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Downtown partners with Geejam Music

By | Published on Tuesday 28 June 2022

Downtown Music

Downtown Music Services has announced a new partnership with Jamaican music company Geejam Music which will see it provide music publishing administration and label services.

Referencing Geejam founder Jon Baker, the Global President of Downtown Music Services, Mike Smith, says: “I first met Jon when I worked at MCA Music in the 1980s. His label Gee Street released all of my favourite records and we had just picked up one of them, PM Dawn, for publishing”.

“I have always followed his career closely and was THRILLED when any artist I worked with could record at Geejam, his state of the art studios in Jamaica”, he adds. “I would drop in and see him when I was in Port Antonio and we talked about working together. His musical knowledge is second to none and I am THRILLED that we are able to work together again”.

I am THRILLED that Mike was THRILLED twice in one quote. I think that is a first. How could anyone top that? Well, let’s see what Downtown Music Services A&R Manager Davina Merchant has to say.

“We’re super THRILLED to be partnering with Geejam, a pivotal game changer, collaborator and hub for bringing talent together from around the world”.

Nice try, but I needed three separate THRILLEDs there really. Can Baker himself top either of them or will he not even try?

“There is an exciting musical renaissance at play in Jamaica now and I am delighted to be partnering with Downtown Music for publishing administration and label services”, says Baker. Just delighted? Come on. “Having been part of the Jamaican music scene for over 30 years, since my tenure as President of Chris Blackwell’s Island Jamaica in the early 90s, I believe now is the time to offer a true alternative to what is currently on offer for Jamaican artists and writers alike”.

“Our partnership will provide an international platform for the release of homegrown Jamaican music via the Geejam Music label”, he goes on, “and see the reactivation of Gee Street Recordings for our international artistes with an A&R presence in the UK and US”.

Ah well, probably best not to even try. This deal still resulted in a triple THRILLED announcement though and those are always exciting.