10 Questions with ... Bill Burrs
May 20, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Funny Guy, Zoo, Geffen, RCA, and now 300.
1. What led you to 300 Entertainment?
The opportunity to do things differently, I had a great 15 year run at RCA but this felt like the next chapter, going to work for Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz, and Kevin Liles... dudes who WIN.
2. What's it like working for Lyor Cohen?
I'm learning new things every day and am inspired by his knowledge and willingness to look at and do things differently.
3. What has been your biggest challenge moving from RCA Records to a brand new independent company?
At RCA I had a big list of A+ players, Foo Fighters, Cage The Elephant, and Kings Of Leon. Here we are building from the ground up, let me tell you we have some exciting artist announcements coming soon!
4. How has your job changed?
I'm involved in all aspects go the company, not just promo. Many hats to wear. Artist Develop, A&R, reaching out to much greater spectrum of radio than I had in the past. Dealing with the MTV Networks, Revolt, Fuse, etc. Exciting to say the least.
5. I hear 300 have a unique deal with Twitter. Tell us about that?
If I did, I would have to kill you.
6. What else may surprise people to learn about 300 Entertainment?
This is small group of people w a vast amount on knowledge, experience and passion; we all have something to prove.
7. I love the Panama single "Always." What's the 411 on this band from Australia?
We did a label deal with Future Classic out Australia and I'm pretty pumped about this band. They slayed Austin at SXSW this year. Band will be in the states this summer.
8. Who else is on the 300 roster?
A great duo out of Brooklyn called ASTR, Raz Simone, Derek King, Riff Raff, and some really exciting stuff coming. We also have a deal +1 Records. My good friend Jonny Kaps label...he has a great LA band called CAUGHT A GHOST.
9. Where do you get your greatest pleasure in doing record promotion?
Hearing a new song on the radio or seeing a band performing that song live and really seeing it connect with audience.
10. Where is your favorite market you like to visit and why?
L.A.! Great stations, great food, and Warren Christensen's wine cellar.
What new music are you currently digging?
Okkervil River, Royal Blood, Junior Prom, and The Strypes.
How the heck did you become a Yankee fan growing up in Minnesota?
Always loved the Pinstripes...I like the Twins too, but the Yankees are the Bomb!
What station did you listen to growing up?
KQRS, it was and still is a ratings monster in Minneapolis. It was great old school AOR when I was kid.
What stands out the most from your first job at KCLD?
Carts....I crack up now when see how modern and state of the art radio is. I learned that pronouncing SADE as "SAA DE" really gets the phones ringing...should have stuck to comedy.