CEO of LAVA Records
Jason Flom is an American music industry executive. He has served as the Chairman and CEO of music labels including Atlantic Records, Virgin Records, and the Capitol Music Group. In 1995, he founded Lava Records. He is also a philanthropist who has supported and championed various political and social causes.
A 2003 feature in The New Yorker called Flom “one of the most successful record men of the past 20 years,” known for his “specialty [in] delivering ‘monsters’.”
As a teenager, Flom played guitar in rock bands in New York. He began his career at Atlantic Records as a field merchandiser, and moved into the A&R department under Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun. After signing rock artists including Twisted Sister, Skid Row, White Lion, Stone Temple Pilots and Tori Amos, Flom soon became Atlantic’s head of A&R, where he was mentored by Doug Morris.
Flom’s leadership in A&R included breaking new artists, like Jewel, Hootie & the Blowfish and Collective Soul. In 1995 he founded his own label, Lava Records in partnership with Atlantic.
At Lava, Flom discovered and championed artists who went on to sell in excess of 100 million records around the world in the label’s first nine years of existence. Artists that Lava have worked with include Matchbox 20, Kid Rock, The Corrs, Uncle Kracker, Antigone Rising, Simple Plan, The Blue Man Group, Edwin McCain, Sugar Ray and Trans Siberian Orchestra.
In 2003 Flom signed the then 14-year-old Hayley Williams to Atlantic Records. Once signed to the label Williams went on to form the hugely successful pop-rock band Paramore.
In 2005 Flom sold Lava Records to Atlantic, and was appointed Chairman and CEO of the Atlantic Records Group. In the first year of Flom’s tenure, five albums released by Atlantic Records entered the The Billboard Top 200 charts within the Top 5.
Flom departed Atlantic in 2005 after the Warner Music Group became a publicly traded company with newly installed management. Thereafter, Flom became Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records in 2005. Following the merger of Virgin Records and its sister label, Capitol Records in 2007, Flom was appointed as the Chairman and CEO at the top of the newly formed Capitol Music Group.
While leading the Capitol Music Group, Flom worked with artists including Lenny Kravitz, Coldplay and the Rolling Stones. He also signed Katy Perry, and oversaw the recording of her debut album One of the Boys which sold more than 5 million albums and singles worldwide.
In early 2009, Flom reclaimed the Lava Records imprint, forming a partnership with Universal Republic for promotion, marketing, sales and distribution services. Lava has signed artists including Jessie J, Kaile Goh, and Black Veil Brides
Flom serves as a board member for various charitable organizations. These include The Innocence Projectâ€”of which he is a founding board member–Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Legal Action Center and The Drug Policy Alliance (a division of George Soros’ Open Society Institute). In addition, Flom has supported various medical research organizations including The T.J. Martell Foundation and City of Hope. He was honored by the UJA Federation as their first “Music Visionary of the Year” in 2000, was awarded 1999′s “Torch of Liberty” by the American Civil Liberties Union and was the honoree at the 2009 Innocence Project Gala.