About Martin Mills
Martin Mills chairs The Beggars Group, one of the most respected and influential independent music groups in the World, which currently comprises of five primary labels – 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young Turks.
Martin initially set up Beggars Banquet as a chain of record shops in West London in 1974 before guiding its expansion into also being a record label in 1977. Within two years, the label enjoyed two UK Number 1 singles with Gary Numan topping the charts with both ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric’ and ‘Cars’ in 1979. Since then, his company has grown enormously and now has offices across the globe.
Artists Martin has worked with over the years include Adele, Basement Jaxx, Bon
Iver, The Charlatans, The Cult, Daughter, Dizzee Rascal, The Fall, FKA Twigs,
Gary Numan, Grimes, Interpol, King Krule, The National, Pixies, The Prodigy,
Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Sampha, Sleaford Mods, Vampire Weekend, The
White Stripes, The xx, among hundreds more.
In this time, Martin has also been actively involved in promoting the collective interests of the independent sector and was instrumental in the original setting up of independent trade associations world-wide, and Merlin, the independents’ global rights licensing body.