Jay began his career in the music industry in 1997 at Atlanta’s influential and groundbreaking alternative radio station 99X/WNNX where he was the Music Director, as well as founder and host of the acclaimed new-music discovery program Sunday School. In May of 2006 Jay left 99X and the radio industry, to accept the position of A&R Manager at Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment in New York. Jay left Columbia in March 2011 to pursue his own venture called Downtime, a content and lifestyle service that connected artists, celebrities, athletes, and others with causes they believe in, enabling them to help their cause during their time off. In June 2012 Jay returned to Sony Music as Vice President of A&R and Artist Development at the newly formed Descendant Records which is home to The Lone Bellow and Colony House.
For starters, Jacob couldn't be more excited to sit next to this silver fox. As a child of the late 80’s and early 90’s raised in the rural midwest, he grew up with a passion for playing and listening to music. Early on, his access to new music was limited to his father’s vinyl collection, his sister’s hand-me-down cassettes, and local radio stations. So when file sharing became a thing he went from The Eagles and the Adams Family Soundtrack on cassette to Aphex Twin and Bjork on WinAmp. As a product of the Napster Age, he may or may not have made money by burning CDs for his friends in high school.
His love of discovering new music has only deepened since. He loves a good hot take, and considers himself the Skip Bayless of music fans—if Skip Bayless wasn’t a human pile of garbage that only had 50 twitter followers.
Fan Meets Label
Jay first met Jacob in 2012, when Jay was trying to Shazaam a song that was playing in the background at a local bar. Before the app was able to give him an answer, Jacob let him know it was Jurassic 5, and they began chatting about obscure deep cuts from the late 90's and early 00's. Since then, they spend most of their time together talking about music—the history of the industry, their favorite eras, and anything new they're discovering along the way. And after years of Jay trying to convince Jacob that U2 is the greatest rock band of all time, and Jacob forcing Jay to watch YouTube videos of Danny Carey from Tool, they decided to start recording their conversations and made this podcast.