Austrian label Napalm Records expands rock & metal empire with acquisition of SPV
Internationally esteemed heavy rock and metal record labels Napalm Records Handels GmbH and SPV GmbH are pleased to announce that they have joined forces, combining decades of renowned expertise and passion for music, their artists, and those who inspire it all - the fans. Napalm Records’ acquisition of SPV was completed at the end of November 2020 and represents a logical step in the Austrian company's global strategy.
Long-established company SPV, founded in 1984 by Manfred Schütz, along with its current subsidiary labels such as Steamhammer (featuring a roster including Sodom, Running Wild, Magnum, Axel Rudi Pell, Rage) and Long Branch Records (featuring artists such as Agent Fresco, The Intersphere, The Hirsch Effekt, Silvertomb, A Pale Horse Named Death), is now part of the Napalm Records family. The company’s current location in Hannover, Germany and the SPV team around Managing Director Frank Uhle will maintain their structure and, in regard to new distribution partners and labels, be expanded in the future.
Napalm Records CEO Markus Riedler states:
"The continuation and expansion of SPV GmbH as a distributor and the strengthening of the in-house labels are our major priorities. We will combine all forces, and link them with the power and worldwide network of Napalm Records in order to positively shape the future together. The employees of SPV are music-savvy, extremely experienced experts who are needed, now more than ever, to survive in these turbulent times on the international market. Together with Managing Director Frank Uhle and his team, we will seize the opportunities that currently present themselves and face the ever-growing challenges that the modern music market brings with it. In the ever-changing music landscape, we will continue to deliver our strong digital setup alongside our partners The Orchard, and also continue to provide strong physical product distribution for both our retail partners and the fans worldwide via our mail-order stores.
We have purposefully launched and implemented this major project under difficult conditions in 2020. This was a great team effort, for which I would like to thank everyone involved, in particular to the attorneys Prof. Pascal Charles Amann (Napalm Records) and Joris Brand (SPV). For Napalm Records, this acquisition is without a doubt an extraordinary, historic moment!”
SPV Managing Director Frank Uhle adds:
"With Napalm Records, we have found a synergistically perfect partner for our artists, bands and labels. The international setup and the additional reach and power of Napalm's marketing capabilities mean an important upgrade for SPV in tackling future tasks. I look forward to working with Markus Riedler and the affiliated teams to further strengthen and expand our position in the market."
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Nuclear Blast adds Paris to the list of ever expanding markets in the world, which already includes Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, and of course, the headquarters in Donzdorf, Baden Württemberg.
The label has additional representatives in Australia, Brazil, Finland, Italy and Sweden amongst others.
Nuclear Blast Paris resides in the brand new Believe offices, located at 24 Rue Toulouse-Lautrec, 75017 Paris.
The new office is managed by Jerome Riera, France and International A&R. He started his career as a musician, working with independent labels and major companies, recording and touring with hardcore, metal and rock bands for 15 years. In the beginning of 2010 he started to work as music supervisor, while developing a publishing and management company.
Myriam Silberstein is the new project manager for France. Having graduated with a Masters in Digital Marketing, she most recently worked as a junior talent manager for brand partnership at Universal Music. Myriam joins as a new force to develop the digital side of Nuclear Blast.
Jerome Riera says:-
"France is a great territory for international acts and we have a lot of strong talents here, so I am happy that Nuclear Blast saw the necessity to have a base in Paris. We will offer all artists the best possible set up to develop their careers both in their home country, as well as internationally."
Marcus Hammer, CEO adds:-
"With this new French office, this new team, supported by our talented marketing and PR team Jean Marc Tristani and Valerie Reux, Nuclear Blast continues its international growth in the metal world, hiring the best people to give to our artists the best assets everywhere in the world."
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Legendary German venue The Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is in danger and needs your help
The Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is in danger. At present the tenancy agreement of the 36-year running rock, hard rock and heavy metal club and discotheque was not granted renewal by the landlord of the industrial facility in Ludwigsburg, South Germany. We need your help, your voices and your power. Each one of you: https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/verlaengerung-des-mietvertrages-der-rockfabrik-ludwigsburg
You might know the Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg because you’ve seen your favourite band sweating up on stage, maybe you had some drinks at our bar or you might have been banging your head, shaking your rump on our dance floor in Ludwigsburg. That’s our business for 36 years now. We’re home to all sorts of rock music lovers and their favourite bands and it all started on the 30th of November 1983.
See, that club is so old, Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett is wearing a Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg T-Shirt on the Backcover of „Master Of Puppets“. And the Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is so old, for our third birthday, we had Motörhead playing in that club of ours. Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is the place where your favourite bands are ordering drinks right next to you.
Over the last 36 years we had the honour to provide a home for a couple of generations of rock’n’roll-fans and -bands. We don’t think we’re done with that. We don’t think you’re done with it.
We need you. We need your voices.
The German PR company All Noir have welcomed a new member to the team, this is what the PR had to say about the announcement:-
"Dear partners, I am more than proud to introduce you to my new co-worker Dominik Goncalves Dos Reis, who will from now on support my agency All Noir on a freelance basis.
Being an active musician himself and known for his current band Downfall Of Gaia, Dominik is not only an expertise in all that is heavy from Sludge, Doom to Black Metal, but due to his long time experiences in the music, touring and business world – having successfully released numerous albums the DIY way and well-known record labels – he is more than familiar with the flip-side of the coin. Seeing All Noir growing from day to day, with its eclectic artist and label roster since the company started just a year ago, I am thrilled to be working with Dominik.
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