As tipped here earlier this week, former RCA U.K. and Ministry of Sound Recordings President David Dollimore is on the move with a big new project. In tandem with Geffen Records U.S., the dance-music kingpin is launching Disorder Records, through which he will work with “DJs, producers, artists, brands and labels defining the global sound of tomorrow.”
Disorder’s first partnership is with Manchester, England's beloved venue The Warehouse Project to form WHP Records, which will harness “sounds directly from the concourse of one of the most esteemed dancefloors globally.”
After helping Avicii, Eric Prydz, Axwell and Duke Dumont find global fame at Ministry of Sound, Dollimore started running RCA U.K. in 2016. He left the company earlier this year but alluded to his future plans in a statement at the time, volunteering, “I'm very proud to have built, led and mentored an incredible label group and worked with brilliant partners, management teams, writers and producers I will be collaborating with again in the future."
Dollimore’s career path has mirrored that of Geffen president Tom March (pictured at right with Dollimore), who got his start as a dance-music publicist, working with such genre favorites as Fatboy Slim, Royksopp, Chemical Brothers and Zedd. Disorder’s office will be located in London, but the company’s U.S. operations will be run out of the Interscope Geffen A&M facility in Los Angeles.
“At Geffen, we are always looking to partner with our industry’s most successful and innovative entrepreneurs,” said March. “I couldn’t be more excited to partner with David as he heads back to what I consider him to be the best in the world at—signing and A&R-ing dance music. Between us, we have worked with many of the great names in the last 20 years of electronic music. I am so happy to be joining forces with him now.”
Warehouse Project founders Richard McGinnis and Sam Kandel stated jointly: “Having spent the last two decades dedicated to finding and breaking talent, we can’t believe it has taken us this long to make this jump, but David was the one person we wanted to do it with. Being able to work with artists in a whole new way, providing tangible support in the live space alongside equitable partnerships with David and Tom, who share our passion for this culture, is an exciting new chapter for us.”
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