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Steve Carless joins Warner Records US

By | Published on Friday 24 September 2021

Steve Carless

Warner Records in the US has appointed Steve ‘Steve-O’ Carless to the newly created position of President of A&R. He will officially get started in the role on 1 Dec.

CEO of the Warner label, Aaron Bay-Schuck, says: “Steve-O has one of the most brilliant A&R minds in our business – driven by an innate ability to identify and nurture emerging artists and champion superstars. He’s been behind the success of countless hits and the development of next generation talent. Combined with his experience in artist management, as well as multiple other areas of our industry, he’s a true renaissance man and a fantastic addition to the Warner Records senior executive team. [Warner Records COO] Tom [Corson] and I are very happy that he’s come on board, and we’re looking forward to all the amazing talent and music we know he will be bringing into the fold”.

Carless himself adds: “I’m THRILLED to be joining Aaron, Tom, and the entire Warner Records team at such an exciting time in both the label’s growth and the evolution of our business. I’m incredibly grateful that this iconic label group recognises the critical importance, growth, creativity, and worldwide inclusiveness of the vast diversity of artists of colour the world over”.

“My focus”, he goes on, “will be on rising black creators as they need to know they have advocates in positions of power who can be mentors, guides, and will support them as they navigate the music world and devote themselves to making game-changing music. With the belief of the team and our resources, we will create multiple runways and landing strips for creative entrepreneurs and artists of every stripe”.

Carless has previously held executive positions at various other labels, including Warner’s Atlantic Records, and Universal’s Def Jam Recordings and Republic Records. Last year he also founded his own business, SC Company, working with artists including Beyonce and Polo G.