|Mute Records is set for another evolution, as it redefines its relationship with parent company EMI Records. Mute will go back to being a truly independent label, with the addition of a new imprint. The new Mute imprint will be created by label founder Daniel Miller, according to a report in Billboard.
EMI will be a minority stakeholder in the new imprint, and will continue to do royalty administration, business affairs, sales, distribution, merchandising, synch and licensing for the exisitng Mute Records.
Mute was started by Daniel Miller in 1978 and went on to release music from Depeche Mode, Moby, Goldfrapp, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (as well as Grinderman), Einstürzende Neubauten, Fever Ray, and Liars, among a huuuge list of others.
"I am pleased that as a result of this arrangement with EMI, Mute can prosper as a vibrant member of the independent sector, while retaining a strong and constructive link with EMI in the development of our catalog, brand and roster," said Miller in a statement.