Thrive Records

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Thrive Records
Founded 1997
Founder Ricardo Vinas
Distributor(s) Universal Music Group (US)
Genre Electronic, Dance, Alternative
Country of origin U.S.
Location Los Angeles, California
Official website

Thrive Records is a United States based independent electronic record label. It also operates as a part of ThriveDance label. In 1998, the record label was already growing into a huge success after the release of the soundtrack to Darren Arononfsky's award winning independent film Pi, and the DJ Mix Series Global Underground.[1] Thrive has also released soundtracks for films such as Memento, Requiem for a Dream,[2] Swordfish, Irreversible, and many more. Thrive has also dabbled in alternative music, after signing Foo Fighter's drummer, Taylor Hawkins and his solo band, The Coattail Riders.[3]


Thrive Records was founded in 1997[4] by Electronic music trailblazer Ricardo Vinas, as a joint venture with Sire/Warner Bros. Records—the label founded by legendary A&R man Seymour Stein. – Vinas credits Stein as the most influential mentor in his career, having worked closely with the revered record executive responsible for discovering Madonna, The Ramones, and Talking Heads, during the first four years of Thrive.

Thrive hit the ground running with the release of the soundtrack album for the most talked about independent film of 1998, Darren Aronofsky’s Pi, and launching the premiere DJ mix series, Global Underground. The upstart label almost immediately had in its roster some of the most up and coming artists in Electronic music, including among others, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, and Deep Dish. Thrive is credited with launching the US career of superstar DJ/Producer Paul Oakenfold—Oakenfold’s Gold certified album, Another World, is the top selling DJ mix series ever released in America, and Thrive’s best selling album to date. Vinas was instrumental in the development of Oakenfold’s career in the US, A&R’ing Paul’s two artist albums, Bunkka, and A Lively Mind, and distributing Oakenfold’s label Perfecto Records for many years. Paul Oakenfold received a 2006 Grammy nomination for his Thrive Records album, Creamfields.[5][6]

Deep Dish also delivered its Grammy nominated and most successful album to date, George Is On, during their time at Thrive.[7][8][9] George Is On, spun Deep Dish’s biggest selling singles, Flashdance and Say Hello. Thrive’s artist roster has included the critically acclaimed Roni Size, A-Trak, former Underworld member Darren Emerson, Mark Ronson, Duck Sauce, Sander Kleinenberg, Josh Wink, Ferry Corsten, and Steve Aoki, among many others. Aoki’s Thrive/Dim Mak single, I’m In The House featuring, is Aoki’s only Top 40 radio crossover single.

Since its inception, Thrive has been very active in the film soundtrack arena. In addition to Pi, winner of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award, Thrive has released the soundtrack albums for the Oscar nominated and highly acclaimed Christopher Nolan film, Memento, the groundbreaking Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For a Dream, Paul Oakenfold’s Swordfish, James Foley’s Confidence, Gaspar Noe’s Irreversible, (Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter first scoring effort), Austin Chick’s XX XY, and the Tom Cruise produced, Shattered Glass.

Prior to starting Thrive, Ricardo Vinas co-founded America's first Electronic music label, Moonshine Music. From its modest origins, Moonshine quickly became one of the most successful independent labels of the mid 1990s.


After having been distributed by WEA Distribution during its first four years, (1997-2000), Thrive moved to RED Distribution/Sony Music in 2001. Thrive ranked consistently as one of the top five labels at RED for almost ten years. In 2010, Thrive left RED/Sony for The Island Def Jam Music Group.[10]

Thrive has also provided distribution for several iconic European Dance labels in America, including Perfecto Records and Renaissance Recordings, among others.



Thrive has launched and marketed some of the most successful and best selling Dance compilation series in the US:

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  1. ^ "Thrive Records signs deal with IDJ". Island Def Jam. Island Def Jam. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Clint Mansell Featuring Kronos Quartet – Requiem For A Dream - Remixed". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Foo Fighters Still Planning Acoustic Tour". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Harris, Dana (May 13, 2004). "Thrive on a feature kick". Variety. 
  5. ^ Silverman, Stephen. "Kanye West, Alicia, Usher Lead Grammy Noms". People Magazine. People. Retrieved 30 March 2005. 
  6. ^ Hochman, Steve (December 26, 2004). "A Grammy uproar is in the mix". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Glowatsky, Pete. "Deep Dish Signs Multi-Album Deal With Thrive Music Grammy Winners' Sophomore Studio Set Due in '05". Dance Music/Electronica. About. 
  8. ^ "Deep Dish Sign to Thrive Records; Grammy Award Winning Dance Music DJ/Production/Remix Duo; New Artist Album to Be Released March 2005". Business Wire. Business Wire. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Paoletta, Michael. "Billboard Bits: Lil Jon, Boost Mobile, Deep Dish". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Thrive Records, #1 U.S. Indie Dance Label, Signs Exclusive Production & Distribution Deal With Island Def Jam Music Group". PR Newswire. PR Newswire Association LLC. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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