Stefan Max has been promoted to Senior Vice President of A&R for Warner Records, it was announced today by the label’s Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck.
Max will be based at the company’s new downtown Los Angeles headquarters.
Max moved from New York to LA in February 2019 to join Warner Records during the rebrand of the iconic record label under the new leadership of Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson, Co-Chairman & COO.
His first signing to the label is alternative artist, Sub Urban, whose lead single, Cradles, is not only a monster TikTok viral hit but also a certified radio smash.
Cradles is currently No. 3 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and has been certified gold in the US and Canada.
Check out Sub Urban’s debut EP Thrill Seeker. Among his diverse projects, Max just signed two new artists, Junior Varsity and Mayvis, and is working on Song Machine, the upcoming album from Grammy Award-winning band Gorillaz.
The ten-year WMG veteran got his start in 2010 as Director of A&R for Warner’s Roadrunner Records, where he signed indie rockers Young the Giant.
He made his way to Atlantic Records in 2012 as Vice President of A&R, signing acts such as Icona Pop and Absofacto, as well as Vance Joy, whom he still produces and works with today.
“Stefan’s track record and tenacity in signing great artists, and his skill in unlocking that talent in the studio, separates him from the pack.”
“Stefan’s track record and tenacity in signing great artists, and his skill in unlocking that talent in the studio, separates him from the pack,” said Bay-Schuck.
“His first artist here is Sub Urban, whose debut project hits today and has already racked up over half a billion streams, driven by the hit single, ‘Cradles.’ Stefan thinks and speaks the language of music creatives, and he’s an invaluable member of our A&R team. Tom and I are excited to see him soar in his new role.”
“Warner is truly a powerhouse. I have a massive amount of respect for Aaron, Tom, and the entire team.”
Max added: “Warner is truly a powerhouse. I have a massive amount of respect for Aaron, Tom, and the entire team.
“I’m excited to discover and work alongside the next round of superstars to create a new generation of classic records.”Music Business Worldwide