The Over-Achieving Young Music Mogul That Is Jai Al-Atlas

Jai Al-Atlas got into the music industry because of Napster.  Now look at him.  From the Sydney Morning Herald:

He started a punk rock music label, Below Par Records, with his mates at Kingsgrove High School in Sydney when he was just 16, and sold it to EMI in 2009 when it was representing major bands like Kisschasy.

He then moved to LA and made a documentary about the rise of punk rock in America in the 90s, interviewing bands such as Green Day and Blink 182. Aside from a brief airing on YouTube, the doco, narrated by pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, never saw the light of day because Al-Attas couldn’t afford the hundreds of thousands of dollars in music clearances required for an official release.

He’s now back living in Australia and on to his third venture, Zappp, signing musicians including Matt Corby, The Living End, Angus and Julia Stone, Josh Pyke, Grinspoon, The Getaway Plan, Illy, and several others.

But this is no record label. Al-Attas and some partners have created technology for bands, brands and athletes to create their own apps without knowing a line of code.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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