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Oz promoter Astral People launches new label

A co-op with PIAS, Astral People Recordings’ first signing is Australian DJ-producer Wave Racer

By IQ on 13 Jul 2019

Astral People co-founders Vichara Edirisinghe (left) and Tom Huggett

Astral People co-founders Vichara Edirisinghe (left) and Tom Huggett


Astral People, an Australian touring and artist management company, has partnered with label/artist services firm PIAS to launch a new record label, Astral People Recordings.

Operated by Vichara Edirisinghe and Tom Huggett, Sydney-based Astral People started out as a management firm before diversifying into touring, having promoted Australian shows by the likes of Stormzy, Sampha, Snakehips and Nao.

The first signing for Astral People Recordings, which will be run on a co-op model with PIAS, is producer and DJ Wave Racer, who recently released his new single, ‘Auto’, after a four-year hiatus.

“Our vision for the label is just a pure reflection of our joint musical tastes as a company,” say Edirisinghe and Huggett in a joint statement, “representing both local and international artists who we truly believe are the best in their fields at what they do. We’ve never been a company that’s been pigeonholed into a certain genre, and we certainly won’t be with this label. However, what we can say is that the artists we choose to represent will be ones of the highest calibre and an exciting prospect in their respective genre or scene.

“The label will represent artists that we truly feel will last the test of time in this forever changing business, and we are incredibly proud to align ourselves with such a leading voice in independent music, along some of our favourite labels – Phantasy, DFA, Mute and Transgressive Records – in the co-op model. It’s an honour to have Astral People Recordings sit amongst this group.”

 


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