FFRR A&R Andy Daniell. 2020 - Credits : Warner Music
FFRR A&R Andy Daniell. 2020 - Credits : Warner Music

UK label FFRR reaffirms its leadership through its brand identity redesign

Alexandre Trochut

Created in partnership with fashion designer Trevor Jackson, the new artistic direction marks the latest step in the company’s next chapter.

Since 2019, Iconic dance label FFRR – an imprint of Parlophone – is synonym of many changes, starting with the move which saw Andy Daniell taking over the label, after working from Defected Records where he signed CamelPhatElderbrook’s Grammy-nominated song “Cola“.

Since Andy Daniell’s FFRR has enjoyed success with Diplo & Sidepiece’s On My Mind, Alan Fitzpatrick vs Patrice Rushen’s Haven’t You Heard (69,558) and Obskür’s Bayside (20,845) while he also signed artists such as Eats Everything, Sam Gellaitry and Sonny Fodera. Speaking about the rebrand, Daniell said:

“ There’s fresh energy and invigorated intent within FFRR and I wanted that to be reflected in the brand identity. I knew from the start that I wanted to work with Trevor on this and that he’d be as committed to getting this right as I was. We spent a lot of time delving into the label archives, going through old imagery and assets but, at the same time, while we wanted the legacy to guide us, we needed to make sure it didn’t constrain us.

The updated logo’s power is in its simplicity; the design takes the classic FFRR aesthetic and modernizes it in a way that will have an impact in today’s modern, digital world. The black, white and grey colour palette is inspired by the core colours that have been with the label since the beginning and, while we’ve removed the famous FFRR ear from the logo, it’s still at the heart of the branding and its visual language. Trevor’s done a great job capturing the essence of FFRR in a fresh and respectful manner and we hope music fans will love it as much as we do. ”

Andy Daniell, FFRR A&R

Today, the label has decided to refresh itself and update its brand identity, including a refresh of its famous logo, the all has been created in partnership with celebrated graphic designer and legendary music, art and fashion designer Trevor Jackson.

“ I approached the rebranding of FFRR cautiously at first, fully aware of the label’s legacy and significance of its existing logo. I was a big fan of the label, so it was equally as exciting as it was initially daunting to work on this project. I firmly believe a strong logo identity should succeed on its own merits, not via a specific association or unified nostalgia.

FFRR moving forward isn’t a heritage label, and although its back catalogue and history is highly important and should definitely be embraced, that shouldn’t direct its identity in the future. The elements used directly relate to FFRR’s best known classic period and have been visually remixed, refined and reconstructed for today and tomorrow.

It’s been very important for me to retain the spirit and energy of the existing brand whilst redeveloping it. There’s been a huge level of respect to what’s gone before in every stage of this process, and Andy’s passion and vision for the label have played a major role in every decision that’s been made. ”

Trevor Jackson

Music That Moves You

The label also reintroduced the tagline ” Music That Moves You ” – a phrase that was used on a run of record sleeves released in the early 90s, and which pays homage to the label’s history while moving it forward and acting as a brand ethos.

Later this month, FFRR will also launch its new webstore – www.ffrrecords.com – which will list exclusive merchandise and vinyl releases soon to be released.

FFRR also announced that Evie Grain has joined the label as marketing manager. Grain joins from BMG where she was dance label manager, overseeing the brand and marketing strategies for Fatboy Slim, Salsoul Records, and Strictly Rhythm.