Today Another Planet Music is a music company housing a recording catalogue and song catalogue.
Prior to this APM has had a varied history.
The recordings were acquired over time as founder Mark Stratford ran his own record label RPM Records (Record Collector article), started in 1991. A first catalogue of recordings was sold in 2014, whilst the record label continued to run until it’s final album released in 2020. During this time APM, a separate company, was primarily a production house handling sound mastering and artwork design for many record companies such as BMG, Universal, EMI, Cherry Red. In addition providing consultancy services to third party labels for back catalogue marketing. In 2019 APM acquired the Dave Edmunds latter day recordings which Mark Stratford had worked on producing six years earlier. These were added to other various recordings in a slowly building second catalogue and the company repositioned.
In 2007 APM acquired Transistor Music, a small publishing catalogue which was 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 The Heavy Blinkers, The Eighteenth Day Of May, Jim Reid, Martin Harley Band. Following the APM take over Transistor Music was re-focussed on song publishing and signed writers and catalogues such as John Howard, Andy Ellison, Anton Barbeau, Jesse Hector with whom it has worked ever since.
A co-owned live music promotion company, Glovebox Live, ran from 2015-2020 promoting over 100 live shows with mostly Blues,Folk,Americana artists. The company connected with the specialist festivals, magazines and radio, agents, and industry associations. From this activity came the fortunate 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. The company 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.