Republic Records has promoted Simon Katz to Vice President of A&R and Staff Producer.
Since joining the team as Senior Director of A&R and Staff Producer in 2015, Katz has discovered, signed and developed artists including Dagny, Two Feet, Mondo Cozmo, and more.
He is based at the company’s Los Angeles office.
A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Katz is also the founder of two bands signed to Republic Records.
His first band Iglu & Hartly released the 2009 hit In This City and performed everywhere from Coachella to Bonnaroo.
In 2013, his next group Youngblood Hawke released their full-length debut, Wake Up, featuring the hit single We Come Running, which has earned syncs from Coca-Cola, Netflix, FIFA 13, the Olympic Games, and more.
He has also become an in-demand producer, songwriter, and mixer in his own right.
Katz also conceived and oversaw the build out of the official 6,000 square foot Republic Records Studios in Los Angeles, which has been the site of recordings by everyone from The Weeknd to Metro Boomin and Amine within only a year of its 2017 opening.
“As a musician and creative himself, Simon understands artists on a level foreign to most senior music executives.”
Rob Stevenson, Republic Records
Republic Executive Vice President Rob Stevenson said: “As a musician and creative himself, Simon understands artists on a level foreign to most senior music executives.
“Not only can he spot talent, but he can also unlock that talent in the studio.
“His ability to speak the language of a musician separates him from the pack and makes him an indispensable member of our A&R team. I’d like to congratulate him on this much-deserved promotion!”
“Simon’s tenacity and creativity have cemented him as an A&R innovator for the industry.”
Wendy Goldstein, Republic Records
Wendy Goldstein, EVP of Republic Records added: “Simon’s tenacity and creativity have cemented him as an A&R innovator for the industry.
“He’s the rare talent who can sign and develop artists and while also helping them make their records in the studio. It’s an honor to celebrate his promotion.”
“Monte and Avery Lipman are inspiring, forward-thinking leaders, who have built the perfect launchpad for musicians to succeed.”
Katz said: “Coming from a career as an artist, writer, and producer to working at Republic has really completed the circle for me in terms of understanding the full picture of how to develop and break artists.
“Monte and Avery Lipman are inspiring, forward-thinking leaders, who have built the perfect launchpad for musicians to succeed.
“Rob has been an invaluable mentor to me and has taught me a great deal about real artist development.
“Wendy is one of the foremost A&R in the business, and I am very fortunate to work with her.
“I am more than excited to continue working alongside them breaking new acts for a long time to come.”
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