Butler says of the deal: ‘We met and talked – for a very long time – about music, art, and creative ideas. From those meetings, it was clear that whilst Mike and Rob could acknowledge the strength of my catalogue, we shared a vision for the future. They can see that I have always been driven by new possibilities. That is what excites me most about our relationship.’
Butler originally found success with Suede in the early nineties, before collaborating with singer David Mcalmont over two albums.
In 1998 he released his first solo album, People Move On, and later formed The Tears with ex-writing partner, and Suede frontman, Brett Anderson.
Alongside songwriting and performance, Butler also produced a number of notable acts including The Libertines and Tricky.
More recently, he has become a resident songwriting tutor at BIMM London, where he teaches songwriting to BA students.
Mike Smith, managing director, Warner/Chappell UK, says: “I’m so delighted that Bernard is going to be working with us. He’s written songs that have been part of the soundtrack of my life, and he’s as innovative and exciting today as he’s ever been.”