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Cooking Vinyl is a UK independent record company, based in Acton, London.[1] Founded in 1986 by former manager and booking agent Martin Goldschmidt and business partner Pete Lawrence.[2] Goldschmidt remains the current owner and chairman while Rob Collins holds the position of managing director. The company focuses on artist service based deals where the artist retains ownership of their copyrights[3]

Cooking Vinyl
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Founded1986
FounderMartin Goldschmidt
Pete Lawrence
Distributor(s)Sony Music Entertainment (UK, US and Canada)
CV Australia (Australia)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
LocationLondon, UK (HQ)
Melbourne, Australia
New York, United States
Official websiteCooking Vinyl
Cooking Vinyl Australia
Cooking Vinyl Publishing Motus Music

HistoryEdit

1986–1992Edit

Cooking Vinyl was set up in 1986 by former manager and booking agent Martin Goldschmidt and distribution manager Pete Lawrence, who initially ran the business as a part-time venture out of a spare room in Goldschmidt's council house in Stockwell, South London.[4]

In 1986 Cooking Vinyl recorded an impromptu live performance around a campfire at a folk festival by the singer Michelle Shocked, on a Sony Walkman with fading batteries.[5] One of its first releases, Cooking Vinyl released the recording as The Campfire Tapes, and it sold 250,000 copies worldwide.[1]

In 1989, the company was close to bankruptcy when their distributors, Rough Trade, went into receivership. Pete Lawrence sold his stake in the business to Martin Goldschmidt who continued the business while servicing the debt of the company of a period of five years.[6]

1993–1999Edit

Besides traditional royalty agreements, Cooking Vinyl developed ‘artist services’ deals in the 1990s, where the artist retains ownership of the copyright of their recorded material.[3] The first of these contracts was done in 1993 for the reissue of Billy Bragg's Back To Basics compilation.[7] Since then, Bragg has re-engaged with Cooking Vinyl a total of six times, most recently in 2013 for the release of studio album Tooth And Nail.[8]

Cooking Vinyl has provided similar services for Alison Moyet, Black Spiders, Gary Numan, James Skelly & The Intenders, Madness, Pigeon Detectives, Reverend and The Makers, Ron Sexsmith, and The View.[9][10]

2000–2010Edit

In 2009, Cooking Vinyl partnered on the release of The Prodigy's fifth studio album Invaders Must Die, which went on to sell 1.2 million units worldwide and was the biggest-selling independent record of the year in Europe.[11]

In 2012, Amanda Palmer, an advocate of the DIY approach,[12] announced that she was partnering with Cooking Vinyl in a distribution and label services deal for the European release of her studio album Theatre Is Evil. The album was funded through a high-profile Kickstarter campaign that raised over $1.2 million in 30 days.[13]

Also released in 2012 was Marilyn Manson’s Born Villain under a joint-venture partnership between Manson's own label Hell, etc. and Cooking Vinyl.[14] The album was a global success charting at #5 in Germany, #10 in the US, and topping Billboard's Hard Rock and Independent album chart. In the UK Manson reached #14[15] in the Official Albums Chart and #1 in the UK Rock Albums Chart.[16]

2011–presentEdit

2014 saw the return of Embrace and their self-titled album, which debuted in the charts at #5.[17] In the same year New York rockers The Pretty Reckless reached #8,[18] with their second studio album.

In 2015, The Prodigy released their album The Day Is My Enemy, which reached number 1 on the charts,[19] and was certified gold in the UK.

In 2016 Passenger claimed the Official UK No.1 Album[20] with Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea. This year also saw singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt sign a global artist services deal with Cooking Vinyl.[21]

In 2018, Lucy Spraggan, former contestant on The X Factor, signed to both Cooking Vinyl Records and Publishing on a long-term global artist services deal.[22]

Cooking Vinyl has long relationships with many of its artists. The Pixies' Charles Thompson was signed in 2000 and has had 17 releases to date with the label as Frank Black and Black Francis. Since 1994, former Doll By Doll man Jackie Leven has had 23 releases, five of them in 2009.[4]

Other key artists that have released through the label include Counting Crows, Ryan Adams, Suzanne Vega, The Cult, The Charlatans, The Cranberries, Lissie, Richard Ashcroft, The Subways, Echo and the Bunnymen, Gary Numan, The Enemy, Groove Armada, The Orb, The Proclaimers, James, The Rifles, Seth Lakeman, UB40, City and Colour and The Dropkick Murphys.[4]

Sister companiesEdit

Essential Music & Marketing

In 2003, Vital Distribution's managing director Mike Chadwick teamed up with Cooking Vinyl’s Martin Goldschmidt to launch Essential Music & Marketing, an independent distributor and service provider.[23]

RED Distribution, the Sony Music UK artist and label services division, announced the acquisition of Essential Music and Marketing in March 2016. As part of this deal, a new company was launched, Red Essential, which is based at The Cooking Vinyl Group’s West London offices. The company is now located in Farringdon.[24]

CV America

Cooking Vinyl America was originally launched in 2012. In 2016 Howie Gabriel was named President.[25] The US operation provides strategic services to the CV Group, including artist/label acquisition, marketing, distribution and business strategy. Cooking Vinyl America is based in New York City.

Cooking Vinyl Australia

Cooking Vinyl Australia was formed in September 2013. The stand-alone company is based in Melbourne and helmed by former Shock Records executives, Leigh Gruppetta and Stu Harvey, the label signs both local and international artists and represents the Cooking Vinyl Records roster in Australia and New Zealand under license.[26] In February 2018, Sony Music Australia acquired a portion of Cooking Vinyl Australia.[27]

Cooking Vinyl Publishing

Cooking Vinyl Publishing was formed in 2008[28]and is headed by former manager and Warner/Chappell exec Ryan Farley,[29] who joined in August 2018. The company has a diverse roster with current writers including Tom Speight, C Duncan, Vitto Meirelles, Isobel Campbell, Lucy Spraggan, 485C, 65 Days of Static and Palestinian acts DAM, 47 Soul and Le Trio Joubran. The company's catalogue includes songs by artists such as Reverend & The Makers, The Rifles, Amber Run, Roll Deep, Meursalt, Tal National, Audio Bullys, Exit Calm and The Virgin Marys. It also has co-publishing partnerships with Brighton-based Fat Cat Records and UK jazz label Edition Music.

Motus Music

In March 2019 The Cooking Vinyl Group announced they had acquired a 50% share in production music start up Motus Music[30].

ArtistsEdit

Current artistsEdit

Past artistsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Label profiles: Four independents under the spotlight". The Independent. 23 May 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
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  7. ^ "Why music is still good business". The Telegraph. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Billy Bragg re-signs with Cooking Vinyl". Music Week. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  9. ^ Label Services Report, Music Week, 18 April 2013, p. 13
  10. ^ "Cooking Vinyl's Martin Goldschmidt On Universal-EMI Deal, Marilyn Manson, the Rise of Indies". Billboard. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Cooking Vinyl cuts deals with UB40's Ali Campbell, Seth Lakeman". Rockol.com. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
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  13. ^ "Amanda Palmer Partners With U.K. Indie Cooking Vinyl For European Album Release". Billboard. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Marilyn Manson Plots 2011 Comeback with Indie Label". Billboard. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
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  16. ^ "2012 Top 40 Rock & Metal Albums Archive 12th May 2012". Official Charts Company. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
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  18. ^ "PRETTY RECKLESS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
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  20. ^ "Passenger scores first UK Number 1 album: "This is so unbelievably exciting!!"". Retrieved 29 November 2016.
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  22. ^ "Lucy Spraggan - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Q&A: Mike Chadwick, Essential Music & Marketing". Complete Music Update. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
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  25. ^ "Cooking Vinyl America names Howie Gabriel President as it expands in US - Music Business Worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
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  27. ^ "Sony Music buys chunk of Cooking Vinyl Australia with 'significant investment' - Music Business Worldwide". 13 February 2018.
  28. ^ "Cooking Vinyl reignites publishing arm | News | Music Week". www.musicweek.com. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  29. ^ "Ryan Farley named Managing Director of Cooking Vinyl Publishing - Music Business Worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  30. ^ "Cooking Vinyl invests in production music and sync specialist Motus Music". Music Business Worldwide. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  31. ^ "Michael Messer | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 March 2016.

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