Founder Damian Harris returns to new look Skint as Creative Director06 March 2019 - Press release
BMG, Skint’s owners since 2014, has announced the return of label founder Damian Harris as creative director with his first move being a rebrand.
Harris helmed the hugely influential Skint imprint from 1995 until 2006 and, in that time, took the label from fledgling indy to a global dance music touchstone via the likes of Fatboy Slim, Bentley Rhythm Ace and Xpress 2. Since taking a music industry hiatus, Harris has gone on to make a mark in the food world with the Michelin starred The Sportsman restaurant and writings for Noble Rot magazine, football with The Tuesday Club podcast and the realm of animation with Zebra Face.
In recent years, the label has continued its focus on modern electronic music with signings such as Maya Jane Coles, Hercules & Love Affair and PBR Streetgang all receiving critical acclaim alongside label old guard such as Dave Clarke and Fatboy Slim.
Label Manager Matt King said “Bringing Damian back into the fold felt like a no brainer. BMG has offered Skint a new energy and who better to harness that energy creatively than the man who started it. A bit of back & forth, lining up agendas and we were swift to ascertain we’d made the right decision. Here’s to the next Twenty Um... something years”.
Harris says “I have to admit it does feel a bit weird to be going back to Skint after all this time my overriding feeling is one of excitement. After 10 years out of the game I feel revived, refreshed and free of all cynicism. The industry may have changed enormously since I’ve been away but ultimately a great record is still a great record and I look forward to putting some out again.
I’m disappointed with myself that I never finished the great Big Beat novel but I will continue to chip away at.”