ADA, the independent distribution and services arm of Warner Music Group (WMG), today announced a partnership with renowned independent record label Mute. Since its launch more than three decades ago, the Mute roster has included seminal artists such as Depeche Mode, Moby, Erasure, Goldfrapp, Can, Yaz and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. ADA will contribute its digital & physical distribution services to releases from the label’s roster of artists in the US & Canada.
“It is a true honor to welcome Mute into the ADA family of labels,” said Kenny Weagly, Senior Vice President, A&R and Label Services, ADA Worldwide. “For the past 35 years, Daniel Miller and the Mute roster have epitomized the independent label spirit, leading the way in fearlessly signing groundbreaking artists that not only span genres, but have often created them. All of us at ADA are thrilled to be partnering with a true beacon of the independent music community, and we’re looking forward to working with everyone at Mute as they continue to champion artistic freedom and creativity.”
Founded in 1978 by Daniel Miller, the London-based Mute has long been a pioneer in signing and developing innovative and influential artists in modern music, a mission that perseveres to this day. Today, the label continues to be a home to a crop of emerging talent such as M83, Apparat (and collaboration Moderat), Josh T. Pearson, the Knife, José González (and his band Junip), Polly Scattergood, Fever Ray, Big Deal and Maps. Releases are expected this year from Liars, Cold Specks, Yann Tiersen and Beth Jeans Houghton.
Mute’s Daniel Miller says, “We’re excited to bring Mute back to ADA, whom we worked with 20 years ago - it’s a great home for the label and our artists. We feel confident this partnership will support Mute’s continuing vision!”
The label maintains a firmly eclectic roster—from the earliest days of the Normal, Fad Gadget, and DAF, through to the techno era with artists such as Plastikman/Richie Hawtin and Speedy J, and to the present day with hybrid electronic artists such as M83 and Goldfrapp. Mute also looks after a catalog of seminal electronic artists such as Can and Cabaret Voltaire.