Music library vet Randy Wachtler looks back and ahead
As you might have read in our news column recently, Randy Wachtler was named President and CEO of Warner/Chappell Production Music (www.warnerchappellpm.com), Warner Music Group’s production music arm.
Considering Wachtler’s extensive history and experience with music production libraries, this appointment makes perfect sense. For years he ran his own sound design and music production library, called 615 Music in Nashville.
HOW MANY YEARS DID YOU OWN 615 MUSIC?
DID YOU ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING YOU SET OUT TO DO WITH THAT COMPANY?
We came a long way from producing jingles in the early years to becoming a major supplier of production music around the world.
IF THERE WAS ONE THING YOU COULD DO DIFFERENTLY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would not sweat the small stuff as much as I did. It’s true… the devil is in the details!
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR NEW ROLE AT WARNER/CHAPPELL?
I’m excited to be named President & CEO of Warner/Chappell Production Music and to be working with Cameron Strang CEO at Warner/Chappell. He’s an amazing leader, and I’m energized to learn from him and apply that to the Production Music division. We have some great assets, and I’m looking
forward to taking this company to a whole new level.
I KNOW YOU ARE MUSICIAN AT HEART. HOW DO YOU FLEX THOSE
MUSCLES THESE DAYS?
Well, I teach drums at the W.O. Smith School of Music and I teach drums to my two sons. I’ve kept a drum kit in our basement to work out on. I also teach a Film & TV Music Licensing class at Middle Tennessee State University.