Alamo Records has hired J.R. McKee (pictured) as Head of Digital Sales & Revenue.
McKee will oversee the streaming strategy and marketing for the label in addition to interfacing with Alamo’s DSP partners.
Alamo Records is industry veteran Todd Moscowitz’s latest venture, founded in partnership with Universal Music Group in early 2017.
The label has seen early successes with acts such as Lil Durk, Blackbear, and Smokepurpp, among others.
Todd Moscowitz, Alamo
During the last two decades, Moscowitz has signed and worked with artists ranging from Action Bronson to Meek Mill, Mike Jones, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Jill Scott, Macklemore and record labels OVO Sound and Maybach Music Group (MMG).
Before launching Alamo Records, in 2013 Moscowitz co-founded 300 Entertainment, a New York- based independent company that signed, developed and broke artists such Fetty Wap, Highly Suspect, and Migos.
“Both Todd and Joie (Manda of Interscope) have seen me grow up in this business. They actually facilitated the first deal we signed at 19 years old with Asylum Records, and Joie played an instrumental role in the success I had with K. Camp.”
McKee got his start in the business as a party promoter before launching Family Ties Entertainment in 2005 with Leland “Big Fruit” Clapton.
The management company and label is responsible for the US success of K. Camp (through a joint venture with Interscope) and Q Money, and continues to manage artists, producers, and songwriters including Damar Jackson, Garren, and Jacob Latimore.
McKee’s career as an executive has included a stint as head of A&R for Bu Thiam’s Bu Visions imprint in 2008, which allowed him to consult on several albums at Def Jam Records, and time at Think It’s A Game (T.I.G.) Records where he was instrumental in launching the careers of YFN Lucci and Q Money.
“J.R. is a great addition to the company and brings a wealth of knowledge from his background as a manager and label owner,” said Todd Moscowitz, co-founder of Alamo.
“His entrepreneurial spirit makes him a natural leader for our revenue and streaming initiatives.”
McKee added: “Both Todd and Joie (Manda of Interscope) have seen me grow up in this business. They actually facilitated the first deal we signed at 19 years old with Asylum Records, and Joie played an instrumental role in the success I had with K. Camp.
“And because Camp exploded at the earliest phases of the streaming game, I was able to learn along with the earliest adapters, even as the DSPs defined their relationships with artists.
“So not only am I working with family internally at Alamo, but my counterparts within each of the DSPs are also peers. I’m very excited at the new advances we’ll be able to make on music’s newest frontier.”Music Business Worldwide