The label represented a merger of Interscope-Geffen-A&M's A&M Records label with Octone Records. A full-service artist development label, A&M/Octone operated music publishing, merchandising and touring entities – in addition to specializing in recorded music.
After six successful years of operation, in September 2013, Octone initiated its buy/sell rights in the joint venture, resulting in Interscope-Geffen-A&M purchasing Octone Records' 50% interest in A&M/Octone, absorbing and restructuring A&M and Octone's artist roster into Interscope operations in 2014 as announced.
The most well-known musical act on the label was Maroon 5; they released their first four studio albums (Songs About Jane, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Hands All Over, and Overexposed) on the label before parting with them in 2014 to sign with Interscope Records.
Launched in 2000, Octone Records was founded by CEO/President James Diener and distributed through Sony BMG. After successful signing, release, marketing and promotion on Octone, artists were given the option of upstreaming to RCA Music Group, via a joint-venture between the two companies. Upon launch, Diener and Octone Records were also well known in the music industry for their entrepreneurial private-equity financing model.
In February 2007, Interscope-Geffen-A&M partnered with Octone Records to relaunch the A&M label, headed by James Diener and called A&M/Octone Records with worldwide distribution handled by parent Universal Music Group. The existing Octone roster was transferred to the A&M/Octone label and all new artist signings were made under the A&M/Octone joint venture.
Executive staff Edit
- James Diener, CEO/President
- David Boxenbaum, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
- Ben Berkman, EVP/Head of Promotion
- Rome Thomas, Senior Vice President Sales & Artist Development
- Nina Webb, Head Of Marketing
- Roi Hernandez, Head of Creative Services & Electronic A&R
Former recording artists Edit
- Maroon 5
- Hollywood Undead
- Kat Graham
- The Hives
- The Knocks
- Bombay Bicycle Club
- Hunter Hunted
- Drop City Yacht Club
- Kevin Hammond
- As Fast As
- Dropping Daylight
- Paper Tongues
- Michael Tolcher
- Miss Willie Brown