- Electro / Electronic
Ed Banger Records is a French electronic music record label run by Pedro Winter that was founded in 2003 as a division of Headbangers Entertainment.
The label enjoyed a dramatic rise in fame in early 2007 when a number of the artists signed to its roster found mainstream success, most notably French electronic group Justice, whose rework of "Never Be Alone" by now defunct electro-rock band Simian, entered the UK charts at #20. The track was a success in clubs worldwide. The music video for the single won the award for best video at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006. Labelmate Uffie also enjoyed a rise in fame in late 2006 when her single, "Pop the Glock", gained international radio play.
The rise of the label has been something of a phenomenon, with its artists touring worldwide with DJ and/or live performances at sold out venues, each appearance always long awaited and celebrated like the coming of the messiah by thousands of kids from each and every part of the world.
Drawing on the street energy of hip hop, rock’s explosion and the hypnotic compression of techno music, but remaining open to all other influences, the sound of the label, mostly electronic and saturated, has become a trademark, registered worldwide. The revered roster and SO:ME’s post-cartoon imaging are practically pop culture icons, especially within the world of new media (blogs, forums, social networks) where Ed Banger remains at the top of their game.
Ed Banger Records collaborated with the cosmetics brand Uslu Airlines to create a glow-in-the-dark nail polish that was sold with a special mini-mix by Busy P.
To commemorate the label's tenth anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the Girl skateboard company, an Ed Banger series of skateboard decks was released in July 2013, in addition to a remixed video part for Girl team rider Sean Malto. The artwork on the skateboard decks was inspired by artists Mr. Oizo, Breakbot, Justice, Sebastian and Busy P, while Malto's part was edited to music by Justice and Mr. Oizo.
The label is home to French electronic acts Justice, Sebastian, Cassius, Uffie, Krazy Baldhead, DJ Mehdi, Mr Oizo, Mr. Flash, Vicarious Bliss, So Me, Feadz, Breakbot, DSL, Mickey Moonlight, Boston Bun and Pedro Winter himself, under the alias Busy P. Most of the Ed Banger Records video and album art is coordinated by So Me.