Central Station Records & Sweat It Out restructure to bring resources & staff together
L-R: Amanda Jenkins, Josh Kellett, Matt Nugent, Saskia Wass, Jayden Collins, Danny T, Peter Combes, Evie Preston
Independent Sydney record labels Central Station Records and Sweat It Out have made a series of internal promotions and new hires following an internal restructure of the business.
The restructure sees the two labels now sharing staff and resources, however the group said that despite this, they will continue to be run independently of one another.
Head of PR, Amanda Jenkins, will join the senior management team in her new position of general manager of PR and marketing. She will lead both departments across both labels, leading all comms across global campaigns.
Josh Kellett , the general manager of Sweat It Out, will take transition to take his skills across both labels, becoming director of A&R and creative for both labels.
Matt Nugent, Central Station Records’ GM, will also use his skills across both labels as chief operations officer.
Previous public relations manager Saskia Wass, will now be marketing manager across both labels as well as A&R manager for October Records. The October Records appointment comes after Wass’ successful scouting of Sweat It Out’s Matilda Pearl.
Marketing and public relations co-ordinator, Jayden Collins, is elevated to Wass’ previous position of public relations manager across both labels.
It’s also a good day for Danny T who has been promoted to head of the Club Sweat label. He has been around since Club Sweat’s early days, and the label said he has built it into “one of the most loved and respected dance record labels in the world”.
He will continue to oversee the label’s operations, not only domestically but also internationally, pushing the company further to be a more competitive force.
Peter Combes will pick up duties for Sweat It Out and Central Station Records’ merchandise stores, leading the strategy and creative direction of both labels’ merchandise businesses. This is in addition to his current role as head of design.
As well as the numerous promotions and role expansions, Evie Preston has come on board as label co-ordinator. She will assist in the day-to-day running of A&R, PR, marketing and deliveries.
Jamie Raeburn, CEO of the labels, said the promotions and change of roles have been long overdue.
“I’m very happy to welcome Amanda Jenkins into the management team. Amanda’s eye for detail, impeccable organisation, and constant demand for the best are all key points in why she is the perfect candidate for this new role. Moving the talented Josh Kellett to director of A&R & Creative allows us to fully utilise his skills in A&R and ability to get more involved and creative with the roster. With exceptional guidance and advice from the experienced Matt Nugent as COO, I’ve every confidence in our choice in the senior management team and in turn, their choice in their team,” Raeburn said.
Sweat It Out was founded in 2010 by the late Ajax, Matt Handley and Raeburn. It has helped launch the careers of acts including RÜFÜS DU SOL, What So Not, Anna Lunoe, Dom Dolla, Crooked Colours, Dena Amy, Winston Surfshirt, PRICIE, Matilda Pearl, and Annie Bass.
Central Station Records, meanwhile, is the longest running independent dance label in the country. It was the gome of brands such as Wild FM and Defqon, and has released music for Armin van Buuren, Vengaboys, Tiësto, Starley, Odd Mob, Nick Skitz, Alex K and Scooter.