Parlophone's FFRR Records has hired music executive Andy Daniell to lead the dance label into a new era.
Daniell (pictured, left), joins from Defected Records, where he signed CamelPhat and Elderbrook’s Grammy-nominated song Cola, which went on to have more than 400 million streams, and is also responsible for signing and developing:the No.1 single Look Right Through by Storm Queen; Freak Like Me by Lee Walker vs DJ Deeon and Always by MK.
I want FFRR to be the most exciting and compelling destination for electronic and dance music creators in the UK
Nick Burgess, co-president, Parlophone Records, said: “Dance music plays such an important role in UK music culture and I want FFRR to be the most exciting and compelling destination for electronic and dance music creators in the UK. Andy has repeatedly proven to be one of the best A&R’s in the business. He lives and breathes music and, as a DJ and artist himself, already embodies Parlophone’s artist-first philosophy and spirit.”
Daniell, who will report to Elias Christidis, head of A&R, Parlophone Records, joined Defected Records in 2004, becoming their resident DJ at Ibiza’s El Divino, then global DJ for the brand, before establishing himself as an A&R leader.
“The opportunity to play a part in the future of such an iconic label is an incredible honour," he said. "It’s a great time to join FFRR and be part of the amazing changes that are happening at Parlophone. I’m looking forward to building FFRR’s reputation for identifying artists and tracks that have both underground credibility and far-reaching crossover potential.”
FFRR was created in 1986 and released multiple genre-defining hits including Lil’ Louis’s French Kiss, Frankie Knuckles and Satoshi Tomiie’s Tears and Richie Rich’s Salsa House.
Recent successes include Krystal Klear's Neutron Dance, Paul Woolford's Hang Up Your Hang Ups; Disciples’ On My Mind; Matoma & Becky Hill's False Alarm, Blonde’s I Loved You, All Cried Out and Nothing Like This; and Oliver Helden’s Gecko (Overdrive).