Leading independent electronic music label Monstercat announced a strategic acquisition of LA-based label Silk Music.
Debuting under the new name Monstercat Silk, the company’s third brand (alongside the vibrant melodies of Instinct and the hard-hitting drops of Uncaged) brings increased genre-diversity to the label with releases spanning across Progressive House, Deep House, Trance, Chillout, and more. Now representing a major stake in the arena of electronic music, the move positions Monstercat as a leader in the independent label space, expanding its impact across the industry and new fan bases globally.
To celebrate the acquisition, Monstercat Silk’s inaugural release is from Japanese Progressive House master Shingo Nakamura, who returns to the Silk community with his highly-anticipated single, Glow. Fans can expect major names to appear on Monstercat Silk in the next month, including Kaskade, Vintage & Morelli, A.M.R, Arielle Maren, and PROFF, among others.
Shingo Nakamura Bio
Shingo Nakamura is a Tokyo-based producer and DJ. Hailing from Ibaraki (Japan), Shingo is especially known for a Progressive House style that blends deep and lyrical sounds with classical piano. Growing his footprint beyond a dedicated fan base in Asia, he has performed sold-out shows at regarded venues in the US including San Francisco’s beloved Audio SF and New York’s National Underground. Shingo’s debut album, ‘Sapporo’ (Monstercat Silk) reached #1 on Beatport’s Progressive House Chart, followed by his second album, ‘Days’ (Otographic Music) which reached the top of Beatport’s Progressive House and Trance Charts. His discography also boasts records with tastemakers like Jody Wisternoff and James Grant on the prolific Anjunadeep imprint. Shingo makes his highly-anticipated return to Monstercat Silk with the inspiring first single, “Glow,” a precursor to his forthcoming album of the same name, out on Monstercat Silk in June 2021.
Monstercat Co-Founder & CEO, Mike Darlington says: “Meeting the Silk team in late 2019 proved to be one of the most inspiring interactions of the year. Their passion for beautiful electronic music reminded me of why I first fell in love with the genre. Originally, an acquisition wasn’t on the table but as we continued to work together, it became evident that they would play a critical role in the evolution of Monstercat. I committed early on to supporting all forms of electronic music and the addition of Silk brings us one step closer to achieving that dream. It fits perfectly alongside the likes of Uncaged and Instinct.”
Jacob Henry, Label Director of Monstercat Silk, adds: “I have always admired Monstercat’s focus on artistic excellence and organic community building, as well as their success in cultivating a unique global network of industry partners. As Monstercat Silk, our mission is to deepen and diversify Monstercat’s existing musical offerings with a wider range of electronic sub-genres. We are proud to officially usher in the Monstercat Silk era with Shingo Nakamura’s new single, “Glow.” I am honored to have the opportunity to share our music with a larger community of global fans, and we can’t wait for you to hear the musical surprises we have in store in the months ahead.”
Inspired by the therapeutic power that music has on our lives, Silk Music’s purpose has remained a constant since its inception in 2008: “Emotions Into Sound.” Their strong brand ideals and dedicated global audience has empowered the label to position themselves as leading tastemakers of emotional and intelligent electronic music.
With the arrival of Silk, Monstercat’s release schedule will expand to six releases per week, between Silk, Uncaged and Instinct. Tokyo-based producer Shingo Nakamura makes an epic return to launch Monstercat Silk, with his moving slice of Progressive House, Glow, a track meant to evoke light and positivity during dark times. Glow serves as the title to Nakamura’s forthcoming album, due out on Monstercat Silk in June 2021.
Shingo shares: “Making an album is really meaningful work for me because I’m able to reflect on my life through music. It’s not always easy, and it takes time, but I’m so happy to complete this project thanks to the Silk team, who I’ve worked with for more than a decade. I’m excited for “Glow” to be the first release on Monstercat Silk and reach more listeners than ever before.”
Monstercat is one of electronic music’s most influential independent record labels. Founded in Canada in 2011, its mission has remained the same: to empower a creative and passionate community of artists and fans through innovation.
Championing a cadre of world-renowned artists including Marshmello, Kaskade, Slushii, and Vicetone, Monstercat celebrated over 2.6 Billion audio streams in 2020, and exceeds 200 Million global audio streams monthly. With six releases a week across its Uncaged, Instinct, and Silk imprints, Monstercat has topped radio and streaming charts worldwide, offering a diverse range of genres including Bass, Dance, Pop, House, Chill & Electronic.
Beyond recorded music, Monstercat channels the undeniable power of its brand into apparel, live event promotion, gaming partnerships and sync deals. Monstercat has hosted stages and events at notable international festivals including Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Dance Event, and Miami Music Week, spanning over 100 events across 16 countries, collectively. Monstercat also holds its own homegrown festival, Compound, which draws thousands of fans to Vancouver in celebration of community, music, art, and more.
Monstercat’s live radio program ‘Call of the Wild’ boosts the signal even further, reaching 1.3 Million listeners weekly through its syndication partnerships across 30+ global networks, including SiriusXM and leading livestreaming platform Twitch. This year, the label also introduced Monstercat Silk Showcase, which features mixes from a rotating cast of artists across Progressive & Deep House, Chillout, Trance, and more. The stream receives over 100K downloads per month on Apple Podcasts and is syndicated to Digitally Imported and various other internet and FM stations. In 2020, Monstercat launched the original entertainment series, mctv, which serves as a global discovery hub for fans and a performance opportunity for artists on Monstercat’s 800k-follower Twitch channel.
Within the work of sync and partnerships, Monstercat has redefined music licensing for content creators and major brands. Undertaking co-branded soundtracks, in-game activations, and collaborations with game publishers and titles – including Epic/Psyonix (Fortnite, Rocket League), Roblox, Amanotes, and Beat Games (Beat Saber) – Monstercat offers curated solutions that continue to excite and fuel the gaming community. Additionally, Monstercat supports content creators with its music licensing program, Monstercat Gold, which allows creators to choose from thousands of songs in the label’s ever-growing library, for claim-free use in livestream and video content.Backed by passionate employees, driven artists, and the dedication of fans worldwide, Monstercat proves that independent labels have the ability to reshape and reimagine the music industry landscape.
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