Artist and label services company [PIAS] has announced a revamp of its recordings division, which includes, amongst other things, a revival of the label that gave the wider organisation its name in the first place, albeit in an acronymic fashion. I am talking, of course, about Play It Again Sam, the record company originally founded by Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot in 1983, and the forerunner of what is today the whole [PIAS] empire.
From today [PIAS] Recordings will have three main labels within it, with the relaunched Play It Again Sam sitting alongside electro label Different Recordings and the eclectic pop operation that is Wall Of Sound, which has been part of the [PIAS] group since 2006, and the company’s main label operation in the UK for sometime.
Wall Of Sound founder Mark Jones will be A&R Director for the whole [PIAS] Recordings division, reporting into MD Edwin Schroter. Meanwhile Jo Horton, formerly of both Warner Music and Bella Union, will become Label Manager for the new Play It Again Sam set up.
Confirming the revamp, Schroter told CMU: “[PIAS] has always been committed to artist and repertoire development, whether through our own labels or those of others. Play It Again Sam has such a rich history having represented so many amazing and influential artists. I’m extremely excited and determined to create a new and exciting chapter for the Play It Again Sam label which, together with our other two other in-house labels, provides us with an important artist development opportunity in these dynamic times”.
Jones added: “It’s with great pride and passion that I’m taking on the new role of overseeing the Play It Again Sam and Different labels in addition to Wall Of Sound. My label experience has brought me in touch with all kinds of amazing and talented artists and I’m very excited to be opening up a new musical treasure chest. There’s only two types of music for me… good… and bad”.