Co-operative record label goes national

A Southampton recording co-operative is gaining a national presence, having signed artists in Manchester, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Brighton.

Sotones began in Southampton in 2004 as a club night promoted by brothers Rob and Dave Wade-Brown. Inspired by the musicians they were rubbing shoulders with, they wanted to document their music and take it to a wider audience.

In 2007 they set up Sotones record label as a co-op, with the artists as members. The members own the label and are directly involved in the recruitment of staff. Directorships are rotated, so members can gain new skills and experience in governance. The staff are mostly artists, but Sotones also works with volunteers and interns.

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