Essential and Proper Create New Indie Distribution Powerhouse

Proper Music Distribution are pleased to announce that Essential Music and Marketing is to transition its entire UK and Irish physical distribution to Proper in a move that will create a new UK powerhouse for independent music.

Together, we will be supplying physical product for a cool 1200 labels, with Essential bringing the likes of Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records, Cherry Red, Cooking Vinyl, FatCat, Tru Thoughts, R&S, Silva Screen, Sumerian and Wall of Sound. Not to mention Nettwerk Records and freshly Platinum cast Passenger, whose album ‘All The Little Lights’ has climbed to number three in the charts after an 18 week run.

The deal will reinforce the independent sector’s supply chain across retail, from the smallest independent dealers through to the largest supermarkets, with all orders continuing to ship from Proper’s 30,000 square foot warehouse facilities.

Proper had a turnover in excess of £26m in 2012, capably handling Adele’s smash hit album ’21’  and shipping 8.2 million units in the same year. We additionally distribute Kobalt Label Services, Snapper, Real World, legendary folk label Topic and many others, and have been three times winner of Best Distribution Team at the Music Week Awards (2009/10/12).

Drew Hill, Managing Director here at Proper says:

“We are delighted to be starting what will hopefully be a fruitful, long-term partnership with Essential, which is, like Proper, a company that is passionate about music from top to bottom. The synergies between the two companies will only serve to strengthen what Proper and Essential can offer to their existing clients, both labels and retailers, as well as being able to offer THE go-to solution for artists and labels looking for a truly independent distribution or label services deal.”

Mike Chadwick, Managing Director at Essential says:

“Proper has a great reputation within the industry, especially for its support of independent retailers. The people at Proper intimately understand physical music products and the needs of a company like Essential. Gem Logistics has been a great partner, and it’s a shame that the company is leaving the music space.”