About Lava Records
American music industry executive Jason Flom is the CEO of Lava Records and Lava Music Publishing. Flom also has served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group and is personally responsible for launching acts such as Kid Rock, Katy Perry, and Lorde.
The New Yorker described him as “one of the most successful record men of the past 20 years...known for his specialty in delivering ‘monsters.’” Flom began his career at Atlantic Records as a Trainee Field Merchandiser when he was 18 years old. He rose through the ranks and was named Chairman and CEO in 2003. Artists who he discovered and developed during his time included Kid Rock, Matchbox 20, The Corrs, Hayley Williams, Skid Row, Tori Amos, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jewel, and Sugar Ray.
In 1995, he founded Lava Records as a joint venture with Atlantic Records, which turned out to be one of the most successful startups in music business history.
In 2006, Flom became Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records where he discovered and signed Katy Perry. In 2008, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group, where he oversaw the careers of such artists as Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, and Joss Stone.
In 2009, Flom reclaimed Lava Records, forming a partnership with Republic Records and signing Lorde and Jessie J. In 2015, Flom created Lava Music Publishing and formed a deal with Kobalt Music Publishing to provide worldwide publishing services.
Flom is also a leading philanthropist who has long championed various political and social causes. He has demonstrated his commitment to social justice as a founding member of the Innocence Project and a board member of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Drug Policy Alliance and the Legal Action Center.
In 2000, he was honored by the UJA Federation as “Music Visionary of the Year” and was awarded with the “Torch of Liberty” by the American Civil Liberties Union. He served as Chairman of the Innocence Project’s annual gala,“A Celebration of Freedom and Justice,” in May 2015.
Jason Flom is a sought after personality on the lecture circuit, having spoken to audiences across the globe on a range on of topics from business trends to digital strategies and shifting paradigms in art and commerce. After cutting his teeth in a number of New York City’s premier comedy clubs, Jason has honed the craft of delivering a unique brand of laughter and innovation to spectators everywhere.
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In 2015 Flom extended himself to finding new talent in the fashion world and became partners with designer Christian Benner. Christian Benner is known for his one-of-a-kind custom leather jackets and distressed t-shirts featuring musical acts that invoke an iconic rock ’n' roll feel. Christian Benner Custom is stirring great interest among today’s top entertainers for public appearances, live performances, and photo shoots, and can be seen on the likes of Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Jared Leto, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, The Rascall Flatts, Brandon Boyd, Jimmy Gnecco, Taylor Momsen, and Machine Gun Kelly.