[PIAS], one of the world’s leading independent music companies, has announced a worldwide distribution agreement (ex: Canada) with acclaimed Toronto-based label Royal Mountain Records.
This agreement, which will cover all of Royal Mountain Record’s global releases, will be overseen by [PIAS] America, which is based in Los Angeles.
Founded in 2009 by Hollerado front man Menno Versteeg and Adam “Bix” Berger, Royal Mountain Records was originally intended as a means to self-release Hollerado's own records but soon became a platform to launch the careers of other local Toronto artists. Following the success of debut albums from Alvvays and PUP, the label signed international acts such as Mac DeMarco, Metz and U.S. Girls, while continuing to support local artists such as Calpurnia and Dizzy. Other additions to the Royal Mountain roster include Shady Nasty, Bad Waitress, Ellis, KOKOKO!, Nap Eyes and Wolf Parade.
Royal Mountain Records founder Menno Versteeg said: “The team at [PIAS] really understands the ethos behind Royal Mountain, and we're proud to be joining their label family. We're looking forward to growing our companies together and all the exciting adventures that go along with that.”
Colin Daniels, Managing Director, America & Asia Pacific for [PIAS] said: "The team at Royal Mountain Records have an amazing track record for discovering and nurturing exciting new talent and have made a number of fantastic new signings. They continue to set the standard for high quality independent music and we are looking forward to being part of helping them reach a global audience.”
Founded in 1981 by Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot, [PIAS] champions and supports the best independent music in the world across our unrivalled international network.
We operate 19 global offices, all leveraging long standing relationships to influence local gatekeepers.
As well as developing our own in-house roster of artists, we partner with a family of independent labels: The Co-operative Label Group. This combined network of in-house and co-op labels highlight myriad talent such as Day Wave ([PIAS] Recordings), Arlo Parks (Transgressive), Editors (Play It Again Sam), Confidence Man (Heavenly Recordings), FOXES ([PIAS] Recordings), Ezra Furman (Bella Union) and countless more. Invariably, these labels were founded by visionaries with a strong sense of culture. [PIAS] offers financial investment and key resources to ensure these companies can grow into long lasting businesses and that their artists are given the best chance of global success
In addition, our Artist and Label Services division has long standing relationships with some of the world’s finest independent labels, to whom we provide a menu of international services, from sales and distribution to promo, marketing and digital analytics.