|Transcend Music Ltd.|
|Location||Milton Keynes, United Kingdom|
Transcend Music was founded as Transcend Records in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom in 2007. Inititally, the label's main focus was rock and metal, though a wider variety in genre of earlier releases included acid folk and art rock. Founder Rob Ferguson has stated, "starting the label was something I was driven to do out of frustration. I was already working with bands in a management capacity and I felt that I could offer a better solution for those artists to get their music out and advance their careers."
Ferguson had previously worked with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Duran Duran, Iron Maiden, The Spice Girls, and Robbie Williams. He was also personal manager to both Matt Goss and Luke Goss from teen band Bros, and continues to represent Matt Goss in his solo career, currently headlining at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
In October 2016 it was announced that British pop supergroup Bros would be re-forming for a one-off show at London's o2 Arena. This show subsequently sold out in 7 seconds, become the fastest ever sellout at the venue promoted by Live Nation. A number of other arena shows have now been announced, Rob Ferguson also heads up the Bros management team.
By 2008 the label had expanded to also handle management and merchandise. They also changed their name to Transcend Music Ltd., which is often shortened to Transcend Music. In 2009 they signed an exclusive distribution deal with Plastic Head Music in Europe, the biggest independent distributor in the UK. In March 2010 they announced they had absorbed the management and booking operation Legacy Agency, which had been formed in late 2008 by Carl Sewell. Legacy had by then worked with bands such as Carcer City and While She Sleeps. Transcend Music announced "a major restructuring program" in June 2012, which involved new signings and streamlining measures, as well as absorbing RMR Management.
In 2015 Transcend Music evolved in to total music and entertainment consultancy business offering bespoke solutions in the changing landscape of the industry. The client base now includes, artists, promoters, production companies, and event management organisations.
- Interesting connections
Ferguson is featured in a number of real crime books, including two by UK gangster Reggie Kray and more recently in books by modern celebrity gangster Dave Courtney. Ferguson took a number of celebrities to meet Reggie Kray in prison, including the Fun Lovin Criminals. In April 2000 Ferguson was pictured in the funeral cortege of Charlie Kray, in the car with 'Mad' Frankie Fraser and Bartley Gorman King of the Gypsies. Ferguson has also been reported in private meetings with Lord Jeffrey Archer.
Transcend Music has a roster of artists it releases music for or manages and consults for, these include Fields of the Nephilim, Sacred Mother Tongue, The Dirty Youth, Viking Skull Matt Goss, Crash Mansion, and Stormbringer. Rob Ferguson has stated that he signed Sacred Mother Tongue after first spotting them playing metal covers and a few original songs in a pub.
- A Sight For Sewn Eyes
- Carcer City
- Crash Mansion
- Dead Harts
- Fields Of The Nephilim
- Heart Of A Coward
- Hellish Outcast
- I Divide
- In Archives
- Sacred Mother Tongue
- Sleep When You're Dead
- The Charm The Fury
- The Dirty Youth
- Viking Skull
Malefice lead vocalist Dale Butler (left) with a fan
Fields of the Nephilim in 2008
Ferguson (left) on video shoot with Matt Goss 1995
Rob Ferguson With Fun Lovin Criminals and Mrs Kray 1998
|The More I See||The Unholy Feast||2007|
|Sacred Mother Tongue||"Anger On Reflection"||2009|
|Carcer City||The Life We Have Chosen||2011|
|Sacred Mother Tongue||The Ruin Of Man||2011|
|The Dying Reflex||Behold The Eve Of Ruin||2011|
|Andy James||Andy James||2011|
|Imperial Vengeance||Black Heart Of Empire||2011|
|Imperial Vengeance||The Twentyshilling and Fourpence V-disc||2011|
|Six Hour Sundown||Jekyll & Hyde||2011|
|Hellish Outcast||Your God Will Bleed||2012|
|Viking Skull||Cursed By The Sword||2012|
|Sacred Mother Tongue||A Light Shines EP||2012|
|Malefice||Entities - Anniversary Edition||2012|
|Carcer City||The Road Journals||2012|
|Giants||There Are The Days||2012|
|The Dirty Youth||Last Confession||2012|
|Dead Harts||Born Into Rags To Die No Richer||2013|
|Collapse||Arms And The Covenant||2013|
|A Sight For Sewn Eyes||Alone Together||2013|
|Sleep When You're Dead||Last Lungs||2013|
|The Dirty Youth||Requiem of the Drunk||2013|
|Sacred Mother Tongue||"A Light Will Shine"||2013|
|Sacred Mother Tongue||Out of the Darkness||2013|
|Heights||"The Noble Lie"||2013|
|Heights||Old Lies For Young Lives||2013|
- Source: The Genepool Discography
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