Redeye Signs U.S. Distribution Deal with The Beggars Group, Domino Recording Co. and Saddle Creek

January 6th, 2020

Redeye, the North Carolina-based leading North American independent distributor, today announces new U.S. distribution deals for physical products with The Beggars Group, Domino Recording Co. and Saddle Creek effective January 1, 2020. 

Forthcoming titles in the new deal include Grimes Miss Anthropocene (4AD), Pinegrove Marigold (Rough Trade), Dan Deacon Mystic Familiar (Domino), and Frances Quinlan Likewise (Saddle Creek). 

“Redeye prides itself on our relationships with our customers and label partners,” says Glenn Dicker, co-founder of Redeye. “Over the years, we have looked at the Beggars Group as the gold standard of what could be achieved by an independent company with hard work and dedication to artists and music. Additionally, Domino and Saddle Creek are among the many great labels we’ve stayed connected to over the years so we’re proud to now have them all as part of the family.”   

“Historically, independent labels have always seen getting records into stores as the first business decision they need to make.“ says Martin Mills, Beggars Chairman. “But now that physical is such a small and decreasing part of the majors’ business, for indies, to whom physical, and especially vinyl, is so much more important, to partner with the majors for distribution has become arguably anachronistic. Beggars works with great, fully independent distributors everywhere else in the world, and believes in bringing the advantages of our scale to the sector; and much as we’re sorry to leave ADA, with whom we’ve had incredible success, we’re very happy to be fully independently distributed at last in the USA.” 

“As George Harrison once sang, ‘All Things Must Pass,’ adds Matt Harmon, Beggars President. “While our relationship with ADA has ended, we leave with feelings of close camaraderie and the memories of so many impossible successes that we have shared over the last 20+ years. At the same time, we are massively excited for our relationship with our new physical distribution partner Redeye. Their enthusiasm for the music is infectious. We look forward to working together to bring that music to the fans for years to come.” 

“It’s been impressive to watch how Glenn Dicker, Tor Hansen, and the Redeye team have grown the company over the past decade,” says Kris Gillespie, Domino Managing Director, “and we’re very excited to be starting the new one with them as our distribution partner.” 

“Redeye feels like the right place for us to be,” says Robb Nansel of Saddle Creek. “With a staff that is clearly made up of music fans and creators, we are excited to be a part of the independent community at Redeye and we look forward to growing together in the future.”  

About Redeye:

Founded 1996, Redeye has grown into one of the most respected digital and physical distribution companies in the world. Charting a course of steady, sustainable growth by developing a strong worldwide physical and digital distribution network, Redeye provides a multitude of services to its partners. Inspired by a relentless passion for music, Redeye connects independent artists and labels to an expanding global marketplace through extraordinary customer service and sales and marketing expertise. Redeye is represented worldwide with offices in more than 13 cities, including New York, London, Toronto, Berlin and Sydney and has its home office and warehouse in Hillsborough, North Carolina.  

About The Beggars Group:

The Beggars Group is one of the world’s largest and well-respected label groups, and is completely independent.  It was founded by Martin Mills in 1977 and he remains Chairman of the group. Over the years, many of the world’s most respected labels have joined the fold and today it is home to 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade, Young Turks and XL Recordings. Artists signed to the group’s labels over the years such as Radiohead, FKA Twigs, Adele, Kurt Vile, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, The xx, The Libertines, Pixies, Cocteau Twins, The Prodigy and more have achieved both widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. 

The Beggars Group is based in London and has multiple offices in Europe, Canada and Asia in addition to their US headquarters in New York City. There is also an office in Los Angeles, CA and a Matador office in Austin, Texas. Beggars has been a pioneer in the digital world and had its catalogue available digitally before the end of the last century. It self-distributes digitally and to USA indie stores, and has been instrumental in the founding and success of Merlin, A2IM, and other collective independent organizations. 

About Domino Recordings Co:

Domino Recording Co. was founded in the UK in 1993 by Laurence Bell, who is still the primary creative force. Initially focused on releasing singles and albums by American artists in the UK (including Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Sebadoh), the label has expanded over the past decade to include offices in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris and Sydney and has had considerable worldwide success, both commercial and artistic, with acts as diverse as Arctic Monkeys, Blood Orange, Animal Collective, Franz Ferdinand, Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Superorganism, The Kills, and Jon Hopkins to name a few. 

About Saddle Creek:

Saddle Creek was founded in Omaha, NE in 1993 to shine a spotlight on the burgeoning music scene that was developing in eastern Nebraska. Successful early releases from Bright Eyes, Cursive, and The Faint catapulted the record label onto an international stage that resulted in over two decades of growth and expansion. Saddle Creek continues to support musicians that we believe have the authenticity and talent to captivate and transform culture at large. We pride ourselves on creating an independent, artist-friendly environment by championing creative control and acting in the best interests of our partners. Recent releases from Big Thief, Hand Habits, Hop Along, Sam Evian, Tomberlin and more continue to expand the cultural footprint of the label.  

Saddle Creek is based in Omaha and has staff in Los Angeles (CA), Seattle (WA), Austin (TX), and Glasgow, Scotland (UK).

Redeye Acquires Border Music

December 11th, 2019

 Leading North American Indie Distributor Continues To Expand Its Global Landscape With the Acquisition Of Swedish Company

Redeye, the North Carolina-based leading North American independent distributor, has acquired Sweden-based music distribution company Border Music, it was announced today at the company’s year-end Label Hang being held in North Carolina.

Continuing to operate as Border Music with a warehouse in Göteborg, the deal allows Border access to Redeye’s worldwide digital and physical distribution, including joint development of extensive proprietary digital analytic tools for labels through Border’s B2B. 

With the acquisition, Redeye’s European digital team expands to six reps with offices in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark in addition to London and Berlin.

“In many ways Border Music resembles Redeye both in the culture of the company as well as the services offered, said Aaron Freeman, COO of Redeye. “The partnership makes strategic sense for all involved.”

“I am excited to expand the reach and capabilities of Border Music while doubling down on the core services that have been our hallmark for more than 30 years,” adds Pelle Erikson, Managing Director of Border Music.

Early releases under the deal include Drive-By Truckers (ATO), Born Ruffians (Yep Roc), James Hunter Six (Daptone) Beach Bunny (Mom+Pop) Banoffee (Cascine), Pet Shop Boys (AWAL) and Jonathan Wilson (Bella Union). 

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About Border Music

Border Music is a music distribution company headquartered in Göteborg, Sweden. Founded in 1982, Border Music provides a wide range of services that include sales, marketing, promotion, accounting and management.  Along with the primary Border Music staff based in Sweden, the company also has Digital/Physical Sales and Marketing Team members in Norway, Denmark and Finland. Border Music provides distribution services for record labels such as Third Man, PIAS, AWAL/Kobalt, Bella Union, Partisan, Mute, Glitterhouse, Groove Attack, K7!, Yep Roc, Proper and Stones Throw. In addition to distribution services, Border Music also operates the record label Gamlestans Grammofonbolag focused on regional Scandanavian content.

David Berman 1967 – 2019

August 8th, 2019

It was learned yesterday that the great David Berman had passed away at age 52. His longtime label partner Drag City announced the news on August 7th.  Redeye has had the great pleasure of working with David’s projects including Silver Jews and (most recently) Purple Mountains.


Redeye Winners: A2IM 2019 Libera Awards

June 21st, 2019

Congratulations to all the A2IM 2019 Libera Awards winners. Six Redeye labels and artists brought home awards in the following categories:

Best R&B Album: Charles Bradley – Black Velvet (Daptone Records)

Best Dance / Electronic Album: Yves Tumor – Safe In The Hands Of Love (Warp Records)

Best Rock Album: Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom+Pop)

Best Live Act: BADBADNOTGOOD (Innovative Leisure)

Marketing Genius: Aphex Twin – Collapse EP (Warp Records)

Label of the Year (Small): Daptone Records

Billboard’s 2019 Indie Power Players List

June 18th, 2019

Billboard has released their third annual Indie Power Players list including 80 executives across the scope of label, distributor and advocate in the independent music community. Redeye’s own Glenn Dicker & Tor Hansen are once again featured on the list for the 2nd consecutive year. Additionally, Billy Maupin makes his debut on the list for his work as General Manager at Yep Roc Music Group. You can read the full list and write-ups here.