Essential Music & Marketing


Essential Music & Marketing has been redefining the roles of distributor and record label since its inception in 2003 by Mike Chadwick, former MD Vital Distribution and Martin Goldschmidt, owner of Cooking Vinyl Records.

Founded to offer all-in-one marketing and distribution services to select North American independent labels seeking to release across the UK and Europe, Essential now also work with self-releasing artists and independent labels from across the UK and beyond.

Services include physical and digital sales and distribution and a burgeoning package of marketing activitiesranging from strategy and recruitment of 3rd party specialists through to project management and digital marketing.

Labels and artists with service deals with Essential include Faithless, Scroobius Pip, Duran Duran, C.W. Stoneking, Ed Harcourt, Steve Lawler’s VIVa,Cheap Thrills, New West and Vagrant Records,.

Labels distributed by Essential includeCooking Vinyl, Stones Throw, Surrender All, Big Teeth, Fat Possum, R&S, Snapper, Astral Music.

Essential is part of the Cooking Vinyl group, which comprises of Cooking Vinyl Records, Essential Music & Marketing and Cooking Vinyl Music Publishing, which is run by Paul Kinder, a former director at Chrysalis.