Following the announcement that Fueled By Raman co-founder John Janick, who has also held a senior role at Warner’s Elektra label in recent years, is heading to Universal’s Interscope Geffen A&M, the Warner Music Group has announced that Jeff Castelaz, co-founder of US independent Dangerbird Records, has been appointed President of the Elektra Records division.
Castelaz stood down as boss of Dangerbird somewhat suddenly last month, and was almost immediately linked to a possible Warner role, despite the official statement simply saying he was returning to another of his companies, Cast Management. As President of Elektra, he will now report into the bosses of Warner division Atlantic Records, Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald.
The two Atlantic bosses issued a joint statement, saying: “Now into its seventh decade, Elektra Records has a unique spirit, cultivated by the elite group of creative mavericks who’ve run the label and the eclectic artists they’ve signed. Building on the remarkable success since the label’s re-launch in 2009, Jeff is the perfect choice to forge the next extraordinary chapter of Elektra’s story”.
Meanwhile Castelaz himself said: “I’m honoured to step into the pilot’s seat of this incredible label. I couldn’t be more excited to uphold Elektra’s legacy of long term development of vital artists – a principle that has been the touchstone of my entire career. I look forward to suiting up as the newest member of the crack artist development squad known as Atlantic Records Group”.