2016 – new labels U-Genius & Valiant join the vicious team
In mid 2016 John Course connected with Melbourne friends, DJs and producers Tom Evans and Jacob Malmo, bringing their labels U-Genius and Valient under the wing of the Vicious collective. Purveyors of great underground music, both labels have benefitted from Vicious’ distribution and business experience, yet have remained totally independent to sign whatever music Tom and Jacob love. As John states “We loved the music they were signing and I wanted to give the releases more opportunities. Partnering with the Vicious distribution network did so and it is great to welcome them to the team and be helping another new Australian label grow”.
These two labels have achieved multiple ARIA Club Chart number one singles since connecting with Vicious, including Tim Light & Tom Evans’ “About A Place”, Jarded Marston’s “Spinnin’ Sax”, Jared Marston’s “Lets Rock” and most recently Tom and Jacob’s own The Journey collaboration with Rachael May “Hollow”. Both U-Genius and Valiant have grown to be home to some of the best underground music coming out of Australia and a hot bed for new, underground talent.