Go Time Travel Essentials: Aaron Bay-Schuck, Senior VP of A&R at Atlantic Records

With headphones at the ready, Los Angeles-based Atlantic Records senior VP of A&R Aaron Bay-Schuck has his travel routine down to a T. That's a good thing, as the man who signed Grammy Award-winning performer/songwriter/producer Bruno Mars averages 50-60 days a year on the road, most recently touching down in New York for meetings at Atlantic headquarters, Nashville for writing sessions and Chicago to take in a performance of his latest signing, R&B artist Trevor Jackson. His favorite travel indulgence? Room service, of course.

 

MY TRAVEL PLAYLIST

It usually consists of the tracks, songs and artists I am working on at that time. I am listening to things so quickly when I am in the office that listening on the plane allows me to spend more time with the music without distraction.

 

ARTISTS JUST ADDED TO IPOD

Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and the new Major Lazer album "Free the Universe."

RECENT DOWNLOADS TO IPAD

"Mad Men"--I am all caught up now. "The Wire" is next. I like to buy physical books more than digital. Clive Davis' latest autobiography is my most recent.

KEY APP

Uber Taxi is amazing when traveling.

TRAVEL BAG I SWEAR BY

I have a trusty shoulder bag that carries all the necessities--laptop, headphones, power cord, an iPad, a book and the essential toiletries.

ITEM OF CLOTHING I ALWAYS PACK

I have a lucky pair of Paul Smith socks.

FAVORITE KICKS TO TRAVEL IN

My Jack Purcells, which I've had for years--comfy, and easy to slip on and off when going through airport security.

ON-THE-GO SNACK

Krave beef jerky, chili lime flavor. Game-changer.

GO-TO MAGAZINES IN FLIGHT

Rolling Stone and Billboard.

FAVORITE AIRPORTS TO FLY IN OR OUT OF

My favorite airport to fly out of is Burbank because it is empty--you can breeze through security, and it usually means I am on a short flight. My favorite one to fly into is LAX because it means I'm home. Denver, Dallas and Atlanta get honorable mentions for having great food courts.