Beka Tischker has been named senior vice president of A&R for Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records and senior vice president of publishing at Prescription Songs.
The Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter Lukasz Gottwald and Beka met over eight years ago, while Beka was at BMI and they have continued to work together in various capacities until three years ago, when Luke brought her to Advanced Alternative Media (AAM) stable to help oversee Prescription Songs. Since then, she has worked closely with Luke on his new ventures, and most recently was instrumental in bridging the gap between country and pop music by bringing Big Machine Publishing and Prescription Songs together as a joint venture. In her new role at the companies, she will oversee the A&R operations of Kemosabe Records and the entire operation of Prescription Songs.
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“I’m honored and excited to continue to work with Luke and the amazing team at Kemosabe and Prescription,” said Tischker. “Luke is an inspiring leader and I am excited to continue to build on what we have started with these amazing and talented artists.”
“Beka is super awesome,” said Dr. Luke. “She is an integral member of the team I look forward to continue to grow and expand with her leading the A&R charge.”
Beka has worked in music publishing in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles at a range of companies large and small. She began her career at Deston Songs, then Major Bob Music in Nashville. She relocated to New York in 2004 to work in writer/publisher relations at BMI, and then moved to the A&R department at Columbia Records. After Columbia, she went on to run the A&R department at Razor and Tie, and took over their publishing company as well. Beka moved to Los Angeles after joining AAM as a manager for writers and producers, which she continues to do simultaneously while at Kemosabe. At AAM, she has worked with a wide range of songwriters, including Mozella, Noel Zancanella, Julia Michaels and Lindy Robbins, opening the Nashville office of the company to grow the company's signing presence in the city.
In October 2011, Sony Music Entertainment executive Doug Morris inked a deal with songwriter and producer Dr. Luke to run the Kemosabe Records label, home to Ke$ha, Bonnie McKee, Juicy J, Becky G, G.R.L and more. The past year has seen the release of Ke$ha’s second album Warrior alongside breakout years for McKee and Becky G and Stay Trippy, the third album by Juicy J. Dr. Luke's work as executive producer, producer and songwriter on Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream helped the singer earn a historic eight No. 1 singles (of which he penned seven), beating the longstanding, global record of five No. 1 singles for Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Listed in Billboard’s Top 10 Producers of the Decade, Luke’s discography includes a staggering 30 No. 1 songs, including hits for Miley Cyrus ("Wrecking Ball"), Jessie J (“Price Tag,” “Domino”), Flo Rida (“Good Feeling,” “Right Round,”), Ke$ha (“We R Who We R,” “Tik Tok”), Britney Spears (“Till the World Ends,” “Hold It Against Me”), Kelly Clarkson (“Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes”) and many more. Dr. Luke has also won awards for Billboard Producer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 2010, and 70 ASCAP Pop Awards, including Songwriter of the Year in 2010 & 2011.
Prescription Songs' roster of more than 50 writers includes Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Benny Blanco and Cirkut. Recently, Prescription inked JV deals with Diplo’s Mad Decent and Big Machine Publishing, the latter of which just signed Joe Don of Rascal Flatts.
This story originally appeared on THR.com