Hook & Ladder Records is a model example of the collaborative environment at ECR Music Group. This new imprint—spearheaded and A&R’ed by ECR recording artist David Cloyd—is home for the developing artists emerging from his Buffalo recording and production studio.
“As an artist myself, I was always looking for a place where I could continue to push myself and develop all of my talents,” says Cloyd. “I’ve found that home at ECR, and Hook & Ladder Records will reflect and express that philosophy as well.” The label officially launched with the release of Fragile Chances, the debut album from newcomer Caroline Fenn.
Following its worldwide release, David Cloyd’s Unhand Me, You Fiend! hit #1 on eMusic’s Album Charts—a debut with everything from sparse acoustic-driven ballads and symphonic-scale arrangements to the title track’s a-cappella setting, plus a stirring solo version of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” as a digital bonus track. Cloyd followed on its national success with I Could Disappear, a powerful collection of performances unlike any in his past—solo, in the studio. Next, he offered up a fresh take on the Paul McCartney Ram classic “Dear Boy”—a distinct and powerful version of the song that is already the most successful release of his career.
Alongside his duties as ECR’s Executive Vice President of Creative Operations, he’s also heading his own imprint, Hook & Ladder Records. “As an artist, I was always looking for a place where I could continue to push myself and develop all of my talents alongside other artists who were on the same path, a collaborative and supportive environment where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole,” says Cloyd. “I’ve found that home at ECR, and Hook & Ladder Records will reflect and express that philosophy as well.”