Roadrunner Records have gone through many obvious changes behind the scenes, with staff around the world getting laid off or stepping down. Now we can add one more major name leaving the metal label: Jonas Nachsin.
After twenty years at Roadrunner Records, the last twelve as president, Nachsin announced that he was stepping down from his role. According to Billboard.biz, Nachsin had the following to say about his exit:
“I am so proud of what we have accomplished to showcase Roadrunner as not only a ‘record company’ but as a lifestyle and cultural beacon for fans around the globe. The chemistry of groundbreaking artists worked by a world-class group of truly committed employees has made Roadrunner a name with no equal over the years. That will continue.”
He then reportedly closed his statement by thanking “the great team here much success as they move forward into a new chapter for Roadrunner.” Atlantic co-chairmen Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald added the following regarding Nachsin’s departure from Roadrunner:
“For two decades, Jonas has been a passionate champion of Roadrunner’s incredible roster of artists and helped forge the unique identity of one of the world’s great labels. Everyone who has worked with Jonas — including artists, managers, the Roadrunner team and the wider Warner Music family — have all been touched by his commitment and leadership. He has been instrumental in the careers of so many extraordinary artists, from superstars including Nickelback and Slipknot to breaking talents Young the Giant and Stone Sour. We will all miss Jonas and wish him the best in his next endeavor.”
Billboard reports that Roadrunner could announce Nachsin’s replacement within days. Either way, Nachsin’s exit is a reminder that Roadrunner is going through some major changes. While it’ll be hoping that Roadrunner will be able to maintain stability moving forward, it’ll be interesting to see where Nachsin ends up next (or whether he’ll branch out in a similar way his former co-workers did). Also, as Vince Neilstein at Metal Sucks noted, how can Stone Sour, who have two gold albums so far be called ‘breaking talent,’ in the same sentence that calls Slipknot, who share a vocalist with SS, “superstars?”