Today Another Planet Music is a record company housing a recording catalogue and song catalogue.
Prior to this APM has had a varied history.
Founder Mark Stratford ran his own record label RPM Records (Record Collector article) started in 1991, and a first catalogue of owned recordings built up over time was subsequently sold in 2014, whilst the record label itself continued to run until it’s final album was released in 2020. During this time APM was set up as a separate company with a primary function as a production house, handling sound mastering and artwork design, also catalogue marketing services for many record companies including BMG Rights, Cherry Red, Windsong, EMI, Universal, President, PIAS.
The company was repositioned as a record company in 2019 when APM acquired the Dave Edmunds latter day recordings which Mark Stratford had worked on producing six years earlier. These were added to the Jesse Hector recordings which had been retained from the first catalogue, plus various other recordings in a slowly building second catalogue. APM released it’s first own product with the DVD of the Jesse Hector documentary film and the new album by Niall Kelly.
Back in 2007 APM had acquired Transistor Music, a small publishing catalogue which had been started with the songs of Steve Fellows (Comsat Angels) and Paul Foad / Lesley Woods (Au Pairs) in 1994. Transistor briefly ran a record label during the early 2000s releasing records by The Heavy Blinkers, The Eighteenth Day Of May, Jim Reid (JAMC), Martin Harley Band. Following the APM take over Transistor Music was re-focussed solely on song publishing, signing writers and their works including John Howard, Andy Ellison, Anton Barbeau, Jesse Hector, Brian Crane, Tom Hartman. All of whom APM has worked with ever since and thus a song catalogue was added to the company.
A co-owned live music promotion company, Glovebox Live, ran from 2015-2020 promoting over 100 live shows with mostly Blues, Folk, Americana artists. Highlights included promoting shows with Elles Bailey, Smoove & Turrell, The Stone Foundation, Tom Robinson, Grace Petrie, Jeremy & The Harlequins, Raghu Dixit, C Duncan, Big Boy Bloater, Danny & The Champions of The World, Chris Wood. The company connected with the specialist festivals, magazines and radio, agents, and industry associations. From this activity came the opportunity for APM to sign up new songwriters in Niall Kelly and Sean Taylor.
Looking forward, APM is developing it’s connection with the UK Roots music sector, which includes being part of the editorial team behind Blues In Britain Magazine, published monthly.
APM is focussed on continuing to build the recording and publishing catalogues in this sector. All the while continuing to promote it’s unique catalogue of cult songs and recordings to all modern media users.