Austin, Czinger in biz duet

Six months after severing ties with Arista Records, producer/songwriter Dallas Austin has emerged as co-chief of Freeworld Entertainment, a merger of his Rowdy Records banner with Volcano Records. The new banner will incorporate artists from the two entities as well as branch out into music publishing and film projects. BMG will distribute the company’s product.

Volcano bowed when BMG exec veep Kevin Czinger ankled the conglom last year and, with backing from investment bankers, bought Zoo Entertainment, the precursor to Volcano. The company is home to recording artists Tool and Matthew Sweet, among others.

The deal, which had been expected (Daily Variety, May 27), gives both companies a leg up in the competitive marketplace thanks to Austin’s industry stature and Czinger’s business acumen and access to resources. The pair will act as co-presidents of Freeworld

.

Wish fulfilled

Austin said the launch of Freeworld, which is now home to Lysette Titi, Size 14 and Derrick Dimitry, among others, fulfills his long-held desire to bow an independent label and build it from the ground up.

In addition to opening a music publishing outfit where the next wave of artists can be nurtured, Austin is also interested in producing films.

He is currently developing a pic about a marching band (he was a drummer in one) and is shopping film studios for the story.

Rowdy was previously a joint venture with Arista Records, but Austin dissolved the pact earlier this year. He was able to keep the name, but some of the label’s artists remained with Arista (Daily Variety, March 25).

More Music

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use OnlyMandatory Credit:

    Musicians React to Pat DiNizio's Death

    Six months after severing ties with Arista Records, producer/songwriter Dallas Austin has emerged as co-chief of Freeworld Entertainment, a merger of his Rowdy Records banner with Volcano Records. The new banner will incorporate artists from the two entities as well as branch out into music publishing and film projects. BMG will distribute the company’s product. […]

  • The Smithereens'Rock Con', New York, America

    Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens Dies at 62

    Six months after severing ties with Arista Records, producer/songwriter Dallas Austin has emerged as co-chief of Freeworld Entertainment, a merger of his Rowdy Records banner with Volcano Records. The new banner will incorporate artists from the two entities as well as branch out into music publishing and film projects. BMG will distribute the company’s product. […]

  • Lyor Cohen

    South By Southwest: YouTube's Lyor Cohen Set to Keynote

    Six months after severing ties with Arista Records, producer/songwriter Dallas Austin has emerged as co-chief of Freeworld Entertainment, a merger of his Rowdy Records banner with Volcano Records. The new banner will incorporate artists from the two entities as well as branch out into music publishing and film projects. BMG will distribute the company’s product. […]

  • Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs

    At Night Two of KROQ's Acoustic Christmas, Backstage Is Designated an Aggression-Free Zone

    Six months after severing ties with Arista Records, producer/songwriter Dallas Austin has emerged as co-chief of Freeworld Entertainment, a merger of his Rowdy Records banner with Volcano Records. The new banner will incorporate artists from the two entities as well as branch out into music publishing and film projects. BMG will distribute the company’s product. […]

  • U.S. Capitol

    Net Neutrality: After Thursday's FCC Vote, Battle Will Be Far From Finished

    Six months after severing ties with Arista Records, producer/songwriter Dallas Austin has emerged as co-chief of Freeworld Entertainment, a merger of his Rowdy Records banner with Volcano Records. The new banner will incorporate artists from the two entities as well as branch out into music publishing and film projects. BMG will distribute the company’s product. […]

  • Melissa Etheridge on Quitting SiriusXM Over

    After Bannon Beef, Melissa Etheridge Will Stay at SiriusXM: 'Speaking Is Stronger' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Six months after severing ties with Arista Records, producer/songwriter Dallas Austin has emerged as co-chief of Freeworld Entertainment, a merger of his Rowdy Records banner with Volcano Records. The new banner will incorporate artists from the two entities as well as branch out into music publishing and film projects. BMG will distribute the company’s product. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content