AUSTRALIA (CelebrityAccess) – Australia-based management and touring company Astral People has partnered with [PIAS] to launch Astral People Recordings.
Astral People, which is operated by Vichara Edirisinghe and Tom Huggett, has managed the careers of artists such as Cosmos Midnight, Winston Surfshirt, Milan Ring and Basenji. On the touring side, the company has worked with artists such as Stormzy, Snakehips, Nao and Sampha to Australia. Astral People has also dabbled in events, festivals and publishing.
Edirisinghe and Huggett said: “Our vision for the label is just a pure reflection of our joint musical tastes as a company. Representing both local and international artists who we truly believe are the best in their fields at what they do. 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 caliber and an exciting prospect in their respective genre or scene.
Added Edirisinghe and Huggett: “The label will represent artists that we truly feel will last the test of time in this forever changing business, and we are incredibly proud to align ourselves with such a leading voice in independent music, along some of our favourite labels (Phantasy, DFA, Mute and Transgressive Records) in the co-op model. It’s an honour to have Astral People Recordings sit amongst this group.”
Edwin Schroter, [PIAS] Group Managing Director, added: “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.”
Astral People Recordings’ first signing is producer and multi-instrumentalist, Wave Racer.