Interscope Geffen A&M
POWER MOVE: Makes the move to run the storied Interscope Geffen label and develop more acts like Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar and Phillip Phillips.
THE RUNDOWN: Having solidified his indie cred as co-founder of label Fueled by Ramen (fun., Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco) while simultaneously co-helming the 2009 relaunch of Elektra Records (Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green), John Janick is just four months into his new gig heading up Interscope Geffen A&M.
The industry vet ticks off four reasons why he changed positions: the supportive nature of executives Lucian Grainge (No. 1) and Jimmy Iovine (No. 10); the “amazing” staff; a strong roster of new and established artists; and, perhaps most important, the legacy of Interscope Geffen A&M, which has borne a solid brand.
“Given this challenging time in the music business, I want to do things differently and partner with artists in bigger ways,” he adds. “We’re positioned to do that.” Posting a 7.9% market share in 2011, Interscope Geffen A&M finished 2012 with a quite close 7.6% share.
John Janick photo by Ben Clark