UKF parent AEI Media has appointed Duncan King as its first A&R and label manager.
King is tasked with developing the AEI Media labels, talent and repertoire, as well as new brand concepts and partnerships.
King arrives from Three Six Zero Group where he was general manager of the rights department, overseeing eight independent record labels and helping develop deadmau5’s Mau5trap Records.
His responsibilities also included brand strategy, brand partnerships, marketing and 360 deal setups.
Diluk Dias, co-founder of AEI Media, said: “We are delighted to have someone with Duncan’s experience on board to strategically develop our label department, signing new repertoire and looking to develop new artists and brands. We have learned that building a media platform, events, and compilation business has put us in a strong position to sign and promote repertoire - it was the missing piece in puzzle, and now with Duncan's appointment we're in a position to leverage our network properly.”
“Moving forward, our strategy is to sign artists on bigger deals, including 360 deals. Our aim is to develop new brand concepts with the artists and help with all aspects of their careers, including Live, Merch, brand partnerships and more”, he continues.
King added: “I am very excited to join AEI Media, a business that continually reinvents itself to meet the changing demands from the market. My aim is to develop this department into a home for the scene’s best artists.
"In addition to setting up a brand new label, this is a great challenge to help all our already existing labels, such as Pilot, GetDarker and Inspected, expand and grow into solid independent brands. To support this we will be building a strong team in 2013.”