Elektra Music Group (EMG) today announced that Johnny Minardi has been upped to Vice President of A&R. Among his notable signings to the label, Minardi inked Australian sensation Tones and I, whose hit single, "Dance Monkey," has hit No. 1 in 20 countries around the globe, including a record 11 weeks atop the UK charts, marking the longest-running No. 1 single by a female artist.
Most recently, Minardi played a key role in bringing Travis Barker's newly founded DTA Records to EMG. He has also inked artists such as The Band CAMINO, nothing,nowhere., Grandson, and Fever 333, as well as working with the likes of All Time Low, The Front Bottoms, Against the Current, and Mister Wives, among others.
"Johnny has the great gift of not only being able to uncover truly original talent but knowing how to spark his artists to take their work to the next level," said Elektra Music Group Co-Presidents Mike Easterlin and Gregg Nadel. "He's brought a string of fantastic acts to the extended Elektra/Atlantic label family since first joining Fueled By Ramen back in 2004. When we established EMG just over a year ago, we knew that Johnny had to be on the team, and he's continued to deliver and nurture amazing talent. We're thrilled to announce this much-deserved promotion."
At just 18 years old, Minardi founded indie label Little League Records (LLR), where he discovered and signed bands such as The Academy Is, Hidden in Plain View, Gatsbys American Dream, and August Premier. He then spent nearly a decade working in A&R at Fueled by Ramen (FBR) and Atlantic Records, before taking a brief stint at indie label Equal Vision Records. Minardi returned to FBR in 2017 and, with the 2018 launch of EMG as a stand-alone company, has been serving as Senior Director, A&R, working across the Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Roadrunner, and Public Consumption labels.