Native Tongue Music Publishing signs Merk in global deal
Auckland artist Mark Perkins, who performs under the moniker Merk, has signed a global publishing deal with Native Tongue Music Publishing. The signing coincides with Merk’s announcement of their second album, Infinite Youth, scheduled for release on April 9 through Humblebrag Records/AWAL.
Perkins began in his career in music as a touring member of New Zealand acts Tom Lark and Fazerdaze. After releasing his full-length Swordfish in 2017, Perkins took home the Taite Music Prize for Best Debut Album.
Perkins is no stranger to Native Tongue, having played alongside other acts who have worked with the company. Over the years, he has toured with Native Tongue act Marlon Williams, as well as Julia Jacklin and Cub Sport. Perkins has also started working with Williams on scoring the film Juniper.
“After having been adjacent to Native Tongue for many years playing in other bands who worked with them, it feels really great to officially be adopted into the family,” Perkins said in a statement.
“I’ve known the team for a long time and so working together feels like a very snug, natural fit. I’m looking forward to seeing what we get done.”
Native Tongue managing director Jaime Gough added: “Having known Mark for many years, it’s a pleasure to be working together in an official capacity. We look forward to helping Mark achieve great heights as a songwriter, producer, artist and screen composer.”
Perkins is also signed to Australian management company Heartstop Music, which currently has a roster of Williams, Jacklin and The Weather Station.