Warner/Chappell has signed Simian Mobile Disco to a global publishing deal.
The dance duo – James Ford and Jas Shaw – inked the agreement with Mike Smith, MD of Warner/Chappell Music UK. They were previously with Kobalt.
Smith’s latest signing to the UK arm of Warner Music Group’s publishing operation follows a string of deals covering newly-released repertoire and catalogue. Smith’s recent signings and renewed partnerships include Liam Gallagher, Andy Burrows, Crispin Hunt, Miranda Cooper and Siobhan Fahey.
James Ford and Jas Shaw said: “We’re delighted to be working with Mike and the team at Warner/Chappell. We’ve got a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline and it’s good to know they’ll be supporting us as we take them forward.”
Smith added: “James and Jas are endlessly inventive, pushing at the boundaries of electronic music and techno. Their experimental approach means that the music they write is always fresh and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. It’s a real pleasure to welcome them to the Warner/Chappell roster and I look forward to working with them.”
Simian Mobile Disco released their debut, Attack Decay Sustain Release, in 2007 and followed that with five more LPs. Last year’s Sideways was issued via Anti.
The duo launched their own record label, Delicacies, in 2010. The label has released a series of club singles and their 2013 Live album.
Ford has also worked as a record producer and mixer with artists including Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, Florence and the Machine, Everything Everything, Little Dragon, Klaxons and Mumford & Sons. He has an existing deal with Warner/Chappell for his co-writes with artists including Florence Welch.
Shaw has built and runs his own recording studio, as well as playing DJ shows.
PHOTO (LEFT TO RIGHT): Jas Shaw, Mike Smith, James Ford and Luke Williams (manager)