Ninja Tune CEO Faces Internal Investigation Over Unspecified Allegations

Ninja Tune CEO investigation
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Ninja Tune CEO Adrian Kemp steps back from his position amid an internal investigation into as yet unspecified allegations made against him.

The London-based independent label confirmed on Thursday (March 21) that a third-party HR company will conduct an investigation into allegations against Adrian Kemp, the nature of which remains unspecified. In the meantime, Kemp — who “vehemently denies” the claims against him — is stepping back from his duties as CEO amid the pending investigation.

In the interim, Samantha Sissons, Head of Marketing, and Tess Kendall, Head of Marketing Operations, will step into the lead role at Ninja Tune. According to an internal statement to staff, the label says that Kemp will “continue to work in support of Sam and Tess but with a lower profile.” That same statement also explained that the “outcome of the investigation will be made available upon completion subject to any legal barriers.”

Adrian Kemp has worked at the label for over 20 years. He became Director of Ninja Tune in April 2017 and was appointed to CEO in September that same year. The company is headquartered in London with a satellite office in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1990 by electronic duo Coldcut (Matt Black and Jonathan More), Ninja Tune has remained a successful independent dance music label. The label’s roster includes EDM mainstays like Bonobo, Helena Hauff, and Kelis.

Most recently, Ninja Tune signed a deal with electronic group Metronomy, who released their “experimental new single” on the label earlier this month. The track, “Nice Town,” is a collaboration with Houston artist Pan Amsterdam, described as “a collaboration with New York by way of […] Pan Amsterdam.” It’s the band’s first new music since their collaborative Posse EP Volume 1.

“It feels like a full circle moment,” says Metronomy lead and founder Joe Mount of the group’s signing with Ninja Tune. “With Ninja Tune, they are a label who have gone from strength to strength at a time when it’s pretty hard to do that, and it’s something I think can also be said of Metronomy.”