Minimalist and electronic pianist Dardust signs deal with Sony Music Masterworks & Artist First

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By Ellie Palmer

17 September 2019

The Italian is set to release his debut album on the label in January 2020

Italian pianist, composer and producer Dardust has signed a deal with Sony Music Masterworks and Artist First. This is the first joint venture for these two companies.

Known for his minimalist compositions mixed with electronic sounds, Dardust has more than 40 Platinum albums to his name.

He will be adding another to that number in January 2020, when he is due to release his debut album on Sony.

Dardust’s name, like his music, is a combination, a hybrid of his influences: a tribute to ‘Ziggy Stardust’, David Bowie’s alter ego, who inspired a legendary imaginary space that endures to these days, as well as the duo ‘Dust Brothers’ who later became famous as ‘The Chemical Brothers’ with their debut album Exit Planet Dust.

Dardust is active across the Berlin-Reykjavik-London axis and draws inspiration from these world cities having based a successful recording trilogy around them. 

Dardust said about this new partnership: “It a great honour and for me, a huge personal and professional achievement, to become part of the Sony Masterworks family. This is the home of my favourite artists, including Leonard Bernstein and Glenn Gould, who are both an integral part of my classical upbringing. It made complete sense for me to become part of this important family who helped me prepare for the next steps on the international stage and where I feel at home.”

Mark Cavell, Label Head USA & COO International, Sony Music Masterworks commented: “Dardust’s multifaceted work is groundbreaking, creative and exciting and I am thrilled that he has chosen Sony Music Masterworks and our partner, Artist First as his home”.

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