Don’t Try to Get Signed

© Meredith Truax

Episode: 004

Interview subject: Avery Lipman

“Our function is to create new acts. Our function is to make famous. That is what we do, that is our unique skill set. We take artists, we develop them, we promote them, we make them the biggest most popular artists in the world.”- Avery Lipman. President, Republic Records

The age of the sunglass wearing, leisure suit-clad, cigar-chomping, deal-making music mogul may have gone the way of the dinosaur. But Avery Lipman still walks the earth, still makes million dollar deals, doesn’t smoke and is a much snappier dresser. In the era of youtube, iTunes, and Spotify, Avery has found the secret sauce to staying relevant, finding the right acts at the right time, and still making a profit. Since 1995, as the co-founder and President of Republic Records he (along with his brother Monte) figured out the magic formula to breaking some of the biggest names in the music industry. Republic Records is today home to (among others), Colbie Caillat, Amy Winehouse, Akon, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nelly, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Lorde, Drake, Nickelback, Lil Wayne, Weezer, Austin Mahone, Enrique Iglesias and others…Hoping to join the Republic Catalog? Avery has just one piece of advice, “Don’t try to get signed.”