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.
New Signing – The Goon Sax03/06/2019
Our latest signing is The Goon Sax, an indie pop trio from Brisbane, Australia. Formed in 2013, the band consists of Riley Jones, Louis Forster and James Harrison. The band released their debut album, Up to Anything, in 2016 on the Chapter Music label.
They have refined tastes – they love the Pastels, Talking Heads, Galaxie 500, Bob Dylan and Arthur Russell. On Up To Anything they pull off the almost impossible, capturing the awkwardness, self-doubt and visceral excitement of teenage life, while still in the thick of actually living it.
The Goon Sax are already masters at pairing teen microdrama with pop sophistication – but clearly, Up To Anything is just the beginning!
“Like living in a great coming-of-age film” The Guardian
“Impossibly charming Aussie indie-pop” – Rolling Stone
New Signing – James Righton03/06/2019
James Righton is a London based artist, composer and producer.
He formed the Klaxons in 2006 with Jamie Reynolds and Simon Taylor-Davis, where he sang and played keyboards. They disbanded in 2015.
He releases music under the name Shock Machine. He has one album out, self titled, which was released in 2017 on Marathon.
In 2018 Righton scored the film Benjamin by Simon Amstell. Benjamin premiered at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival.
Righton co-wrote “All Rights Reversed” from 2007’s Grammy Award-winning album We Are the Night by The Chemical Brothers. He co-wrote “Deeper” (w/ MNEK) (feat. House Gospel Choir) by Riton. He contributed guitar, piano and wurlitzer to Arctic Monkeys “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”. James co-wrote the lead single “The Third Degree” from Honeyblood’s 2019 album In Plain Sight.
New Signing – Gia Margaret03/06/2019
The first half of 2019 has been a busy one for Beggars Music.
First new signing of the year is Gia Margaret.
Chicago singer/songwriter/producer Gia Margaret describes her music as “sleep rock.” It’s a genre all her own, combining elements of folk, shoegaze, slowcore, ambient electronica and trip hop.
For her self-produced debut album, ‘There’s Always Glimmer’ (out now on Orindal Records in the US and Dalliance Records in Europe), Gia Margaret crafted twelve gorgeously melancholic lullabies to combat her own insomnia, and to salvage some beauty from the brighter and darker moments of her life.
Welcome to our new Creative Director – Jacque O’ Leary29/01/2019
We are delighted to welcome Jacque to the Beggars Music team!
She joins us from Downtown Music Publishing, where she was Senior A&R Manager and prior to that she was the Creative Director for Roc Nation’s joint venture with Warner/Chappell in London. She began her career at EMI Music Publishing where she rose to Senior A&R Manager.
New Album ‘The Unseen In Between’ by Steve Gunn29/01/2019
Steve Gunn released his fourth album The Unseen In Between on Jan 18th via Matador to great reviews.
The Times (4/5)
“A nice balance between melody, improvisation and poetry makes this something of a modern folk-rock classic”
“there’s a sense of Gunn transcending his original reputation as a player, and asserting his skill as a songsmith.”
“feels like music for a summer road trip, mellow, warm and comforting, with Gunn’s vocals incantations floating feather-like about the instrumentation.”
“such is its quality that the whole record just glides by before you know it”
Record Collector 8/10
“The country-pop-rock of his latest is one of his finest releases.”
New album ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ by Deerhunter29/01/2019
“Unexpected, strange and beautifully done.” – The Guardian – Album of the Week ****
“In thirty-seven minutes, it offers up a plethora of intelligently crafted societal takes, and yet presents them invitingly enough that you can just let the music wash over you.” – Loud And Quiet – Album of the Month
“Some of Deerhunter’s prettiest songs to date… one of today’s great American bands.” – Uncut 8/10
“Their poppiest, most direct album yet.” – Q ****
“An unsettled album for unsettled times.” – Record Collector ****
“Solid-gold tunes.” – MOJO ****
“This is how you turn pop into art.” – NME ****
“So unmistakeably Deerhunter without sacrificing any of their mythos or crucial genetic make-up.” – Clash 9/10
“They provide a breezy distraction from the chaos outside, and it’s most welcome.” – DIY ****
“This is a new side of Deerhunter that gives the listener much to contemplate.” – The Independent ****
“I for one am happy to wait out my days, whatever’s left of them, listening to Deerhunter.” – The Quietus
“The slow, crumbling decline of civilisation has rarely sounded so good.” – The Skinny
Beggars Music New Signings! Westerman, Velvet Negroni and Chuck Sutton29/01/2019
Will Westerman, who performs as Westerman, is a rising British singer-songwriter, signed to Blue Flowers, who we have signed to 4AD Songs.
He has so far released 2 EPs and a handful of singles and is currently working on new music.
His music is fantastic and we are very excited to begin working with him.
Video for Outside Sublime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWlf0FOakac
Chuck Sutton is a producer and artist based in New York and Philadelphia who we have signed to Beggars Music.
Velvet Negroni is the moniker of Jeremy Nutzman, who we have signed to 4AD Songs. Throughout the years, you may have found him under the names Spyder Baybie Raw Dog or Pony Bwoy, but Velvet Negroni is the most introspective version of himself to date. His sparse and dark take on R+B is an outer-worldly experience that, in the world of Velvet Negroni, is simply day to day existence. His debut album, T.C.O.D., is existentialist in tone and Dadaist in spirit: life is too hard to be serious and too amusing to be hard. With T.C.O.D., Velvet Negroni lets you in on this double-edged process.
Video for First Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVUpqyn7C6A
New Signing – Obongjayar17/08/2018
We are delighted to announce that we have officially signed Obongjayar to Beggars Music!
Obongjayar is a Nigerian-born, London-based artist who we are very excited to begin working with.
Having closed 2017 with the release of his acclaimed second EP ‘Bassey’, he returned with a heartfelt, deeply personal ballad, ‘Adjacent Heart‘ released last month.
The Paul White-produced track puts Obonjayar’s transportive vocals at centre stage and further cements his position as one of the UK’s most unique, emotive new talents.
In addition to his own solo releases, Obongjayar has spent much of the last year exploring collaborative work. He has been an integral part of Richard Russell’s collaborative artist project Everything Is Recorded, appearing alongside artists such as Kamasi Washington, Giggs, Sampha, Warren Ellis and Ibeyi on an album which is set to be one of the year’s most acclaimed debut records and has been nominated for the Mercury Prize!
Check out Everything Is Recorded’s recent ‘She Said (feat Obongjayar and Kamasi Washington)’ video HERE
A follow up EP to the Everything Is Recorded album has been announced for later this year, entitled 8AM and the first single released from it last month features Obongjayar. It’s called Carry Me. Listen