Fraser T Smith has signed a global administration deal with Kobalt for his own compositions and rights represented by his boutique publishing company, 70HZ.
Smith co-wrote Adele’s Set Fire To The Rain from the Grammy-Winning 21, and has also written for Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith and Rita Ora. He earned a nomination for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year Award and was at the helm for Stormzy’s debut.
Smith and his management team will be working with Kobalt’s international creative team to explore songwriting and networking opportunities. The partnership includes publishing administration for all future works as well as some of his recent catalogue.
Kobalt SVP creative Sam Winwood said: “Fraser is, without doubt, one of the UK’s most successful and talented songwriters and producers. He is also a fantastic mentor and champion of young artists and musicians of all genres. We are very proud and excited to be working with such an exceptional talent.”
“I am excited to be part of such a tight knit, caring, proactive and dynamic publishing company,” said Smith. “Sas, Sam, and the team (both in the UK and US) are so supportive and it’s an added bonus to be reunited with Alison Donald who played such an integral part in my career while at Chrysalis.
“Kobalt has an old-school, bespoke, and independent feel, yet with its cutting edge technology provides transparency, accuracy, and assurance to its songwriters. I couldn’t be happier with my new family."
Having first risen to prominence with his production and writing work on albums by Craig David, Smith has now become the go-to producer and writer for grime and urban acts. He produced Stormzy’s debut Gang Signs & Prayer, scored a US and UK No.1 as a co-writer and producer on Taio Cruz’s Break Your Heart and recently told Music Week he has been working with up-and coming rapper Dave.
“What drew me to Dave was his musicality and that he comes from a slightly different place to Kano and Stormzy,” he said. “He’s old beyond his years and not afraid to experiment. We’re using the same headspace as the Stormzy record. It’s about blocking out a considerable amount of time to make the record as good as it can be and I’m excited to push where he is going and see his development.”
Based in London, 70HZ was launched in 2014 by the producer and his wife and business partner, Sarah T Smith. The roster includes writers and producers Lostboy, Mele and Javeon, alongside recording artists Witness and Dakota.
Smith had a deal with Sony/ATV for compositions after 2010, while songs prior to that were represented by Chrysalis, which was acquired by BMG in 2010.