LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – FFRR Records, Parlophone Records’ dance imprint, has appointed music executive Andy Daniell to lead the label.
Daniell joins following 15 years at Defected Records, during which time he established himself as one of the most respected A&R executives in the dance community. During his tenure with the label he signed CamalPhat and Elderbrook’s song “Cola,” which went on to secure more than 400 million streams and earn a Grammy nomination, and was responsible for signing and developing the No. single, “Look Right Through” by Storm Queen; “Freak Like Me” by Lee Walker vs DJ Deeon and “Always” by MK, among others.
In his new role, Daniell reports to Elias Christidis, Head of A&R, Parlophone Records.
“Dance music plays such an important role in UK music culture and I want FFRR to be the most exciting and compelling destination for electronic and dance music creators in the UK,” said Nick Burgess, Co-President, Parlophone Records. “Andy has repeatedly proven to be one of the best A&R’s in the business. He lives and breathes music and, as a DJ and artist himself, already embodies Parlophone’s artist-first philosophy and spirit.”
Daniell added: “The opportunity to play a part in the future of such an iconic label is an incredible honour. It’s a great time to join FFRR and be part of the amazing changes that are happening at Parlophone. I’m looking forward to building FFRR’s reputation for identifying artists and tracks that have both underground credibility and far-reaching crossover potential.”
Founded in 1986, FFRR has had a long lineage in the dance music community. The label was responsible for releasing several genre-defining hits that remain all-time classics today, including Lil’ Louis’s “French Kiss,” Frankie Knuckles and Satoshi Tomiie’s “Tears,” and Richie Rich’s “Salsa House.”
Recent FFRR successes include Krystal Klear’s “Neutron Dance,” Paul Woolford’s “Hang Up Your Hang Ups”; Disciples’ platinum-certified “On My Mind,” Matoma & Becky Hill’s Platinum-selling “False Alarm,” Blonde’s three Top 10 hits, “I Loved You,” “All Cried Out” and “Nothing Like This”; and Oliver Helden’s No.1 hit, “Gecko (Overdrive).”