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Australian firm Astral People partners with [PIAS] on new label venture

By | Published on Friday 12 July 2019

Astral People Recordings

Sydney-based management and promotions firm Astral People has teamed up with [PIAS] to launch a new label to be known, simply, as Astral People Recordings. The first signing to the new venture is Australian DJ and producer Wave Racer, who recently returned after a short hiatus with new single ‘Auto’.

Astral People Recordings will become part of the [PIAS] Co-operative network, that being a collective of independent labels that [PIAS] forms long-term commercial partnerships with and which, it says, creates “a unique label group, in which every member benefits from [PIAS]’s worldwide network and business support”.

Confirming the new label venture, Astral People’s Vichara Edirisinghe and Tom Huggett said in a joint statement: “We’ve never been a company that’s been pigeonholed into a certain genre and we certainly won’t be with this label. However, what we can say is that the artists we choose to represent will be ones of the highest calibre and an exciting prospect in their respective genre or scene”.

On the [PIAS] tie-up, they went on: “We are incredibly proud to align ourselves with such a leading voice in independent music – along some of our favourite labels like Phantasy, DFA, Mute and Transgressive Records – in the Co-op model. It’s an honour to have Astral People Recordings sit amongst this group”.

Confirming the deal from his side, [PIAS] Group MD Edwin Schroter said: “I am THRILLED that Astral People is joining our worldwide roster of outstanding independent labels. Vic and Tom have built something very special in Australia and their entrepreneurial drive, A&R instinct and international outlook make them a perfect fit for our Cooperative label offering. We are proud that they have chosen [PIAS] as a global partner for their new label venture and we can’t wait to start working together on the exciting new artist roster they are developing”.