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.

What We Do

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

Hot Creations
Crosstown Rebels
Classic
R&S
Trip
Sony
BMG
Defected
Feel My Bicep
Salsoul
Skint
West End
Rekids
Non Plus
Houndstooth
Phantasy

As well as being one of the biggest vinyl distributors in the world with a solid reputation for quality music, Above Board is also excelling in the digital domain, delivering a plethora of chart topping releases week after week into all the leading download and streaming services. 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.

Spotify
iTunes
Beatport
Google
Youtube
Soundcloud
Facebook
Instagram

Above Board’s label and artist services include manufacturing and marketing and promotional campaigns for singles or albums, tailored specifically for each release by our in house teams.

This is all supported by our brand new streamlined data management system, giving artists and label full, up to the minute sales and reporting analytics for their releases.


DISTRIBUTION

Above Board has just implemented a revolutionary new data input and management system to streamline and optimise access to the data held for both physical and digital releases. This new system allows for unparalled delivery of all meta data required for physical and digital releases to the numerous platforms and services at the touch of a button. This allows the Above Board team to focus on doing what they do best, promoting and selling your records.

The new Above Board system provides up to the minute, detailed sales and analytics figures accessed by your own personal log in any time, anywhere.

Analytics

Above Board have built up a trusted and well established network of physical and digital distribution partners (many of whom we have direct deals with) across the globe over the past 10 years.

Physical Network Includes

Clone
Rush Hour
Republica Music
News
One Nation
Hard Wax
Word and Sound
Groove Dis

Digital Network Includes

Spotify
iTunes
Beatport
Google Play
Youtube
Deezer
Amazon
Trax Source

To further cement the solidity of Above Board as a digital distribution partner, we are also members of the most prominent governing bodies within the independent digital music community ensuring we are getting the best deals and royalty pay throughs from all download and streaming platforms to parallel the major label deals.

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Sales reports, royalty statements and accounting is delivered to you monthly on a single, easy to understand statement via our new improved accounting system.

With our dedicated team of label managers and marketing experts 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 and chart positions.

Building your profile as a label is one of our key concerns and we have the knowledge and expertise to help you do this with Above Board Digital Services. Contact our in house promotion team who can structure your online presence.

If you are a new or established artist needing that something extra such as full branding make over, a striking identity, high quality music video or online content, we can introduce you to and oversee your project with various branding partners.


LICENSING

Above Board have a well established reputation for setting up simplified blanket license deals with labels who have large catalogues. We have dedicated staff who are experts in rare catalogue who can work with your catalogue departments to find those hidden gems from yesteryear and capitalise on these lost recordings to generate a healthy income from the vaults that would otherwise be laying dormant.

Stricty Rhythm
Salsoul
Atlantic
Nervous
Sony
BMG
Warner
West End

LABEL & ARTIST SERVICES

Above Board offer extensive Label & Artist services to help your project reach it’s global audience. We can advise and guide you through the manufacturing process, sales, marketing and campaign management as well and full promotion (press, radio, online, social media) and branding. Each project is unique so the service is tailored specifically.

Manufacturing

Above Board provide a full manufacturing service including mastering, repro, artwork, print, vinyl and cd pressing, and barcode and ISRC code generation. Being one of the largest vinyl distributors in the world, Above Board have great relationships with a number of pressing plants ensuring the most competitive prices and giving them high priority in the increasingly busy vinyl pressing plants.

Sales, Marketing and Campaign Management

Above Board have dedicated independent marketing and promotion teams with extensive knowledge in the digital campaign domain having worked long term with labels and artists such as Crosstown Rebels (Damian Lazarus), Rekids (Radio Slave), Play It Say It (Seth Troxler), Trip (Nina Kraviz) helping build the global profile of the label as well as the careers of the artists.

Our teams have direct and long standing relationships with all the key digital and physical outlets enabling us to secure positions in those key playlists and home page placements making sure your releases are getting the best exposure possible week by week.


ABOVE BOARD DIGITAL SERVICES

Above Board Digital Services is the independent promotion and marketing arm of our distribution company, working in-house to provide online strategical campaigns and content management to increase sales and drive the artists and label profiles forward.

Artists and Labels we work with

Crosstown Rebels
Rekids
Trip
Play It Say It

Content Management

(Youtube, Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Mixcloud, Instagram, Bandcamp, Artist/Label site)

Youtube
Soundcloud
Facebook
Instagram
Bandcamp
Mixcloud
Twitter

Above Board Digital Services provides record labels and artists with on line marketing expertise to 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 and therefore creating organic growth through these channels.

Utilising our new streamlined data handling system we are fully equipped to efficiently deliver and manage your content on Youtube and Soundcloud increasing monetisation and revenue streams for each of your releases

We work closely on a daily basis with label owners/managers and the Above Board marketing team – maintaining an organised release schedule making sure physical and digital release dates are carefully co-ordinated to optimise exposure and impact of each release realising it’s full potential.

Weekly updates are sent out highlighting prominent banner or playlist achievements followed by monthly reports highlighting social and audio activity and growth across all channels and clearly specifying any areas that need more focus.


For more detailed information about Above Board Digital Services get in touch with the team.

If a campaign warrants additional outside radio and press services, we can help advise and select from a number companies we regularly work in conjunction with on different releases.