Matador Records is excited to announce recent roles, promotions and hires in its New York and London offices.
Alex Keague-Davies steps up from UK General Manager in the London office to the role of General Manager of the global label in the New York office. Keague-Davies will oversee day-to-day operations, with all staff reporting to her. Her responsibilities encompass campaign management, staff supervision and the daily running of the New York and London offices, with a focus on timelines, budgets, strategy, and logistics. She will be working closely with label President and co-owner Patrick Amory and label founders and co-owners Chris Lombardi and Gerard Cosloy. Keague-Davies joined Matador in 2018.
Emma Buchanan is promoted to Director of A&R. As well as continuing to identify and pursue new signings alongside the A&R team, Buchanan will work on artist development and communicating new signings and music to label teams and operations globally. She will serve as the label point person for released and unreleased music, and the primary contact for artists and managers in this area. Buchanan was previously A&R Manager.
Jake Whitener assumes the new role of Director of Digital, A&R. Whitener will serve as the label point person for digital, streaming and DSP relations. He will work closely with the Beggars international streaming department to manage and maintain label and artist streaming properties and head up communication with artists in this area. In parallel, Whitener continues with A&R responsibilities, working with Emma Buchanan and the label owners across A&R process from signing through to album campaigns, with an emphasis on bringing new releases to market.
Malcolm Donaldson becomes Senior Manager, Catalog and Operations. Donaldson will oversee enriching and extending the campaign life of catalog releases, act as the label’s point person for the webstore and Bandcamp, and continue to supervise the label announcement schedule and social media channels. A significant portion of this role will be managing the label’s catalog anniversary series Matador Revisionist History and adjoining podcast.
Paulina Praphanchith joined the New York label team in 2022 as Press and Label Coordinator. In her press responsibilities, Praphanchith reports to Director of Artist & Label PR, Aaron Leitko in the US office and Head Of Publicity Noam Klar in the UK office. In her label coordinator responsibilities she reports to Senior Manager, Catalog and Operations, Malcolm Donaldson in the US office.
She takes over from Emily Zaremba, who was promoted to Creative and Marketing Manager in 2022.
In the London office, Josh Turner is promoted to Senior Project Manager, adding the UK to his existing portfolio of all territories ex-US. Working closely with Keague-Davies, he is responsible for the development and execution of all campaigns ex-US.
Rachel Mercer joins the London team as Junior Project Manager, working across all territories ex US and reporting to Josh Turner.
ABOUT MATADOR: Since its founding in 1989, Matador has been a champion of artistic freedom and innovation. It has been in uninterrupted ownership by Chris Lombardi, Gerard Cosloy, and Patrick Amory for over a quarter-century. Headquartered in New York, the label’s catalog and release schedule reflect the tastes of the company’s owners and their longstanding commitment to sharing the music they love with as many others as possible. Over the past several years, they have released innovative and acclaimed albums by Algiers, bar italia, Julien Baker, Belle and Sebastian, boygenius, Car Seat Headrest, Cat Power, Circuit Des Yeux, DARKSIDE, Lifeguard, Lucy Dacus, Kim Gordon, Horsegirl, Interpol, King Krule, Mdou Moctar, Pavement, Perfume Genius, Queens Of The Stone Age, Savages, Snail Mail, Spoon, Kurt Vile, Water From Your Eyes, Yo La Tengo, and many others.
Since 2002, Matador has been one of the five constituent labels of Beggars Group, which supplies it with marketing and administration support in every major territory.