Atlas Music Publishing has entered a joint venture with hip-hop artist and producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, the company announced Monday (Nov. 25). Under the terms of the deal, Nakamura will bring young songwriters to sign co-publishing deals at the company.
“Dan is a rare talent who has delivered some of the most creative, rhythm infused, left of center music out there,” said Atlas founder and CEO Richard Stumpf in a statement. “He’s an artist’s artist and we are thrilled to be in partnership with him as he discovers fresh new talent.”
Nakamura has been represented by Atlas since 2014, though the joint venture extends his deal with the publisher to represent his entire catalog globally.
“Over the last 5 years, I have enjoyed working with Rich and Atlas,” said Nakamura. “I’m excited to extend my deal with Atlas and having the backing and opportunity to widen the scope of our working relationship. Atlas has been a true supporter, and I look forward to this new chapter together.”
Nakamura is known for his work with producer Prince Paul as one-half of the duo Handsome Boy Modeling School and for producing Gorillaz’s self-titled 2001 debut album. He has additionally produced for artists including The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Head Automatica, Dr. Octagon and Kasabian, while in 2000 he released the solo album A Much Better Tomorrow. He also composed the score for this year’s critically-acclaimed teen comedy Booksmart.
Founded in 2013, Atlas’s current roster includes Van Halen, Brian Howes, Mariibeatz and Brandi Carlile. The company also represents songs by artists such as Drake, Demi Lovato, The Band Perry, Madonna, John Legend, and Ed Sheeran.