Global sales, marketing & distribution for discerning record labels & artists.

Above Board provide record labels and artists the expert resources and services to manage and drive your release campaigns worldwide, through a network of physical and digital partners throughout the globe.

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Digital Distribution

As well as being one of the biggest vinyl distributers in the world with a solid reputation for quality music, Above Board excels in the digital domain, delivering a plethora of chart topping releases week after week into all the leading download and streaming services via direct deals or through our Merlin deal. These deal structures ensure a greater return on your digital income.

Our proven results are second to none, stemming from our in house Digital Marketing and Digital Services teams providing one to one pitching to key DSPs and bespoke content management across all social media platforms on a daily basis.

We will place your music in the hands of the right people in each outlet to ensure you have the best possible chance of securing those key features, playlist placements, chart positions and homepage placements.

This is all supported by our industry standard analytics and accounting system, giving artists and labels sales and reporting data for their releases accessed by your own personal log in any time, anywhere.

Physical Distribution

Above Board’s reputation has been built on a carefully curated, ‘no compromise’ physical catalogue that’s been amassed throughout the past 12 years.

We provide physical sales and distribution services direct to all the key independent UK stores and worldwide via the well established network of ‘go to’ physical distribution partners.

We can upscale any campaign that requires retail marketing and access to the UK chain stores via our distribution partner, Universal.

Label & Artist Development

Above Board believes in investing in the community that has helped grow the company to where it stands today. We nurture and develop new talent through their own imprints (Peggy Gou, Patrick Topping, Feel My Bicep, Mallgrab, Benji B) and offer extensive Label & Artist Development services to help your project reach its global audience. Building your profile as a label is one of our key concerns as a distributor and we have the knowledge and expertise to help you do this.

We can advise and guide you through the sales, marketing and campaign management as well as full promotion (press, radio, online, social media), branding and manufacturing process. Every project is unique, so each service is tailored specifically for that release.

Digital Marketing & Campaign Management

Above Board have a dedicated independent marketing team with extensive knowledge in the digital domain delivering tailored campaign management and bespoke one to one pitching and marketing on all streaming and download platforms.

We can provide a number of services (Digital Marketing, Campaign Management and Social Media Services) for singles, albums, labels and artists that will increase your revenue and improve your marketing exposure and support you at every level.

A key part of our standard digital distribution service is working very closely with the DSP editorial teams to get your tracks the best featured placements or into the most influential playlists. Our marketing manager will advise on your general digital housekeeping and share information on how to increase your streaming revenue.

We also work with all the best UK based PR, radio and online companies and help put the right team around your release for the best price.

Social Media Services

Above Board Social Media Services is the independent promotion and social media arm of our distribution company, working in-house to provide online strategical campaigns and content management for labels and artists for their releases and associated gigs to increase sales and drive the their profiles forward.

We manage your release campaigns through a network of social media platforms – building the labels digital presence with weekly content plans and strategy, incorporating label and artist activity, increasing awareness of each release creating organic growth through these channels.

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Whilst working closely on a daily basis with label owners/managers and the Above Board marketing team, we make sure physical and digital release dates are carefully co-ordinated to optimise exposure and impact.

Additional Services include – website creation and management, news letter mail outs, podcast creation as well as assistance with full branding development (logo, promo photos, videos) and hiring outside PR agencies if required.

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Manufacturing

Above Board provide a full bespoke manufacturing service including mastering, repro, artwork, print, vinyl and CD pressing, plus barcode and ISRC code generation, catering for all formats and packaging requirements.

Being one of the largest vinyl distributors in the world, Above Board have developed great relationships with a number of pressing plants ensuring the most competitive prices and great turnaround times, giving them high priority in the increasingly busy vinyl pressing plants.

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Above Board Projects

In house reissue labels, iconic compilation projects, classic independent and major label catalogue licensing – Sony, BMG, West End, Salsoul, Warner

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D2C Fulfilment

We are now a one stop shop Bandcamp fulfilment and administration which includes processing of orders, picking, packing and posting (with very competitive postage rates) as well providing customer services liaison and Bandcamp page maintenance. For further information and pricing please contact: sam@aboveboarddist.co.uk

About

During the last 10 years Above Board Distribution has established itself as one of the leading independent digital and vinyl distributors of electronic music in the world, offering distribution and manufacturing services as well as setting up blanket license agreements for the biggest artists and labels in an ever-growing and more dominant dance music industry.

Above Board was founded in 2007 by managing director Dan Hill.

Above Board Team – Descriptions to be added as they come

Dan Hill – Founder & Managing Director

Jamie Cruisey – Business Affairs & Development
Jamie has spent the past 25 years working in a multitude of areas within the music industry. From starting to DJ at the age of 12 and various early music related jobs, he eventually landed at White Noise Promotions in 1992 where he worked with the Above Board founder and managing director, Dan Hill. From there Jamie went on to help grow FatCat Records through their signings such as Sigur Ros and Animal Collective which eventually lead to him running his own artist management company for 15 years, helping shape the careers of Emiliana Torrini, Grizzly Bear, múm and RadioSlave to name a few. During this time he also founded, built and managed the beautiful bespoke commercial recording facility, The Park Studios, in Brighton as well as completed a foundation degree in music composition and production. His passion for dance music was always there in the background and this lead to Jamie joining Above Board and his old work colleague and friend (Dan Hill) in 2017.

Tessa Lewis – Company Accounts & Finance
Sam Ellwood – Digital Content Deliveries & Scheduling + Social Media Services
Eddie Jones – Head of Digital Sales
Lara Marshall – Head of Marketing
Dan Clarke – Vinyl Production Manager
Brian Morrison – Catalogue, Licensing & A&R
Sam Relleen – IT, Digital Systems and Web Development
Miles Russell – Website Submissions & Digital Assistant
Sam Ridding – Bandcamp Fulfilment & Label Stock Outs