David Massey (music executive)
David Massey is a British-born, American record executive and former artist manager. Massey currently serves as President of Island Records as well as Mercury Records, part of the Island Def Jam Music Group.
Massey began his career in the music industry in 1982 as an artist manager, firstly representing the British New Wave group, Wang Chung – who signed with Geffen and enjoyed five US Top 40 singles – and then Tom Robinson and Hollywood Beyond. In addition to artist representation Massey also ran a small independent label called Big World Records.
In 1991 Massey left management following the acceptance of an offer from Tommy Mottola and Michele Anthony to join Sony Entertainment as Vice-President of A&R at Epic Records. At that time Wang Chung had split up and he had been trying to get two of the members signed with Sony.
Massey became Executive Vice President of A&R for Sony Music. During this time he worked with Oasis, Silverchair, Shakira, Des'ree, Franz Ferdinand, amongst others. During this period, David also maintained the role of President of Daylight Records, a Sony imprint and home to such artists as Anastacia, Delta Goodrem, Good Charlotte, Phantom Planet and Cyndi Lauper.
Mercury was dormant in the United States until 2007 when the label was revived under the leadership of Massey.
During his time at Mercury Records he has released albums by Anastacia, Duffy, Portishead, Parachute, Jessie James, Taio Cruz, The Noisettes, Neon Trees, My Darkest Days as well as overseeing the A&R for The Killers and Brandon Flowers' solo project, Flamingo and Fall Out Boy and The Airborne Toxic Event. He signed The Gaslight Anthem to Mercury in 2011.
He is married to Gaby Gryn, and has two children, Adam and Clio.
- Mercury Records - Official website
- Daylight Records – Official website
- Daylight Records – About Us page
- "Interview With David Massey". HitQuarters. 30 Oct 2001. Retrieved 26 Oct 2011.
- "Mercury Records Re-launched as New Division of Island Def Jam Music Group, David Massey Named President of Mercury Records". Universal Music Group. 2007-04-12. Retrieved 2007-07-30.