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Andy Morris stepping up as new GM for DRM NZ

Published Friday 5 November 2021
Andy Morris

DRM announced today that Andy Morris has been appointed General Manager of the company. An experienced DRM team player and long-time 2.I.C., Andy Morris will succeed Andy Low and has assumed responsibilities as of November 1st, 2021. Andy Low has left the company to spend quality time with his family and their slew of puppies on a lifestyle property in West Auckland.

Andy Morris has been with DRM for five years, joining as Content Manager and quickly showing high enthusiasm for the work and clients, absorbing all the nuances of a tech company with a people-centred focus. Prior to this Morris received a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree from AUT in 2015 and has since achieved YouTube Certifications in: Music, Rights Management & Content Ownership. As such, Morris has been instrumental in the company attaining their A level status in YouTube ensuring highest possible returns for clients.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work side by side with Andy Low during the past five years I’ve been at DRM. Andy has been the best teacher one could hope for and a prime example of integrity above all. We’ll miss his sharp American humour and most importantly his enormous passion for DRM and our wonderful artists - a passion we will be carrying the torch for stepping into the future. It’s a privilege to continue on with the legacy he has brought to DRM.” said Andy Morris

There is more behind the DRM magic than Andys as the talented DRM also consists of Danya Yang as Label and Artist Services Manager, Holly Kilmartin as Editorial along with Catalogue Assistants Claudia Paine and Josh Zhong.

Morris adds, “Despite the hurdles 2021 has thrown at the industry & Aotearoa as a whole, the future has never been so exciting for us all at DRM. This year we have welcomed more staff, forged relationships with emerging DSPs launching in Asia Pacific, attained the A-Tier status in our YouTube content management and most importantly released some bloody fantastic music. We are also giddy with excitement over the upcoming launch of our new DRM app, a renewed focus on direct relationships with our artists and an enthusiastic outlook to 2022.

About DRM

DRM is a New Zealand owned and operated company specialising in the digital distribution of music audio and visual. Formed in 2006, the company has blossomed into a market leader holding the largest catalogue of New Zealand recordings and providing people-focused service to nearly 3000 clients across the motu. Annual audio streams for the past 12 months are over 550 million and YouTube views over 3 billion.

Having built strong relationships with the key decision makers at DSPs; digital service providers, (Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube etc), the list of DRM’s achievements is vast from breaking new artists, reclaiming artists’ rights from pirates, important back catalogue launches, debut album releases and more.

The list is long but the highlights reel includes; helping launch the careers of Benee and Broods, platinum sales for Kings ‘6 Figures’ and Lee Mvtthews ‘Takeover’, NZ Music Charts number one album for Tomorrow People (knocking Ed Sheeran off the top spot), Kaylee Bell on a Billboard in Times Square, Jawsh 685’s career launch including digital rights management take-back from pirates and legitimising the launch of 'Laxed - Siren Beat' leading into Savage Love and Tom Scott (Avantdale Bowling Club, Homebrew) premium homepage takeover on Spotify for the extensive back catalogue + Years Gone By debut music launch.