Sublime Exile Recordings

Independent music publisher since 2001

About Us

Lasse de Flon

MD and founder of...

Sublime Exile Recordings is an independent niche record label and music publisher founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2002. We’re a parachuting ramp for the upcoming talent offering a direct and global network of digital music stores to distribute your music. Our agreements include not only several hundred digital music stores in the world, such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon…, but also mobile and video services like Vodafone, H3G, Orange to name a few. We have strong expertise and an extensive network in the music industry to build your digital music strategy and follow up daily on your on-going projects. Our network includes the support of an international marketing and promotion team across Europe and the United States. Our promotional activities are not limited to but made online on music-related websites, blogs, and communities.Sublime Exile Recordings includes both sub-labels Nørrebro Records and The Monotone Files and furthermore represent LdF Music & Arts too.The founder Lasse de Flon has great expertise and is an independent music publisher with decades of experience and works in the music industry. "I know how to bang the drums, twang the strings, blow the horns, push the keys, pump - I have a great passion for marketing, promotion, distribution, licensing, publishing, branding etc. For the digital music industry era, I have been studying code and design for over +10 years and intensely follow the latest music economy craze (blockchain and it's cryptocurrencies)". I've been an Independent music publisher since 2001 and former CEO and label representative for Mute Records, Playground Music Scandinavia and MNW Records Group, and have more than 30 years of experience within the music and entertainment industry. My works include many Gold and Platinum sales by bands and artists such as The Prodigy, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, Moby and additionally with such fine artists like Reeves Gabrels, Nick Lowe, Townes Van Zant, Pavement, The Breeders, The Pixies, Lush, Dead Can Dance, Thievery Corporation, Mojave 3, Throwing Muses, Gus Gus, Kristine Hersh, Red House Painters, Brendan Perry, Lisa Gerrard, The Wolfgang Press, Cocteau Twins, Cornershop, The Charlatans, The Cult, Basement Jaxx, Belle & Sebastian, Deerhunter to name just a few.Sublime Exile Recordings is affiliated throughout the music industry and our music and artists are distributed and represented by Believe Digital.

Licensing & Publishing


Before you license your music, it’s important to understand that there are different types of licenses. Those differing types of licenses come with varying sorts of permissions. Copyright law grants the owner of the work a set of exclusive rights: public performance, public display, distribution, reproductions, and the creation of derivative works to modify or make something new based on it [such as a remix]. The music industry has three common licenses: public performancemechanicalsynchronizationPublic performance: The right to publicly perform a work whether via radio, streaming, in a bar/club-restaurant/store/etc., or a live performance. The station or venue purchases these licenses, not the individual performer.Mechanical license: Grants permission to create audio-only copies of a work, such as a cover.Synchronization license: Grants permission to use the work in timed synchronization with a visual element (movies, video games, etc).So, for example, if you wanted to use Madonnas music in your movie, then you’ll have to secure a synchronization license because it’s a visual element. Additionally, creating a remix of a Lady Gaga track and sharing it on SoundCloud would require a mechanical license. In both of those instances, you would also need to secure a license from the record label for the right to use the sound recording, which is a separate copyright from the musical work (the lyrics and composition).


What does a publisher do in music? A music publisher's role is to make deals with songwriters, promote the songs their songwriters compose to musicians and anyone else who may need a song for advertising, a movie, a promotional campaign, etc., issue licenses for the use of the songs they represent, and collect licensing fees.Do I need a music publisher?You May Not Need a Music PublisherAs a songwriter, you might not even need a publishing deal. Music publishing can be very complex, and the work of licensing and royalty management is time-consuming. ... If your publishing workload is generally light, you may be able to manage your own song administration.Does a music publisher own the copyright?Most deals with larger music publishers see copyright owners receiving 50% of all royalties the music publisher helps generate. At the end of the day, the songwriter still “owns” the song, but working out-licensing, pitching to music supervisors, and collecting royalties is a lot of work.How important is music publishing?The Importance of Music Publishing Companies. Music publishing companies are extremely valuable to the future of recording artists and groups in the music industry. ... Record labels are mostly focused on the recording, production, distribution, and marketing of an artist's songs.Do artists get paid every time their song is played on the radio?Radio airplay is considered a public performance. Public performances generate performance royalties for songwriters, which are collected by the PROs (ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC). In the US, terrestrial broadcasters (AM or FM stations) do not pay performers or sound recording copyright owners; they only pay the songwriters.How do you get paid from publishing music?Music publishers earn money through licensing fees and royalties. In terms of song ownership, a publisher usually gets a 50% stake in a track. In other words, the original copyright owner (the songwriter) assigns a portion of the copyright for a song to the publisher.Why do I need a music publisher?The Publisher's role is to pair you with other recording artists who could use your songs on their own albums. If you want regular royalty checks, you may need a publisher for the big job of administering the mechanical, synchronization and master licenses for your music.Do you have to copyright your music?To gain all of the protections of the copyright law, you need to copyright your music. ... All you have to do is write your original song down on paper, or record it, and you own the copyright. Then you are protected by law and others cannot use your song without your permission.What's a publishing deal for music? A music publishing deal is an agreement between artists and publishing companies. ... A publishing contract is a legal contract between a publisher and a writer, so it is basically about promoting the song itself (record labels are about the promotion of sound recordings).How are royalties paid?Royalties are typically agreed upon as a percentage of gross or net revenues derived from the use of an asset or a fixed price per unit sold of an item of such, but there are also other modes and metrics of compensation. A royalty interest is the right to collect a stream of future royalty payments.