It seems hit producers and songwriters are the best choices for senior A&R positions in today’s music business.
Last week Def Jam announced The-Dream’s position as the Vice President of A&R, this week the company’s sub-label Island Records officially announces the addition of Grammy Award winning producer/musician Dallas Austin. Austin will step in as the Senior Vice President of A&R and report to Barry Weiss, the Chairmain & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown.
“I am truly honored to be working with the most cutting-edge and creative artists in the business,” said Mr. Austin. “I am inspired and excited every day by this amazing and diverse roster and by the leadership and vision of Barry Weiss, Steve Bartels and the IDJ team. I look forward to discovering new talent and continuing to build on Island Records’ storied history.”
Besides Dallas and The-Dream, other top senior A&R execs include Ne-Yo (Motown) and Tricky Stewart (Epic).
Austin has built a strong discography with a number of hits from TLC, Pink, Monica, Boyz II Men amongst others.