Founded around 1993.
In 1999 Stefan Herwig, A&R manager at Off Beat, left the company over differences in promotion, to join forces with Eskil Simonsson (Covenant), Johan Van Roy (Suicide Commando), Bryan Erickson (Velvet Acid Christ) and Ronan Harris (VNV Nation) to form a new label, dependent (which opened January 1999). When he left, most artists switched to the new label, effectively shutting down WestCom.
After having signed German electronic music group Project Pitchfork as first band to the label, Off Beat took a number of unsigned bands such as Haujobb, Download and Decree under its wing. Also, at the time already well established groups such as Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy and Suicide Commando joined the label.
Off Beat established license partnerships with American labels 21st Circuitry, Metropolis, Electric Death Trip and Re-Constriction as well as with Swedish label Memento Materia that added Mentallo and the Fixer, Velvet Acid Christ and Covenant among others to the roster.
Originally the catalog numbering followed the codes issued by its distributor SPV GmbH (like SPV 085-22292 for Front Line Assembly's 1995 album Hard Wired). Around 1996 the label started its own format, starting with a capital O followed by the release number. Previous releases were attributed numbers, that were added to the artwork in reprints.
Visage was a label/division specialized in synthpop.
Nightshade Productions was a label/division specialized in dark wave music.
- Off Beat discography at Discogs, sorted by date. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
- Bayross, Mark (2004). VNV Nation - Ronan Harris, interview. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
- Reed, S. Alexander (2013). Assimilate: a critical history of industrial music. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 283–284. ISBN 978-0-19-983260-6.
- Sage; Wayn (1996). "Label Profile: Off Beat". Culture Shock. No. 3. Hackensack, New Jersey: Genocide Project. p. 35. ISSN 1093-1651. OCLC 36564457.
- This is a conjecture taken from the Off Beat discography at Discogs.
- Near Dark - One Day at Discogs