Dependent to reopen this summer
The independent electronic label Dependent will resume operations in summer/fall 2009 and is forming a strategic partnership with the US independent label Metropolis records. Dependent stopped releasing new material in late 2007 due to the devastating effects music piracy has had on both artists and record labels and has not released any new material since. Dependent owner Stefan Herwig comments on the decision to reopen:"We have constantly been getting encouraging mails from fans asking us to reopen or continue operations as Dependent. We were also surprised, as we did not think that our absence from the European industrial scene would have created such a noticeable gap, but I think that it has. I was particularly shocked to discover some absolutely amazing new recordings and newcomer bands being unable to find label support and getting lost in the vast pool of mediocre bands on the internet. This reopening would not be possible without the partnership with Metropolis Records which will see both labels merging significant portions of the artist rosters. For example, Metropolis will give Dependent European rights to key artists like Front Line Assembly, strengthening our artist roster considerably.Joining forces will also enable both Dependent and Metropolis to make extremely attractive distribution offers for both the European and North American territories. It is certainly exciting to be back in the game."
Dependent will also continue to sign and release its own bands as well as announcing joint signings together with Metropolis records. One of the first joint signings announced will be british Synthpop icons MESH who are planning a new album for fall 2009.