NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Nonesuch Records has tapped label vet Kris Chen as their new Senior Vice President. Chen will be involved in all of Nonesuch's operations, focusing on signing and developing both new and established talent, the company said.
Chen comes to Nonesuch from Warner Music's XL Recordings, where he served as head of the company’s U.S. operations for the past 11 years and was responsible for signing and/or working closely with artists such as Vampire Weekend, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Sigur Ros, Tyler the Creator, Ratatat, and The xx.
Chen got his start in the industry in 1994 as a sales assistant and eventually a rep at Warner Music Group’s Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA). In 2001, he moved to Tommy Boy Records as a one-man digital marketing department.
When Tommy Boy closed its offices the following year, Chen joined the fledgling Domino Records, where he handled sales, marketing, publicity, and finance, and brokered the label’s deal with ADA. At Domino, he developed artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Caribou, Juana Molina, and Four Tet. – Staff Writers