Earache is a genre-defining, future-thinking, wholly independent rights-based entertainment company.

Founded by owner/Managing Director Digby ‘Dig‘ Pearson, the company remains privately owned and fiercely independent. Technology sits at the heart of our business. We do things differently and we answer to no-one.

Boasting the first independent record label deal with Apple/iTunes, no less than two Guinness World Records and a global footprint with offices in London, Nottingham (HQ), New York and Germany, Earache continues to deliver outstanding results for its artists by staying one step ahead of the curve.

The business has six core operating units as per below.

Earache Records

Earache Records is where it all began. Initially focussed on avant-garde experimental guitar music, Earache Records is now a global guitar music specialist creating career artists. Head on over to the Artists page to see who we currently work with.

Earache Digital Distribution

Earache now offers everyone no-strings access to fast, easy digital distribution to hundreds of stores worldwide, with a range of additional label services available exclusively to Earache Digital Distribution (EDD) artists, helping you to reach a global audience and build your brand in the process.  Join us now and start your digital distribution journey here.

Earache Live

Launched in 2017, our live/festivals division is now a trusted partner for both Glastonbury Festival and Boomtown. We curate world-class bills of artists that carry a message and resonate. If you’re interested in working with us at your event, please contact Tom Hadfield

ESL Publishing

Earache Songs Ltd. boasts a multi-genre catalogue of 6,000+ titles. If you are seeking to license music please contact Jeni Lambert. Be sure to request for yourself to be added to her brilliant regular sync mailouts.

YEL Management

YEL currently represents Philadelphia nu-core band Tallah – contact tom@earache.com


With its own warehouse, pick and pack and chart return facilities, our retail operation is a formidable player in the world of D2C distribution of CDs, vinyl, t-shirts and accessories. For new business enquiries please contact Phil Kerr

Please note, Earache no longer operates a Wholesale business but if you contact Phil Kerr he might be able to assist you with your enquiry.

If you are looking to find out where your order is, or when a product will be in stock again, please visit this page.

Earache Chart Success

With over 35 years in the business, Earache is one of the longest-running and most successful independent rock and metal record labels, with numerous Top 40, Top 20 and even Top 10 charting hits in recent years.  Check out some of our recent successes here.