Beggars Music is completely focused on its writers and determinedly independent, administering its own rights in a full service office backed with uniquely experienced management. We believe strongly that a publisher’s role is to add value to a writer’s life and career and that in order to do so we must remain at the forefront of developments in both technology and the industry itself.
Beggars Music was born in January 2010 to strengthen and expand the Beggars Group’s publishing interests.
We are extremely proud of our roster of artists and are uniquely placed to work in close partnership with some of the most exciting and innovative labels in the world; XL, 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, Stolen Recordings and Young Turks.
Gengahr release second album ‘Where Wildness Grows’27/03/2018
Gengahr’s highly anticipated second album Where Wildness Grows came out on March 9th via Transgressive/ PIAS everywhere other than the US (Kobalt) and Australia (Liberator), to a great reception and some fantastic reviews!
The band completed a tour of in-store gigs and signings at record stores around the UK and are ready to embark on their European tour followed by a summer of festivals!
The future of British guitar music” MOJO
“A record that places Gengahr in a realm of truly special British bands.” – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Dork
“Elegant and artful to its core”
Album Of The Week – The Line Of Best Fit
And fan feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Check twitter! https://twitter.com/gengahr?lang=en-gb
The album was BBC 6 Music’s Album Of The Day on the week following release and the band were interviewed on BBC Music Introducing in London.
European Tour Dates
Lokki releases debut EP ‘Cirrhi’27/03/2018
We are delighted to share with you the debut EP of new artist and songwriter, Lokki, which came out on March 16th (https://lokki.lnk.to/CirrhiTW)
It’s called ‘Cirrhi’ and it is the solo project of Drew MacFarlane of Glass Animals. He takes the name from Scandinavian mythology. It’s an alternative spelling of the word ‘Loki’ which is Finnish for seagull.
Press for Cirrhi –
“Going by the name Lokki, the guitarist has taken a step back from the danceable sound of his better known band to reveal a more stripped back demeanour. The lead single ‘Breathe A Breath Of Me’ channels his love for the piano and combines that with a gospel vibe to create a truly spellbinding release.” – Mystic Sons
In January he released the first single, I Catch You, accompanied with a video by Japanese calligraphy artist Akemi Lucas.
He describes it – ‘It’s sound world is like waking up in the early hours of the morning, with music from a sound track drifting through the walls. The strings gradually meld with the piano, seeping into your sleepy mind. Splintering and falling apart, reforming and fading.’
Press for I Catch You –
“I Catch You” is a melancholy piano tune for the ages. With a vocal pattern reminiscent of Matt Berninger of The National’s, the two bands could be brother and sister in the cosmic indie music soundscape.” – The Burning Ear
He then released ‘Breathe A Breath Of Me’ on February 16th.
He says of the track: “‘Breathe A Breath Of Me’ is about something we do every minute of every day. There’s a choir in the background, which creates the sense that when we breathe, the world breathes with us.”
Press for Breathe A Breath Of Me –
‘Breathe A Breath Of Me’ is a gorgeous, choir-backed track helmed by soft piano and hushed vocals that rise and fall like waves. – DIY
London – April 5th – The Slaughtered Lamb
Photo: Mike Massaro
Snail Mail announces debut album ‘Lush’27/03/2018
At the beginning of 2018, we began working with Lindsey Jordan, the aka Snail Mail, an 18-year-old ice hockey veteran-turned singer-songwriter from Baltimore whose ‘Habit’ EP (2016) has generated nearly instant acclaim from press and musical peers alike.
Lindsey has signed with Matador Records and Mattitude Publishing and has just announced the details of her first full length record.
‘Lush’ will be released on June 8th by Matador worldwide, with us looking after the publishing.
The first single ‘Pristine’ came out on Friday accompanied by a great lyric video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tnTucP1UM
Check out her NPR Tiny Desk concert http://www.npr.org/event/music/550671939/snail-mail- tiny-desk-concert
Her NME interview at SXSW interview ran to coincide with announcement on last week – http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-radar/sxsw-2018-snail-mail-debut-album-lush-2270214
“The new record sees her up her guitar hero status, weaving in solos and licks inspired by her favourite guitarists, including Kurt Vile, Marnie Stern, and her former guitar teacher Mary Timony. Like those musicians, the rising star is happy to encourage young women to pick up an instrument, but says her inclusion in “women in rock” write-ups – an experience she’s had several times lately – is a “double-edged sword”. “Sometimes it feels like someone’s just getting clicks based on the fact you’re a woman. I would rather go dig a hole and live in it than talk about what it’s like to be a woman to some guy.”
The FADER – Interview from SXSW w/ amazing photos – http://www.thefader.com/2018/03/21/snail-mail-pristine-lush-interview-matador
“feels bigger than anything she’s made before”
New Signing – Powell15/02/2018
We have signed London-based producer Oscar Powell to the Beggars Music roster. Taking in acid, techno, computer music, punk, late 90s tech-step and everything in between, Powell music is mad, unpredictable, provocative, but always carried by its own infectious sense of groove.
Amy Morgan promoted to MD at Beggars Music15/02/2018
We are thrilled to announce that Amy Morgan is now the Managing Director of Beggars Music!
Previously Creative Director, she will take over the day-to-day running of the Beggars Group music publishing company from Andy Heath, who will remain its Chair.
“The role of the publisher has never been so exciting”, says Morgan. “We pride ourselves on signing and developing new talent and providing a holistic, creative home for our writers. We have had a great few years as some of our earliest signings have developed into international success stories. I am excited to continue to grow our artists’ careers and our business internationally, and to embrace the changing media landscape and all the opportunities it creates for our writers”.
Heath adds: “It’s a privilege to hand over the reins to Amy. She is one of the most extraordinary executives I have ever worked with and she completely embraces the spirit of Beggars, which is to develop and expose the finest talent, being prepared for a long-term effort and putting the interests of the music maker first”.
As Morgan moves up, there have been other changes at the company and two new hires. Doug Keeley becomes Royalties Manager, Molly O’ Brien becomes Creative and Sync Manager and Roisin Page moves into a Creative Administrator role. Meanwhile Will Moore, formerly at Ninja Tune, becomes Copyright & Licensing Manager at the company’s London office, and Sam Carlin, previously of MTV, becomes Head Of Film & TV Licensing at the firm’s LA base.
New Signing – Snail Mail15/01/2018
Snail Mail is the Baltimore based indie rock project of 18 year old, Lindsey Jordan. She released a six song EP titled, “Habit,” on DC punks Priests’ Sister Polygon Records in July of 2016. The record features a full band with Shawn Durham on drums and Ryan Vieira on bass.
In their “Best New Track” review for the EPs opening track “Thinning”, Pitchfork describes Jordan as possessing a voice that “sounds like it’s coming from a distance, perfect for a song with lines about wanting to lie face down on the floor for a whole year and the triumph of wasting time”.
In addition to her standout vocal abilities, Jordan is a classically trained guitarist of twelve years and experiments often with various guitar tunings and techniques in order to generate Snail Mail’s unique sound.
Coming February 16 : Car Seat Headrest – ‘Twin Fantasy’ ; “Nervous Young Inhumans” Video Premiere09/01/2018
Car Seat Headrest fans, new and old alike, will be elated to learn that Will Toledo’s 2011’s Bandcamp masterpiece, ‘Twin Fantasy’, has been re-recorded and re-imagined for release on February 16th on Matador Records. With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its explosive and live show to Australia, Europe, and select West Coast cities through the first half of 2018, with a full US tour to be announced at a later date.
Today’s album announcement comes with the release of “Nervous Young Inhumans” and its accompanying video, which can be seen above. It is a frenetic, anthemic, split-screen choreographed crescendo, and the result of Toledo’s visionary work as a first-time director.
New Signing – The Weather Station09/01/2018
We are delighted to announce our latest signing – The Weather Station! It is the project of Toronto-based songwriter Tamara Lindeman, who is signed to Paradise of Bachelors and has just released her fourth – and most forthright – album, The Weather Station.
Self-titled and self-produced, the album unearths a vital new energy from Lindeman’s acclaimed songwriting practice, marrying it to a bold new sense of confidence.
Lindeman and her band have toured extensively in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, both as a headliner and as support for artists such as The War on Drugs, The Mountain Goats, Damien Jurado, Bahamas, and Basia Bulat.
“Timeless… Measured, perceptive storytelling. A singer with an unmistakable & communicative voice, able to convey hope & hurt with equal clarity.” – Pitchfork