Ropeadope, the Brooklyn-based indie record label, has announced plans to launch an online-only label imprint in February. Ropeadope Digital is set to premiere on February 6th with releases by seven new artists. The label will lease only the digital rights to the releases, allowing the artists to retain ownership of their music. Royalties will be split between the label and the artist based on profit.
Andy Hurwitz, Ropeadope’s founder, looks forward to the start of the digital label. In a press release, Hurwitz stated, “I haven’t been this excited about anything in the music industry for years. While we will continue to release records, we are completely shifting our priorities by making Ropeadope Digital our focus. We have over 25 digital releases lined up for next year.”
Formed by Hurwitz in 1999, Ropeadope is known for releasing albums by genre-bending artists such as DJ Logic and Sex Mob. Despite being wooed by major labels and suffering serious financial problems in the spring of 2003, Ropeadope has remained independently owned and operated.
The seven artists to appear on Ropeadope Digital are as follows: Aunt Jessica (electronica/hip-hop/soul/R&B), DJ Klock (experimental hip-hop), Electric City (hip-hop), The Frequency (experimental), Skip Heller (jazz guitar), Larval (experimental rock), and Reminder (jazz/electronica/beat fusion).Originally Published