Alex and Alec Boateng © Olivia Rose

Twin Presidents head up Def Jam’s UK label

The Boateng twins, Alec and Alex, who have been prime movers in the British urban music scene for over a decade, have been announced as the Co-Presidents of Universal Music UK’s new label, 0207 Def Jam.

Alex Boateng has been at Universal for over a decade, including as President of Island Records’ Urban Division where he oversaw the UK campaigns for artists such as Drake, Tiwa Savage, Giggs and Miraa May.

His brother Alec comes to 0207 Def Jam from Warner Music, where he was most recently Co-Head of A&R for Atlantic Records UK. He worked with Jess Glynne, Burna Boya and Rita Ora but is most notable for his long-term creative relationship with Stormzy.

0207 Def Jam (the number comes from the old central London telephone area code) will act as the UK face of the famous Def Jam Recordings label and Amy Tettey will join her former Island Records colleague, Alex, as Managing Director. Tettey rose through the ranks over 11 years, to become Finance Director at Island, working with the catalogues of Amy Winehouse, Drake, Dizzee Rascal and Giggs.

The Boateng brothers have followed separate paths through the music industry, with their influence being felt across BBC radio, The Ministry of Sound, films, clothing brands, books and music. They will be working with Def Jam in America to establish a distinctly British feel for the new label.

‘It’s a perfect fit having Alec and Alex at the helm of 0207 Def Jam,’ says Jeff Harleston, interim Chair and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. ‘Their creativity, artist relationships and connection with culture are all key elements that have made Def Jam such an important label for over 35 years. I have no doubt that Alex, Alec and their team will only make the label and the brand even stronger.’

Alec Boateng commented, ‘Music, art and artists really, really matter. I’m super excited to play a leadership role in this brilliant new space we’re creating for amazing music and talent to live and evolve. A space which will support both our teams and our artists to be the best version of themselves.’

Alex Boateng, co-President of 0207 Def Jam, added, ‘Especially in these times, this is a real privilege. I’m proud our collective journey now includes partnering a legendary label with a style that only London and the UK can provide. Looking forward to watching and guiding where the music and art takes the journey next.’

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