WMG's Cordless teams with Rykodisc
EmptyWarner Music Group is partnering its digital label Cordless with Rykodisc, a move intended to give Cordless artists access to Rykodisc's staff and distribution while enhancing the digital offerings of Rykodisc. As part of the restructuring, Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon has been named senior director of A&R and artist development for Rykodisc.
Moon joined the WMG family last year when he was named an A&R executive with Warner imprint Nonesuch. In his new role, Moon will be working closely with Ruby Marchand, who was the head of A&R for Cordless and has now been named head of A&R for Rkyodisc.
While WMG has been undergoing restructuring and layoffs of late, a spokesperson notes that the Ryko/Cordless partnership is not the result of any staff reduction. However, Cordless president Jason Fiber is leaving the label to return to Superfecta, the reissue label he founded. Superfecta releases will now go through the WMG-owned Ryko Distribution pipeline.
Jac Holzman will continue to serve as founding chairman of Cordless, in addition to his role as a senior advisor to WMG chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. Current Cordless artists include rock acts Jupiter One and Gliss, vocalist Ysabella Brave, and Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Kennedy.
Rykodisc, home to Joe Jackson and Kelly Willis, will later this year release solo albums from the Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Del Amitri's Justin Currie.