A Different Drum

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A Different Drum
Founded1996 (1996)[citation needed]
FounderTodd Durrant
Defunct2014 (2014)
GenreSynthpop, electronic music, futurepop, dark wave, ebm
Country of originU.S.
LocationSmithfield, Utah

A Different Drum was an independent record label and an online store based in Smithfield, Utah, founded in 1996. The label specialized in synthpop and related genres. A Different Drum has released hundreds of albums, singles, and compilations and was the biggest synthpop label in the U.S.[1]

The label is credited with helping to keep the synthpop genre progressing during the grunge rock mid-1990s and into the early 2000s,[2] particularly supporting American Synthpop Groups (Cosmicity, The Echoing Green, B! Machine and others) in their early years. The label also supported older synthpop bands which previously had Billboard chart hits during the 1980s, such as Alphaville (band),[3] and Real Life (band),[4] putting out releases for both bands during this time.[5]

In the early to mid 2000s, A Different Drum signed new acts such as Iris and Provision.

The label held a yearly Synthpop Music Festival which ran for 3 years, from 2004 to 2006; in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Red Lion Hotel.[6] The festival featured label acts that were signed to A Different Drum, performing alongside new unsigned Synthpop bands in a musical showcase spanning three days over Labor Day weekend. The festivals were called ADD2K4, ADD2K5, and ADD2K6; respectively. The first year of the festival was recorded live and released as a 2 C.D. Limited Edition titled SLC 2K4 Official Bootleg.[7]

A selection of songs from the label's artists have been featured on various versions of Konami's Dance Dance Revolution series, including the arcade version of Dance Dance Revolution X.

The label formally ceased operations in 2014.[8]

A Different Drum published more than 350 albums, singles, and various artist compilations.

Notable artists[edit]


  1. ^ Forsberg, Niklas. "Synthpop in the USA". Release Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  2. ^ "A Different Drum". GothicParadise.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  3. ^ "Alphaville Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  4. ^ "Real Life Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  5. ^ "Imperfection by Real Life". MusicBrainz.org. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  6. ^ "Salt Lake City Weekly - Music Picks". CityWeekly.net. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  7. ^ "SLC 2K4 Live Album". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  8. ^ "A Different Drum close the distribution". Chain D.L.K. Retrieved 2021-08-16.

External links[edit]

  • Official site (www.adifferentdrum.com) (defunct)