WMC 2011 Schedule Panelist
Daniel Glass - Glassnote Records
Daniel Glass launched Glassnote Entertainment Group in 2007 and within three years, Glassnote has grown and developed into a vital and relevant force in the modern entertainment industry. Glassnote Records is the proud home of Secondhand Serenade, Grammy-Award winning Phoenix, Justin Nozuka, The Temper Trap, Grammy Nominated Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Kele (of Bloc Party), Royal Bangs and GIVERS. Daniel Glass started the company as a place to develop Artists’ careers. With its communal spirit, exquisite mix of Artists and musically driven management team, Glass is proud that the company’s commitment to true Artist development is proving successful – in April of 2010, Glassnote Records made history by becoming the first independent label to have four Artists in the top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. Daniel Glass’ career in the music industry has been marked by such success stories as artists Billy Idol, Wilson Phillips, Sinead O’Connor, Jon Secada, Warren Zevon, Blur, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Erykah Badu, Paula Abdul, Baha Men, Kurupt, Susan Tedeschi, The Pretenders, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Sugarcult, Better Than Ezra -- and it all began when Daniel became one of Brooklyn College radio station WBCR’s hottest disc jockeys. While still in college he was hired as the first DJ for the world famous discotheque Regine’s. He served as Vice President of the cutting edge dance/rap indie SAM Records, working with Gary ’s Gang, John Davis and the Monster Orchestra and the Evasions. His time at SAM laid the foundation of what would be an overriding philosophy that would propel him through many multi-platinum artists; he began by developing Artists’ careers, rather than just trying to pick hit records. Significantly, Glass embraced street bands when other more conservative and larger labels were loath to do so. This long-term strategy began to define Glass’ rise and empowered him within the creative community. In early 1983, Glass took his philosophy to Chrysalis Records as Director of New Music Marketing, advancing later to Senior Vice President. Throughout his six years with Chrysalis, Glass helped to guide the careers of such superstars as Pat Benatar, Huey Lewis and The News, Billy Idol, Spandau Ballet, Jethro Tull, Icehouse, The Divinyls, Sinead O’Connor, and Was (Not Was), among many others. Glass also developed a strong college and intern program, which cultivated a number of talented young executives who have since gone to high-level positions throughout the entertainment industry. In 1989, Glass’ success led him to become one of the first executives to join the newly formed SBK Records as Senior Vice President of Promotion, bringing his trademark aggressive, streetwise approach to the start up label. This approach quickly produced success in breaking new Artists, including the multi-platinum debuts of Jesus Jones, Technotronic, Wilson Phillips, Vanilla Ice, as well at SBK/Liberty country artist Billy Dean. In 1990, Glass was promoted to Executive Vice President/General Manager of SBK Records. With the consolidation of SBK, Chrysalis and EMI Records USA several years later, he quickly rose to President/CEO where he was instrumental in catapulting Jon Secada, Blur, Selena, Barrio Boyzz,, D’Angelo, Roxette and Arrested Development into platinum and Grammy Award-winning status, as well as the hit soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film, “The Crying Game”, which featured Boy George. In 1996, Glass’ entrepreneurial spirit and Artist-driven success caught the attention of current Universal Music Group Chairman, Doug Morris. Together, they started Rising Tide Records, which later became Universal Records with Daniel Glass as President. Glass’ willingness to empower artists and his prowess within the creative community was quickly reflected by the label’s success in breaking new Artists, including the multi-platinum debut of Erykah Badu, Billie Myers, Goldfinger, and the Lost Boyz. Recognizing the changing landscape of the industry, Glass strategically aligned Universal with such independent record labels as Kedar Entertainment, home to Erykah Badu and India Arie, and Mojo Records, home to platinum artist Reel Big Fish. In 1999 Daniel Glass joined Danny Goldberg at the newly emerging label Artemis Records as Executive Vice President. After a few months, Daniel was named President and achieved great success with the gold record rapper Kurupt, Grammy-Award winning Warren Zevon, rocker Steve Earle, gold record female hard rock group Kittie, and the triple platinum pop stars Baha Men. At a time when consolidation was dominating the music industry, there was an opportunity for independent labels to break through and make significant impact on the controlling climate. This led Daniel Glass to start Glassnote, an entertainment company encompassing Glassnote Records, Music Publishing and Merchandising. Glass, with his particularly Artist friendly and effective style, created a winning environment able to compete on any level. For the first release on Glassnote Records, Daniel chose Secondhand Serenade. At the time, Secondhand Serenade was the number one unsigned Artist in the history of Myspace with 17 million plays and roughly 200,000 friends. Secondhand Serenade would grow to become a multi-platinum selling Artist. Secondhand Serenade was soon joined by VH1-favorite Justin Nozuka. Glassnote is now the proud home of French indie royalty Phoenix - who have become one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the past year. Phoenix has recently been certified Gold in the US and Canada for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – the same album that brought the first Grammy to Glassnote’s roster for Best Alternative Album in 2010. Australian alt-rockers The Temper Trap, indie folk band Mumford & Sons and Irish indie sensations Two Door Cinema Club have also joined the family over the past year. The newest additions to Glassnote are Kele Okereke (Bloc Party’s singer/guitarist), the Knoxville, Tennessee based rock band Royal Bangs and Lafayette, Louisiana based GIVERS. Profiled as one of Crain’s New York Business “40 under 40” success stories, Glass is a Vice Chair of the UJA-Federation of New York, which honored him as Music Visionary of the Year 2002. He, along with his wife and three children, were honored as Family of the Year at the 2005 T. J. Martell Foundation Family Day. He is the Founding Board President of LIFEbeat, the renowned AIDS advocacy and hands-on service organization he co-founded in April 1992 with the late manager Bob Caviano. He is a Founding Board Member of the Dance Music Hall of Fame, Vice President of The New York Music for Youth Foundation, Chairman of the Development Committee, member of the Brooklyn College Foundation and Trustee at the Dalton School and has hosted the Winter Music Conference in Miami for the past several years. Glass is an also a veteran of the New York City Marathon, having completed it 14 times. For the 2006 New York City Marathon he formed a 25 person team to run with who have raised several hundred thousand dollars for the Mt. Sinai Hospital Children’s IBD Unit. Most recently, Daniel completed his first Boston Marathon in April of 2010.