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1/17/23

Composer Dan Fable is flanked by North West Songs head Ben Bodie, right, and his manager George Tyekiff.

The publishing arm of Nick Raphael’s new venture North West Songs will be run in partnership with Universal Music Publishing Group. Its most recent signing is Top 5 songwriter Dan Fable.

The company has already a landed a hit—Fable co-wrote “Messy in Heaven” for Columbia artist Venbee, which hit #3 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart earlier in January.

Other artists on the roster include singer/songwriter Sekou and R&B vocal group No Guidnce, who had the sixth most viewed artist account on TikTok in the U.K. in 2022. North West Songs is also working with electronic artist Daniel Avery through a new JV with producer Paul Epworth.

As reported last week, the pubco is run by former Ministry of Sound Publishing head Ben Bodie.

“We are already very excited about the artists we are signing,” Bodie said. “Dan is exceptionally talented and we’re delighted to be launching the company with such a big hit. There is a lot of heat and excitement around Sekou and No Guidnce."

The intention for Fable "is to establish him as a composer in the film and TV space, as well as help enhance his already flourishing artist career.”

Sitting under North West Songs is NW Sync, which is focused on building a stable of writers, composers and artists that operate in the film, TV and advertising space.

Recent signings include recording artist, composer and sound designer CJ Mirra—a BAFTA nominee and Sundance winner—and electronic outfit CMD/CTRL, who have received placements with brands including Sky, Ford, Nintendo and EA Sports.

North West Songs and North West Sync form part of NWS Music Group. Founded by Raphael and Christian Tattersfield, it’s a newly created independent venture housing recordings, publishing and sync under one umbrella.