Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery}, a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said FLO founder Mark Montgomery, who described the indie veteran as a "crazy badass" in the job announcement.

"I am excited to join a group of like-minded innovators who are doing great new things in technology and music," VanCleave said in a statement. "FLO is one of the most exciting companies in the US. I’m looking forward to joining their merry band of Independent, successful thinkers and doers. We’re already cooking up some big ideas for Nashville. The opportunities for the modern music business are endless, and I’m glad to be a part of a group who shares that view."


Since forming in 2011, FLO has worked with country superstar Kenny Chesney on his rum line and they founded the YouTube channel Made In Network. Other corporate clients include Nissan, Under Armour and Google.

VanCleave's list of indie music credentials is lengthy. He was a founder of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores in 1995 and led the group until 2009. He was also the COO of the Artists Organization, where he worked with Lenny Kravitz and Soundgarden, among others, and he currently manages the band Moon Taxi through his DVC Management Company. In 2007, VanCleave -- along with Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman and Brian Poehner -- founded Record Store Day, observed every April. NARM honored him with the first Independent Spirit Award in 2009.