Matthew Davis has been promoted to general manager of Flying Nun Records.
Davis, who was previously label manager, will take over the day to day operations of the iconic record company, succeeding Ben Howe, who remains a director and will act as a strategic adviser for the business. He will also continue overseeing Flying Out, the music retail, distribution, event and marketing company he co-founded with Howe in 2013.
Davis is looking forward to further growing the Flying Nun business , both here and abroad. “As GM, my focus will be to continue to support and work alongside our incredible roster of artists – the very heart and soul of Flying Nun,” he continues. “It has been great working with Ben at both the label and Flying Out, and I am looking forward to continuing the great work and successes he has achieved over the last six years.”
Howe adds: “I have every faith in Matthew to bring us into the new era of Flying Nun, and continue to expand our reach worldwide. I am also looking forward to stepping back and overseeing the wider development of the label, which has and always will be home.
“Each generation has their own unique connection to the Flying Nun catalogue – their favourite Flying Nun records and acts which represent the different decades we have been alive. This is exciting, and makes me look forward to experiencing what the next generation has in store.”
Howe, who now lectures in music industry studies at Massey University in Wellington, will sit on the label’s board of directors, alongside label founder Roger Shepherd.
Upcoming releases from Flying Nun include the reissue of Tiger, the one and only album released by Superette, who featured Howe on bass. The expanded ersion is out on CD and vinyl on Friday (November 16) and includes the band’s debut EP Rosepig, b-sides from the ‘Touch Me’ and ‘Killer Clown’ singles, plus unreleased demos from the bands’ never before released, uncompleted second album.