What We Do
We are an independently owned music company offering a wide range of creative and business services to artists and songwriters. We produce and mix records and write songs in our two recording studios in London. We manage artists and songwriters, run an independent record label and a publishing company and a booking agency.
In short, we make music and take it to market, looking after the well being and interests of those involved. The company has been in business for over a decade.
If your idea is to build a career in the “music business”, please notice how music comes before business. To get a sense of our ethos, please listen to/read these interviews:
Interview at Eurosonic Music Conference
Where We Do It
We are located just south of the River Thames in hippest Bermondsey in London, the greatest music capital in the world.
From Whence We Came
The Animal Farm is owned by brothers Mat and Ville Leppanen whose careers started in 1992 as staff songwriters on Bob Grace’s Empire Music. Between 1996 – 2005 the brothers released albums and toured (with bands like Blink 182, Alkaline Trio, At The Drive-In, The Ataris, and Less Than Jake and many more) as members of punk band Snowdogs, signed to Victory Records US. In 2005 the Leppanens stopped touring to set up The Animal Farm.
Mat and Ville are joined at the ‘Farm by a fine roster of writers/engineers/producers and back room staff who in terms of feng shui are located in the front room.
One of Mat’s career highlights was playing at Whisky A Go Go on the same stage where Van Halen had played decades earlier. Ville’s moment of zen was singing the Finnish national anthem in the England v. Finland World Cup qualifier at Anfield in 2001.
The Animal Farm are proud sponsors of Imiria, a young girl from Zambia, and Orlin, a young boy from Honduras. Our financial assistance helps Imiria and Orlin get an education and health care, provides their villages with clean drinking water and helps their local communities get other necessary things which many of us in the UK take for granted.