Marling, IDLES, Fontaines DC, Emel Mathlouthi, Ultraísta, Westerman, Bombino, Aerial East and more.
The company also represents the Fela Kuti catalog alongside Femi Kuti and Made Kuti.
As part of this new venture, section1 will be responsible for the creative direction, A&R and overall vision of the label with Partisan providing funding, marketing and promotion through its global infrastructure alongside distribution via its existing partners.
The first release through the new joint venture will be Jour 2 by Hildegard, a new project from experimental singer-songwriter Helena Deland and multi-instrumentalist and producer Ouri (Ourielle Auvé).
Hildegard will release their debut album on section1 later this year.
“The team at Partisan Records understood our vision from day one, and we feel very much at home with them. Their success speaks for itself.”
In a joint statement, the founders of section1 said: “Our intention with section1 is to operate in an art-first way that sounds, looks, and feels deliberate in nature.
“The team at Partisan Records understood our vision from day one, and we feel very much at home with them. Their success speaks for itself.
“On top of that, we can’t think of a more exciting artist to launch with than our first signing , Hildegard.”
“It’s been a privilege getting to know them (professionally and personally) over the last few years, and we couldn’t be more excited to now officially join forces!”
Zena White, Partisan Records
Zena White, Managing Director of Partisan Records, added: “Partisan’s goal has always been to elevate immediately identifiable voices that enhance the human condition.
“In this sense, our partnership with Bronte, Chris, and Tom to bring section1 to life couldn’t be a more natural fit.
“Their track record and taste is beyond reproach, having collectively exhibited a focused vision that is nothing short of inspiring.
“It’s been a privilege getting to know them (professionally and personally) over the last few years, and we couldn’t be more excited to now officially join forces.”Music Business Worldwide