Cherrytree Records, Interscope Geffen A&M
Leading A&R executive and Cherrytree Records chairman Martin Kierszenbaum has renewed his fruitful relationship with Interscope Geffen A&M. In addition Kierszenbaum, a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter, will remain in the position of Sr. Executive of A&R for Interscope Records.
Kierszenbaum launched the maverick pop-alternative label Cherrytree Records in 2005 as a forward-thinking, artist-friendly haven for creative freedom. Over the years, the label has established itself as a major player with an indie mentality, an irresistible combination that has attracted such ground-breaking artists as Feist, Ellie Goulding, Robyn, La Roux, Jessie Ware, Sting, LMFAO, Keane, and Far East Movement.
Kierszenbaum is building upon these artists' critical and commercial successes with new pop-alternative signings including British symphonic alt-rock band Wolf Gang, Canadian pop-rock band Marianas Trench (whose singer Josh Ramsay co-wrote the blockbuster smash "Call Me Maybe" with Carly Rae Jepsen), sassy Arkansas swamp-rocker Ivy Levan (whose father is a Rockabilly Hall of Famer), producer/DJ RAC (a much blogged-about remixer who has worked with U2, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lady Gaga, and Tegan and Sara), and wickedly inventive singer/rapper Colette Carr (who is in the midst of releasing a series of extemporaneous EP's as part of her Skitszo album due in July).
"[Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman and CEO] Jimmy Iovine not only gave me the opportunity to start Cherrytree Records in 2005, but also the support, advice, and encouragement to sign progressive artists with a point of view and stick with them until they break," says Kierszenbaum. "I'm not only deeply grateful to him, but also over the moon about the arrival of John Janick, one of the premiere record executives in the business, to the helm of Interscope Geffen A&M where I'm excited to begin this new chapter for Cherrytree."
"Martin has incredible global expertise when it comes to both signing and marketing artists," commented Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman and CEO Jimmy Iovine. "His musical background gives him a feel for the records they want to make, and his international mindset gives him the advantage in breaking them on a worldwide level."
Added John Janick, President and COO, Interscope Geffen A&M: "Martin has an incredible ability to spot, develop, and nurture talented artists. His A&R skills, combined with his multi-dimensional background in the music business, makes him a unique and integral part of this company. I'm thrilled to be working with both Martin as an executive and Cherrytree as a label."