Former Epic, Island and Capitol exec Steven Melrose has taken a major job at Big Deal Music, based at the firm’s Los Angeles HQ.
Melrose joins Big Deal as Senior VP of A&R, working under fellow Scot and Big Deal founder Kenny MacPherson.
The popular exec’s career has seen him hold senior positions including co-MD of Epic U.K. and senior A&R posts at Island Records, Capitol U.S. and Sony Music.
Founded in September 2012, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, Big Deal Music’s roster includes My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, St. Vincent, Dan Wilson, Jim James and Sharon Van Etten, plus dedicated songwriters Brett Beavers, Teddy Geiger, Brad Tursi, John Ryan, Dave Sitek, Alex Goose and Matt Morris.
“I’ve been blown away by what Kenny and the Big Deal family have accomplished during the company’s short history,” Melrose said.
“I’m looking forward to playing a role in the further expansion of this already brilliant roster, and to do everything in my power to support and enhance the careers of our artists and writers.”
“Counting fellow Scot Craig Michie, there are now three of us in the company that Siri—among others—will find it totally impossible to understand.”
Kenny Macpherson, Big Deal
Artists with whom Melrose has worked closely over the years include Sam Sparro, Hockey, Sky Ferreira, Katy Perry, Mr. Probz, Crystal Method, Olly Murs and Mondo Cozmo.
He’s also managed acts including Midnight Movies, Giant Drag, Eastern Conference Champions and The Shys.
Melrose’s current management clients are Republic’s Mondo Cozmo and Capitol’s ONR.
“Steven and I have been looking for the right opportunity to work together for years, and, given the growth of Big Deal, the timing couldn’t be more perfect,” said Kenny Mac.
“Counting fellow Scot Craig Michie, there are now three of us in the company that Siri—among others—will find it totally impossible to understand.”Music Business Worldwide