Former Warner Music managing director, Korda Marshall has re-launched Infectious Records, a label he founded in 1994 that produced names like Muse, Ash, Garbage and Paul Oakenfold. Marshall also plans to launch music publishing and artist management arms.
"Having spent the last six years working within a big organization where I had a great time and learned a lot, I'm incredibly excited about going back to running an independent label," said Marshall in a statement. "These are really interesting times for the music industry, which continues to evolve, and although there are still big challenges to overcome I believe there are fantastic opportunities for labels who are willing to embrace new ideas and new ways of working with artists."
Retaining a majority stake in the company, he has joined with Mushroom Records founder and Mushroom Group of Companies chairman Michael Gudinski, and theatre and sports entrepreneur Michael Watt. Both have significant shareholding in the company.
It will be a reunion of sorts for Marshall and Gudinski, who first worked together when Infectious and Mushroom jointly created Mushroom Records U.K. in the mid-nineties.
"It's only due to Korda's involvement that I would even consider re-entering the U.K. label scene again," added Gudinski. "Our past successes with the likes of Garbage and Ash speak for themselves - we make a great team and I have no doubt that Korda and his people will deliver the goods yet again."
Pat Carr of Remote Control and Mirelle Davis of Wind Up Bird, also past Infectious employees, will act as consultants to oversee general management and international marketing respectively. Robert Horsfall and Mike Skeet's Sound Advice team will look after Infectious' legal and financial affairs.
The first signing announced for Infectious is Australian outfit the Temper Trap, who generated big industry buzz after playing to a sold-out crowd during MUSEXPO Europe in London. The label will release the band around the world, excluding Australia (where they are signed to Gudinski's Liberation Music) and North America (currently unsigned). They are currently working on a debut album with U.K. producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Bjork, Massive Attack).