Chairman – Beggars Group, Impala (UK)
Martin Mills set up Beggars Banquet in 1974, initially as record shops, and guided its expansion into the Beggars Banquet record label in 1977, and subsequently into other label and joint venture operations. The Beggars Group is now one of the biggest independent music groups in the UK, and worldwide the largest owner-run group of labels in the alternative sphere, with offices also in New York and nine other international capitals, together with joint venture companies in Spain and Australia. The group now comprises four primary active current labels, XL Recordings, in partnership with Richard Russell, 4AD, Rough Trade, and Matador.
He has been actively involved in promoting the interests of the independent sector, and was instrumental in the setting up of the Association of Independent Music in 1999, IMPALA in 2000, and most recently the Worldwide Independent Network, each representing the interests of the independent music industry, and Merlin, the independents’ rights licensing body. He has also participated on the boards of a number of pan-industry bodies such as PPL and UK Music.
Artists that he has worked with over the years include White Stripes, Pixies, Interpol, Cat Power, Mercury Rev, The Delgados, Basement Jaxx, The Prodigy, Badly Drawn Boy, The Cult, Bauhaus, Adele, Radiohead, Gary Numan, Dead Can Dance, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, and TV On The Radio.