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Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group
Founded2015
FounderMark Alexander-Erber
Distributor(s)Soulfood, Believe Digital
GenreRock, Country, Alternative
Country of originAustralia
LocationUltimo, Sydney
Official websitehttps://goldenrobotrecords.com/

Golden Robot Records is an independent Australian music label based in Ultimo, Sydney, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Auckland. Initially founded in 2015 by Mark Alexander-Erber to support and promote Australian bands overseas, the label has since grown to include bands from the United States, Canada and Ireland. Since 2017, prominent record executive Derek Shulman has come on board, expanding the label internationally. Under the Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group is also Social Family Records, X-Ray Records, Riot Records. Notable signings include Rose Tattoo, Steve Balbi and Dizzy Reed.

History[edit | edit source]

Founding (2015-2016)[edit | edit source]

After 11-year-old drum prodigy Jagger Alexander-Erber appeared on Australia’s Got Talent in 2013, his father Mark wanted to support his son’s music career. Together with Steve Balbi, of Australian pub rock band Noiseworks, and Mark Ward, Jagger formed the band Moon in 2014. After Moon's initial recording sessions at the Damien Gerard Recording Studios in Sydney, Alexander-Erber founded his own record label to distribute his son’s debut album. Named after the small gift each of the band members received once recording sessions had concluded, Golden Robot Records began in 2015 with distributors MGM.[1] On 4 March, 2016, Golden Robot Records released Moon’s first album The Orbitor. Alexander-Erber then bought Balbi’s 2013 album Black Rainbow off Social Family Records before signing Mi-Sex, who Steve was now the lead vocalist for, as well as established Australian bands Rose Tattoo, Choirboys and The Superjesus. In April 2016, Golden Robot Records bought Social Family Records, incorporating their distribution model and structure.[1] This included a deal with Universal Music for physical distribution and The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony, for digital. In this period they signed up-and-coming acts like The Lockhearts and The Church’s Steve Kilbey, while releasing albums like Mi-Sex’s Not from Here.

Expansion (2017-present)[edit | edit source]

In mid-2016 Alexander-Erber was introduced to Derek Shulman through Tracii Guns, founding member of Guns N’ Roses.[1] Shulman was already an established record executive, having worked as president of Roadrunner Records, overseeing signings like Slipknot and Nickelback. In March 2017 he began meeting with Alexander-Erber, preparing the label for its international expansion. In February 2018, 18-months after his initial meeting with Alexander-Erber, Shulman officially came onboard. Having moved away from the model previously adopted through Social Family Records, Golden Robot Records now has distribution deals with European distributors Believe for digital and Soulfood for physical. Derek’s involvement also lead directly to the signing of established bands from the United States. Notable examples include Puddle of Mudd, Kings Ex and A New Revenge, a supergroup featuring Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Keri Kelli, Rudy Sarzo and James Kottak. The company expanded internationally, with Shulman heading up offices in Los Angeles, New York, London and Hamburg. This also included expanding the global team to include dedicated international marketing and public relations departments. Alexander-Erber, now under the title of president of Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group, split Social Family Records and Golden Robots in order to diversify genres. Today, they have four main labels under the Golden Robot umbrella. These are Golden Robot Records for rock, Social Family Records for country, Riot Records for alternative and X-Ray Records, which provides services for independent bands.

Signings[edit | edit source]

Golden Robot Records[edit | edit source]

·      John Skyes (USA/UK)

·      Rose Tattoo (AUS)

·      King’s X (USA)

·      A New Revenge (USA)

·      Dizzy Reed (USA)

·      RavenEye (UK)

·      Little Caesar (USA)

·      Steve Kilbey (AUS)

·      The Lazys (CAN)

·      The Kids (AUS)

·      Jailbirds (IRE)

·      Palace of the King (AUS)

·      The Iron Horses (AUS)

·      The Superjesus (AUS)

·      Destinia (JAP)

·      Mi-Sex (AUS/NZ)

·      Fyre Byrd (AUS)

·      Flickertail (AUS)

·      Electric Hippies (AUS/USA)

·      The Cherry Dolls (AUS)

·      The Art (AUS)

·      Kilbey Kennedy (AUS)

·      Horsehead (AUS)

·      Toe to Toe (AUS)

·      The Heartache State (AUS)

·      Anthem (JAP)

·      Groom Epoch (AUS)

·      UTI (AUS)

Social Family Records[edit | edit source]

·      Andrew Shift (AUS)

·      Glenn Shorrock (AUS)

·      Gretta Ziller (AUS)

·      Hayley Jensen (AUS)

·      Jetty Road (AUS)

·      Kirsty Lee Akers (AUS)

·      Kirsty James (AUS)

·      Matt Scullion (AUS)

·      Neilly Rich (AUS)

·      Steve Balbi (AUS)

·      The Buckleys (AUS)

·      Abbie Ferris (AUS – Distro)

·      Amy Nelson (CA – Distro)

·      Benny Allen (AUS – Distro)

·      Chalkie White (AUS – Distro)

·      Dani Young (AUS – Distro)

·      Jasmine Atkins (AUS – Distro)

·      Jay Seeney (AUS – Distro)

·      Katie Jayne (AUS – Distro)

·      Liam Kennedy-Clark (NZ/AUS – Distro)

·      Matt Ward (AUS – Distro)

·      The April Family (AUS – Distro)

·      The Dungarees (CA – Distro)

Riot Records[edit | edit source]

·      Valley Queen

·      Destrends

·      She Shinjuku

X-Ray Records[edit | edit source]

·      Cigars of the Pharoah

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Golden Robot Records: How Rock and Roll Should Make You Feel". Backyard Opera. Retrieved 2019-02-05.


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