Oct 5, 2023 2 min read

One Liners: BandLab, JKBX, Hafdís Huld, The Gaslight Anthem + more

Appointments at BandLab, Kobalt and JKBX; and new releases from Hafdís Huld, Love Minus Zero and The Gaslight Anthem.

One Liners: BandLab, JKBX, Hafdís Huld, The Gaslight Anthem + more


BandLab Technologies have appointed former CD Baby exec Kevin Breuner to the role of Head Of Artist Development And Education, while Jessica Strassman joins from TikTok to become Head Of Industry Relations & Artist Services (Americas). Says BandLab boss Meng Ru Kuok: "Kevin and Jessica’s collective industry expertise brings tremendous real-world insights that will directly shape our future strategies and offerings, ensuring we stay ahead in serving both artists and the wider music community".
Kobalt has promoted Kat Basolo to SVP Creative Sync. Says the firm's Head Of Global Sync, Rob Christensen: “Kat has a strong history delivering for Kobalt and our clients, procuring thousands of sync opportunities since she joined Kobalt in 2014. But more than any stat, she has excellent relationships with so many of the world's top music supervisors because she works hard to understand their needs and then delivers time and time again".
New music rights investment platform JKBX has promoted Amanda Rae Kopp to the role of Chief Product Officer. She will be "responsible for aligning product strategies with the company's overall vision, driving innovation, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality products that meet the evolving needs of today’s investors".


Hafdís Huld will release new album 'Darkest Night' on 2 Feb next year and the title track is now streaming. The song tells the story of her great grandfather who formed the first union fighting for a fair wage for working class fishermen in Iceland. She says: “The owners of the fishing companies wanted to stop him, so they showed up in the middle of the night and removed him from his home. He was shoved in a sack and driven to Hvalfjörður, from there they took him out on a boat and threatened to drown him. When they got back to shore, they left him naked and cold hours away from home. Miraculously he made it back, but he was never the same after that night".
Hudson Mohawke and Tiga, collaborating as Love Minus Zero, will release an album called 'L'Ecstasy' on 1 Dec. A track from it, 'In Order 2', is now streaming. Says Tiga: "This song captures the whole reason we started making music together - Ross’s perfect melancholic chords allowed me to express a genuine longing that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise".
The Gaslight Anthem have released new single 'Autumn' from their upcoming sixth album 'History Books', which is due out on 27 Oct. Says the band's Brian Fallon: “I wrote that song on a really beautiful fall day, looking out the window and thinking, ‘How many days like this do we get to see?’ So much of life is just trying to get by, but every now and then you have those moments where you can really feel grateful for the small things”.
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