Koch To Distribute Seven Runt Labels

Deal covers Revenant, Ampersand, DBK, others.

Koch has secured exclusive distribution deal for seven labels distributed by Runt. The deal covers Runt-owned imprints 4 Men With Beards, which features audiophile, 180-gram vinyl reissues of best-selling rock, soul and jazz; DBK Works, an eclectic label with releases by established indie artists as well as major-label CD reissues; and Revenant, which issues vinyl versions of albums on other Runt labels.

Other Runt labels involved in the deal are Ampersand, which specializes in avant-garde music from such artists as John Cage, Henry Flynt and Derek Bailey; Arcanum Entertainment, a DVD and music purveyor specializing in arcane films and soundtracks; Dagored, which focuses on Italian soundtracks and DVDs of Italian films from the 1970s; and ESP-Disk, the avant-garde label formed in the '60s that helped introduce Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders and Pearls Before Swine, among others.

Music-industry veteran Filippo Salvadori formed Runt, a boutique indie distributor based in the San Francisco area, in 1996.