Record companies Domino, Ninja Tune/Big Dada and Mute Records have each provided tracks from their most promising new artists to act as inspiration. Warp Films will be working alongside our winners to help them produce their new music shorts.
In a music industry primarily concerned with uniformity and vapid commerciality, the perpetually adventurous Mute stands alone. One of the most consistently successful record labels in the world, with offices in London and New York, Mute has nurtured renowned best-selling international artists such as Depeche Mode, Moby, Erasure, Goldfrapp, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yazoo and Richard Hawley.
Mute’s indelible distinctiveness also thrives with its commitment to innovatory musical expression. With recent signings XX Teens, Polly Scattergood, Maps and the latest projects from Goldfrapp, Grinderman and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Mute persistently advances along its own idiosyncratic path, breaking down musical boundaries and presumptions.
Daniel Miller, who started the label in 1978 as a one-man outlet for his own 7” single The Normal TVOD / Warm Leatherette (later covered by Grace Jones) had, by 1980 discovered Depeche Mode and released records by the likes of Fad Gadget, Boyd Rice and the fabricated teenage electronic band The Silicon Teens. Daniel Miller chose the name for his celebrated label well. In the end, the music must speak for itself.