Matthew Ogle has been named Vice President of Product at Distrokid, a newly created role at the digital music distributor.
In his new role, Ogle will be responsible for “developing upon what is already the most comprehensive suite of tools available to music creators,” says Distrokid.
Ogle is responsible for introducing Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist recommendation engine and comes to DistroKid from CNN, where he worked on the network’s direct-to-consumer initiative for the past year and a half.
Prior to joining CNN, Ogle was Head of Product at Canopy, a personalization and discovery engine that was acquired by CNN in 2020.
Ogle was also Product Manager for Discovery at Instagram and served at Spotify as Product Director, where he led a team that developed new discovery features such as Discover Weekly, Daily Mix, and Release Radar.
Ogle was Head of Independent Products at The Echo Nest, a company that was acquired by Spotify in 2014, and spent five years at Last.fm, where he rose to the position of Head of Web Product.
Ha also launched the music discovery engine This Is My Jam.
“Matt has more than 20 years’ experience building products that strengthen connections between people.”
Phil Bauer, Distrokid
Phil Bauer, Chief Operating Officer at Distrokid, said: “Matt has more than 20 years’ experience building products that strengthen connections between people.
“We’re thrilled to have him at DistroKid where he will focus on adding tools that help artists with promotion, content creation and audience engagement.”
“DistroKid has built a business that is respected by the industry’s largest population of music creators.”
Matthew Ogle, added: “DistroKid has built a business that is respected by the industry’s largest population of music creators for both its simplicity of use and the complex tools that are available to its members.
“I’m excited to hit the ground running as we continue to make DistroKid even more useful to musicians around the world.”
In August 2021, Distrokid was valued at $1.3 billion after an investment from Insight Partners.
Spotify formerly retained a minority stake in the distributor. However, in October 2021, the streaming giant sold off two thirds of its stake for $167m.Music Business Worldwide