The Jay Jay French Connection, Episodes 106-110

The Jay Jay French Connection, Episodes 106-110


Episode 106

This week’s guest is Jay Jay’s wife Sharon, who joins the podcast for an open-ended conversation about life, love & Twisted Sister.

Episode 107

This week, guest Jason Flom joins Jay Jay to kick off a month of renowned record label presidents joining in conversation. Jason is a dear friend of Jay Jay’s who has a deep rooted history alongside Twister Sister, which they talk all about. Their stories go back 40+ years to the early days of Twisted in New York, when Jason was a kid in high school following Twisted in Long Island. Jason has become a well known record label executive, podcaster & philanthropist – he is the founder of Lava Records, and was previously the chairman of Atlantic Records & Virgin Records/ Capitol Music Group.

Episode 108

Tune in for the second week of Record Label President’s Month! This week, Jay Jay welcomes special guest Cliff Chenfeld. Cliff is a renowned music executive, who is both the co-founder and co-CEO of Razor & Tie Records, as well as Kidz Bop. Hear all about the history of how Razor & Tie began as a reissue / compilation centered label, & progressed into becoming one of the leading rock labels in the country. Jay Jay & Cliff dig into the ins & outs of the major label industry, & the evolution of listener’s relationship to albums in the streaming age. Don’t miss this insightful conversation from 2 major label industry veterans, & check out episodes of Cliff’s Modern Sounds Radio through the streaming link below:

Episode 109

This week, David Rath joins Jay Jay for week 3 of Record Label Presidents Month on the show!
David Rath comes from Roadrunner Records where he spent twenty-one years in the A&R and Creative Departments, having been A&R on albums by Slipknot, Korn, Gojira, Coheed and Cambira, Slash, The Amity Affliction, Trivium, Stone Sour, Dream Theater and Megadeth and where he oversaw music videos from Nickelback, Theory Of A Deadman, Killswitch Engage, Jerry Cantrell and Slipknot. Rath helped guide the label through multiple changes in ownership and management, after which he oversaw the signings of Platinum selling acts Young The Giant and Vance Joy for Atlantic and Elektra Records. As the head of the A&R department at Roadrunner, Rath most recently signed and A&R’d Grammy nominated acts Turnstile and Code Orange, along with White Reaper and Motionless In White who both recently scored #1 Alternative and Active Rock radio hits.

Episode 110

Join Jay Jay this week for the final week of Record Label Presidents Month! Very special guest Laura Kunkel joins Jay Jay to discuss the nuances surrounding getting into the record business, & Laura’s inspiring story behind starting her new record label. Hear all about the importance of having individuals who truly care about music & art behind labels – & why Laura’s motivation has been to be an advocate for artists, & to build a label that can support a healthy & expressive creative culture. Laura gets into how her background in the marketing & advertising worlds intersect with music, & how this can be of value when applied to art.

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